Archive for June 16th, 2017:

Ancient bird like ‘a kangaroo-sized flying turkey’

Image copyright E.Shute/FU/Kim.Benson/T.Rodd/A.Camens Image caption Artwork: Modern megapode bird (L), grey kangaroo (C) and a visualisation of Progura gallinacea It has been described as a “giant flying turkey” the size of a grey kangaroo by Australian scientists. It is actually an extinct species of megapode bird – an ancient cousin of the modern Malleefowl, which

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‘Little sunfish’ robot to swim in to Fukushima reactor

When a tsunami devastated parts of Japan’s coastline in 2011, killing more than 18,000 people, it also hit the Fukushima nuclear power plant, triggering the most serious nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Parts of the damaged reactors are still highly contaminated with radiation and robotics are playing a crucial part in the clean-up. Article source:

China’s quantum satellite in big leap

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Micius went up from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in China’s north west The term “spy satellite” has taken on a new meaning with the successful test of a novel Chinese spacecraft. The mission can provide unbreakable secret communications channels, in principle, using the laws of quantum science. Called

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