Mount Everest: Melting glaciers expose dead bodies

Image copyright Frank BienewaldImage caption Most of the dead bodies of mountaineers have appeared on the Khumbu Glacier Expedition operators are concerned at the number of climbers’ bodies that are becoming exposed on Mount Everest as its glaciers melt. Nearly 300 mountaineers have died on the peak since the first ascent attempt and two-thirds of […]

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Bloodhound: Land speed record car is relaunched

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIan Warhurst: “My kids kept saying I should buy a fast car, so I bought the fastest” The Bloodhound supersonic car is back, under new management and preparing to renew its pursuit of the land speed record. The project went into administration last year, unable to secure […]

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Bubble maths researcher wins top award

Image copyright kishore kumarImage caption The mathematics of bubbles hold the key to some of the greatest mysteries in physics One of the highest prizes for mathematics has been awarded to Prof Karen Uhlenbeck of the University of Texas in Austin, US. Prof Uhlenbeck received the Abel Prize for her work on “minimal surfaces” such […]

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Soggy Ben Nevis can be remarkably dry

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Often it’s impossible to see more than a few metres into the distance Ben Nevis – the highest mountain in Britain – occasionally experiences periods at its summit when the air is bone dry. The revelation that this notoriously wet peak should have times of near-zero humidity comes from an […]

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