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Raptor plunging to extinction in England

Raptor plunging to extinction in England

Image copyright Andy Hay (rspb-images.com) Image caption Female hen harriers have brown plumage – possibly for camouflage in the heather The hen harrier, an iconic bird of prey, is heading towards the brink of extinction in England, new figures suggest. There are just four breeding pairs left in England and numbers are declining elsewhere in […]

Africa agriculture pioneer wins 2017 World Food Prize

Africa agriculture pioneer wins 2017 World Food Prize

Image copyright World Food Prize Image caption Access to seeds and fertilisers has proven problematic for millions of farmers in Africa African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina has won the prestigious World Food Prize for his work to boost yields and farm incomes. Dr Adesina said providing millions of farmers with seeds and fertilisers was […]

Chimps’ strength secrets explained

Chimps’ strength secrets explained

Image copyright AFP Image caption Chimps do appear to be stronger than us, but not by as much as we often think The greater strength of chimpanzees, relative to humans, may have been explained by American scientists. A study suggests the difference is mostly due to a higher proportion in chimps of a muscle fibre […]

SpaceX completes launch and landing double bill

SpaceX completes launch and landing double bill

Image copyright SPACEX Image caption Iridium has booked SpaceX for multiple missions that will leave Earth from the Vandenberg Air Force Base on the California coast US rocket company SpaceX completed back-to-back launches at the weekend. Late on Friday, it used one of its refurbished Falcon 9 vehicles to put up a Bulgarian satellite from […]

India genome plan could boost healthcare

India genome plan could boost healthcare

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Global Gene Corp wants data from people in under-represented regions, starting with South Asia Could an effort to gather genetic data from its population of one billion people help India take the lead in advanced healthcare? India is the land of inventors and industry, spices and spirituality – and […]

Queen’s Speech: Plan aims to secure space sector

Queen’s Speech: Plan aims to secure space sector

Image copyright Orbital Access Image caption Artwork: A number of companies are looking to develop low-cost air-launch systems A government plan to secure growth in the UK’s £13.7bn space industry is laid out in the Queen’s Speech. The stated purpose of the new Bill is to make the UK the most attractive place in Europe […]

Queen’s Speech: Bill to secure UK space sector

Queen’s Speech: Bill to secure UK space sector

Image copyright Orbital Access Image caption Artwork: A number of companies are looking to develop low-cost air-launch systems A government plan to secure growth in the UK’s £13.7bn space industry is laid out in the Queen’s Speech. The stated purpose of the new Bill is to make the UK the most attractive place in Europe […]

Europe selects grand gravity mission

Europe selects grand gravity mission

Image copyright Airbus DS Image caption Artwork: LISA envisages three spacecraft linked by laser arms that are 2.5 million km in length It is set to be one of the major science projects of the 2030s. The European Space Agency has just given the green light to the LISA mission to detect gravitational waves. This […]

Why suitcases rock and fall over – puzzle solved

Why suitcases rock and fall over – puzzle solved

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Speeding up, rather than slowing down, may prevent the suitcase flipping over It’s a common experience when dashing for a train or plane while lugging a two-wheeled suitcase. The bag rocks alarmingly from side-to-side and threatens to overturn. Now, scientists have investigated this conundrum of everyday physics. Speeding up […]

Hawking urges Moon landing to ‘elevate humanity’

Hawking urges Moon landing to ‘elevate humanity’

Image copyright BBC/Richard Ansett Image caption Prof Hawking says: “If humanity is to continue for another million years, our future lies in boldly going where no one else has gone before.” Prof Stephen Hawking has called for leading nations to send astronauts to the Moon by 2020. They should also aim to build a lunar […]

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