95270103 clouds3 - 'New' wave-like cloud finally wins official recognition
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'New' wave-like cloud finally wins official recognition

Image copyright Gary McArthur Image caption The wavy ridges of the rare asperitas cloud Twelve “new” types of cloud – including the rare, wave-like asperitas cloud – have been recognised for the first time by the International Cloud Atlas. The atlas, which dates back to the 19th Century, is the global reference book for observing […]

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Paleo artist

Danielle Dufault has a job that allows her to indulge her two passions: art and science. The award-winning artist works with researchers at the University of Toronto and the Royal Ontario Museum to bring to life long-dead fossil discoveries and dinosaur bones for both scientific journals and the museum public. Video: Dan Lytwyn Source link

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Major shake-up suggests dinosaurs may have 'UK origin'

Image copyright Millard H. Sharp Image caption The shake-up means savage, meat-eating dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex get reclassified The first dinosaurs may have originated in the Northern Hemisphere, possibly in an area that is now Britain. This is one of the conclusions of the first detailed re-evaluation of the relationships between dinosaurs for 130 […]

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UK schoolboy corrects Nasa data error

Media captionMiles Soloman tells Radio 4’s World At One how he discovered something the Nasa experts missed A British teenager has contacted scientists at Nasa to point out an error in a set of their own data. A-level student Miles Soloman found that radiation sensors on the International Space Station (ISS) were recording false data. […]

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Princess Anne: GM crops 'have real benefits'

Princess Anne has told the BBC’s Farming Today she believes gene technology has important benefits to offer in terms of providing food. The Queen’s daughter is a working farmer, and patron of nearly 50 countryside organisations. The full interview with Princess Anne will be on BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today on Thursday 23 March Source […]

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Genetically-modified crops have benefits – Princess Anne

Media captionPrincess Anne on Radio 4’s Farming Today: “Not very many downsides” to gene technology Princess Anne has said genetically-modified crops have important benefits for providing food and she would be open to growing them on her own land. She told BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today “we have to accept” the process could help production […]

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Plans for coal-fired power plants drop by almost half in 2016

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption This new Chinese coal-fired plant opened in January but many more have been put on hold Twenty-sixteen saw a “dramatic” decline in the number of coal-fired power stations in pre-construction globally. The authors of a new study say there was a 48% fall in planned coal units, with a […]

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'Dispersal machines'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cane toads were introduced to Queensland from Puerto Rico They are toxic invaders that have conquered swathes of northern Australia as they continue their seemingly irrepressible march west towards the Indian Ocean. Packed with poison and supremely adaptable, the dreaded cane toad, or Bufo marinus, has few friends in […]

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Fossil named after Sir David Attenborough

Image copyright Siveter et al Image caption Cascolus ravitis has been reconstructed as a virtual fossil, revealing every detail of the animal A 430-million-year-old fossil discovered “frozen in time” in ancient volcanic rock has been named after Sir David Attenborough. The tiny crustacean, measuring less than 1cm long, was found by researchers in Herefordshire. It […]

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Sea otters ahead of dolphins in using tools

Image copyright Jessica Fujii Image caption Sea otters use rocks to crack open shellfish Sea otters may have been using stone tools for thousands or even millions of years, according to scientists. It appears otters learned how to use tools long before other marine mammals. Sea otters are often seen floating on their backs, using […]

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Nasa 'smallsats' open up new planetary frontier

Image copyright NASA Image caption The IceCube smallsat was designed to study Earth, but upcoming missions would be despatched to other planetary bodies Nasa is planning a series of small satellite missions that could open up new ways of exploring the Solar System. James Green, head of planetary science at Nasa, told BBC News that […]

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President jokes while signing space agency funding bill

President Donald Trump joked that Nasa could send the US Congress to Mars as he signed a bill that guaranteed funding for the space agency for the next financial year. The bill includes money to go towards a manned mission to Mars, Nasa’s next big goal. Despite this, the Nasa budget fell slightly, from $19.5bn […]