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Gravitational waves: Black hole detector to get upgrade

[ad_1] Image copyright NSF Image caption The LIGO Louisiana lab that detected gravitational waves is in line for an upgrade The UK and US governments have announced a £25m upgrade to the machines that detected gravitational waves three and a half years ago. The improved instruments will be able to detect collisions of black holes nearly twice as far away.By 2024 they will be able to observe in unprecedented detail
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Cambridge anglers win fish loss compensation

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Image caption The claim for compensation centred on the decline of large fish numbers at Baits Bite Lock A water company has paid compensation to anglers over fish deaths following a discharge from a treatment works.Cambridge Fish Preservation and Angling Society (CFPAS) claimed Anglian Water's recycling centre at Milton, near Cambridge, had polluted the River Cam.It alleged in a civil claim at Peterborough County Court the
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Chernobyl: The end of a three-decade experiment

[ad_1] Since the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986, an exclusion zone of more than 400,000 square kilometres has been abandoned. That could be about to change, as Victoria Gill discovered during a week-long trip to the zone. "This place is more than half of my life," says Gennady Laptev. The broad-shouldered Ukrainian scientist is smiling wistfully as we stand on the now dry ground of what
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Search for Shackleton’s lost Endurance ship called off

[ad_1] Image copyright F.HURLEY/SPRI Image caption The Endurance's ill-fated voyage marked the end of the "heroic age" of Antarctic exploration The attempt this week to find Sir Ernest Shackleton's missing ship, the Endurance, has ended - without success.A UK-led expedition to the Weddell Sea sent a sub to the ocean floor to look for the sunken polar yacht, but this robot was itself lost in the process.The team has now
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Paying tribute to the nation’s forests

[ad_1] Image copyright Forestry Commission Image caption The Forest of Dean: Part of the magical woodland landscape of Britain Britons are being urged to pay tribute to the nation's forests by writing a poem, letter or story.The poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, is leading the way with a newly commissioned poem, which explores relationships between trees and humanity.Forests have inspired generations of British writers, including Shakespeare, who used woodland settings
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Nasa calls time on silent Opportunity Mars rover

[ad_1] Image copyright NASA/JPL/Doug Ellison Image caption Oppy used one of its cameras to take this selfie on Mars The US space agency (Nasa) has called time on its Opportunity Mars rover.The six-wheeled robot last contacted Earth in June last year, just before it was enveloped in the darkness of a global dust storm. Engineers hoped Oppy would power back up when the skies cleared and sunlight hit its solar
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Nasa’s InSight mission: Mars ‘mole’ put on planet’s surface

[ad_1] Image copyright NASA/JPL-Caltech Image caption On the surface: HP3 is on the left; the domed SEIS is on the right The US space agency's (Nasa) InSight mission has positioned the second of its surface instruments on Mars.Known as HP3, the heat-flow probe was picked up off the deck of the lander with a robot arm and placed next to the SEIS seismometer package, which was deployed in December.Together with