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Bloodhound supersonic car record bid slips again

Bloodhound supersonic car record bid slips again

Image copyright BLOODHOUND SSC Image caption Bloodhound will do tie-down tests and low-speed runs in 2017 The British-led effort to break the World Land Speed Record is going to slip again – to 2018. The Bloodhound Super-Sonic Car was supposed to go racing later this year, to try to raise the current mark of 763mph […]

‘Devastating’ coral loss in South China Sea – scientists

‘Devastating’ coral loss in South China Sea – scientists

Image copyright Thomas DeCarlo Image caption Coral bleaching at the Dongsha Atoll Scientists are warning of another “devastating” loss of coral due to a spike in sea temperatures. They say 40% of coral has died at the Dongsha Atoll in the South China Sea. Nothing as severe has happened on Dongsha for at least 40 […]

Kaikoura: ‘Most complex quake ever studied’

Kaikoura: ‘Most complex quake ever studied’

Image copyright JOHN ELLIOTT/LEEDS UNI/COMET Image caption New wall: Whole blocks of ground were lifted upwards The big earthquake that struck New Zealand last year may have been the most complex ever, say scientists. November’s Magnitude 7.8 event ruptured a near-200km-long swathe of territory, shifting parts of NZ’s South Island 5m closer to North Island. […]

Fruit-shaped sensor ‘can improve freshness’

Fruit-shaped sensor ‘can improve freshness’

Image copyright Empa A new fruit-shaped sensor could help cargo companies to keep fruit fresher in transit, researchers say. The device – which mimics the size, shape and composition of real fruit – is packed in with produce in transit and closely monitors its temperature. It comes in orange, apple, banana and mango varieties, and […]

‘New’ wave-like cloud finally wins official recognition

‘New’ wave-like cloud finally wins official recognition

Image copyright Gary McArthur Image caption The wavy ridges of the rare asperitas cloud Twelve “new” types of cloud – including the rare, wave-like asperitas cloud – have been recognised for the first time by the International Cloud Atlas. The atlas, which dates back to the 19th Century, is the global reference book for observing […]

Dinosaur crater’s clue to origin of life

Dinosaur crater’s clue to origin of life

Image copyright Tim Peake/Nasa/ESA Image caption The crater is buried partly offshore and partly onshore, under Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula The crater made by the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs is revealing clues to the origins of life on Earth. Scientists have drilled into the 200km-wide Chicxulub crater now buried under the Gulf of Mexico. […]

Major shake-up suggests dinosaurs may have ‘UK origin’

Major shake-up suggests dinosaurs may have ‘UK origin’

Image copyright Millard H. Sharp Image caption The shake-up means savage, meat-eating dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex get reclassified The first dinosaurs may have originated in the Northern Hemisphere, possibly in an area that is now Britain. This is one of the conclusions of the first detailed re-evaluation of the relationships between dinosaurs for 130 […]

Major shake-up suggests dinosaurs may have ‘UK origin’

Major shake-up suggests dinosaurs may have ‘UK origin’

Image copyright Millard H. Sharp Image caption The shake-up means savage, meat-eating dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex get reclassified The first dinosaurs may have originated in the Northern Hemisphere, possibly in an area that is now Britain. This is one of the conclusions of the first detailed re-evaluation of the relationships between dinosaurs for 130 […]

Plans for coal-fired power plants drop by almost half in 2016

Plans for coal-fired power plants drop by almost half in 2016

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption This new Chinese coal-fired plant opened in January but many more have been put on hold Twenty-sixteen saw a “dramatic” decline in the number of coal-fired power stations in pre-construction globally. The authors of a new study say there was a 48% fall in planned coal units, with a […]

Sea otters ahead of dolphins in using tools

Sea otters ahead of dolphins in using tools

Image copyright Jessica Fujii Image caption Sea otters use rocks to crack open shellfish Sea otters may have been using stone tools for thousands or even millions of years, according to scientists. It appears otters learned how to use tools long before other marine mammals. Sea otters are often seen floating on their backs, using […]

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