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Image copyright KELLOGG’S Image caption New designs are being trialled that still “pop” when they open The distinctive Pringles tube is being re-designed after criticism that it’s almost impossible to recycle. The current container for the potato-based snack was condemned as a recycler’s nightmare. It’s a complex construction with a metal base, plastic cap, metal …

Image copyright Other Image caption The study assessed the effectiveness of citizen science projects in terms of engagement and the ability to gather data for the government Citizen science projects are most effective when it comes to raising awareness of some of the threats the nation’s trees are facing. However, these schemes are less productive …

Image caption Zion Lights quit the environmental campaign group in June A former Extinction Rebellion (XR) spokeswoman left the environmental group to campaign for nuclear power because she says it is the only way to deal with the climate crisis. Zion Lights, writing in the Daily Mail, also said that she had become unable to …

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Wildlife is under pressure from habitat loss, including deforestation Wildlife populations have fallen by more than two-thirds in less than 50 years, according to a major report by the conservation group WWF. The report says this “catastrophic decline” shows no sign of slowing. And it warns that nature is …

Image copyright Reuters Final clinical trials for a coronavirus vaccine, developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, have been put on hold after a participant had a suspected adverse reaction in the UK. AstraZeneca described it as a “routine” pause in the case of “an unexplained illness”. The outcome of vaccine trials is being closely watched …

Image copyright Alex Mazur Image caption The icebreaker, the Nathaniel B Palmer, mapped more than 2,000 sq km of seafloor in front of the glacier Scientists may just have identified Thwaites Glacier’s Achilles heel. This Antarctic colossus is melting at a rapid rate, dumping billions of tonnes of ice in the ocean every year and …

image copyrightGetty Images image captionThe pyramids at the site are more than 2,300 years old The authorities in Sudan are trying to protect the country’s ancient pyramids from flooding as heavy rains have caused the nearby River Nile to reach record-breaking levels. They have built sandbag walls and are pumping out water, archaeologist Marc Maillot …

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Vega left its Kourou launch pad at 22:51 local time, Wednesday (02:51 BST Thursday) The European Vega rocket is back in business. An enforced hiatus following the loss of a vehicle in July 2019 ended late on Wednesday with the successful deployment of 53 new satellites. …

Image copyright Benjamin Tapley/ZSL Image caption Horned frogs have unusual eyebrow-like “horns” Scientists have discovered how to identify frogs from their tadpoles in a step towards saving amphibians from extinction. Conservation efforts to protect the breeding grounds of endangered frogs has been hampered by the difficulty of telling tadpoles apart. Now researchers have solved the …

Image copyright Oliver Demuth Image caption How a human diver would have compared to the real Meg The enormity of a prehistoric mega-shark made famous in Hollywood films has finally been revealed by researchers. Until now, only the length of the Otodus Megalodon, as featured in the 2018 film The Meg, had been estimated from …