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How to eat well – and save the planet

How to eat well – and save the planet

Science
Switching to a healthier diet can reduce an individual's water footprint by as much as 55%.According to new research, turning vegetarian has the biggest impact, but even cutting down on meat gives a saving of at least 10%. Shifting to a healthy diet is a "win-win situation", say researchers. Citizens will be healthier and their food can be produced using less of one of our most precious natural resources - water."The main message is that if you shift to a healthy diet, be it with meat or without (vegetarian or pescetarian), according to your own preference, it's not only good for your health, but it's also very good for the environment in the sense that you reduce your water footprint substantially," said Dr Davy Vanham of the European Commission's Joint ...
Scientists capture first image of newborn planet

Scientists capture first image of newborn planet

Technology
Astronomers have captured the first confirmed image of a newborn planet, forming around a young dwarf star 370 light years away. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany snapped the spectacular picture of a planet forming around the star PDS 70 from the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile.Operated by the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the telescope has one of the most sophisticated planet-hunting instruments in existence, known as SPHERE.Known in full as Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch, SPHERE made the first robust detection of a newborn planet by measuring the different wavelengths of light through its atmosphere.The images that the team captured show the planet as a bright point beside the black filter covering the star a...
Bafta TV Awards: Britain's Got Talent, Love Island and Blue Planet II win

Bafta TV Awards: Britain's Got Talent, Love Island and Blue Planet II win

Entertainment
Britain's Got Talent, Love Island and Blue Planet II were among the winners at this year's Bafta Television Awards.Declan Donnelly was at the ceremony to accept the entertainment programme prize for Britain's Got Talent - but co-host Ant McPartlin wasn't there.Love Island won its first ever Bafta, for best reality show, while Casualty scooped its first Bafta for 11 years, for best soap or continuing drama. Sir David Attenborough picked up Blue Planet II's Must See Moment prize.That was the only award voted for by viewers, and it was for the scene showing a mother pilot whale refusing to let go of her dead calf.Sir David told viewers: "We set out to try and show the seas,...
InSight probe to survey Mars for secrets inside the planet

InSight probe to survey Mars for secrets inside the planet

Science
May 4 (UPI) -- As NASA's Insight probe begins its trip to Mars on Saturday, the spacecraft is tasked with studying Mars' insides. But the probe's observations could offer insights into the formation and evolution of all rocky planets, including Earth."As a smaller planet, Mars' interior convection has slowed dramatically or stopped entirely," Elizabeth Barrett, a planetary scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told UPI this week. "Thus, Mars' frozen interior preserves a snapshot of the past of the core, mantle and crust."Barrett is coordinating surface operations for the mission's science and instrument teams."By studying Mars we can learn about the formation of Earth itself," she said. "Eventually Earth's convection will slow, so the InSight mission can help us predict what the f...
Study details meteorite diamonds from a lost planet

Study details meteorite diamonds from a lost planet

Science
April 17 (UPI) -- New analysis of a slice of a meteorite containing unusual diamonds suggest the space rock came from a long lost planet.In 2008, an asteroid measuring 13 feet across penetrated Earth's atmosphere and exploded above Sudan, scattering rocky fragments across the Nubian Desert. The fragments were gathered and organized into the Almahata Sitta collection.The Almahata Sitta fragments are ureilites, a kind of rocky meteorite containing clusters of tiny diamonds. Scientists believe ureilite diamonds can form three ways: under the extreme pressure triggered by a planetary collision, through chemical vapor deposition or under normal pressure conditions inside the parent body -- as most diamonds on Earth are formed.Over the last decades, several teams of researchers have studied the ...