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Fracking starts at landmark Lancashire site

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC’s David Shukman explains how fracking works Fracking for shale gas has begun for the first time in the UK since it was linked with earthquakes in 2011. Energy firm Cuadrilla confirmed the controversial process had started at its site in …

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Rice ‘safely conserved’ in Philippines gene bank

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rice being harvested in Northwest Vietnam Scientists say that more than 100 thousand varieties of rice have been safeguarded for the future. Samples in the world’s largest rice gene bank in the Philippines are being used to help farmers develop rice crops that can …

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Why you have (probably) already bought your last car

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Driverless taxis – the transport of the future? I’m guessing you are scoffing in disbelief at the very suggestion of this article, but bear with me. A growing number of tech analysts are predicting that in less than 20 years we’ll all have stopped …

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