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SpaceX Dragon capsule returns to Earth

The SpaceX Dragon capsule returns to Earth with a full load of science samples after its mission to the International Space Station. The capsule left the station after being released by astronauts Thomas Pesquet (of France) and Shane Kimbrough (of NASA) using a robotic arm. It’s equipped with a heat shield that allows cargo to […]

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Buzz Aldrin launches VR plan to get humans to Mars

Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the Moon, has launched a virtual reality movie detailing his plan to get humans to Mars. The film – Cycling Pathways to Mars – lasts just under 10 minutes and features the astronaut as a hologram narrating the experience. Dave Lee interviewed him for the BBC. […]

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Can dolphins reveal why whales strand?

Researchers in the US are working with dolphins in an effort to work out why closely related whale species in the wild strand themselves on land. The team, from the University of California Santa Cruz, carried out experiments to measure the effect on the animals of human-made noise, something that has been implicated in mass […]

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Etna escape: 'Pelted with the deadly, hot debris'

Image copyright Sam Robinson Image caption Etna is usually doing something. That makes it a draw for scientists and tourists When we arrived in Sicily, we discovered that we were in luck: Mount Etna had just started to erupt again. I was part of a BBC team who had come to film a report on […]

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Device promises injections without needles

A computerised system for injecting medicine without using needles has won an innovation award at the South by SouthWest Interactive technology conference in Austin, Texas. Portal Instruments’ device, which the company hopes will be on the market in the next two years, won in the health category. The BBC’s North America technology reporter Dave Lee […]

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'Narcissistic' bird wins internet fans in Australia

Image copyright Nick Wiggins/ABC Image caption Wildlife expert Caitlin Raynor posted a note above the bush stone-curlew When wildlife expert Caitlin Raynor saw a bird mesmerised with its reflection, she feared people might be concerned. So she posted a note above it. “I’m a bush stone-curlew,” the message explained. “I’m fine. I just like to […]

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Black tide

Image copyrightPhilippe Le Tellier Fifty years ago, the supertanker SS Torrey Canyon hit rocks off the coast of Cornwall, spilling more than 100,000 tonnes of crude oil into the English Channel. Beaches were left knee-deep in sludge and thousands of sea birds were killed in what remains the UK’s worst environmental accident. It was the […]

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Scientists play 'geological genealogy'

Image copyright Rick Carlson Image caption The rocks on the eastern shores of the Hudson Bay are among the oldest on Earth Scientists have tracked the “family history” of a rock back to some of the earliest times on Earth. Researchers analysed the concentration and distribution of particular types of atoms in the granite to […]

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Mount Etna: BBC crew caught up in volcano blast

Media captionMoment BBC crew caught in Etna eruption A BBC team and a number of tourists have suffered minor injuries after being caught up in an incident on the erupting volcano Mount Etna in Sicily. “Many injured – some head injuries, burns, cuts and bruises,” tweeted BBC science reporter Rebecca Morelle. Lava flow mixed with […]

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North Face widow Tompkins donates land for Chile parks

Image copyright Tompkins Conservation Image caption The donated land will form part of a network of 17 national parks Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, the widow of US billionaire Doug Tompkins, is donating 408,000 hectares of land to Chile for national parks to be created. Doug Tompkins, one of the founders of the outdoor clothing brand The […]

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'Boaty McBoatface' loaded for Friday departure

Image copyright Povl Abrahamsen/BAS Image caption Sent out from Southampton, Boaty was loaded on to the RRS James Clark Ross on Wednesday “Boaty McBoatface” has just been loaded aboard the UK’s polar ship, the RRS James Clark Ross. The yellow submarine is currently in Punta Arenas, Chile, and is due to sail for the Southern […]