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Perseverance: Nasa rover begins key drive to find life on MarsNew!!

Share your expressionNasa's Perseverance rover has reached a big moment in its mission on Mars. Tuesday will see the six-wheeled robot begin the climb up an ancient delta feature in the crater where it landed. It will roll uphill, stopping every so often to examine rocks that look to have the best chance of retaining […]

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Living through Japan's hottest summer on recordNew!!

Share your expressionMasaya Maruyama, his wife Junko and his brother Koichi, were sitting under the tailgate of their work van, trying to find a tiny bit of shade, as they drank profusely from large bottles of orange soda. The family of plumbers had been out in the baking sun laying pipes since 08:00 local time. […]

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Thailand : Cannabis-infused food and drink products are not for everyoneNew!!

Share your expressionAnyone can now grow cannabis plants at home following registration with authorities via a mobile app as well as use and sell them in Thailand. The change in the law comes after the country decriminalized cannabis and hemp on June 9, making it the first country in Asia to remove the plant from […]

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Nearly a quarter of Earth's seafloor now mappedNew!!

Share your expressionSlowly but surely the proportion of the global ocean floor that's been properly mapped is rising. It's now up to just shy of a quarter of the total area under water - at 23.4%. Better seafloor maps help us with navigation and conservation, among many other uses. Some 10 million sq km (3.8 […]

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UK government told to insulate more homesNew!!

Share your expressionThe UK government must drive down energy bills and reduce climate-warming emissions by insulating more homes, a report says. Official advisors the Climate Change Committee says the government's current insulation programme is "shocking". It says consumers are paying £40 extra a year on bills because of previous cuts to the home renovation programme. […]

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UK-built Forum satellite will measure greenhouse effectNew!!

Share your expressionA spacecraft measuring Earth's warming 'greenhouse' effect in its greatest ever detail will be built in the UK. The Forum satellite will be assembled by aerospace giant Airbus at its factory in Stevenage. It will monitor far-infrared radiation coming up from our planet's surface. It's this particular type of light that makes molecules […]

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UK decides AI still cannot patent inventionsNew!!

Share your expressionThe UK's Intellectual Property Office has decided artificial-intelligence systems cannot patent inventions for the time being. Patents assign the ownership of a new invention to its creator. A recent IPO consultation found many experts doubted AI was currently able to invent without human assistance. Current law allowed humans to patent inventions made with AI […]

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How do zoos get over star animal deaths?New!!

Share your expressionPublic opinion on zoos is mixed but their supporters argue they play a vital role in conserving vulnerable species, with keepers saying they develop a close bond with the animals. So how does the death of a long-time resident affect a zoo, its animals and its staff? Last year was a sad time […]

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The Big Plastic Count: Consumers confront their plastic footprint

Share your expressionIt's hard not to feel guilty about the price our planet pays for plastic. But when most affordable products come with plastic packaging, are we as consumers really in control? For one week in May, more than 100,000 people in the UK carefully counted their plastic waste at home in a national investigation […]

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Pompeii: Ancient pregnant tortoise surprises archaeologists

Share your expressionWhen Mount Vesuvius erupted nearly 2,000 years ago Pompeii's ancient residents were frozen in place by ash. So too it turns out were the city's flora and fauna - including a pregnant tortoise with her egg. Archaeologists found the reptile's remains buried under ash and rock where it had laid undiscovered since 79AD. […]

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USS Samuel B Roberts: World's deepest shipwreck discovered

Share your expressionExplorers have found the deepest shipwreck ever identified, a US navy destroyer sunk during World War Two. The USS Samuel B Roberts went down during the Battle of Leyte Gulf off the Philippines' coast in October 1944. It lies in 6,895m (4.28 miles) of water. Texan billionaire and adventurer Victor Vescovo, who owns […]

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Endurance wreck: Nations look to protect Shackleton ship from damage

Share your expressionA 500m perimeter is being implemented to aid the protection of Endurance, the ship famously lost in the Antarctic by explorer Ernest Shackleton. The vessel's position on the Weddell Sea floor was finally identified in March, 107 years after its sinking. Member states of the Antarctic Treaty have already declared the wreck, which […]

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Europe told to prepare for Russia turning off gas

Share your expressionThe head of the International Energy Agency has warned that Russia may stop supplying gas to Europe this winter. Fatih Birol says he believes a complete shutdown is not the most likely scenario but that Europe needs to work on contingency plans just in case. In recent weeks, several European countries said they […]

