China’s Moon mission sees first seeds sprout

Image copyright CLEPImage caption Cotton sprouts seen close-up under a protective cover on board the Moon lander Seeds taken up to the Moon by China’s Chang’e-4 mission have sprouted, says China National Space Administration. It marks the first time any biological matter has grown on the Moon, and is being seen as a significant step […]

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Watch how air pollution moves across Europe

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNitrogen dioxide air pollution 5-10 January (sequence is played twice) This is what pollution looks like on a European scale. The animation shows the concentration and movement through the atmosphere of nitrogen dioxide. NO₂ is a problem gas that is produced primarily by vehicle exhausts and industrial […]

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The women fighting fast fashion waste

Are you a fast fashion victim? Claire and Emily run a hub in Manchester that takes old clothes and fabrics and transforms them into new garments. They teach upcycling, mending and ancient Japanese dyeing techniques at the hub, with the hope people will stop buying new. An estimated 235 million items of clothing were sent […]

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Mathematician Sir Michael Atiyah dies aged 89

Image copyright Joe Atiyah One of the world’s foremost mathematicians, Prof Sir Michael Atiyah, has died at the age of 89. Sir Michael, who worked at Cambridge University before he retired, made outstanding contributions to geometry and topology. Sir Michael was a recipient of the highest honour in mathematics, a Fields Medal. He died on […]

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Spektr-R: Russia’s only space telescope ‘not responding’

Image copyright STR/AFP/Getty ImagesImage caption The Spektr-R radio astronomy observatory was sent into space in July 2011 Russia’s only space radio telescope is no longer responding to commands from Earth, officials say. Astro Space Centre chief Nikolai Kardashev said some of the Spektr-R satellite’s communication systems had stopped working. But it was still transmitting scientific […]

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SpaceX launch completes Iridium satellite refresh

Image copyright SpaceXImage caption This was the eighth and final launch in the refurbishment of the Iridium network Ten spacecraft have launched from California to complete the $3bn refurbishment of the original satellite phone system, Iridium. A SpaceX Falcon rocket carried the platforms aloft. They will go live in the network in the coming weeks. […]

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