104694296 pia22736 - Nasa's InSight probe listens to Martian winds
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Nasa's InSight probe listens to Martian winds

Image copyrightNASA/JPL-Caltech Image caption One of InSight’s 2.2m-wide solar panels. They “act like ears”A UK instrument has captured “the sound” of the wind on Mars. The British seismometer package carried on Nasa’s InSight lander has detected the vibrations from Martian air as it rushed over the probe’s solar panels. “The solar panels on the lander’s […]

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Chang'e-4: China mission targets Moon's far side

Image copyright CNSA Image caption Artwork: The Chang’e-4 rover will explore a huge impact bason on the far side China is about to launch the first mission to land robotic craft on the far side of the Moon. The Chang’e-4 mission will see a static lander and rover touch down in Von Kármán crater, located […]

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Supersonic Bloodhound car project axed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Bristol-built vehicle was was tested at Newquay Airport A project to race a car at more than 1,000mph has been axed after it failed to secure a £25m cash injection. The Bloodhound supersonic vehicle – built with a Rolls-Royce Eurofighter jet engine bolted to a rocket – is […]

104654954 p06tty11 - Falcon 9 rocket guides itself to sea.
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Falcon 9 rocket guides itself to sea.

Because the rocket could not be sure of a stable landing, it guided itself away from the targeted touchdown zone on land and instead touched down on water just offshore. The rocket showed off its skills by hovering over the water before it toppled over. sponsored advertisement: Credited Source link

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Climate change: Warming made UK heatwave 30 times more likely

Image copyrightAFP Image caption The heat wave experienced across the UK in the summer of 2018 could become commonplaceClimate change has significantly boosted the chances of having summer heatwaves in the UK. A Met Office study says that the record-breaking heat seen in 2018 was made about 30 times more likely because of emissions from […]

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Fossil preserves 'sea monster' blubber and skin

Image copyright Johan Lindgren Image caption The fossil ichthyosaur comes from the Holzmaden quarry in south-west Germany Scientists have identified fossilised blubber from an ancient marine reptile that lived 180 million years ago. Blubber is a thick layer of fat found under the skin of modern marine mammals such as whales. Its discovery in this […]

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Cars and coal help drive 'strong' CO2 rise in 2018

Image copyrightGetty Images Image caption The main factor in the rise is coal use in ChinaA booming global market for cars has helped drive CO2 emissions to an all-time high in 2018, say researchers. The main factor in the near 3% rise has been coal use in China, driven by government efforts to boost a […]

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Game-on for UK's Team Tao in ocean XPRIZE final

Image copyrightMartin Avery Photography Image caption Team Tao’s USV: Technologies have had to be developed in just three yearsA UK-based team has arrived in Greece for the grand final of a contest to find innovative solutions for seafloor mapping. The Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE competition is offering multi-million dollar awards for the best concepts. Participants […]

104613073 gettyimages 629393715 - Ash dieback: ash woodlands 'may flourish once again'
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Ash dieback: ash woodlands 'may flourish once again'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An epidemic of ash dieback is devastating forests Scientists say there is hope that some ash forests will be able to survive a devastating tree disease. Surveys around Europe reveal mortality rates from ash dieback as high as 70% in woodlands and 85% in plantations. A previous study found […]

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Rats and pigeons 'replace iconic species'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Children feed pigeons in Kathmandu The modification of land for farming and building cities is favouring the same species everywhere, according to a new study. Animals like rats and pigeons are taking over from less common ones, which can survive only in certain habitats, say scientists. Researchers looked at […]

104621122 6c31e2ab 4f51 4be3 a26d dc6258411d36 - Saving the world's last West African giraffes in Niger
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Saving the world's last West African giraffes in Niger

Image copyrightGCF/Sean Viljoen For almost 50 years, the highly threatened West African giraffe has been absent from Niger’s Gadabedji Biosphere Reserve. Illegal hunting, climate change and habitat loss have all contributed to the population’s decline. An ambitious conservation initiative has now re-introduced eight giraffes into the reserve, in the first conservation effort of its kind […]