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Mars: Pictures reveal ‘winter wonderland’ on the red planet

[ad_1] Image copyright ESA Earth's North Pole is famous for its snowy climes - and for hosting Santa's workshop, of course.But as these pictures reveal, it's not the only planet with snow scenes this holiday season.This is the Korolev crater, near the north pole of Mars, as captured by the European Space Agency (ESA)'s Mars Express mission. The crater is 82km (50 miles) across, and filled with ice 1.8km thick.It
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The secret life of plants: Ten new species found this year

[ad_1] Image copyright Martin Cheek Image caption A rainforest tree from Guinea Plant collectors have searched for the hidden wonders of the plant world for centuries. Yet plants that are new to science are still being described, at a rate of about 2,000 a year.Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, discovered and named more than 100 new plants in 2018. Their list of the top new plants includes carnivorous
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Nasa’s InSight deploys ‘Marsquake’ instrument

[ad_1] Image copyright NASA/JPL Image caption The seismometer sensors still need their wind cover The American space agency's InSight mission to Mars has begun to deploy its instruments.The lander's robotic arm has just placed the bell-shaped seismometer package on the ground in front of it.This suite of sensors, developed in France and the UK, will listen for "Marsquakes" in an effort to determine the internal structure of the Red Planet.InSight
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Warning against ‘volcano tourism’ risks

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Thrill-seeking tourists are putting themselves in danger and hampering emergency services by heading towards volcanoes when they erupt.A report from the Royal Geographical Society warns of the growing risks caused by "volcano tourism".Emergency authorities in countries such as Iceland now have to contend with the arrival of tourists who rush there to get close to an exploding volcano.The study says such tourists fail to understand
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New environmental watchdog to get legal teeth after Brexit

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Plans for a new green watchdog to protect the environment after Brexit have been outlined by the government.Ministers say the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) will be an independent statutory body to safeguard environmental standards.It will have the power to take the government to court to enforce environmental law after Brexit.Green groups question its independence and doubt the structure will replicate the EU’s environmental protections.Why is
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Nasa hack exposes space agency staff’s data

[ad_1] Image copyright NASA Image caption Nasa said employees who had worked for the agency since 2006 were at risk Nasa has emailed its staff to warn them that hackers may have stolen their personal details.The message said it suspected that two of its servers containing details of past and present employees had been compromised.It added that it did not believe any Nasa mission had been put in jeopardy.One expert
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Weather stops plastic waste car reaching South Pole

[ad_1] A car made from waste plastic has been forced to abort its mission to the South Pole because of bad weather.Solar Voyager was set to be the first solar-powered expedition to reach Antarctica.But despite it being Antarctica’s summer, unexpected heavy snow has meant progress has been slow, and now the team have had to turn around.The team from Holland say they’ve still achieved their main mission: to prove plastic
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Wooden clothes on the recycled Christmas list?

[ad_1] Image caption The Finnish university has found a way to turn birch trees from its forests into material for clothes If you're struggling for an original Christmas present - how about a wooden dress?At a recent state gala, Finland's first lady wore a dress made from the country's birch trees.But there was nothing frivolous about why she chose the dress - she wore it to support a new technology
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Nasa’s New Horizons probe on course for historic flyby

[ad_1] Image copyright NASA Image caption Artwork: At this stage, scientists can only speculate what Ultima Thule looks like The American space agency's New Horizons probe remains on course for its daring flyby of Ultima Thule. When the mission sweeps past the 30km wide object on New Year's Day, it will be making the most distant ever visit to a Solar System body - at some 6.5 billion km from