The RRS Sir David Attenborough polar research ship’s hull is launched in the river Mersey, England. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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Aidan O’Mahony: outscored by other contestants in the final. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

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An artist’s impression of a new state-of-the-art polar research ship that is to be named RRS Sir David Attenborough. Photograph: NERC/PA Wire

Britain’s new polar research ship is to be named RRS Sir David Attenborough, despite Boaty McBoatface topping the public vote. The decision to name t(...)

Artists’ impression issued by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) of a new state-of-the-art polar research ship. Photograph: NERC/PA Wire

A campaign to name a polar research ship Boaty McBoatface may be heading for the rocks, after a UK government minister said he wanted something that “(...)