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Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft to attempt Moon landing

[ad_1] Image copyright Beresheet Image caption The Beresheet spacecraft captured this image while it was in orbit around the Moon The first privately funded mission to the Moon will attempt to land on the lunar surface today.The Israeli spacecraft - called Beresheet - will try for a soft touch down, before taking pictures and conducting experiments.Until now, only government space agencies from the former Soviet Union, the US and China
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Plastic toys: Is it time we cut back?

[ad_1] Image copyright Bettina Maidment Piles of plastic toys take up space in many family homes in the UK. If you're a parent, then you'll know how tricky it can be to avoid buying them, whether it's diggers, dolls houses or building bricks.The UK's toy industry is massive - last year consumers spent £370m on them.But environmentalists say this is contributing to the amount of plastic ending up in landfill
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Plastic toys: Is it time we cut back?

[ad_1] Image copyright Bettina Maidment Piles of plastic toys take up space in many family homes in the UK. If you're a parent, then you'll know how tricky it can be to avoid buying them, whether it's diggers, dolls houses or building bricks.The UK's toy industry is massive - last year consumers spent £370m on them.But environmentalists say this is contributing to the amount of plastic ending up in landfill
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So where did the Mars methane go?

[ad_1] Image copyright ESA Image caption Artwork: TGO looks through the atmosphere and identifies molecules by the way they absorb sunlight The mystery of methane on Mars just got a whole lot more complicated.The gas, which on Earth is produced in large part by living things, has previously been detected on the Red Planet by remote observation, and on the ground by Nasa's Curiosity rover.But the most sensitive search at
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New human species found in Philippines

[ad_1] Image copyright NAture Image caption The researchers found 13 elements of the new species, including bones and teeth There's a new addition to the family tree: an extinct species of human that's been found in the Philippines.It's known as Homo luzonensis, after the site of its discovery on the country's largest island Luzon.Its physical features are a mixture of those found in very ancient human ancestors and in more
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First ever black hole image released

[ad_1] Image copyright EHT Collaboration Image caption The first ever picture of a black hole: It's surrounded by a halo of bright gas pulled in by the hole's gravity Astronomers have taken the first ever image of a black hole, which is located in a distant galaxy.It measures 40 billion km across - three million times the size of the Earth - and has been described by scientists as "a
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Anak Krakatau: Collapsed volcano’s tsunami simulated

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe simulation agrees well with tide gauge data and eyewitness accounts Scientists have produced a new model to illustrate the December collapse of Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano and its subsequent tsunami.The results indicate that 0.2-0.4 cu km of material on the southwestern flank of the volcano must have slid into the sea to produce the destructive waves. The simulation matches well
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Study identifies danger glacial lakes across Tibetan Plateau

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSimon Allen: "We'd like to see this upscaled to the whole of High Mountain Asia" The flood danger posed by glacial lakes across the Tibetan Plateau has been assessed in the most comprehensive study of its kind so far.Swiss and Chinese scientists looked at 1,300 of these water bodies that have built up in front of ice streams and which are
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Extinction Rebellion: Saving the world or wasting police time?

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionExtinction Rebellion's fight against climate change is making headlines Protest group Extinction Rebellion's fight against climate change is making headlines - most recently when they stripped almost naked in the House of Commons. The Victoria Derbyshire programme went behind the scenes with the group, which urges people to break the law to save the world."Troublemakers change the world," says Roger Hallam,
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The group asking protesters to break the law

[ad_1] Protest group Extinction Rebellion's fight against climate change is making headlines - most recently when they stripped semi-naked in the House of Commons.The Victoria Derbyshire programme has gone behind the scenes with the organisation urging people to break the law to save the world.Watch the Victoria Derbyshire programme on BBC Two and BBC News Channel, 10:00 to 11:00 GMT - and see more of our stories here. [ad_2] Source