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Bloodhound: Land speed record car is relaunched

Media captionIan Warhurst: “My kids kept saying I should buy a fast car, so I bought the fastest” The Bloodhound supersonic car is back, under new management and preparing to renew its pursuit of the land speed record. The project went into administration last year, unable to secure the financing needed to go racing – […]

Hayabusa-2: Asteroid mission exploring a ‘rubble pile’

Image copyright JAXA, Uni Tokyo & collaborators Image caption The asteroid 162173 Ryugu consists of material blasted off another asteroid The asteroid being explored by the Japanese mission Hayabusa-2 is a “rubble pile” formed when rocks were blasted off a bigger asteroid and came back together again. The discovery means that asteroid Ryugu has a […]

Spring arrival: Public to capture new season in words

Image copyright NAtional Trust Image caption Familiar songbirds like the nuthatch may be building nests at this time of year Hopping birds seemed a thrill of pleasure to William Wordsworth, while trees’ greenness was “a kind of grief” for Philip Larkin. Poets and writers have been capturing the arrival of spring for centuries. On this […]

Dig planned at rare ‘Neolithic mortuary’ in Aberdeenshire

Image copyright Jan Dunbar Image caption Jan Dunbar’s artist impression of the Neolithic “mortuary” Archaeologists hope to carry out a fresh dig at what they believe could be the site of a 5,500-year-old “mortuary” in Aberdeenshire. The Neolithic enclosure in what is now Aden Country Park may have been used for excarnation, the removal of […]

Artificial meat: UK scientists growing ‘bacon’ in labs

Image caption Scientists are racing to grow meat from pigs, chickens and cattle from cells alone British scientists have joined the race to produce meat grown in the lab rather than reared on the hoof. Scientists at the University of Bath have grown animal cells on blades of grass, in a step towards cultured meat. […]

New Horizons: Ultima Thule ‘a time machine’ to early Solar System

Image copyright NASA/JHU-APL/SWRI Image caption Ultima Thule is the most distant object to be explored by a spacecraft Scientists are getting closer to understanding how the distant object known as Ultima Thule came to be. Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft flew by the 35km-long world on 1 January at a distance of 3,500km. It’s made up […]

Artificial meat: UK scientists growing ‘bacon’ in labs

Image caption Scientists are racing to grow meat from pigs, chickens and cattle from cells alone British scientists have joined the race to produce meat grown in the lab rather than reared on the hoof. Scientists at the University of Bath have grown animal cells on blades of grass, in a step towards cultured meat. […]

Bubble maths researcher wins top award

Image copyright kishore kumar Image caption The mathematics of bubbles hold the key to some of the greatest mysteries in physics One of the highest prizes for mathematics has been awarded to Prof Karen Uhlenbeck of the University of Texas in Austin, US. Prof Uhlenbeck received the Abel Prize for her work on “minimal surfaces” […]

Fund to boost female and black physicist numbers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Prof Jocelyn Bell Burnell donated her prize money to help others follow in her footsteps The Institute of Physics is launching a bursary scheme to help female and black students to become physics researchers. The scheme is funded by one of the world’s leading astronomers, Prof Dame Jocelyn Bell […]

Soggy Ben Nevis can be remarkably dry

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Often it’s impossible to see more than a few metres into the distance Ben Nevis – the highest mountain in Britain – occasionally experiences periods at its summit when the air is bone dry. The revelation that this notoriously wet peak should have times of near-zero humidity comes from […]

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