Archive for September, 2017:

Australia joins UK space radar mission

Image copyright AIRBUS DS Image caption Radar satellites traditionally are much bigger and much heavier Australia is to be a launch partner on the UK’s innovative new small radar satellite, NovaSAR. The spacecraft, which will track shipping and forestry change from orbit, is due to launch on an Indian rocket early next year. Australia’s main

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Botanic gardens ‘best hope’ for saving endangered plants

Image copyright Cambridge University Botanic Garden Image caption Botanic gardens like this one in Cambridge, UK, are a haven for rare plants The world’s botanic gardens contain about a third of all known plants and help protect 40% of endangered species, a study has found. Scientists say that with one in five of the world’s

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Australia to create national space agency

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Australian government has committed to creating a national space agency Australia will establish a national space agency, the government has said. Although its space industry employs about 11,500 people, Australia is one of the few major developed countries that do not have a space agency. Industry Minister Michaelia

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Panda’s habitat ‘shrinking and becoming more fragmented’

Image copyright BinBin Li Image caption The giant panda has evolved to live on a diet of bamboo Despite signs that numbers of giant pandas are rising, suitable habitat has shrunk, according to satellite data. The forests where the panda lives are in worse shape than in 1988, when it was first listed as endangered,

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Australia joins space radar mission

Image copyright AIRBUS DS Image caption Radar satellites traditionally are much bigger and much heavier Australia is to be the third launch partner on the UK’s innovative new small radar satellite, NovaSAR. The spacecraft, which will track shipping and forestry change from orbit, is due to go up around the end of the year, possibly

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‘I fell from the top of the jungle to save an eagle’

Alexander Blanco’s conservation work is helping to save the world’s most powerful eagle. Video produced by Daniel South. Credit Whitley Awards. Listen to World Service’s OS programme on the BBC iPlayer Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-41325529

The winners of 2017′s Insight Astronomy Photographer award

The winners have been announced for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year. The competition received 3,800 entries from amateurs and professional photographers from all over the world. One of the judges is Dr Marek Kukula. He tells Dan Damon about the dreamers and scientists behind the images. (IMAGE CREDIT: The Rho Ophiuchi Clouds ©

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Scottish Power says UK will need to boost capacity

Britain will need to boost its generation of electricity by about a quarter, Scottish Power has estimated. The energy firm said electric cars and a shift to electric heating could send demand for power soaring. Its chief executive also said there would have to be a major investment in the wiring necessary to handle rapid

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‘We are planning weekly rocket launches’

The small satellite industry is the fastest growing part of the space sector “and they all require launch” says New Zealand’s Rocket Lab boss Peter Beck. His firm aims to disrupt the established space sector by launching its commercial satellite-carrying rockets once a week. Find out more at The Disruptors #thedisruptors @BBCMoney Producer: Adrienne Murray;

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How business is driving the new space race

The space race of the Cold War pitted the world’s two superpowers against one another to explore what lies beyond Earth. Now anyone with enough money and enterprise can get there. But this new race isn’t between countries – it’s between companies. Find out more at The Disruptors #thedisruptors @BBCMoney Producer: Philippa Goodrich; Reporter: Tim

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