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Why do we hate wasps and love bees?

Why do we hate wasps and love bees?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Wasps, often encountered on picnics, have a poor reputation with the public A new study reveals that wasps are largely disliked by the public, whereas bees are highly appreciated. The researchers involved say that this view is unfair because wasps are just as ecologically useful as bees. The scientists […]

RemoveDebris: UK satellite nets ‘space junk’

RemoveDebris: UK satellite nets ‘space junk’

Media captionThe satellite RemoveDebris will use a net and a harpoon to clean up space junk A British satellite has successfully deployed a net in orbit to demonstrate how to capture space debris. The event took place more than 300km above the Earth. It was part of a series of trials that will showcase different […]

Elon Musk unveils first tourist for SpaceX ‘Moon loop’

Elon Musk unveils first tourist for SpaceX ‘Moon loop’

Image copyright SpaceX Image caption Artwork: The BFR spaceship will be able to carry humans on a trip around the Moon Elon Musk’s company SpaceX has unveiled the first private passenger it plans to fly around the Moon. Japanese billionaire and online fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa, 42, announced: “I choose to go to the Moon.” […]

Solar Orbiter: Spacecraft to leave UK bound for the Sun

Solar Orbiter: Spacecraft to leave UK bound for the Sun

Image copyright AIRBUS DS/MAX ALEXANDER Image caption The €1bn European Space Agency mission is set to launch in February 2020 It’s taken a little longer than expected but the Solar Orbiter probe is built and ready to begin testing. UK engineers are putting the finishing touches to the satellite this week before sending it to […]

NovaSAR: UK radar satellite to track illegal shipping activity

NovaSAR: UK radar satellite to track illegal shipping activity

Image copyright SSTL/AIRBUS/ISRO Image caption S1-4 and NovaSAR pictured just before being enclosed at the top of their Indian rocket The first all-British radar satellite is set to go into orbit on an Indian rocket. Called NovaSAR, it has the ability to take pictures of the surface of the Earth in every kind of weather, […]

ICESat: Space will get unprecedented view of Earth’s ice

ICESat: Space will get unprecedented view of Earth’s ice

Media captionWatch the Delta II rocket launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California The American space agency has launched a laser into orbit to measure the condition of Earth’s ice cover. The satellite mission, called ICESat-2, should provide more precise information on how these frozen surfaces are being affected by global warming. Antarctica, Greenland […]

ICESat: Space laser to get unprecedented view of Earth’s ice

ICESat: Space laser to get unprecedented view of Earth’s ice

Image copyright NASA Image caption ICESat-2 fires 10,000 shots a second as it moves around the Earth The American space agency is about to put a laser in orbit to measure the condition of Earth’s ice cover. The satellite mission, called ICESat-2, should provide more precise information on how these frozen surfaces are being affected […]

Prickly cactus species ‘under threat’

Prickly cactus species ‘under threat’

Image copyright Richard Duebel Image caption Anton Brugger stands in his cactus nursery in Almeria, southern Spain The iconic cactus plant is veering into trouble say researchers. The most serious problem is illegal smuggling. Despite the international ban on uncontrolled trade in cacti, policing the smuggling faces many problems and semi-professional hunters continue to uproot […]

Intensive farming ‘least bad option’ for food and environment

Intensive farming ‘least bad option’ for food and environment

Image copyright Getty Images Intensive, high-yielding agriculture may be the best way to meet growing demand for food while conserving biodiversity, say researchers. But their study says the approach makes sense only if it is linked to more wilderness being spared the plough. Intensive farming is said to create high levels of pollution and damage […]

Cities lead the way on curbing carbon emissions

Cities lead the way on curbing carbon emissions

Image copyright Chesnot Image caption A wind turbine installed in Paris ahead of the Cop21 climate conference in 2015 With many countries struggling to cut their carbon, new data suggests that major cities are making substantial strides to stem their emissions. Twenty-seven cities, including Warsaw, Barcelona and Sydney, saw CO2 peak in 2012 and then […]

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