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Why Are Some Sea Snakes Turning Black?

Pollution and evolution: the surprising effect of humans on sea-life.

Professor Rick Shine of the University of Sydney explains why turtle-headed sea snakes are turning black in response to industrial pollution. (Photo: A turtle-headed sea snake shedding; Credit: New Scientist)

Satellite to map atmospheric pollution

The Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite will make global maps of gases and particles in the atmosphere to track pollution and climate change.

Bristlecone pines

Marnie Chesterton

BBC Radio Science Unit

Mayflies live for a day, humans live a century - if we’re lucky - but what is the oldest living organism on the planet?

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Reconstructing West Antarctica's past

Scientists examine sediments that should hold clues to the future behaviour of the White Continent.