Category Archives: SCIENCE

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Claim made for hydrogen ‘wonder material’

Scientists in the US say they have at last managed to turn hydrogen into a state where it behaves like a metal. If that is true – and it is…

The report warns that extreme weather events like droughts will become more common unless stronger action is taken to cut emissions

UN review says carbon plans fall well short of climate goals

A UN review of national plans to cut carbon says they are well short of the levels needed to keep the rise in global temperatures under 2C. The report finds…

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Solar Impulse flies over night-time New York

Solar Impulse spent some time being photographed from a chasing helicopter The solar-powered plane Solar Impulse has arrived at New York’s JFK airport after making the short trip from Lehigh…

The process of expanding the module progressed very slowly

Flexi-space room expansion suspended

The deployment of a new, expandable “room” on the International Space Station was suspended on Thursday when it failed to open up as expected. Astronaut Jeff Williams began inflating the…

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Solar Impulse lands in California after Pacific crossing

The solar-powered aeroplane Solar Impulse has landed in Silicon Valley, California, after a three-day flight over the Pacific Ocean from Hawaii. High winds delayed the landing at Moffett Airfield, Mountain…

Nations sign climate deal

Nations sign historic Paris climate deal

Amid hope and hype, delegates have finished signing the Paris climate agreement at UN headquarters in New York. Some 171 countries inked the deal today, a record number for a…

Economic losses

Economic losses from natural disasters counted

Natural disasters around the globe have resulted in economic losses of roughly $7 trillion since 1900, according to a new calculation from scientists. Their database, which contains some 35,000 events,…

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E-skin ‘can monitor body’s oxygen level’

Scientists say they have developed ultra-thin electronic “skin” that can measure oxygen levels when stuck to the body. The goal is to develop such “skin” to monitor oxygen levels in…

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Butterfly migration mystery solved

Scientists have built a model circuit that solves the mystery of one of nature’s most famous journeys – the great migration of monarch butterflies from Canada to Mexico. Monarchs are…

Starship project

Hawking backs interstellar travel project

Stephen Hawking is backing a project to send tiny spacecraft to another star system within a generation. They would travel trillions of miles; far further than any previous craft. A…