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Muons: ‘Strong’ evidence found for a new force of nature

Muons: ‘Strong’ evidence found for a new force of nature

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Reidar Hahn / FermiLabFrom sticking a magnet on a fridge door to throwing a ball into a basketball hoop, the forces of physics are at play in every moment of our lives.All of the forces we experience every day can be reduced to just four categories: gravity, electromagnetism, the strong force and the weak force.Now, physicists say they have found possible signs of a fifth fundamental force of nature.The findings come from research carried out at a laboratory near Chicago.The four fundamental forces govern how all the objects and particles in the Universe interact with each other.For example, gravity makes objects fall to the ground, and heavy objects behave as if they are glued to the floor.The UK's Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) said the result "provides strong evidence ...
Prosperity comes at ‘devastating’ cost to nature

Prosperity comes at ‘devastating’ cost to nature

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Getty ImagesA landmark review has called for transformational change in our economic approach to nature.The long-awaited review by Prof Sir Partha Dasgupta, of the University of Cambridge, says prosperity has come at a "devastating" cost to the natural world.The report proposes recognising nature as an asset and reconsidering our measures of economic prosperity.It is expected to set the agenda on government policy going forward.At its heart is the idea that sustainable economic growth requires a different measure than Gross Domestic Product (GDP)."Truly sustainable economic growth and development means recognising that our long-term prosperity relies on rebalancing our demand of nature's goods and services with its capacity to supply them," Prof Dasgupta said in a statement."It also means ...
U.N. report says humans must release grip on nature to protect environment, humanity

U.N. report says humans must release grip on nature to protect environment, humanity

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Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The United Nations Development Program said in a new report released Tuesday the world must "release their grip on nature" and challenges like the coronavirus pandemic may become more common. The report said humans need to work harder to reduce damage to the environment to protect humanity overall. Advertisement "Humans wield more power over the planet than ever before," Achim Steiner, the program's administrator, said in a statement. "In the wake of COVID-19, record-breaking temperatures and spiraling inequality, it is time to use that power to redefine what we mean by progress, where our carbon and consumption footprints are no longer hidden." The report said humans have the power to address such issues as the climate crisis, the challenge to biodiversity and ocean acid...
Humans waging ‘suicidal war’ on nature – UN chief Antonio Guterres

Humans waging ‘suicidal war’ on nature – UN chief Antonio Guterres

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Attenborough: ‘Curb excess capitalism’ to save nature

Attenborough: ‘Curb excess capitalism’ to save nature

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Sir David Attenborough says the excesses of western countries should "be curbed" to restore the natural world and we'll all be happier for it. The veteran broadcaster said that the standard of living in wealthy nations is going to have to take a pause.Nature would flourish once again he believes when "those that have a great deal, perhaps, have a little less".Sir David was speaking to Liz Bonnin for BBC Radio 5 Live's new podcast 'What Planet Are We On?'.Listen to the podcast on BBC SoundsSpeaking personally and frankly, Sir David explained, "We are going to have to live more economically than we do. And we can do that and, I believe we will do it more happily, not less happily. And that the excesse...