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1,000mph ‘Bloodhound’ rocket car fires up

1,000mph ‘Bloodhound’ rocket car fires up

Media captionThe engine was designed to work in a jet fighter, not in a car A British team is developing a car that will be capable of reaching 1,000mph (1,610km/h). Powered by a rocket bolted to a Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine, the vehicle will first mount an assault on the world land speed record (763mph; 1,228km/h). […]

Penguins die in ‘catastrophic’ Antarctic breeding season

Penguins die in ‘catastrophic’ Antarctic breeding season

Image copyright BBC/Shutterstock Image caption It is the second catastrophic season for the southern penguins in five years All but two Adelie penguin chicks have starved to death in their east Antarctic colony, in a breeding season described as “catastrophic” by experts. It was caused by unusually high amounts of ice late in the season, […]

Nasa carbon space observatory ‘watches Earth breathe’

Nasa carbon space observatory ‘watches Earth breathe’

Media captionAn animation depicts changes in atmospheric CO2 through the year A Nasa satellite has provided remarkable new insights on how CO2 is moved through the Earth’s atmosphere. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) tracked the behaviour of the gas in 2015/2016 – a period when the planet experienced a major El Niño event. This climate […]

How do you build the next-generation internet?

How do you build the next-generation internet?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Scientists are now developing an ultra-fast quantum internet that will be partly based on light Imagine super-fast computers that can solve problems much quicker than machines today. These “quantum computers” are being developed in laboratories around the world. But scientists have already taken the next step, and are thinking […]

Ozone layer recovery could be delayed by 30 years

Ozone layer recovery could be delayed by 30 years

Image copyright SPL Image caption Researchers reported in 2015 that there was clear evidence of healing in the ozone hole Rising global emissions of some chlorine-containing chemicals could slow the progress made in healing the ozone layer. A study found the substances, widely used for paint stripping and in the manufacture of PVC, are increasing […]

Clean Growth Plan could see stamp duty incentive for homeowners

Clean Growth Plan could see stamp duty incentive for homeowners

Image copyright PA Stamp duty in England may be changed to encourage people to make their homes more energy efficient. Energy minister Claire Perry told the BBC householders would face “carrots and sticks” to prompt them into saving on heating bills and carbon emissions. It may form part of a plan by ministers to get […]

Asteroid close approach to test warning systems

Asteroid close approach to test warning systems

Image copyright NASA Image caption Scientists say the asteroid, shown in this illustration, will safely pass by the Earth An asteroid the size of a house is passing close to Earth. The space rock will hurtle past our planet at a distance of about 42,000km (26,000 miles), bringing it within the Moon’s orbit and just […]

Satellites spy Antarctic ‘upside-down ice canyon’

Satellites spy Antarctic ‘upside-down ice canyon’

Image copyright ESA Image caption Graphic: Some fast-thinning glaciers drain into the Amundsen Sea Scientists have identified a way in which the effects of Antarctic melting can be enhanced. Their new satellite observations of the Dotson Ice Shelf show its losses, far from being even, are actually focused on a long, narrow sector. In places, […]

Mass extinctions ‘offer cautionary tale’

Mass extinctions ‘offer cautionary tale’

Image copyright Victor O Leshyk Image caption Lystrosaurus, an early relative of mammals Mass extinctions have the potential to guide modern conservation efforts, say scientists. A study confirms the idea that upheavals of the geological past caused a drastic loss of biodiversity. ”Disaster faunas” dominated by a small number of widespread, newly-evolving species prevailed for […]

Why British scientists are watching Iceland’s volcanoes

British scientists have embarked on a mission to monitor Iceland’s active volcanoes from the air. A team from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science is working in a research aircraft as it flies around the country’s volcanoes. The scientists say the project will help the aviation industry plan for a future eruption. Why British scientists […]