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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 […]

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 […]

Sir David Attenborough launches ‘Boaty’ polar ship

Media captionAttenborough launches “Boaty McBoatface” polar ship Sir David Attenborough has launched the 10,000-tonne hull of the UK’s newest polar ship – named after him – into the River Mersey. The broadcaster pushed the button, sending the hull sliding out from the Cammell Laird yard in Birkenhead, into the water where building will continue. “Our […]

Sir David Attenborough launches ‘Boaty’ polar ship

Media captionAttenborough launches “Boaty McBoatface” polar ship Sir David Attenborough has launched the 10,000-tonne hull of the UK’s newest polar ship – named after him – into the River Mersey. The broadcaster pushed the button, sending the hull sliding out from the Cammell Laird yard in Birkenhead, into the water where building will continue. “Our […]

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 […]

Iceman’s last meal was high-fat, high-calorie feast

Image copyright Southtyrolarchaeologymuseum\Eurac\M.Samadelli Image caption The man’s stomach is examined Goat’s fat and wild venison, plus sides of ancient wheat and bracken. It’s not a menu likely to appear on Masterchef, but for some of our ancestors it was a nutritious feast. Scientists have revealed that the last supper of Oetzi the Iceman was well-balanced […]

Iceman’s last meal was high-fat, high-calorie feast

Image copyright Southtyrolarchaeologymuseum\Eurac\M.Samadelli Image caption The man’s stomach is examined Goat’s fat and wild venison, plus sides of ancient wheat and bracken. It’s not a menu likely to appear on Masterchef, but for some of our ancestors it was a nutritious feast. Scientists have revealed that the last supper of Oetzi the Iceman was well-balanced […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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