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Indonesian ecobricks: A new approach in its plastics ‘war’

[ad_1] Indonesia has a problem with plastic. Like many developing countries, its rivers and canals are clogged with dense masses of bottles, bags and other plastic packaging.The army was even called in to help clean-up.The boss of an Indonesian food factory is fighting back in his own way, with "Ecobricks". This creative solution encourages people to stuff 'soft' plastic into bottles, which can then be used as stools, chairs, and
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How a spider jumps on its prey – science has the answer

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionKim the regal jumping spider has been trained to jump on demandScientists have trained a spider to jump on demand.The diminutive arachnid, which they nicknamed Kim, can leap six times her body length from a standing start.Humans only manage about 1.5 body lengths.Unlocking the secrets of her extraordinary leaps could help build a new generation of robots inspired by nature, say
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Tourism’s carbon impact three times larger than estimated

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Travellers from affluent countries are a key part of emissions growth in tourism A new study says global tourism accounts for 8% of carbon emissions, around three times greater than previous estimates. The new assessment is bigger because it includes emissions from travel, plus the full life-cycle of carbon in tourists' food, hotels and shopping.Driving the increase are visitors from affluent countries who
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InSight Diary: Mars mission emerges from the mists

[ad_1] Image copyright NASA Image caption The rocket launches, adding further to the "peasouper" Prof Tom Pike from Imperial College London is part of the science team on the US-led InSight mission to Mars. His group has supplied seismometers that will enable the Nasa lander to detect "Marsquakes", which should reveal the internal structure of the Red Planet. Over the course of the coming months, Prof Pike will be updating
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Fishing nets and false teeth: Meet the beach debris hunters

[ad_1] Image caption Toy figures are among some of the most eye-catching finds Scouring the beach for hidden treasure is by no means a new hobby - rather, beachcombing has been around for centuries and was once the preserve of low-society drifters. But a new breed of eco-friendly hobbyists are trying to stem the rising tide of plastic in the seas by sifting through the man-made debris landing on our
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InSight: A look inside Mars

[ad_1] Image copyright James Tuttle Keane (Caltech) The InSight mission, launched today from California's Vandenburg Air Force Base, is now on a six-month cruise to Mars. It is expected to arrive in November, but what will it find?Mars may appear to be getting crowded, thanks to its growing robotic population, so why send another lander?Illustrator and planetary scientist James Tuttle Keane takes us inside the Red Planet to explain why