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Sutherland spaceport project to move to next stage

Image copyright Rocket Labs Image caption It has been proposed that microsatellites could be launched from Sutherland Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) said it will “step up” its engagement with people who live close to the site of a proposed spaceport in Sutherland. Land on the Melness Crofters Estate (MCE) has been identified as the […]

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Delhi air

Image copyright AFP Every winter, a thick blanket of smog descends on large parts of India and people begin a losing fight against the frightening levels of pollution. Thousands land up in doctors’ clinics with breathlessness, fill up hospital beds with lung problems and many are forced to stay off school or work. And with […]

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Catching plastic

Image copyright Luke McSweeney Image caption Rachael Miller believes the Cora Ball could hugely reduce microfibre pollution Concern is mounting over the volume of plastics in our oceans and, in particular, how tiny particles of plastic and other synthetic materials are infiltrating every part of our ecosystem. Can technology help address the problem? In October […]

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Finland: Where second-hand comes first

Image caption Kati Rossi was looking for a second-hand bookshelf With her daughter and baby son, Kati Rossi is prowling a suburb of Helsinki in the hunt for a second-hand bookshelf. Across the road looms a Swedish furniture giant, but Kati is scouring a huge municipal re-use centre instead. “I don’t want to go to […]

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Oldest cave painting of an animal discovered in Borneo

The oldest cave painting of an animal has been discovered by scientists in rural Borneo. After trekking for several days through mountain forests, the researchers led by Griffith University in Queensland, Australia managed to access the cave. Once inside they described being “surrounded” by art. One painting found by the group is believed to depict […]

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ExoMars: Where to send Europe’s robot rover?

Image copyright AIRBUS Image caption ExoMars: A copy of the rover undergoing testing Scientists and engineers are to meet in Leicester to choose a landing site on Mars for Europe’s 2020 rover. The six-wheeled robot will be targeted at one of two near-equatorial terrains on the Red Planet. The ExoMars Site Selection Working Group must […]