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Himalayan and other Asian glaciers put the brakes on

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAmaury Dehecq: “Knowing ice-flow speed allows us to better estimate glacier melt” The glaciers that flank the Himalayas and other high mountains in Asia are moving slower over time. Scientists have analysed nearly 20 years of satellite images to come to this conclusion. They show that the […]

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Amount of deep life on Earth quantified

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBob Hazen: “It opens the window to lifeforms we may not even be able to imagine” Scientists have estimated the total amount of life on Earth that exists below ground – and it is vast. You would need a microscope to see this subterranean biosphere, however. It […]

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The rough with the smooth

Image copyright Getty Images With UN climate talks under way in Poland, pressure is on for nations to cut carbon emissions fast. The UK says it’s a leader in climate change – but is it? Here’s a list of the good and bad in terms of the UK’s climate change record – depending on your […]

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Nasa’s InSight probe listens to Martian winds

Image copyright NASA/JPL-Caltech Image caption One of InSight’s 2.2m-wide solar panels. They “act like ears” A UK instrument has captured “the sound” of the wind on Mars. The British seismometer package carried on Nasa’s InSight lander has detected the vibrations from Martian air as it rushed over the probe’s solar panels. “The solar panels on […]

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Bloodhound supersonic car project axed

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Bloodhound car was tested in Newquay, Cornwall, last year A 1,000mph race car project has been axed meaning the supersonic vehicle is on the market for the price of a Ferrari. The Bloodhound supersonic vehicle – built with a Rolls-Royce Eurofighter jet engine bolted to a […]

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Trump’s environmental rollback rolls on

Image copyright The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images The Trump administration has dealt a double blow to Obama-era environmental policies in an ongoing rollback that has targeted scores of rules. The Department of the Interior unveiled plans to allow oil drilling on millions of acres that have been off-limits to protect the greater sage […]

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Fossil preserves ‘sea monster’ blubber and skin

Image copyright Johan Lindgren Image caption The fossil ichthyosaur comes from the Holzmaden quarry in south-west Germany Scientists have identified fossilised blubber from an ancient marine reptile that lived 180 million years ago. Blubber is a thick layer of fat found under the skin of modern marine mammals such as whales. Its discovery in this […]