Finland: Where second-hand comes first

Image caption Kati Rossi was looking for a second-hand bookshelf With her daughter and baby son, Kati Rossi is prowling a suburb of Helsinki in the hunt for a second-hand bookshelf. Across the road looms a Swedish furniture giant, but Kati is scouring a huge municipal re-use centre instead. “I don’t want to go to […]

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ExoMars: Where to send Europe’s robot rover?

Image copyright AIRBUSImage caption ExoMars: A copy of the rover undergoing testing Scientists and engineers are to meet in Leicester to choose a landing site on Mars for Europe’s 2020 rover. The six-wheeled robot will be targeted at one of two near-equatorial terrains on the Red Planet. The ExoMars Site Selection Working Group must weigh […]

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Helpline to tackle bullying in chemistry

Image copyright Getty Images/Universal Images Group Bullying and harassment is such a problem in the world of chemistry that a dedicated helpline is being set up for victims, a scientific body says. The Royal Society of Chemistry says people were being denied opportunities because of “a culture of secrecy” and the ‘unchecked power of managers’. […]

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Ron Howard: Creating vision of a Mars colony

Image copyright NAtional GeographicImage caption The series Mars envisages how a pioneer human settlement might function on the Red Planet To mark the second season of the television series Mars, Hollywood director Ron Howard talked to the BBC about creating a realistic depiction of the first human colonies on the Red Planet. If humankind is […]

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