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Bug hunt: Volunteers needed to spot insect’s ‘spittle’

Bug hunt: Volunteers needed to spot insect’s ‘spittle’

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Ever seen a blob of foam on a plant and wondered how it got there?The frothy spittle, sometimes called cuckoo spit, is actually a telltale sign that an insect known as the spittlebug is feeding on a plant.Scientists are calling for thousands of volunteers to help record sightings of spittle and spittlebugs across the UK.The information will be used to map the distribution of the insect, in a pre-emptive strike against a deadly plant disease.Xylella has struck several EU countries, blighting olive groves in southern Italy. The UK is clear of the disease but is on high alert. There are a huge number of plants the Xylella bacterium could affec...
Can you spot ocean plastic from space?

Can you spot ocean plastic from space?

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Scientists are working on a technique to track plastic debris in the ocean from space.It's extremely challenging, especially since the individual pieces of litter are smaller than the minimum-sized objects that satellites can resolve.But the approach works by looking for plastic's reflected light signature in the water.And early trials conducted by the UK's Plymouth Marine Laboratory have been very encouraging."You're never going to see an individual plastic bottle floating on the sea, but we can detect aggregations of this material," Dr Lauren Biermann told BBC News. Other stories from EGU 2019 ...
Wolves 2-1 Man Utd: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants five wins for top-four spot

Wolves 2-1 Man Utd: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants five wins for top-four spot

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Media playback is not supported on this device Manchester United need to win five of their last six league games to finish in the top four of the Premier League, says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.A 2-1 loss at Wolves left United fifth, two points behind third-placed Arsenal, level with Tottenham who are fourth and one point clear of Chelsea in sixth.However, United have now played one game more than the three London clubs. "We needed 15 points from seven games, now it is 15 from six - we don't have room for many losses," said Solskjaer. "It is harder than it was before...
Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Firmino header helps Reds reclaim top spot

Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Firmino header helps Reds reclaim top spot

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Toby Alderweireld's late own goal gave Liverpool a priceless victory and put them back on top of the Premier League.Visitors Tottenham looked on course to earn a point - and even wasted chances to go in front - after Lucas Moura deservedly equalised Roberto Firmino's first-half header for the home side.Liverpool were on the brink of losing ground to Manchester City - 2-0 winners at Fulham on Saturday - until the title race took another dramatic twist in the closing moments in front of the Kop. Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris failed to hold Mohamed Salah's routine far-post header and the ball ricocheted into the net off Alderweireld.It was sheer elation for Liverpool, who are now two points clear of ...