Archive for August, 2016:

Shetland turbines at Bluemull Sound connected to grid

Image copyright Nova Innovation Image caption The blades of the turbines were made in Shetland Turbines installed off the coast of Shetland could herald a “new era” in tidal energy, according to the company running the project. Tidal energy specialist Nova Innovation said they were the first offshore tidal turbines in the world to deliver

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Early human ancestor Lucy ‘died falling out of a tree’

Image copyright Marsha Miller, UT Austin Image caption The famous fossil was scanned during a break on a US museum tour New evidence suggests that the famous fossilised human ancestor dubbed “Lucy” by scientists died falling from a great height – probably out of a tree. CT scans have shown injuries to her bones similar

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Air pollution ‘neglected for road safety’, researchers claim

Air pollution in UK cities has failed to improve because politicians prioritise road safety and economic growth instead, research suggests. The research, to be presented to the Royal Geographical Society, says the issue of traffic pollution falls between the transport and environment departments, but is neglected by both. It says ministers place cars at the

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Nasa ends year-long Mars simulation on Hawaii

Image copyright AFP Image caption The isolation experiments addressed the human element of exploration A team of six people have completed a Mars simulation in Hawaii, where they lived in near isolation for a year. Since 29 August 2015, the group lived in close quarters in a dome, without fresh air, fresh food or privacy.

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EU’s Sentinel satellites dissect Italian quake

Image caption The specialised map will help scientists understand precisely what happened Europe’s Sentinel radar satellites have mapped the ground movement in the Italian earthquake. The data show subsidence of up to 23cm (9in) as a roughly 20km-long fault ruptured in the Apennine mountains in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Scientists will use the

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Wood fuel plan to cut plane CO2 branded as ‘pipe dream’

Image caption Isobutanol is more powerful than ethanol and has now been approved for use in aircraft fuel blends Plans to cut airline CO2 using greener jet fuels made from waste wood have been dismissed as a “pipe dream” by environmentalists. Several high octane, waste-based biofuels are being tested by airlines as a way of

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World’s largest marine reserve created off Hawaii

Image copyright AP Image caption New species of fish never before seen by divers were discovered in the monument in June US President Barack Obama has expanded a national monument off Hawaii, creating the world’s largest marine reserve, the White House says. His announcement on Friday quadruples in size a monument originally created by President

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Extinct ‘lion’ named after Attenborough

Image copyright Peter Schouten Image caption Microleo attenboroughi was small enough to fit inside a handbag, according to Australian scientists A miniature marsupial lion, extinct for at least 18 million years, has been named after Sir David Attenborough after its fossilised remains were found in a remote part of Australia. Teeth and bone fragments from

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North Atlantic ‘weather bomb’ tremor measured in Japan

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The same “weather bomb” brought violent weather to the north-west of the UK Seismologists in Japan have tracked, for the first time, a particular type of tiny vibration that wobbled through the Earth from the Atlantic seafloor. It was started by a “weather bomb”: the same low-pressure storm,

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Pneumatic octopus is first soft, solo robot

Media captionMeet the “octobot”: 7cm across and full of potential US engineers have built the first ever self-contained, completely soft robot – in the shape of a small octopus. Made from silicone gels of varying stiffness, the “octobot” is powered by a chemical reaction that pushes gas through chambers in its rubbery legs. Because of

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