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Four women who changed the face of physics

Donna Strickland has become only the third woman in history to win the Nobel prize for Physics. She joins Marie Curie, who won in 1903, and Maria Goeppert-Mayer, who was awarded the prize in 1963. Here are four other women who have changed the face of physics. Hertha Ayrton, British physicist and mathematician Birthplace: Born […]

‘Reasons to be hopeful’ on 1.5C global temperature target

Image copyright RADBOUD Dutch scientist Dr Heleen de Coninck is one of the co-ordinating lead authors of the forthcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on 1.5C which will be released next Monday in South Korea. Speaking to the BBC before the start of the negotiations in Incheon, she explained what her role […]

Hayabusa 2: German-led lander drops to asteroid’s surface

Image copyright DLR Image caption Artwork: Mascot has a mechanism inside that means it can flip itself to a new location Japan’s space agency (Jaxa) has put another lander on the surface of asteroid 162173, or Ryugu. The Hayabusa-2 probe ejected the German-French Mascot “rover” on Wednesday for its 20-minute journey down to the space […]

First woman Physics Nobel winner in 55 years

Image copyright Uni Waterloo Image caption Dr Strickland shared the prize for discoveries in laser physics The Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to a woman for the first time in 55 years. Donna Strickland, from Canada, is only the third woman winner of the award, along with Marie Curie, who won in 1903, […]

Hayabusa 2: Japan probe to send lander to asteroid

Image copyright DLR Image caption Artwork: Hayabusa-2 should release Mascot in the early hours of Wednesday Japan’s space agency (Jaxa) is about to send a 10kg lander to the surface of an asteroid. The Hayabusa-2 spacecraft will release the German-French Mascot lander onto the asteroid 162173 Ryugu on Wednesday. Mascot will then analyse the asteroid’s […]

What does 1.5C mean in a warming world?

Image copyright Climate Vulnerable Forum Over the past three years, climate scientists have shifted the definition of what they believe is the “safe” limit of climate change. For decades, researchers argued the global temperature rise must be kept below 2C by the end of this century to avoid the worst impacts. But scientists now argue […]

IPCC: Climate scientists consider ‘life changing’ report

Image copyright Jonas Gratzer Image caption People who live on some Pacific islands are worried they will lose their homes to the sea if temperature rise exceeds 1.5C It is likely to be the most critical and controversial report on climate change in recent years. Leading scientists are meeting in South Korea this week to […]

IPCC: Climate scientists consider ‘life changing’ report

Image copyright Jonas Gratzer Image caption People who live on some Pacific islands are worried they will lose their homes to the sea if temperature rise exceeds 1.5C It will likely be the most critical and controversial report on climate change in recent years. Leading scientists are meeting in South Korea this week to see […]

Secret life of rare antelope revealed

Image copyright Chester Zoo Image caption The lowland bongo (Tragelaphus eurycerus eurycerus) was spotted on camera traps The world’s largest forest antelope has been caught on camera in Uganda for the first time. The elusive striped antelope, known as the lowland bongo, was snapped in dense forest near the border with the Democratic Republic of […]

Pollution threatens the future of killer whales

Media captionPollution threatens future of killer whales Killer whales are in deep trouble because of persistent chemical pollution in the environment, researchers say. A new study suggests the long-term viability of more than half of the different orca groups around the globe is now in question. Some populations, such as those around the UK, the […]