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Sewage treatment contributes to antibiotic resistance

Wastewater treatment plants could be unwittingly helping to spread antibiotic resistance, say scientists.

21 Jul 2014

Third-hand tobacco smoke threatens child health

Third-hand smoke is a problem even in the homes of non-smokers, say scientists researching the level of carcinogenic tobacco compounds found in house dust.

17 Jul 2014

Podcast: How an urban meadow is boosting biodiversity

This week in the Planet Earth podcast, Helen Hoyle of the University of Sheffield and Jim Harris from Cranfield University describe what a strip of land in Luton, southeast England, is doing for urban biodiversity.

8 Jul 2014

Litter now everywhere in the ocean

Litter is now found in even the most remote areas of the oceans, say scientists trying to understand how much rubbish is lying at the bottom of Europe's seas.

8 Jul 2014

Tags: Oceans, Pollution

Hot mud - Cold seeps

We're still learning about the amazing life around hot springs on the deep seabed - but other kinds of hydrothermal vent are even more mysterious. James Bell describes recent work on the unique animals that live there.

4 Jul 2014

Anti-depressants disrupt fish's brains

Drugs designed to ease the symptoms of mental health problems such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress can have major disruptive effects on aquatic animals' brains, say scientists.

3 Jul 2014

Animals we domesticated long ago pose disease risk

Animals we domesticated long ago, such as cats, dogs, pigs and cows, are those that have given us the most parasites, pathogens and other nasties, according to the latest study.

1 Jul 2014

Parasitic mite spreads lethal virus to honeybees

A parasitic mite has helped spread a particularly nasty strain of a virus to countless honeybees, helping to wipe out hundreds of colonies, according to the latest study.

27 Jun 2014

Podcast: Could injured dinosaurs help modern medicine?

This week in the Planet Earth podcast, Victoria Egerton, Bill Sellers and Phil Manning of the University of Manchester describe how the bones of a 72-million-year-old, 2·2m-tall 7·4m-long predatory dinosaur reveals intimate clues about how it lived and how it survived massive trauma.

24 Jun 2014

Heather could be UK energy source

Harvesting energy from heather could cut greenhouse gas emissions and help the UK meet its bioenergy targets, according to new research.

24 Jun 2014