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The floating farm for cows

A herd of cows is living on a floating farm in the middle of Europe’s busiest port of Rotterdam. The animals are part of an experiment to produce food more sustainably, and closer to people. Peter van Wingerden, founder of Beladon, told BBC Radio 5 Live: “No matter how much rain falls, no matter how […]

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Nasa picks headquarters for Moon lander

Image copyright NASA A Nasa facility in Alabama that developed the giant rocket for the Apollo programme in the 1960s will play a key role in sending astronauts down to the Moon’s surface in 2024. The Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville will lead the development of a vehicle that will land astronauts on the […]

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Early fish tapeworms found at ‘Britain’s Pompeii’ Must Farm

Image copyright V Herring/Cambridge Archaeological UnitImage caption Archaeologists were astonished by the “fabulous artefacts” found at the site The earliest evidence of fish tapeworm in Britain has been discovered preserved in human faeces, according to experts at Cambridge University. The finds were unearthed at a site dubbed “Britain’s Pompeii”, a burnt-out 3,000-year-old village at Must […]

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Dr Becky: The Oxford University YouTube astrophysicist

Among the millions of channels on YouTube is ‘Dr Becky’, an astrophysicist who is trying to encourage others into STEM careers (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). As a research fellow at the University of Oxford, Dr Becky Smethurst specialises in black holes, but outside the day job she posts videos on all sorts of space-themed […]

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Spaceplane gets a ride for space station trips

Image copyright Sierra Nevada CorporationImage caption Artwork: Dream Chaser is a reusable spaceplane that can land on a runway The Dream Chaser spaceplane, which will ferry cargo to the International Space Station (ISS), now has a rocket to launch on. Sierra Nevada, the private company that builds the spaceplane, has chosen the Vulcan rocket as […]

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Why is there microplastic in Arctic snow?

A team of German-Swiss researchers has found that microscopic particles of plastic are falling out of the sky with snow in the Arctic. Researchers collected snow samples from the Svalbard islands using a low-tech method – a dessert spoon and a flask. They found more than 10,000 of them per litre of melted snow. The […]