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Delay for Nasa's Tess planet-hunter

Image copyright Artwork: Tess Image caption Tess’s four-camera system will search about 85% of the sky during its primary mission The launch of Nasa’s Tess planet-hunter has been postponed and it will not now lift off until Wednesday at the earliest. The telescope was due to go up from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 18:32 […]

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Recycling hope for plastic-hungry enzyme

Image copyright David Jones Scientists have improved a naturally occurring enzyme which can digest some of our most commonly polluting plastics. PET, the strong plastic commonly used in bottles, takes hundreds of years to break down in the environment. The modified enzyme, known as PETase, can start breaking down the same material in just a […]

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Nasa planet-hunter set for launch

Image copyright NASA Image caption Tess will search for temporary drops in brightness caused by planetary transits The US space agency is about to launch a telescope that should find thousands of planets beyond our Solar System. The Tess mission will go up on a Falcon rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida and survey nearly […]

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Animals' popularity 'a disadvantage'

Image copyright EPA The world’s most popular animals are in more danger than we realise, according to a new study. A survey of the public’s perceptions suggests many people are unaware that the animals they consider “charismatic” are under threat in the wild. These include lions, elephants, tigers and other animals which frequently appear in […]

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Isolated lakes found beneath Canadian ice sheet

Image copyright Anja Rutishauser Image caption The lakes lie beneath the Devon ice cap in the Canadian Arctic Researchers have found lakes that may shed new light on icy worlds in our Solar System. High in the Canadian Arctic, two subglacial bodies of water have been spotted beneath over 500 metres of ice. The water […]

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Climate change dials down Atlantic Ocean heating system

Image copyright WHOI Image caption The circulation system plays a “significant role” in regulating the Earth’s climate by distributing heat around the globe. A significant shift in the system of ocean currents that helps keep parts of Europe warm could send temperatures in the UK lower, scientists have found. They say the Atlantic Ocean circulation […]

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Nazi legacy found in Norwegian trees

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionClaudia Hartl: “You don’t normally see trees in this region without rings” The relentless campaign to find and sink Germany’s WWII battleship, the Tirpitz, has left its mark on the landscape that is evident even today. The largest vessel in Hitler’s Kriegsmarine, it was stationed for much […]

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Map records UK's small ups and downs

Image caption The map was produced from over 8TB of radar data The subtle warping of the land surface across the entire UK has been mapped in detail for the first time. This view of changing topography was built from more than 2,000 radar images acquired by the European Union’s Sentinel-1 satellites. It should prove […]

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Iron Age study targets British DNA mystery

Image copyright PA Image caption This gold torc from Staffordshire was crafted at some point between 400 and 250 BC A project to sequence DNA from about 1,000 ancient remains could resolve a genetic mystery involving people from south-east Britain. A recent study showed that the present-day genetic landscape of Britain was largely laid down […]

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Earth's magnetic ocean tides mapped from space

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe magnetic signal from the tides is extremely small This is the European Space Agency’s spectacular new view of ocean tides as they sweep around the Earth. The movie shows not the bulging movement of water directly, but rather its magnetic signature. As the Moon pulls the […]

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The seismic signal of Lionel Messi

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJordi Díaz: “We get information every time Barcelona scores a goal” When Lionel Messi scores another wonder strike, the city of Barcelona literally shakes. Scientists have a seismometer installed close to the Camp Nou stadium and it picks up the telltale vibrations every time the crowd celebrates […]