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Hayabusa-2: Japan’s rovers send pictures from asteroid

Hayabusa-2: Japan’s rovers send pictures from asteroid

Image copyright Twitter/HAYABUSA2@JAXA Image caption A picture taken by one of the rovers on the asteroid’s surface. The white area on the right is due to sunlight Japan’s space agency (JAXA) has made history by successfully landing two robotic explorers on the surface of an asteroid. The two small “rovers”, which were despatched from the […]

Hayabusa-2: Japan’s rovers send pictures from asteroid

Hayabusa-2: Japan’s rovers send pictures from asteroid

Image copyright Twitter/HAYABUSA2@JAXA Image caption A picture taken by one of the rovers on the asteroid’s surface. The white area on the right is due to sunlight Japan’s space agency (JAXA) has made history by successfully landing two robotic explorers on the surface of an asteroid. The two small “rovers”, which were despatched from the […]

All the plastic you can and cannot recycle

All the plastic you can and cannot recycle

Most people are trying their best to recycle plastic – but the many different ways in which recycling is collected by different councils across the UK has left them confused. What can be recycled and what can’t? We are putting more plastic in the recycling than ever before – but pictures of sea life tangled […]

Giant pandas can tell a mate from their calls

Giant pandas can tell a mate from their calls

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have investigated the calls of giant pandas – and it’s not good news for animals seeking a date. Pandas can identify each other from their sheep-like bleats at a distance of up to 20 metres, research found. But they can only decipher the sex of a potential mate if they […]

Hayabusa-2: Japan’s rovers ready for touchdown on asteroid

Hayabusa-2: Japan’s rovers ready for touchdown on asteroid

Image copyright Jaxa Image caption Rovers 1A and 1B (left and centre), alongside Minerva II-2 (right) which will be released at a later date Japan’s space agency is preparing to deploy two robotic explorers to the surface of an asteroid. On Friday, the Hayabusa-2 spacecraft will despatch a pair of “rovers” to the 1km-wide space […]

Why do we hate wasps and love bees?

Why do we hate wasps and love bees?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Wasps, often encountered on picnics, have a poor reputation with the public A new study reveals that wasps are largely disliked by the public, whereas bees are highly appreciated. The researchers involved say that this view is unfair because wasps are just as ecologically useful as bees. The scientists […]

RemoveDebris: UK satellite nets ‘space junk’

RemoveDebris: UK satellite nets ‘space junk’

Media captionThe satellite RemoveDebris will use a net and a harpoon to clean up space junk A British satellite has successfully deployed a net in orbit to demonstrate how to capture space debris. The event took place more than 300km above the Earth. It was part of a series of trials that will showcase different […]

Elon Musk unveils first tourist for SpaceX ‘Moon loop’

Elon Musk unveils first tourist for SpaceX ‘Moon loop’

Image copyright SpaceX Image caption Artwork: The BFR spaceship will be able to carry humans on a trip around the Moon Elon Musk’s company SpaceX has unveiled the first private passenger it plans to fly around the Moon. Japanese billionaire and online fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa, 42, announced: “I choose to go to the Moon.” […]

ICESat: Space will get unprecedented view of Earth’s ice

ICESat: Space will get unprecedented view of Earth’s ice

Image copyright NASA Image caption Artwork: ICESat-2 fires 10,000 shots a second as it moves around the Earth The American space agency has launched a laser into orbit to measure the condition of Earth’s ice cover. The satellite mission, called ICESat-2, should provide more precise information on how these frozen surfaces are being affected by […]

Prickly cactus species ‘under threat’

Prickly cactus species ‘under threat’

Image copyright Richard Duebel Image caption Anton Brugger stands in his cactus nursery in Almeria, southern Spain The iconic cactus plant is veering into trouble say researchers. The most serious problem is illegal smuggling. Despite the international ban on uncontrolled trade in cacti, policing the smuggling faces many problems and semi-professional hunters continue to uproot […]

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