Archive for March, 2017:

Why a tiny, fanged fish produces a pain-free bite

Media captionResearch reveals the toxic secret of the fang blenny’s pain-free bite Venom research laboratory scientists have solved the mystery of the pain-free bite from a small, fanged fish. Researchers found that the fang blenny, a reef-dwelling fish, administers a bite that is laced with opioids. These morphine-like compounds cause a sudden drop in blood

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James Webb telescope: Hubble successor set for yet more tests

Image copyright NASA Image caption JWST has just emerged from vibration and acoustic investigations Engineers are getting ready to box up the James Webb Space Telescope and send it to Houston, Texas. The successor to Hubble, due for launch in 2018, is going to be put inside the giant thermal vacuum chamber where they tested

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Success for SpaceX ‘re-usable rocket’

Media captionSpaceX ‘re-usable rocket’ flies California’s SpaceX company has successfully re-flown a segment from one of its Falcon 9 rockets. The first-stage booster, which was previously used on a mission 11 months ago, helped send a telecommunications satellite into orbit from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. It marks an important milestone for SpaceX in its quest

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Menstrual cycle recreated ‘in a dish’

Image copyright Woodruff Lab US scientists say they have made a mini working replica of the female reproductive tract using human and mouse tissue. Although the palm-sized device looks nothing like a womb, fallopian tubes and ovaries, the researchers say it should help with understanding diseases of these organs and tissues. It also provides a

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Food trade drains global water sources at ‘alarming’ rates

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many of the crops imported and exported from the US are grown with non-sustainable water supplies The global market for foodstuffs is depleting water sources in many parts of the world quicker than they can naturally be refilled. The complex trade is increasing pressure on non-renewable groundwater, mainly used

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SpaceX set to launch ‘used rocket’

Image copyright SPACEX Image caption Back to Earth: The booster was first used in a space station cargo re-supply mission last April California’s SpaceX company expects to make a piece of history later when it re-flies a Falcon rocket. Traditionally, rockets are one-use only – all the elements of the vehicle are discarded in getting

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Cyclone Debbie: Experts fear damage to Great Barrier Reef

Image copyright AFP Image caption Boats have been swept ashore in the Whitsunday Islands Cyclone Debbie is likely to have damaged Australia’s already beleaguered Great Barrier Reef, experts have said. The cyclone struck the Queensland coast as a category four storm, carrying winds of up to 263km/h (163 mph). Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said some

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Elephants in dramatic muddy escape

Media captionThe last elephant has to be pulled out with a rope It is a great escape. One by one, 11 Asian elephants manage to drag themselves clear of a muddy hole. The drama took place in the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia. The elephants had gone to drink and bathe in

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ExoMars: Rover scientists to study Mawrth Vallis option

Image copyright ESA Image caption Artwork: The ExoMars rover would land on the Red Planet in early 2021 Europe is going to investigate a second site on Mars as a possible destination to send its 2021 rover. Scientists spent two days considering the options and plumped in the end for Mawrth Vallis – an area

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Planet Nine: Astronomers want help from amateur stargazers

Image copyright ANU Image caption The Siding Spring Observatory in New South Wales Have you ever thought about discovering a planet? It may not be as fanciful as you think. Astronomers at the Australian National University (ANU) want help in searching for a ninth planet thought to be orbiting our Solar System. With a working

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