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Are wasps the bees knees? Scientists think they should be

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’

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 technologies to remove the redundant hardware now circling the Earth. Some 7,500 tonnes is said to […]

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.” […]

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, entrepreneur and online fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa, 42, announced: “I choose to go to the […]

Solar Orbiter: Spacecraft to leave UK bound for the Sun

Image copyright AIRBUS DS/MAX ALEXANDER Image caption The €1bn European Space Agency mission is set to launch in February 2020 It’s taken a little longer than expected but the Solar Orbiter probe is built and ready to begin testing. UK engineers are putting the finishing touches to the satellite this week before sending it to […]

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 […]

NovaSAR: UK radar satellite to track illegal shipping activity

Image copyright SSTL/AIRBUS/ISRO Image caption S1-4 and NovaSAR pictured just before being enclosed at the top of their Indian rocket The first all-British radar satellite is set to go into orbit on an Indian rocket. Called NovaSAR, it has the ability to take pictures of the surface of the Earth in every kind of weather, […]

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

Media captionWatch the Delta II rocket launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California 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 global warming. Antarctica, Greenland […]

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 […]

‘World’s oldest brewery’ found in Israel

Image copyright DANI NADEL/AFP/Getty Image caption Archaeologists were looking for evidence of plant foods when they discovered the alcohol traces Researchers say they have found the world’s oldest brewery, with residue of 13,000-year-old beer, in a prehistoric cave near Haifa in Israel. The discovery was made while they were studying a burial site for semi-nomadic […]

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