Archive for July, 2017:

Lapland zoo polar bears enjoy snow gift

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Signal may be from first ‘exomoon’

Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption Artist’s impression: Where there are exoplanets, there are probably exomoons Astronomers have discovered an object that could be the first known moon located beyond the Solar System. If genuine, the “exomoon” is likely to be about the size and mass of Neptune, and circles a planet the size

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Passers-by rescue dolphin on Weymouth beach

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On a mission to Mars (with Hawaii stopover)

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Diesel and petrol car ban: Clean air strategy ‘not enough’

The government’s £3bn clean air strategy does not go “far enough or fast enough”, campaigners have said. Moves including scrapping new diesel and petrol cars from 2040 and £255m for councils to tackle air pollution locally have been welcomed. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the government was determined to deliver a “green revolution”. But environmental

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Electricity shake-up could save consumers ‘up to £40bn’

Image copyright Getty Images Consumers in the UK could save billions of pounds thanks to major changes in the way electricity is made, used and stored, the government has said. New rules will make it easier for people to generate their own power with solar panels, store it in batteries and sell it to the

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China set to launch an ‘unhackable’ internet communication

Image copyright SPL Image caption Quantum communication uses light to send crucial information As malicious hackers mount ever more sophisticated attacks, China is about to launch a new, “unhackable” communications network – at least in the sense that any attack on it would be quickly detected. The technology it has turned to is quantum cryptography,

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Time, not material goods, ‘raises happiness’

Image copyright Getty Images Using money to free-up time is linked to increased happiness, a study says. In an experiment, individuals reported greater happiness if they used £30 ($40) to save time – such as by paying for chores to be done – rather than spending the money on material goods. Psychologists say stress over

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World’s first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland

The world’s first full-scale floating wind farm has started to take shape off the north-east coast of Scotland. The revolutionary technology will allow wind power to be harvested in waters too deep for the current conventional bottom-standing turbines. The Peterhead wind farm, known as Hywind, is a trial which will bring power to 20,000 homes.

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South African child ‘virtually cured’ of HIV

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The child caught the infection from its mother around the time of birth A nine-year-old infected with HIV at birth has spent most of their life without needing any treatment, say doctors in South Africa. The child, whose identity is being protected, was given a burst of treatment shortly

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