Drax, the UK’s largest power station, burns coal and wood.
It's not the ideal renewable energy but biomass is a better bet than coal.
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Humans are programmed to chose colourful, symmetrical food. But ugly alternatives are cheap and cut waste.
That traditional monolith of culture, the museum, has begun to embrace the digital world. As a series of projects reveal, the possibilities are endless.
The Thames whale: a rather lost northern bottlenose.
It didn't turn out well for the whale who went to Westminster, but others have made a happy home in British waters.
Environmental campaigners have employed an argument that they were forced into 'illegal' action but judges are still not buying it.
We don’t need future geological evidence to tell us nuclear tests are bad.
US Department of Defense
There's no need for manufactured debates about a new geological era – we should just get on with the business of solving our problems.
Do innovations like PayPal, Square, Apple Pay and Bitcoin spell the end of cash? How different countries are adopting new forms of financial tech.
Urban noise pushes birds to sing in high pitch and ship sound deafens whales and dolphins.
John Haslam, Eric Bégin, IK's World Trip, Green Fire Productions, flickker photos, Jay Ebberly / Flickr
Noise pollution, whether on land or under water, can affect animals in interesting – and not always positive – ways.
Conversation and the art of making your words count.
We are only just starting to understand the linguistic tools that get stuff done, move us to tears, bore us to death, or make us dizzy with delight.
How do you make a digital mapping system give directions like a stranger in the street?
Heat stroke can be deadly. Luckily there's a cheap, easy solution for adjusting to a hot climate – and it doesn't involve dunking yourself in ice.
Vanuatuans live in one of the world’s most diverse linguistic environments.
Studying diverse languages gives us invaluable insights into human cognition but more become endangered every month.
It's difficult to individually track tiny insects but researchers think they've found a way to harness a bee's own energy.
The Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year is causing a bit of a stir – probably because it's not a word at all.
It's not easy powering a network of billions of sensors. But this could be a solution.
Just don’t say so to his face.
Declining numbers mean the continent's top predator isn't fulfilling its ecological role.
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has been called a ‘textbook narcissist’.
The most effective leaders are not the most narcissistic ones.
Google-led AMP consortium is a fight-back against Apple News and Facebook Instant Pages.
Online advertising is out of control: are Facebook's Instant Pages, Apple News, and Accelerated Mobile Pages the answer?
October 16 is traditionally a day in which the Spanish nation is celebrated. But questions are being asked about what that nation is these days.
Instead of arguing over whether adblocking is right or wrong, advertisers and publishers could work to make the web better.