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John Hollis didn’t realise he’d been infected with Covid-19. But he later discovered he’s one of the rare people who has “super antibodies”. The antibodies are so good at killing the virus, he’s practically immune to the disease. Still, if scientists hope to find others like John, they’ll have to tackle long standing mistrust among …

It’s 10 years since Japan was hit by a giant 9.0-magnitude earthquake, triggering a massive tsunami. Along the north-east coast dozens of towns and villages were engulfed by the wave. The disaster triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant 250km north of Tokyo. The BBC spoke to Kiyokazu Sasaki who lost his entire …

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is washing up on coral reefs close to the Philippine capital, Manila. According to an estimate by the Asian Development Bank, during the peak of the Covid-19 outbreak, the city could have been generating up to 280 tonnes of extra medical waste per day. Environmental groups are warning that the plastic …

Dealing with the effects of Covid lockdown has been tough enough, but for poultry farmers in Wales there is a second viral challenge on their doorstep – bird flu. Following a bird flu outbreak in November 2020, a nationwide lockdown has been in place since December, forcing all captive birds to stay indoors. Any farms …

The latest update from the US Drought Monitor in December 2020, showed that much of the country’s western states were gripped by extreme or exceptional drought, with Nevada, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, Colorado and western Texas being the worst affected. Source link

A Greenpeace ship has been dropping huge boulders into the sea off Brighton this week to stop fishing boats from trawling the sea bed.  The action is part of campaign to tighten restrictions on the most destructive forms of fishing in protected areas of UK waters.  But leaders of the fishing community describe the action …

Estimates put it at around 1,270 sq km. Greater London is about 1,500 sq km; the Welsh county of Monmouthshire is roughly 1,300 sq km. That’s big by any measure, although not as large as the monster A68 berg which calved in July 2017 from the Larsen C Ice Shelf on the western side of …

There will be two attempts to land on Mars in 2021 – by Nasa and the China National Space Administration. Nasa’s Perseverance is scheduled to touch down on the Martian surface on 18 February. If successful, it will be the biggest and most sophisticated vehicle ever sent to land on another planet. China’s Tianwen-1 will …

By Paul RinconScience editor, BBC News website image copyrightNASA / JPL-Caltech On Thursday, Nasa’s Perseverance rover will land on Mars after a journey from Earth of almost seven months. Here, we answer some common questions about the mission. What time is the Mars landing? The Perseverance rover is set to touch down on Mars at …

Nasa’s Perseverance rover is attempting to land on Mars on 18 February 2021. Katie Stack Morgan, the mission’s deputy project scientist, explains how the spacecraft will navigate hazards in Jezero Crater, an area considered “too dangerous” for previous rovers. Video by Jennifer Green, interview by Roland Pease and Deborah Cohen. For more on the Mars …