Archive for June, 2016:

Climate change: UK backs world-leading climate target

Image copyright PA The UK government has set a world-leading climate change target up to the early 2030s. The Fifth Carbon Budget will cut carbon emissions by 57% by 2032 – that’s based on 1990 levels. The announcement will help reassure investors needed to overhaul the UK’s ageing energy system. But the government’s advisory Committee

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Call to assure status of EU scientists in UK post-Brexit

Image copyright Eric O’Neill Image caption A multinational group of cancer researchers at Oxford University uncertain about their future. The president of the Royal Society has called on the government to guarantee the residency of EU citizens in the UK. Prof Sir Venkatraman Ramakrishnan says EU scientists working in Britain could leave amid a climate

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‘Healing’ detected in Antarctic ozone hole

Image copyright SPL Image caption The researchers believe that healing of the ozone hole has begun in the stratosphere above Antarctica Researchers say they have found the first clear evidence that the thinning in the ozone layer above Antarctica is starting to heal. The scientists said that in September 2015 the hole was around 4

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Automated amphibian teaches us to walk

Scientists in Switzerland have created a robotic salamander that mimics the gait of the ancient amphibian in great detail. The Pleurobot can walk, crawl and even swim underwater. The team at EPFL in Lausanne used x-ray video of a salamander to track 64 points along its skeleton as it walked and swam. They used that

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World class science ‘will endure’ in UK after Brexit

Image copyright SPL Science Minister Jo Johnson has said that world class research would “endure” in the UK following a Brexit. He added that researchers should be “optimistic about the future”. But Mr Johnson could not offer any assurances that UK universities could continue to receive billions of pounds of EU research funds. The minister,

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Cameron urged to ratify climate deal before quitting as PM

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ed Miliband urged the prime minister to ratify the Paris deal before he goes Prime Minister David Cameron has been urged to ratify the Paris climate agreement before leaving office. Labour’s former climate change secretary Ed Miliband said “climate sceptics” might try to derail the deal if they gained

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Zion revisited

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Zion Canyon cuts a 25km-long path through red Navajo Sandstone US scientists have produced their most precise date yet for the landslide that shaped the iconic canyon running through what is now Zion National Park. The colossal rock avalanche occurred about 4,800 years ago, they say, based on a study

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Dead Sea drying

Image caption The surface level of the Dead Sea is falling by more than a metre a year The Dead Sea, the salty lake located at the lowest point on Earth, is gradually shrinking under the heat of the Middle Eastern sun. For those who live on its shores it’s a slow-motion crisis – but

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Project re-ignited

Image copyright BLOODHOUND SSC A British team is developing a car that will be capable of reaching 1,000mph (1,610km/h). Powered by a rocket bolted to a Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine, the vehicle will first mount an assault on the world land speed record (763mph; 1,228km/h). Bloodhound should start running on Hakskeen Pan in Northern Cape, South

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‘Last breath’

In June 1997, an unmanned supply vessel crashed into the Mir space station. The collision meant that the station began to leak air. The astronauts on board desperately tried to seal the leak. Michael Foale was one of the astronauts on board at the time. He spoke to Witness about surviving a crash in space.

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