Archive for September, 2017:

New species of giant rat discovered on the Solomon Islands

Image copyright Velizar Simeonovski Image caption An illustration of the new species found on the Solomon Islands A new species of rat, four times larger than regular rodents, has been discovered on the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean. The creature, stretching almost half a metre (19in) in length, lives among the trees and survives

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Elon Musk: Rockets will fly people from city to city in minutes

Image copyright SPACEX Image caption Artwork: The BFR would assume the roles performed by current SpaceX vehicles People will soon be able to fly from city to city within minutes, rocket and car entrepreneur Elon Musk says. Mr Musk made the promise at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia. A promotional video says

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Bloodhound supersonic car fires up Eurofighter engine

Image copyright BLOODHOUND SSC/STEFAN MARJORAM Image caption The engine was designed to work in a jet fighter, not in a car The Bloodhound supersonic car has been fired up for the first time – and worked a treat. Engineers turned over the vehicle’s Eurofighter jet engine in a “tie-down” test at Cornwall’s Newquay airfield on

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DNA surgery on embryos removes disease

Image copyright Getty Images Precise “chemical surgery” has been performed on human embryos to remove disease in a world first, Chinese researchers have told the BBC. The team at Sun Yat-sen University used a technique called base editing to correct a single error out of the three billion “letters” of our genetic code. They altered

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Europe plans Sentinel satellite expansion

Image copyright Airbus DS/Max Alexander Image caption Sentinel-5P will launch in mid-October to monitor air quality around the globe Europe has begun the process of scoping an expansion to its Sentinel Earth observation network. Six new satellite concepts will be studied, including a constellation of spacecraft that can monitor emissions of carbon dioxide. Invitations to

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Tsunami drives species ‘army’ across Pacific to US coast

Image copyright John Chapman Image caption A species from Japan washed ashore in Oregon, six years after the tsunami Scientists have detected hundreds of Japanese marine species on US coasts, swept across the Pacific by the deadly 2011 tsunami. Mussels, starfish and dozens of other creatures great and small travelled across the waters, often on

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Blue Planet 2 producer promises a ‘real life Pixar’ from underwater sequel

The producer of Blue Planet 2 says the stories seen in the new series of the show are so gripping, it’s like watching a “real life Pixar” movie. The series is a sequel to Blue Planet, a David Attenborough documentary which was first shown on the BBC 16 years ago. “You’re meeting little tusk fish

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Gravitational wave hunters bag fourth black-hole detection

Image copyright Virgo Collaboration Image caption The VIRGO detector in Italy has helped narrow the search on the sky Scientists have detected another burst of gravitational waves coming from the merger of two black holes. The collision occurred nearly 2 billion years ago, but it was so far away that its shockwave has only just

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Environmentalists: UK’s Antarctic islands need protection

Image copyright Jim Wilson Images Environmental groups are urging the UK to protect one of its most remote territories – the rugged, uninhabited South Sandwich Islands on the edge of the Antarctic. The bid, by a coalition called Great British Oceans, calls for the islands to be made a sanctuary – ceasing all fishing and

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Nasa’s mission to ‘touch the sun’

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