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Cassini probe heads towards Saturn ‘grand finale’

Cassini probe heads towards Saturn ‘grand finale’

Media captionEarl Maize: “We can’t leave Cassini in an uncontrolled orbit near Saturn” Cassini has used a gravitational slingshot around Saturn’s moon Titan to put it on a path towards destruction. Saturday’s flyby swept the probe into an orbit that takes it in between the planet’s rings and its atmosphere. This gap-run gives the satellite […]

Cassini probe sets up Saturn ‘grand finale’

Cassini probe sets up Saturn ‘grand finale’

Media captionEarl Maize: “We can’t leave Cassini in an uncontrolled orbit near Saturn” Cassini is about to use a slingshot around Saturn’s moon Titan to put it on a path towards destruction. Saturday’s flyby will sweep the probe into an orbit that takes it in between the planet’s rings and its atmosphere. This gap-run gives […]

Unknown ancient reptile roamed the Pyrenees mountains

Unknown ancient reptile roamed the Pyrenees mountains

Image copyright Óscar Sanisidro / Institut Català de Paleontologia Image caption Artistic reconstruction of an archosauromorph The footprints of a mysterious reptile that lived about 250 million years ago have been identified in fossils from the Pyrenees mountains. Scientists say the new species is a member of the group that gave rise to crocodiles and […]

‘Perfect storm’ threatens Europe’s salamanders

‘Perfect storm’ threatens Europe’s salamanders

Image copyright SPL Image caption The fire salamander is one of the best-known salamander species in Europe Urgent action is needed to protect wild salamanders in Europe from a deadly infection, say scientists. The disease may end up wiping out all vulnerable species, with zoos and gene banks the only conservation option, they warn. A […]

Sentinel satellites to monitor every volcano

Sentinel satellites to monitor every volcano

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Countries that have limited resources to monitor their volcanoes will benefit most A UK-led team of scientists is rolling out a project to monitor every land volcano on Earth from space. Two satellites will routinely map the planet’s surface, looking for signs that might hint at a future eruption. […]

Physicists observe ‘negative mass’

Physicists observe ‘negative mass’

Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption Bose-Einstein condensates are used to explore a wide range of fundamental questions in physics (not the apparatus used in the latest research) Physicists have created a fluid with “negative mass”, which accelerates towards you when pushed. In the everyday world, when an object is pushed, it accelerates in […]

‘Gibraltar-sized’ space rock passes Earth

‘Gibraltar-sized’ space rock passes Earth

Image copyright NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSSR Image caption This composite of 30 images of asteroid 2014 JO25 was generated using Nasa’s Goldstone Solar System Radar in California’s Mojave Desert A large asteroid the size of the Rock of Gibraltar has passed safely by Earth. The object, measured to be almost a kilometre wide, came within five times the […]

Wildlife crime ‘threatens nearly half the world’s heritage sites’

Wildlife crime ‘threatens nearly half the world’s heritage sites’

Image copyright Michel Gunther / WWF Image caption An Indian rhinoceros seen in Chitwan National Park, Nepal. Poaching, illegal logging and fishing are threatening endangered species in some of the world’s most iconic natural sites, according to a report. Conservation charity WWF says almost half of the world’s 200 designated heritage sites are “plagued” by […]

Green groups warn of ‘race to the bottom’

Green groups warn of ‘race to the bottom’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The letter says that more than half of UK wildlife is in decline Environmental groups have urged the prime minister to avoid watering down legislation on climate change and wildlife protection after Brexit. The letter, signed by WWF, Greenpeace and others, says action is needed to halt ongoing […]

Saturn moon ‘able to support life’

Saturn moon ‘able to support life’

Image copyright NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI Image caption Easy to sample: Jets of water spew from the south pole of Enceladus. Saturn’s ice-crusted moon Enceladus may now be the single best place to go to look for life beyond Earth. The assessment comes on the heels of new observations at the 500km-wide world made by the Cassini probe. […]

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