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Lift-off for Scotland: Sutherland to host first UK spaceport

Lift-off for Scotland: Sutherland to host first UK spaceport

Image copyright Perfect Circle Image caption Artwork: This is what a Scottish spaceport could look like in the early 2020s A remote, boggy stretch of land on the north coast of Scotland is likely to become the UK’s first spaceport. The A’Mhoine Peninsula in Sutherland has been chosen as the most suitable place from which […]

Arundel road scheme ‘could harm ancient woodland’

Image caption Campaigners say a few minutes shaved off journey times don’t justify the potential damage to the park Road builders planning a bypass in Sussex, UK, have been urged to find a way that doesn’t cause damage to ancient woodland. The head of South Downs National Park, Margaret Paren, believes engineers can devise a […]

Nation’s botanical treasures to go on display

Image copyright RHS Image caption A Chilean potato plant brought back by Charles Darwin in 1835 A potato plant collected by Charles Darwin during his voyage on the Beagle is among botanical treasures to go on display to the public for the first time. The specimen was re-discovered in a cabinet in the herbarium of […]

Horse sense: Happiest equines love to snort, says study

Horse sense: Happiest equines love to snort, says study

Image copyright ands456 Scientists haven’t given too much attention to the significance of horse snorting before now. The expulsion of air through the equine nose has normally been connected with “clearing phlegm, flies or other irritants”. But now researchers in France say that these blow-outs are a key indicator of what’s going on in the […]

Source of cosmic ‘ghost’ particle revealed

Image copyright IceCube/NSF Image caption The discovery was made at the IceCube detector in Antarctica Ghost-like particles known as neutrinos have been puzzling scientists for decades. Part of the family of fundamental particles that make up all known matter, neutrinos hurtle unimpeded through the Universe, interacting with almost nothing. The majority shoot right through the […]

Whale killing: Iceland accused of slaughtering rare whale

Whale killing: Iceland accused of slaughtering rare whale

Image copyright Hard to Port Image caption An image showing the fin that experts say is evidence that this is a blue whale Whalers in Iceland have killed what appears to be a blue whale, one of the largest creatures left on the planet. Photographic evidence from campaigners opposed to whaling show a large animal […]

Survey: Half of young people want electric cars

Survey: Half of young people want electric cars

Image copyright EPA Half of young people in the UK would like to own an electric car – compared with just a quarter of their parents, a survey suggests. The research comes from motoring group the AA, which says myths about electric vehicles are putting off many drivers. This matters because cleaning up air pollution […]

Killing rats could save coral reefs

Killing rats could save coral reefs

Image copyright SPL Image caption Brown rat – an invasive predator that eats seabird eggs and chicks The much maligned rat is not a creature many would associate with coral reefs. But scientists studying reefs on tropical islands say the animals directly threaten the survival of these ecosystems. A team working on the Chagos Islands […]

Earliest evidence of humans outside Africa

Earliest evidence of humans outside Africa

Image copyright Prof Zhaoyu Zhu Scientists say they’ve found the earliest known evidence of a human presence outside Africa. Stone tools discovered in China suggest primitive humans – or a close relative – were in the region as early as 2.12 million years ago. They are about 270,000 years older than the previous earliest evidence, […]

‘We can build a real time machine’

‘We can build a real time machine’

Image copyright BBC / Thomas Scheidl Image caption Ron Mallett built a device that illustrates principles he believes could be used to build a time machine Travelling in time might sound like a flight of fancy, but some physicists think it might really be possible. BBC Horizon looked at some of the most promising ideas […]

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