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PM will pay to have 'full association' with EU research

Image copyright PETER POWELL Image caption The Prime Minister sets out her proposal for a special research relationship with the EU post-Brexit at Jodrell Bank The Prime Minister made the strongest commitment yet to “fully associate” the UK with the EU’s £24bn research programme post-Brexit. Theresa May said the UK would be willing to make […]

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China launch will prep for Moon landing

Image copyright AFP China has launched a relay satellite to prepare for a lunar rover mission planned for later in the year. The Queqiao spacecraft will establish a communications link between Earth and the landing mission, which looks set to launch in the next six months. The satellite was launched at 22:28 BST on Sunday […]

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Interstellar visitor is 'here to stay'

Image copyright Science Photo Library An asteroid in Jupiter’s orbit may have come from outside our Solar System, according to a new study. Unlike Oumuamua, the interstellar object which briefly visited the Solar System earlier this year, 2015 BZ509 (affectionately known as BZ) seems to have been here for 4.5 billion years. This makes it […]

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Seeds of hope: The gardens springing up in refugee camps

Image copyright Marvin J Willis Viola Vale Ltd Image caption Aveen Ismail in her garden “Syria is green,” says Aveen Ismail. “But here it was like a desert until we started growing plants and trees.” The 35-year-old fled Damascus with her family in 2012. She now lives in the Domiz Camp in Northern Iraq, where […]

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'Shocking' human impact reported on world's protected areas

Image copyright PAUL MULONDO/WCS Image caption Despite more and more land being “protected”, biodiversity is still in decline One third of the world’s protected lands are being degraded by human activities and are not fit for purpose, according to a new study. Six million sq km of forests, parks and conservation areas are under “intense […]

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Madagascar emerges as whale shark hotspot

Image copyright Simon J Pierce Image caption Whale sharks are the largest living fish Large numbers of endangered whale sharks have been sighted in waters off Madagascar. The first major scientific survey in the area shows there are far more of the huge fish than previously thought. Eighty-five individuals were identified in a single season […]

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UK referred to Europe's top court over air pollution

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Persistent high levels of air pollution have seen the UK referred to the European Court of Justice The UK is being taken to court by the European Commission over its long-standing failure to meet EU limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO₂). Germany, France, Italy, Romania, and Hungary have also been […]

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Scientists detect oxygen legacy of first stars

Image copyright ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO) Image caption Alma has become a powerful tool to study the early Universe Astronomers have made the most distant ever detection of oxygen. They observed it in a galaxy of stars that existed just 500 million years after the Big Bang. But what is really fascinating is that this oxygen can […]

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Mysterious rise in emissions of ozone-damaging chemical

Image copyright NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption Ozone depletion over the Arctic has been much less pronounced than over the Antarctic Scientists have detected an unexpected rise in atmospheric levels of CFC-11, a chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) highly damaging to the ozone layer. Banned by the Montreal Protocol in 1987, CFC-11 was seen to be declining as […]

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Copy of BepiColombo Mercury mission goes on display

Image copyright SCIENCE MUSEUM Image caption The BepiColombo Structural Thermal Model will become the centrepiece for events that will be held at the museum to mark key milestones in the progress of the European mission to Mercury A near-exact replica of the probe Europe will be sending to Mercury later this year has gone on […]