101543202 d38fd63d d9ee 45f0 a480 f4539aee605a - Pump it down
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Pump it down

Image copyright G Svanberg Image caption Harnessing the power of the volcanoes: Hellisheidi is Iceland’s largest geothermal plant Nested in the snow-covered mountains of western Iceland, a maze of turbines and pipes belches thick billows of steam. This mammoth structure is responsible for providing power to a country where 100% of the electricity comes from […]

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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 […]

101592809 1 - Copy of BepiColombo Mercury mission goes on display
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Copy of BepiColombo Mercury mission goes on display

Image copyrightSCIENCE 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 MercuryA near-exact replica of the probe Europe will be sending to Mercury later this year has gone on show at […]

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Switzerland to vote on pesticide ban 'in 3 years'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Farmers in Switzerland may have to end their use of synthetic pesticides Swiss citizens will get the chance to vote on a complete ban on the use of synthetic pesticides after campaigners secured enough signatures to force a referendum. More than 100,000 Swiss signed the call for a ban […]

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Stephen Hawking thanksgiving service public ballot closes

Image copyright André Pattenden Image caption Professor Stephen Hawking’s life will be celebrated at a service in June Organisers of a public ballot for places at a thanksgiving service for Professor Stephen Hawking said the number of applicants “could have filled Westminster Abbey 12 times”. The ballot for 1,000 places at the 15 June service […]

101570797 1 - Delay for Bloodhound supersonic car's high-speed trials
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Delay for Bloodhound supersonic car's high-speed trials

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The car conducted “slow speed” trials in October last year The Bloodhound 1,000mph car project is going to compress its schedule over the next 18 months. It had planned runs above 500mph later this year before trying to break the world land speed record in late 2019. The timing […]

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1,600 IT workers and engineers denied UK visas

Image copyright Getty Images More than 1,600 IT specialists and engineers offered jobs in the UK were denied visas between December and March, BBC News has learned. They were denied because the number applying exceeded the monthly limit allowed to enter the UK. Critics argue that the immigration policy will hamper the government’s efforts to […]