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Work to upgrade Large Hadron Collider gets underway

Image copyright Cern Work has begun on a major upgrade to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particle smasher. The High-Luminosity LHC will make it possible to study the fundamental building blocks of matter in more detail than ever before. Cern, the organisation that operates the LHC, held a ground-breaking ceremony on Friday to mark the […]

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Kilauea volcano: Molten lava meets the sea

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has been pouring lava into the ocean at Kapoho Bay, causing a hydrochloric acid mist called “laze”. The eruption is now in its 42nd day. The summit of the volcano erupted on Wednesday morning, and some fissures spewed lava up to 160 feet (50 metres) high. Source link

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Prehistoric frogs surface after 99 million years

Image copyright Lida Xing Image caption The frogs are tiny, at about 2mm in length Frogs trapped in amber for 99 million years are giving a glimpse of a lost world. The tiny creatures have been preserved in sticky tree resin since the end of the Age of the Dinosaurs. The four fossils give a […]

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Mars rover Opportunity goes dormant amid huge dust storm

Image copyright NASA Image caption Nasa released a series of photographs showing how Opportunity witnessed the darkening Martian sky A huge dust storm has forced Nasa’s solar-powered Opportunity rover into a dormant state, space engineers say. The unusually intense storm has blotted out the Sun over a quarter of the planet’s surface, Nasa said. Agency […]

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Saiga antelopes: the Ice Age survivors now in peril

Central Asian antelopes – the saiga – are one of the few animals to have survived the Ice Age. Once prevalent from Siberia all the way to western Europe, today they’re a critically endangered species only found in parts of Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia. The BBC’s Abdujalil Abdurasulov has followed a scientific expedition attempting to […]

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Antarctica loses three trillion tonnes of ice in 25 years

Image copyright ESA Image caption Artwork: European satellites in particular have an unbroken record going back to 1992 Antarctica is shedding ice at an accelerating rate. Satellites monitoring the state of the White Continent indicate some 200 billion tonnes a year are now being lost to the ocean as a result of melting. This is […]

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UK rebuffed over Galileo sat-nav procurement

Image copyright OHB Image caption Artist’s impression: There are currently 22 Galileo satellites in orbit The UK space industry, fighting to be part of the European satellite-navigation system, Galileo, has suffered another Brexit setback. Delegations to the European Space Agency have approved the procurement of the next batch of spacecraft, despite British calls to delay. […]