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Sutherland spaceport project to move to next stage

[ad_1] Image copyright Rocket Labs Image caption It has been proposed that microsatellites could be launched from Sutherland Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) said it will "step up" its engagement with people who live close to the site of a proposed spaceport in Sutherland.Land on the Melness Crofters Estate (MCE) has been identified as the potential location for the launching of rockets carrying micro satellites.MCE is set to work with
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ExoMars: Life-detecting robot to be sent to Oxia Planum

[ad_1] Image copyright AIRBUS Image caption ExoMars: A copy of the rover undergoing testing The robot rover that Europe and Russia will send to Mars in 2020 will be targeted at a near-equatorial site on the Red Planet known as Oxia Planum.The area was recommended by an expert panel meeting at Leicester University.Oxia is rich in clays and other minerals that have resulted from prolonged rock interactions with water.The ExoMars
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Antarctic: Nasa shares close-up photos of big PIG iceberg

[ad_1] Image copyright NASA ICEBRIDGE/Brooke Medley Image caption Icebergs calve from the front of glaciers that terminate in the sea Scientists this week got their first close-up look at the big new iceberg that's calved from Pine Island Glacier (PIG) in the Antarctic.The block, which has the designation B-46, initially covered 225 sq km. Given the fashion in recent years to compare such bergs with the area of Manhattan Island,
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Sir David Attenborough lends voice to Netflix’s Our Planet series

[ad_1] Image copyright Netflix Image caption Sir David will narrate but not appear in the Netflix series Sir David Attenborough is to narrate a documentary series for streaming service Netflix about "the beauty and fragility of our natural world".It has been produced in collaboration with Silverback Films, whose director Alastair Fothergill made Planet Earth and The Blue Planet for the BBC.Speaking at a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) event on Thursday,
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Climate Change: Arctic ‘no safe harbour’ for breeding birds

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Birds migrating to the Arctic tundra The Arctic is no longer the safe haven it once was for nesting birds, a new scientific report warns.Having nests raided by predators is a bigger threat for birds flocking to breed than in the past, it shows.This raises the risk of extinction for birds on Arctic shores, say researchers.They point to a link with climate change,
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Delhi air: Eating berries and wearing masks to beat pollution

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Every winter, a thick blanket of smog descends on large parts of India and people begin a losing fight against the frightening levels of pollution. Thousands land up in doctors' clinics with breathlessness, fill up hospital beds with lung problems and many are forced to stay off school or work.And with measures announced by the federal and state governments to curb pollution not making any impact,
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Stephen Hawking personal effects fetch £1.8m at auction

[ad_1] Image copyright Christie's Image caption A copy of Prof Hawking's best-selling book, signed with a thumbprint, was among the items up for sale Personal effects of Stephen Hawking, including a signed copy of his 1965 PhD thesis, have raised more than £1.8m at auction.A total of 22 items owned by the Cambridge physicist, who died in March, were auctioned by Christie's.The copy of his thesis titled Properties of Expanding
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Finland: Where second-hand comes first

[ad_1] Image caption Kati Rossi was looking for a second-hand bookshelf With her daughter and baby son, Kati Rossi is prowling a suburb of Helsinki in the hunt for a second-hand bookshelf.Across the road looms a Swedish furniture giant, but Kati is scouring a huge municipal re-use centre instead. “I don’t want to go to IKEA,” she tells me. "I will find something much more interesting here, and much more
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Oldest cave painting of an animal discovered in Borneo

[ad_1] The oldest cave painting of an animal has been discovered by scientists in rural Borneo.After trekking for several days through mountain forests, the researchers led by Griffith University in Queensland, Australia managed to access the cave.Once inside they described being "surrounded" by art. One painting found by the group is believed to depict a banteng, a South Asian wild cow, and is at least 40,000 years old.In the same
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‘Oldest animal painting’ discovered in Borneo

[ad_1] Image copyright NAture Image caption This tracing of the cave wall shows the 40,000-year-old painting on the far right. The black box shows the area which was used for dating the cave art The earliest known painting of an animal has been identified in a cave on the island of Borneo.The artwork, which is at least 40,000 years old, is thought to be the oldest example of figurative painting