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Microscopic ‘Saturn of the Moors’ discovered

- A species of alga that resembles the planet Saturn has been discovered for the first time in the British Isles.

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Sustainable skincare range created from waste products of grapes

- University of Leeds spin-out Keracol Limited has teamed up with Marks & Spencer to produce a natural skin care range using the waste products of grapes.

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The ‘microbial garden’ taking the shine off glaciers

- The first ecological study of an entire glacier has found that microbes drastically reduce surface reflectivity and therefore have an impact on the amount of sunlight that is reflected into space.

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Saving trees in tropics could cut emissions by a fifth, study shows

- Reducing deforestation in the tropics would significantly cut the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere – by as much as one-fifth – research shows.

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Antarctica’s ice losses on the rise

- Three years of observations show that the Antarctic ice sheet is now losing 159 billion tonnes of ice each year – twice as much as when it was last surveyed.

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Clouds: bright and with a fresh pine scent

- A new study has shed light on the first step of cloud formation, revealing that organic oxides – such as the molecule responsible for giving pine forests their smell – are a vital ingredient.

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