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The place spacecraft go to die

Image copyright china manned space engineering Image caption China’s Tiangong I spacecraft is expected to fall to Earth soon China’s Tiangong-1 space station is currently out of control and expected to fall back to Earth next year. But not in the remote place where many other spacecraft end their days. Explorers and adventurers often look […]

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A brief history of the Earth's CO2

Image copyright Getty Images Climate change has been described as one of the biggest problems faced by humankind. Carbon dioxide is is the primary driver of global warming. Prof Joanna Haigh from Imperial College London explains why this gas has played a crucial role in shaping the Earth’s climate. Carbon dioxide (CO2) has been present […]

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Alarm over decline in flying insects

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Losses of rare insects are well documented, but there is little research on insects as a whole It’s known as the windscreen phenomenon. When you stop your car after a drive, there seem to be far fewer squashed insects than there used to be. Scientists have long suspected that […]

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Photo of butchered rhino wins top award

Image copyright Brent Stirton/WPY Image caption Brent Stirton says the things he’s seen have dented his faith in humanity A shocking image of environmental crime has been declared the top entry in this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) competition. Taken by South African Brent Stirton, the picture shows the slumped form of a […]

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'Big, bad wolf' image flawed – scientists

Image copyright Rooobert Bayer Image caption Wolves are good at working together to get food rewards New research casts doubt on the idea that dogs are naturally more tolerant and friendly than wolves. In tests of cooperation skills, wolves outperformed their domesticated relatives. Scientists say the findings challenge assumptions about how dogs were tamed from […]

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Einstein’s waves detected in star smash

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionScientists have detected the sound of two neutron stars colliding for the first time Scientists have detected the warping of space generated by the collision of two dead stars, or neutron stars. They have confirmed that such mergers lead to the production of the gold and platinum […]

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Full reheat

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe engine was designed to work in a jet fighter, not in a car A British team is developing a car that will be capable of reaching 1,000mph (1,610km/h). Powered by a rocket bolted to a Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine, the vehicle will first mount an assault on […]