Brexit must not end free movement, Nobel scientists say

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Image caption Nobel winner Sir Paul Nurse: "Take science seriously" in Brexit talks

Some of the biggest names in science are pleading for a deal on Brexit to avoid damaging British and European research.

A letter to Theresa May and Jean-Claude-Juncker has been signed by 29 Nobel Laureates and six winners of the prestigious Fields medal.

Science needs "the flow of people and ideas across borders", it says.

It comes as a survey found that many scientists are considering leaving the UK.

Sir Paul Nurse, one of the signatories and a Nobel prize-winner for research into breast cancer, said: "The message is, 'take science seriously'."

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Giant plastic catcher heads for Pacific Ocean clean-up

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Media captionA huge plastic-collection system will be towed out into the Pacific Ocean

When a Dutch teenager went swimming in the sea in Greece seven years ago, he was shocked to see more plastic than fish.

In fact, Boyan Slat was so appalled by the pollution that he soon started to campaign for the oceans to be cleaned up.

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No-deal Brexit 'worse than thought' for science

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The impact of a no-deal Brexit on British science could be worse than previously thought, according to a new analysis.

UK researchers risk losing access to much of the EU funding that's currently available to them, it says.

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How does the 2018 heatwave compare to that of 1976?

  • 25 July 2018
  • From the section UK
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Comparisons are being drawn between the heatwave of 2018 and the summer of 1976. So how do the two years measure up?

I had to sit my A-level exams back then, when the temperatures were so punishing we couldn't sleep.

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Can the UK really go it alone with a new sat-nav scheme?

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Too high in the night sky to see with the naked eye is a constellation of European satellites at the heart of one of the bitterest disputes in Britain's divorce from the European Union.

Few could have predicted that the repercussions of Brexit would reach into the heavens, but a space venture is now centre stage in a tussle over jobs, technology and security.

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Indonesian study into health risks of microplastics

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Image caption The research is being led from Soegijapranata Catholic University

Indonesian scientists have launched the largest ever study into whether tiny plastic particles can affect human health.

They are investigating the presence of plastic in seafood while also tracking the diets of 2,000 people.

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Giant plastic 'berg blocks Indonesian river

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Image caption Like other developing countries, Indonesia is wrestling with an acute plastic waste problem

A crisis of plastic waste in Indonesia has become so acute that the army has been called in to help.

Rivers and canals are clogged with dense masses of bottles, bags and other plastic packaging.

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Plankton named after BBC Blue Planet series

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Image caption The tiny plant-like organism is regarded as a key element of the marine ecosystem

A type of plankton described as part of "the beating heart" of the oceans has been named after the BBC's Blue Planet series.

The tiny plant-like organism is regarded as a key element of the marine ecosystem.

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Global shipping in 'historic' climate deal

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The global shipping industry has for the first time agreed to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases.

The move comes after talks all week at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London.

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Plea for action on shipping emissions

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Image caption The shipping industry generates more than 2% of global CO2 emissions

Talks on the global shipping industry cutting greenhouse gases have opened with a passionate plea for action.

A minister from the Marshall Islands warned that the future of his low-lying Pacific country was at stake.

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