Archive for January, 2018:

Japanese astronaut sorry for 9cm ISS growth mistake

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Astronaut Norishige Kanai (L) left Earth for the ISS last month on a six-month mission A Japanese astronaut has apologised for wrongly stating he has grown 9cm (3.5in) since arriving at the International Space Station (ISS) just over three weeks ago. Norishige Kanai said in fact he grew by 2cm,

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Female engineers set for success

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UK needs to produce thousands more engineers Fewer than one in 10 engineers in the UK are female – the lowest percentage in Europe, according to the Women’s Engineering Society. Latvia, Bulgaria and Cyprus lead with nearly 30%. Here, two pioneering female engineers at Oxford University explain what

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Huge black hole blasts out ‘double burp’

Image copyright NASA/Stsci/CXC Image caption Arrows point to the the two burps of gas coming from the black hole; the top arrow points to the newer burp and the bottom arrow points to the older one Astronomers have caught a massive black hole letting out a “double burp” after bingeing on hot gas. When cosmic

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Citizen science bags five-planet haul

Image copyright NASA Image caption Artwork: The findings could shed light on the process by which planets form and then migrate within their systems A discovery by citizen scientists has led to the confirmation of a system of five planets orbiting a far-off star. Furthermore, the planets’ orbits are linked in a mathematical relationship called

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UK satellite to make movies from space

Image copyright EARTH-i Image caption Artwork: Manufacturer SSTL calls it Carbonite-2, but Earth-i refers to the satellite as VividX2 A British satellite has gone into orbit on an Indian rocket to acquire full-colour, high-definition video of the surface of the Earth. The demonstrator is expected to pave the way for a series of at least

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Meet the butterflies from 200 million years ago

Image copyright Bas van de Schootbrugge Image caption One of the scales under the microscope Newly discovered fossils show that moths and butterflies have been on the planet for at least 200 million years. Scientists found fossilised butterfly scales the size of a speck of dust inside ancient rock from Germany. The find pushes back

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‘Serious gap’ in cosmic expansion rate hints at new physics

Image copyright NASA Image caption Artwork: The expansion of the Universe has been accelerating in the billions of years since the Big Bang A mathematical discrepancy in the expansion rate of the Universe is now “pretty serious”, and could point the way to a major discovery in physics, says a Nobel laureate. The most recent

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Theresa May defends ‘long-term’ plastic waste plan

Image copyright Getty Images Theresa May has defended her 25-year plan to protect the environment as campaigners called for “emergency” action now. The prime minister said her long-term strategy, including eradicating all avoidable plastic waste in the UK by 2042, would allow future generations to “enjoy a beautiful environment”. Green groups said the proposals should

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Flying telescope yields insights into birth of stars

Image copyright NASA/F. Pereira Santos Image caption The team was able to map differences in the polarization of dust grains within the central portion of the cloud A Nasa telescope housed on a converted jumbo jet has yielded important insights into how stars are born from collapsing gas and dust. Measurements by the Sofia observatory

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Pollution hotspots revealed: Check your area

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cyclists wear masks against pollution in London Marylebone Road and Hyde Park Corner, both in central London, have the most polluted postcodes in Britain, says a new study on air quality. The data comes from a project to map concentrations of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) across the country. However, the

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