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COP15: UN biodiversity summit moved from China to Canada

Share your expressionPublished3 days agoShare Major UN talks aimed at striking a deal on safeguarding nature have been moved from China to Canada. The COP15 UN Biodiversity Conference began as virtual, online talks in October last year. Negotiations were meant to reconvene in Kunming, China in April but that was repeatedly postponed due to Covid. […]

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Five planets line up in rare planetary conjunction

Share your expressionFive major planets in our solar system are lined up in a row for a rare planetary conjunction visible with the naked eye. In a clear sky, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn can be seen shining before dawn. It's a special opportunity to see Mercury, which is usually obscured from view by […]

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Record bacterium discovered as long as human eyelash

Share your expressionYou're supposed to need a microscope to see bacteria, right? Not Thiomargarita magnifica. This giant cell is clearly visible to the naked eye, having the size and shape of a human eyelash. Now classified as the world's biggest bacterium, T. magnifica was discovered living on sunken, decaying mangrove tree leaves in the French Caribbean. Fear […]

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UK red kite success story sees chicks sent to Spain

Share your expressionBritish-born red kites are being flown abroad in a mission to help rescue the dwindling Spanish population. The birds of prey are threatened in parts of Spain by factors including poisoning and a lack of food. Experts have been given special permission to take 30 red kites from England and release them in […]

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China achieves ‘brain-scale’ AI with latest supercomputer

Share your expressionSunway supercomputer ran 174 trillion parameters, ‘rivalling the number of synapses in the brain’ Computer scientists in China claim to have run an artificial intelligence program using architecture that is as complex as the human brain. The AI model, named ‘bagualu’ or ‘alchemist’s pot’, was run on the latest generation of the Sunway supercomputer based at the […]

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Why Friday morning is the best time to view a rare planetary alignment

Share your expressionFriday could be last, best chance to catch a rare alignment of five planets in the sky, plus a special guest. Friday could be the best day for early risers in North America to catch a rare celestial event: the alignment of five planets in order of their distance from the Sun. Since the […]

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Sciens Building Solutions Acquires Another Mid-Atlantic-area Company

Share your expressionAnchor Fire Protection addition will expand Sciens platform across the United States offering an even broader scope of business in the important mid-Atlantic region. SAN FRANCISCO, June 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Sciens Building Solutions ("Sciens") today announced it has welcomed Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania-based Anchor Fire Protection ("Anchor") to its growing portfolio of companies. This is the latest acquisition announcement from […]

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Blue light: what we do and don’t know about the damage it causes our skin

Share your expressionTake a wander down the skincare aisle of any health and beauty retailer and you’ll be met with a bewildering array of creams and sprays, promising to protect you from various threats to your skin. You might have noticed skincare companies claiming their products can protect you from the effects of blue light. […]

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Nasa InSight: 'Marsquake' mission in its last months

Share your expressionThe seismometer on Nasa's InSight probe will keep listening for Marsquakes even as other systems on the mission have to shut down due to declining power levels. The spacecraft has just detected a Magnitude 5 tremor - the biggest event yet in its three years of operation on the Red Planet. But InSight […]

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Perseverance: Nasa rover begins key drive to find life on Mars

Share your expressionNasa's Perseverance rover has reached a big moment in its mission on Mars. Tuesday will see the six-wheeled robot begin the climb up an ancient delta feature in the crater where it landed. It will roll uphill, stopping every so often to examine rocks that look to have the best chance of retaining […]

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Perseverance: Nasa rover begins key drive to find life on Mars

Share your expressionNasa's Perseverance rover has reached a big moment in its mission on Mars. Tuesday will see the six-wheeled robot begin the climb up an ancient delta feature in the crater where it landed. It will roll uphill, stopping every so often to examine rocks that look to have the best chance of retaining […]

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Climate change: 'Fifty-fifty chance' of breaching 1.5C warming limit

Share your expressionThe likelihood of crossing a key global warming threshold has risen significantly, according to a new analysis. UK Met Office researchers say that there's now around a fifty-fifty chance that the world will warm by more than 1.5C over the next five years. Such a rise would be temporary, but researchers are concerned […]

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What is net zero and how are the UK and other countries doing?

Share your expressionCountries have set out plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions, at the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow. They hope to achieve the target of "net zero" by 2050, to help slow global warming. What does 'net zero' mean? Net zero means not adding to the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Achieving it […]

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