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Revealed: The secret life of the spittlebug

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Frothy ‘cuckoo spit’ made by the spittlebug Citizen scientists have provided a wealth of new data on a curious insect that makes blobs of spittle on plants. More than 11,000 sightings of the spittlebug, or froghopper, have been recorded across the UK, with the south of England proving a […]

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Attempts to 'erase the science' at UN climate talks

Image copyright KIARA WORTH/IISD/ENB Image caption Ambassador Lois Young from Belize who is chair of the Alliance of Small Island States Oil producing countries are trying to “erase the science” on keeping the world’s temperatures below 1.5C, say some delegates at UN talks in Bonn. The chair of the Alliance of Small Island States said […]

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Tory hopefuls told not to squander UK science progress

Image copyright TEK IMAGE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption Will the next Prime Minister support efforts to create a high-skills, high-technology strategy? The Conservative leadership candidates have been urged to make a pledge to put scientific research at the heart of their economic policy. Scientific bodies have called on Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson to set […]

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Bats benefit from protected farmland hedgerows

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Undisturbed hedgerows provide an important habitat for numerous bat species and their insect prey Leaving hedgerows untouched can offer an important lifeline for night-time biodiversity, such as bats. A study says schemes designed to make farming more wildlife-friendly often failed to offer any real benefits. Populations of insect-eating bats […]