Archive for March 8th, 2017:

IBM’s online quantum machine gets faster

Image copyright IBM Image caption The processor can be accessed via a web interface IBM has made its quantum computing system commercially available to businesses and beefed up an existing system used by the research community. The firm is hoping to boost the numbers of people able to use such computers. The machine, based in

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Coal collapse drives down UK carbon emissions

Image copyright OLI SCARFF A collapse in the use of coal has driven UK carbon emissions down to levels barely seen since the Victorian era, new figures show. Coal use fell by a record 52% in 2016 on the previous year in the face of cheap gas, higher domestic carbon prices, renewables and other factors.

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Sentinel satellite launched to picture Planet Earth

Media captionSentinel-2B was successfully launched into orbit from French Guiana One of the key spacecraft in Europe’s new multi-billion-euro Earth observation programme has launched from French Guiana. Sentinel-2B carries a large camera to image all land surfaces and coastal waters in visible and infrared light. It joins an identical spacecraft, Sentinel-2A, already in orbit. The

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