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What the fire near Saddleworth Moor means for wildlife

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption It is currently the nesting season for red grouse The fire near Saddleworth Moor now spans over seven square miles, and local residents have been evacuated from some of the worst affected areas. But what does it mean for the wildlife that rely on the moor? “It couldn’t […]

JWST: Launch of Hubble’s successor pushed back to 2021

Image copyright NASA Image caption Webb contains novel technologies that have never previously been flown in space The successor to the Hubble observatory will not now launch until 30 March 2021 at the earliest. A review of the development of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has recommended the delay because of the technical challenges […]

Saturn moon a step closer to hosting life

Image copyright NASA Scientists have found complex carbon-based molecules in the waters of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Compounds like this have only previously been found on Earth, and in some meteorites. They are thought to have formed in reactions between water and warm rock at the base of the moon’s subsurface ocean. Though not a sign […]

Interstellar visitor’s identity solved

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Artist’s impression: ‘Oumuamua is unusually elongate The interstellar object which passed through our solar system in late 2017 is still surprising scientists. When researchers first spotted ‘Oumuamua, it did not appear to have the characteristic tail or coma (cloud of ice and dust) that define comets, and was […]

Flamingo that escaped a zoo in 2005 spotted in Texas

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Flamingos are not a common sight in the US, barring the plastic lawn variety A fugitive flamingo that escaped a Kansas zoo over a decade ago has been spotted in Texas. The bird, tagged as number 492, fled the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas, in 2005. But a […]

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft reaches cosmic ‘diamond’

Image copyright Jaxa et al. Image caption Scientists will map Ryugu with a view to choosing the best location to sample A Japanese spacecraft has arrived at its target – an asteroid shaped like a diamond or, according to some, a spinning top. Hayabusa 2 has been travelling toward the space rock Ryugu since launching […]

Palm oil: Are your beauty products killing orangutans?

Image copyright EPA Does your lipstick threaten the future of one of our closest living relatives, the orangutan? Is that slobbering slice of pizza you’re having in front of the World Cup on TV worth the life of a tiger? Pizza, biscuits, and beauty treatments are some of the thousands of products that contain palm […]

Plastic garbage patch: Medical tests ‘inspired me to investigate’

Media captionEmily Penn planned the mission after medical tests revealed certain chemicals in her own body Experienced sailor Emily Penn has set out with an all-female crew to investigate the world’s largest accumulation of marine plastic. Her team will carry out scientific experiments on the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”, now said to be three times […]

Plastic garbage patch: Medical tests ‘inspired me to investigate’

Image copyright Emily Penn Image caption Emily Penn is concerned about the effects of plastic on human health Experienced sailor Emily Penn has set out with an all-female crew to investigate the world’s largest accumulation of marine plastic. Her team will carry out scientific experiments on the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”, now said to be […]

RemoveDebris: Mission to clear a huge mess above Earth

Media captionRelease: The moment RemoveDebris leaves the ISS Go! This is the moment the UK-led RemoveDebris mission left the International Space Station (ISS). The small satellite has a big job ahead – to trial the technologies that could one day be used to clean up orbiting junk. It carries a net to trap an object, […]