100729621 thunderstorm seen from space station - Hunting mystery giant lightning from space
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Hunting mystery giant lightning from space

Image copyrightESA/NASA Image caption The ISS provides a unqiue perspective on Earth’s weatherThunderstorms are some of the most spectacular events in nature, yet what we can see from the surface of our planet is only the beginning. There are bizarre goings on in Earth’s upper atmosphere, and a new mission aims to learn more about […]

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Plastic bag litter falls in UK seas

Image copyright REINHARD DIRSCHERL/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY A study of litter in UK seas shows the number of plastic bags has fallen, amid a rise in other types of plastic rubbish. The authors say this could be due to several things – the introduction of charges for plastic bags across Europe, manufacturing changes and changes in […]

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Space muscles study to use tiny worms

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The nematode worm species, Caenorhabditis elegans, is about 1mm in length Thousands of baby worms will be sent into space later this year to help a study into muscle loss in older people. Scientists at the University of Exeter in Devon say nematodes are being used because they have […]

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Trash Robot cleans up Chicago River's rubbish

Urban Rivers has developed a robot that collects rubbish from the Chicago River. The robot connects to the internet allowing it to be controlled from anywhere in the world and web users can also make donations to help pay for maintenance costs. BBC Click finds out more. See more at Click’s website and @BBCClick. Source […]

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Dozen black holes found at galactic centre

Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY A dozen black holes may lie at the centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way, researchers have said. A new analysis provides support for a decades-old prediction that “supermassive” black holes at the centres of galaxies are surrounded by many smaller ones. However, previous searches of the Milky Way’s centre, […]

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The whales who love to sing in the dark

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Bowhead whales are predominantly found in cold Arctic waters Beneath the Arctic sea ice, in the blanket of January’s polar night, bowhead whales most prefer to sing. While the songs of humpback whales have long received the most attention, it turns out that their baleen cousins could have […]

100591541 elephants - Conservationists use astronomy software to save species
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Conservationists use astronomy software to save species

Image copyright Chester Zoo Image caption Elephants are easier to spot from the heat they give off. Researchers are using astronomical techniques used to study distant stars to survey endangered species. The team of scientists is developing a system to automatically identify animals using a camera that has been mounted on a drone. It is […]

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Antarctica 'gives ground to the ocean'

Image copyright DAVID VAUGHAN/BAS Image caption A photo of the surface expression of the grounding line on Antarctica’s Rutford ice stream. The position is not always so obvious Scientists now have their best view yet of where Antarctica is giving up ground to the ocean as some its biggest glaciers are eaten away from below […]

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'Send in the drones' to protect soil

Image copyright PA Image caption Drones could help plug the current gap in inspections, say campaigners Squadrons of drones should be deployed to locate and penalise farmers who let soil run off their fields, a report will say. A coalition of campaigners complains that the Environment Agency can only check soil on 0.5% of farms […]

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Tiangong-1: Defunct China space lab comes down over South Pacific

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChina’s space lab Tiangong-1 tracked on radar China’s defunct Tiangong-1 space lab mostly broke up on re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere above the South Pacific, Chinese and US reports say. It re-entered the atmosphere at 08:16 GMT on Monday, astronomer Jonathan McDowell tweeted. Tiangong-1 was launched in 2011 […]