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Lovell lights: turning a telescope into an art installation

Lovell lights: turning a telescope into an art installation

Image copyright Jodrell Bank Looming up out of the green Cheshire countryside, listening to Deep Space, the Lovell telescope is an icon of science. And while it listens, the third largest radio telescope in the world becomes – for just a few days every summer – a massive, animated art installation. As part of the […]

Arctic wild goose chase threatens chicks as temperatures rise

Arctic wild goose chase threatens chicks as temperatures rise

Image copyright SPL Rising temperatures in the Arctic are encouraging Barnacle geese to speed up their migration journeys north every spring, says a new study. But their efforts to go faster are leaving them too drained to lay their eggs early when they arrive. This is bad news for the species as their chicks are […]

Wanted: Any name other than ‘Spacey McSpaceFace’

Wanted: Any name other than ‘Spacey McSpaceFace’

Image copyright ESA Image caption Artwork: The ExoMars rover would land on the Red Planet in early 2021 Here’s your chance to name the European rover that will go to Mars in 2020. Currently called ExoMars, the six-wheeled robot needs something a bit more engaging and inspiring for when it lands on the Red Planet. […]

The cost of Trump’s Endangered Species Act proposal

The cost of Trump’s Endangered Species Act proposal

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The rebound of bald eagle populations is one of the greatest conservation stories in American history The Trump administration has proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA), a law credited with keeping hundreds of species from going extinct. The change would eliminate automatic protections for threatened plant and […]

Is UK barbecue charcoal fuelling global deforestation?

Is UK barbecue charcoal fuelling global deforestation?

Image caption The UK is importing record amounts of charcoal A growing taste for al fresco dining is driving record charcoal sales in the UK but is it also fuelling global deforestation and climate change? Last year Britain imported nearly 90,000 tonnes of charcoal. It’s much cheaper than sourcing it from within the UK but […]

Slowing Gulf Stream current to boost warming for 20 years

Slowing Gulf Stream current to boost warming for 20 years

Image copyright SPL The prospect of the Gulf Stream slowing down and even stopping altogether has worried many experts in recent years. Some believed that this would cause a rapid cooling around the world with resulting global chaos. But a new study finds the Gulf Stream go-slow will have a significant impact on planetary temperatures, […]

Baby snake ‘frozen in time’ gives insight into lost world

Baby snake ‘frozen in time’ gives insight into lost world

Image copyright Ming BAI/Chinese Academy of Sciences Image caption The fossil gives an insight into how snakes became such successful creatures The fossil of a baby snake has been discovered entombed inside amber. The creature has been frozen in time for 99 million years. The snake lived in what is now Myanmar, during the age […]

Two halves of Attenborough polar ship joined together

Two halves of Attenborough polar ship joined together

Image copyright CAMMELL LAIRD/BAS Image caption The 535-tonne superstructure is 40m long and 30m wide After its dramatic entry into the River Mersey at the weekend, the hull of the RRS Sir David Attenborough has had its upper-decks added. Cammell Laird engineers lifted the six-deck superstructure into place using two giant cranes. The superstructure holds […]

Theresa May announces new environment bill

Theresa May announces new environment bill

Image copyright EPA A bill to protect the environment has been announced by the prime minister. It will set out a legal framework for the government’s promise to leave the environment in a better state over the next 25 years. It has been greeted enthusiastically by green groups who feared that the government’s promises on […]

Are young people going cool on cars?

Are young people going cool on cars?

Media captionViews on car ownership Could you live without a car? Reya from London asked herself this question when she moved into a car-free development, but over the past year she’s been fine. Lil from Dorset says she can’t use rural buses because they are “rubbish” – but she’s embarrassed to drive so much. They […]

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