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When is the next solar eclipse near you?

When is the next solar eclipse near you?

On 21 August 2017 millions of Americans witnessed one of the biggest solar eclipses in almost 100 years. There are usually two solar eclipses on Earth per year, and they only happen when the Sun, Earth and Moon align in specific ways. Try our solar eclipse calculator and see how long you’ll have to wait […]

‘Cyborg’ bacteria deliver green fuel source from sunlight

‘Cyborg’ bacteria deliver green fuel source from sunlight

Image copyright SAKIMOTO Image caption Scientists have grown bacteria covered in tiny solar panels made from cadmium sulphide Scientists have created bacteria covered in tiny semiconductors that generate a potential fuel source from sunlight, carbon dioxide and water. The so-called “cyborg” bugs produce acetic acid, a chemical that can then be turned into fuel and […]

‘Hero’ of Paris climate agreement dies

‘Hero’ of Paris climate agreement dies

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The former Marshall Islands minister Tony De Brum has passed away aged 72 Former Marshall Islands foreign minister Tony De Brum, who played a key role in securing the Paris climate pact has passed away aged 72. At countless UN climate meetings, Mr De Brum was a passionate champion […]

Eclipse spectacle set to grip US public

Eclipse spectacle set to grip US public

Media captionWATCH: Solar eclipse photos will be used to create a “Megamovie” Skywatchers in the United States are preparing for the spectacular sight of a total solar eclipse. The Moon is set to pass in front of the Sun, casting a deep shadow that will sweep over the nation from Oregon in the west to […]

RRS Sir David Attenborough’s stern on the move

RRS Sir David Attenborough’s stern on the move

Image copyright BAS Image caption Block 10 will be added after the engines have been installed A section of the UK’s new polar research ship will get an early taste of the sea this week. The rearmost portion of the Sir David Attenborough’s stern is being moved from its production yard on Tyneside to Birkenhead […]

The algae that terraformed Earth

The algae that terraformed Earth

Image copyright Stuart Hay/ANU Image caption The biomolecules were contained in oil extracted from deeply buried rock A planetary takeover by ocean-dwelling algae 650 million years ago was the kick that transformed life on Earth. That’s what geochemists argue in Nature this week, on the basis of invisibly small traces of biomolecules dug up from […]

Freeze-dried dung gives clue to Asian elephant stress

Freeze-dried dung gives clue to Asian elephant stress

Image copyright SANJEETA SHARMA POKHAREL Image caption Researchers freeze-dried samples on site for later analysis “Collecting fresh faecal samples is not as easy as it may sound,” says researcher Sanjeeta Sharma Pokharel. But her efforts have helped scientists in India devise a unique, non-invasive way to monitor the physiological health of wild elephants. The key […]

Radioactive ‘pooh sticks’ trace carbon’s ocean journey

Radioactive ‘pooh sticks’ trace carbon’s ocean journey

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Scientists say iodine traces from Sellafield have travelled to the waters off Bermuda Radioactive iodine from nuclear reprocessing plants in the UK and France has been detected deep in the waters near Bermuda. Scientists say the contaminants take a circuitous route travelling via the Arctic Ocean and down past […]

‘Frankenstein dinosaur’ mystery solved

‘Frankenstein dinosaur’ mystery solved

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption About the size of a large dog: Chilesaurus was unearthed in South America Scientists have solved the puzzle of the so-called “Frankenstein dinosaur”, which seems to consist of body parts from unrelated species. A new study suggests that it is in fact the missing link between plant-eating dinosaurs, such […]

Scotland’s largest solar farm gets green light

Scotland’s largest solar farm gets green light

Image copyright Elgin Energy Image caption Scotland’s largest solar farm currently is at Errol Estate in Perthshire The green light has been given for what will be Scotland’s largest solar farm. Moray Council has granted Elgin Energy planning permission for a 20MW project near Urquhart, which could see about 80,000 solar panels installed. The farm […]