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Satellites to monitor whale strandings from space

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDr Jennifer Jackson: “Satellites get us to whales in those places that are hard to reach” Scientists developing techniques to count great whales from space say the largest ever recorded mass stranding event was probably underestimated. The carcasses of 343 sei whales were spotted on remote beaches […]

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Climate change: Boris Johnson to chair new committee

Image copyright Getty Images The prime minister is to chair a new cabinet committee on climate change to drive action to cut emissions across the government. It follows long-standing criticism that some departments – especially transport – have failed to play their part in combating global heating. This sort of top-level co-ordination is what green […]

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Human ‘mini-brain’ develops slowest among primates

Image copyright Sabina KantonImage caption Four lab-grown chimpanzee “mini-brains”. Each one is about the size of a small pea New research shows that human “mini-brains” develop more slowly than those of other primates. “Mini-brains” are miniature collections of cells that allow scientists to study how the brain develops. A Swiss team has grown artificial human, […]

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Bloodhound diary: South African trials get under way

Image copyright BLOODHOUND LSR A British team is developing a car that will be capable of reaching 1,000mph (1,610km/h). Powered by a rocket bolted to a Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine, the vehicle aims to show its potential by going progressively faster, year after year. By the end of 2019, Bloodhound wants to have demonstrated speeds above […]

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Nasa unveils new spacesuit for next Moon landing

Image copyright NASA/Joel KowskyImage caption Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine presented the new xEMU suit The US space agency has unveiled the prototype for a new spacesuit that could be worn by the next astronauts on the Moon. Nasa chief Jim Bridenstine shared a close-up look at the next-generation suits for the agency’s Artemis programme. The […]