DNA study provides insight into how to live longer

DNA study provides insight into how to live longer

Image copyrightGetty Images Every year spent in education adds an average of 11 months to people’s lifespan, say scientists. The researchers say a person loses two months for every kilogram overweight they are – and seven years for smoking a packet of cigarettes a day. Unusually, the Edinburgh university team found their answers by analysing differences in people’s genetic code or DNA. Ultimately they think it will reveal new ways of helping us to live longer. The group used the genetic code of more than 600,000 people who are taking…

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Floating bin sucking up Portsmouth Harbour's rubbish

Floating bin sucking up Portsmouth Harbour's rubbish

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UK-Dutch-built Sentinel launches to track air quality

UK-Dutch-built Sentinel launches to track air quality

Image copyrightESA Image caption The Rockot lifted away from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome right on cueA UK-assembled satellite has launched from Russia on a mission to monitor air quality around the globe. Its Dutch-designed instrument will make 20 million observations daily, building maps of polluting gases and particles known to be harmful to health. Called Sentinel-5P, the spacecraft is a contribution to the EU’s Copernicus Earth-monitoring programme. S5P is riding to orbit on a converted Russian intercontinental ballistic missile called a Rockot. The vehicle left the Plesetsk Cosmodrome at 12:27 local…

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Clean Growth Plan could see stamp duty incentive for homeowners

Clean Growth Plan could see stamp duty incentive for homeowners

Image copyrightPA Stamp duty may be changed to encourage people to make their homes more energy efficient, with better insulation. Energy minister Claire Perry told the BBC householders would face “carrots and sticks” to prompt them into saving on heating bills and carbon emissions. It is part of a scheme by ministers to get about a million homes a year renovated for the next two decades. The government will fail to meet its climate change laws unless it can reduce emissions from heating houses. The proposals are part of the…

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Satellites spy Antarctic 'upside-down ice canyon'

Satellites spy Antarctic 'upside-down ice canyon'

Image copyrightESA Image caption Graphic: Some fast-thinning glaciers drain into the Amundsen SeaScientists have identified a way in which the effects of Antarctic melting can be enhanced. Their new satellite observations of the Dotson Ice Shelf show its losses, far from being even, are actually focused on a long, narrow sector. In places, this has cut an inverted canyon through more than half the thickness of the shelf structure. If the melting continued unabated, it would break Dotson in 40-50 years, not the 200 years currently projected. “That is unlikely…

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