95252259 mediaitem95252258 - Rosetta saw cliffs collapse on comet
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Rosetta saw cliffs collapse on comet

Image copyright ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM Image caption A wide range of changes were observed on Comet 67P The comet visited by the Rosetta spacecraft is constantly being re-shaped, sometimes in dramatic fashion. It witnessed the collapse of entire cliffs at two locations on Comet 67P, events that were probably driven by exposure to sunlight. The European probe […]

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Crustal attraction

Media captionSensing the magnetism of rocks from orbit is very challenging It is the best depiction yet of the magnetism retained in Earth’s rocks, as viewed from space. The map was constructed using data from Europe’s current Swarm mission, combined with legacy information from a forerunner satellite called Champ. Variations as small as 250km across […]

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Spaceport protest delays rocket launch in French Guiana

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Ariane 5 rocket during a previous launch The launch of a French rocket from a space centre in French Guiana has been delayed after workers erected barricades as part of a labour dispute. The Ariane 5 rocket was due to take a South Korean satellite and a Brazilian satellite […]

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'Step change' needed to create more woodland

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption MPs are calling for greater protection for ancient woodland, including an inventory The amount of new woodland created in England last year amounts to under 700 hectares, an area little bigger than London’s Olympic Park. This falls far short of yearly targets needed to plant 11 million trees by […]

95242912 temp percentilemap 2016 - 'Extreme and unusual' climate trends continue after record 2016
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'Extreme and unusual' climate trends continue after record 2016

Image copyright NOAA Image caption This map shows the global temperature departures from the long-term average in January this year In the atmosphere, the seas and around the poles, climate change is reaching disturbing new levels across the Earth. That’s according to a detailed global analysis from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). It says that […]

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LHC: Five new particles hold clues to sub-atomic glue

Image copyright EQUINOX GRAPHICS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY The Large Hadron Collider has discovered new sub-atomic particles that could help to explain how the centres of atoms are held together. The particles are all different forms of the so-called Omega-c baryon, whose existence was confirmed in 1994. Physicists had always believed the various types existed but had […]

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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 […]

95216886 p04x7q8q - Buzz Aldrin launches VR plan to get humans to Mars
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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 […]

95204319 1 - Etna escape: 'Pelted with the deadly, hot debris'
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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 […]