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Should tourists be banned from Antarctica?

<b>This season around 37,000 tourists are expected to visit Antarctica - home to about 20 million pairs of breeding penguins. But is it ethically acceptable to go on holiday to such a pristine environment?</b><p>Enfolded in two glacial arms the bay before us sparkles ultramarine, the water flecked with …

The Scottish mother of Japanese whisky

<b>Scotch enthusiasts found it hard to swallow recently when a Japanese single malt was named the world's best whisky. But the fact that a Scot played a key role in establishing the hard stuff in Japan may make that news more palatable for some.</b><p>Jessie Roberta Cowan, from Kirkintilloch, had little idea …

A 20 años del efecto Tequila "la pobreza es un mito genial"

La recesión, que ocasionó una devaluación del peso de más de 100 por ciento, la erosión de las reservas internacionales, una caída del Producto …

Brain's taste secrets uncovered

<b>The brain has specialist neurons for each of the five taste categories - salty, bitter, sour, sweet and umami - US scientists have discovered.</b><p>The study, published in the journal Nature, should settle years of debate on how the brain perceives taste.<p>The Columbia University team showed the separate …

Catalonia vote: 80% back independence - officials

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1122000/1122942_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534456962_49ee90b95d2ef57d1d0cbbc6d71eefbc<p><b>An informal vote on independence for Catalonia has shown more than 80% in favour, officials say.</b><p>The non-binding vote went ahead after Spain's …

Catalonia holds non-binding vote on independence

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1122000/1122698_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534467250_4d201450a91c955ff0ca2fe39c42ea3a<p><b>The people of Catalonia in north-eastern Spain are voting in a disputed and non-binding poll on independence.</b><p>The Spanish judiciary has ruled the vote …

Ancient African fish dust nourishes Amazon

<b>The Amazon is being fertilised by the remains of ancient fish from Africa.</b><p>The nutrient-rich material is being carried in millions of tonnes of dust blown across the Atlantic from the Sahara every year.<p>Scientists have long recognised the importance of this airborne train to the rainforest's …

Complex organic molecule found in interstellar space

The scientists searched for the molecule deep in the Milky Way<p><b>Scientists have found the beginnings of life-bearing chemistry at the centre of the galaxy.</b><p>Iso-propyl cyanide has been detected in a star-forming cloud 27,000 light-years from Earth.<p>Its branched carbon structure is closer to the complex …

Is yoga really about exercise?

<b>Yoga practitioners are fighting a new sales tax by insisting the activity isn't primarily about fitness. Around the world, its definition can often be rather more flexible, writes Jon Kelly.</b><p>It might feel a lot like exercise to millions of gym-goers as their muscles strain and they struggle to hold …

Panama opens Frank Gehry-designed biodiversity museum

<b>Panama has inaugurated a museum designed by the world-renowned Canadian-born architect Frank Gehry - his first in Latin America.</b><p>The Biomuseo has been built at the entrance from the Pacific ocean to the Panama Canal.<p>It bears Gehry's trademark metallic curves and canopies, made famous by the …

Blood group 'link to memory loss'

<b>There may be a link between a rare blood type and memory loss in later life, American research suggests.</b><p>People with AB blood, found in 4% of the population, appear more likely to develop thinking and memory problems than those with other blood groups.<p>The study, published in Neurology, builds on …

Henri Matisse exhibition is Tate's most successful art show

<b>An exhibition of Henri Matisse's cut-out art has become the most successful exhibition held to date at the Tate with more than 560,000 visitors.</b><p>The Tate Modern show was the first in its history to attract more than half a million people.<p>Matisse: The Cut-Outs drew attention to the final part of the …

Ancient sturgeon in China's Yangtze 'nearly extinct'

<b>The Chinese sturgeon, thought to have existed for more than 140 million years, is now on the brink of extinction, according to local media.</b><p>Xinhua reported that no wild sturgeon reproduced naturally last year in the Yangtze river.<p>It was the first time since researchers began recording levels 32 …

Greenhouse gas levels rising at fastest rate since 1984

<b>A surge in atmospheric CO2 saw levels of greenhouse gases reach record levels in 2013, according to new figures.</b><p>Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere between 2012 and 2013 grew at their fastest rate since 1984.<p>The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) says that it highlights the need …

The secrets of Andy Warhol's time capsules

<b>Thirty years ago, Pop-Art's bad boy, Andy Warhol, consigned 300,000 of his everyday possessions to sealed cardboard boxes. Now, as the final boxes are opened for the first time, what do they tell us about the man who turned Campbell's soup tins into art?</b><p>It's a stuffy summer evening on Pittsburgh's …

Stonehenge secrets revealed by underground map

<b>Archaeologists have unveiled the most detailed map ever produced of the earth beneath Stonehenge and its surrounds.</b><p>They combined different instruments to scan the area to a depth of three metres, with unprecedented resolution.<p>Early results suggest that the iconic monument did not stand alone, but …

Bionic pancreas: A new dawn for diabetics?

