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Secrets of tea plant revealed by science

By   /  May 5, 2017  /  Science  /  No Comments

Botanists have unlocked the genetic secrets of the plant prized for producing tea. A team in China has decoded the genetic building blocks of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, whose leaves are used for all types of tea, including black, green and oolong. The research gives an insight into the chemicals that give tea its […]

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‘Shocking’ levels of PCB chemicals in UK killer whale Lulu

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One of the UK’s last killer whales was contaminated with “shocking” levels of a toxic chemical, scientists say. The animal, called Lulu, was found dead on the Isle of Tiree in Scotland last year after becoming entangled in fishing lines. But tests now reveal her body contained among the highest levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or […]

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India launches ‘invaluable’ South Asia satellite

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India has successfully launched a new communications satellite for South Asia from Sriharikota space centre. The satellite, funded entirely by India, is aimed at helping regional countries boost their telecommunication and broadcasting services. Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan will benefit from this satellite. But Pakistan has opted out from the initiative. Analysts […]

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Air quality: Diesel scrappage scheme being considered

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The government’s draft clean air plan has been dismissed as “toothless” and “weak” by critics. Under the proposals to tackle dirty air, some drivers of older cars could be paid to move to electric vehicles. The draft plan also considers retrofitting buses, lorries and black cabs as a way of delivering cleaner air. Clean air […]

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