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Europe launches second EDRS space laser satellite

Image copyright ESAImage caption The system will now comprise two nodes in the sky – with a third to follow before 2025 Europe has launched the second satellite in its space laser telecommunications network. It will use optical beams to pull pictures and data from other spacecraft and then speed that information to the ground. […]

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Basking sharks caught on ‘SharkCam’ in Inner Hebrides

Scientists have captured footage of basking sharks in the Inner Hebrides using the UK’s first autonomous “SharkCam”. Owned by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the underwater robot captures movements and behaviours of the species. Large groups of basking sharks gather in the Sea of the Hebrides from May to October to feed on plankton. […]

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July confirmed as hottest month on record

Image copyright AFP July this year was the warmest month ever recorded worldwide, satellite data has confirmed. The assessment was carried out by researchers at the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S). Scientists say it’s the latest sign that Earth is experiencing unprecedented warming. Scorching heatwaves saw records tumble across Europe last month, with unusually […]

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Stop abusing land, scientists warn

Image copyright EPAImage caption Indonesian forest being cleared for palm oil plantations Scientists are to deliver a stark condemnation of the damage being done to the land surface of the planet. Human activities have led to the degrading of soils, expanded deserts, felled forests, driven out wildlife, and drained peatlands, they will say. In the […]

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Whale washes up in Donegal estuary

Image copyright Danny McLaughlin A dead whale, thought to be a minke whale, has washed up in an estuary in the Irish county of Donegal. The 27ft whale was discovered by locals on Thursday evening in the estuary where the river Leannan and Lough Swilly converge. The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) are expected […]

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Could e-taxis help clean up London’s air?

There are about 2,500 electric cabs in London. They are emission-free, but the body which represents the industry says there are not enough charging points for drivers. Some charging points for electric cabs can take up to three hours to fill the car’s battery, meaning drivers claiming they are losing out on business. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-49200595

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Bid to better protect Scotland’s ‘Dinosaur Isle’

Image copyright Jon HoadImage caption Dinosaur footprints are among Skye’s important fossils from the Middle Jurassic Dinosaur and other animal fossil sites in Skye have been given new legal protection in a bid to deter unscrupulous collectors. The isle is internationally recognised for its fossils of creatures that lived more than 165 million years ago. […]