Archive for July, 2017:

Fusion wait

Image copyright Iter Image caption Artwork: DEMO should open the way for the industrial and commercial use of nuclear fusion We will have to wait until the second half of the century for fusion reactors to start generating electricity, experts have announced. A new version of a European “road map” lays out the technological hurdles

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Zoo keepers

Image copyright NASA, ESA, W Keel (Uni Alabama), Galaxy Zoo Image caption Hanny’s Voorwerp was a type of astronomical object entirely unknown to science at the time Galaxy Zoo began with a call for volunteers to help classify distant galaxies in space telescope images. The collaborative project made spectacular discoveries, spawning a family of similar

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Newquay is go!

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 Africa, in 2018. Bloodhound

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Astronaut shares ‘burrito of awesomeness’ aurora video

Nasa astronaut Jack Fischer has shared this aurora time-lapse footage from the International Space Station. He described the clip as a “burrito of awesomeness smothered in awesome sauce”. Auroras, also known as the Northern Lights and Southern Lights, can be seen over polar regions. The phenomenon occurs when electrically-charged particles from the Sun enter the

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Greenland ice sheet: How do you go the toilet?

Science editor David Shukman is spending time with British scientists in Greenland, finding out what life is like there. The researchers are studying the rate of ice melting and how much the sea could rise in future. Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-40705799

Cricket’s summer song making a comeback

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The field cricket, Gryllus campestris, is an extremely rare, declining and threatened insect in the UK The cheep, cheep, cheep of a cricket in the grass is the quintessential sound of summer. As I crunch over heathland in search of the elusive insect, the song fills the air, as

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Scientist describes life on the ice in Greenland

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Slimy slugs inspire ‘potentially lifesaving’ medical glue

Image copyright SPL Image caption Slugs were the inspiration for a new kind of super-sticky bio glue A defensive mucus secreted by slugs has inspired a new kind of adhesive that could transform medicine, say scientists. The “bio-glue” is incredibly strong, moves with the body and crucially, sticks to wet surfaces. The team at Harvard

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Secrets of the world’s toughest creatures revealed

Image copyright SPL Genetic analyses of tardigrades has revealed some of the secrets of their incredible survival abilities. These tiny creatures, sometimes called water bears, can survive radiation, freezing, extreme dehydration and even the vacuum of space. Researchers have now decoded the DNA of two species of tardigrade and uncovered the genes that allow them

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World’s first floating offshore wind farm in Scotland.

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