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‘Hitch-hiking’ viruses can survive on microplastics in freshwater, new study finds

Scientists have proven for the first time that viruses can survive and remain infectious by binding themselves to plastics in freshwater – raising concerns about the potential impact on human health.

‘Hitch-hiking’ viruses can survive on microplastics in freshwater, new study finds

Harmful bacteria survive on wet wipes washed up on beaches, study finds

Harmful bacteria on sewage-associated plastic waste washed up on beaches can survive long enough to pose a risk to human health, new research has found.

Harmful bacteria survive on wet wipes washed up on beaches, study finds

Study explores how Nigeria can achieve its fish production target

Researchers have analysed how Nigeria can achieve its target of producing 2.5 million tonnes of farmed fish annually, and believe their work could provide similar insights in other countries.

Study explores how Nigeria can achieve its fish production target

Building a buzz: robot bees to simulate pollination

Two scientists from the UK and the US have been jointly awarded £640,000 to build microrobots that simulate the buzzing of bees.

Building a buzz: robot bees to simulate pollination

Wild meat hunting and trade threatens global sustainability, researchers say

The hunting and trade of wild animals for meat is a threat to global sustainability that should be managed on the same scale as deforestation, say researchers.

Wild meat hunting and trade threatens global sustainability, researchers say