<b>Those with type 1 diabetes often say having the condition is like having a second job such is the stress of monitoring their blood sugar levels and administering doses of insulin.</b><b>Now a group of researchers in the US say they have developed the first bionic pancreas that works in the real world</b> …

Warning over vulnerability of soil carbon to warming

<b>The huge stores of carbon locked in the world's soils are more vulnerable to rising temperatures than previously thought.</b><p>Researchers found that microbes in the soil were more likely to enhance the release of CO2 in a warming world.<p>Soils from colder regions and those with greater amounts of carbon …

Deep sea 'mushroom' may be new branch of life

<b>A mushroom-shaped sea animal discovered off the Australian coast has defied classification in the tree of life.</b><p>A team of scientists at the University of Copenhagen says the tiny organism does not fit into any of the known subdivisions of the animal kingdom.<p>Such a situation has occurred only a …

Nevada chosen for high-tech Tesla car battery factory

<b>The governor of the US state of Nevada has said that the Tesla electric car maker has chosen his state ahead of rivals for a $5bn battery factory.</b><p>Brian Sandoval said the California-based company will use the plant to make cheaper and more efficient batteries for future cars.<p>Correspondents say the …

Secret menus: Fast food 'hacks' for in-the-know customers

<b>Competition is driving many fast-food restaurants to fill special orders. As a result, hundreds of "secret menu" items circulate on social media to be snapped up by savvy eaters.</b><p>Fast-food chain Arby's recently made headlines for something called the Meat Mountain. The "sandwich" consists of six …

The girl with three biological parents

<b>Alana Saarinen loves playing golf and the piano, listening to music and hanging out with friends. In those respects, she's like many teenagers around the world. Except she's not, because every cell in Alana's body isn't like mine and yours - Alana is one of a few people in the world who have DNA</b> …

#BBCtrending: Backlash against polish to detect 'rape drug'

<b>Four male college students at the North Carolina State University are developing a new kind of nail polish that changes colour in the presence of date-rape drugs, like GHB and Rohypnol.</b><p>The goal of their company, Undercover Colors, is "to invent technologies that empower women to protect …

Botox may have cancer fighting role

<b>Botox injections - beloved by those seeking a wrinkle-free face - may help fight cancer, animal tests suggest.</b><p>The study, published in Science Translational Medicine, showed nerves help stomach cancers grow.<p>Research on mice found that using the toxin to kill nerves could halt the growth of stomach …

New Antarctic atlas offers index of marine life

<b>The most complete audit ever assembled of Antarctic sea life is to be published this week.</b><p>More than 9,000 species, from single-cell organisms to penguins and whales, are chronicled in the first Antarctic atlas since 1969.<p>The book will be launched by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research at …

River turtle mothers 'talk' to their hatchlings

<b>Scientists in Brazil have managed to eavesdrop on underwater "turtle talk".</b><p>Their recordings have revealed that, in the nesting season, river turtles appear to exchange information vocally - communicating with each other using at least six different sounds.<p>This included chatter recorded between …

Tiny pieces of gold 'boost brain cancer therapy' in lab

<b>Minuscule pieces of gold may help improve treatment for aggressive brain cancers, according to research published in the journal Nanoscale.</b><p>Scientists engineered extremely small golden spheres, coating them with a chemotherapy drug.<p>When the tiny particles were infused into the centre of tumour …

How Nigeria turned Her Majesty's prison into a place of pleasure

<b>A colonial-era prison in Nigeria's main city, Lagos, has turned into a leisure and arts centre representing freedom, writes the BBC's Will Ross.</b><p>A major musical highlight in Lagos is the monthly Afropolitan Vibes show at Freedom Park.<p>It is a chance for lovers of live music - no artificial, …

Wines scientists find 'fingerpints' of region and quality

<b>Fine wines have unique chemical "fingerprints" that could authenticate their origin and quality, scientists have found.</b><p>Malbecs from Argentina and California made by the same winemaker and using the same protocol had distinct molecular signatures and flavours.<p>But the delicate aroma of a rare vintage …

'Stem cells show promise in stroke recovery'

<b>Infusing stem cells into the brain may help boost recovery after a stroke, according to a pilot study by Imperial College London.</b><p>Scientists believe the cells encourage new blood vessels to grow in damaged areas of the brain.<p>They found most patients were able to walk and look after themselves …