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Juno probe returns first in-orbit Jupiter photo
The American space agency's new Juno mission to Jupiter has returned its first imagery since going into orbit around the gas giant last week. The picture shows a sunlit portion of the planet, together with three of its big moons - Io, Europa and Ganymede. The fourth major satellite - Callisto - is out of view. Juno is currently moving away from Jupiter on a large arc, but will sweep back in during August, enabling its "JunoCam" to take even better images. At the moment, scientists are just r...
Solar Impulse: Zero-fuel plane lands in Cairo
The Sun-powered aircraft Solar Impulse has finished its penultimate flight, landing in Egypt's capital, Cairo. It took off from the Spanish city of Seville at 04:20 GMT on Monday, taking just over 48 hours to make the trip. The zero-fuel aircraft is now in the home straight of its bid to circumnavigate the globe. Its final stop is Abu Dhabi, where the challenge began in March 2015. The two pilots sharing flying duties will each take one more turn at the controls. Andre Borschberg did the Sev...
Solar Impulse: Zero-fuel plane leaves Seville for Cairo
Solar Impulse has begun what should be its penultimate flight, leaving Seville in Spain bound for Cairo in Egypt. It should take the zero-fuel aircraft somewhere between 48 and 72 hours, depending on the weather conditions encountered en route. Solar Impulse is now in the home straight of its bid to circumnavigate the globe. After this leg, there is just the final hop to Abu Dhabi where the challenge began in March 2015. The two pilots who have shared the flying duties around the world are e...
Vets: Ban the use of homeopathy in animals
About 1,000 of the UK's vets have signed a petition calling for a ban on homeopathy being prescribed to animals. The petition calls on the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to stop vets from offering homeopathy on animal welfare grounds. But the veterinary regulator says "it is difficult to envisage any justification" for a ban. About one in seven practices offers some form of complementary therapy. Figures suggest about 500 farmers and 40 vets are trained in homeopathy. Danny Chambers, ...
Sea worm fossil gives clues to 'common ancestor'
Fossils of a sea worm that lived on the ocean floor about 500 million years ago are giving new insights into how early creatures evolved. Tube-like structures once thought to be a type of seaweed were made by a worm that lived a solitary life on the sea bed, say scientists. The research, published in the journal BMC Biology, suggests the animal, Oesia, was a filter feeder. Fossil discoveries of this kind are rare. The research was carried out by academics from the universities of Cambri...
Juno probe enters into orbit around Jupiter
The US space agency has successfully put a new probe in orbit around Jupiter. The Juno satellite, which left Earth five years ago, had to fire a rocket engine to slow its approach to the planet and get caught by its gravity. A sequence of tones transmitted from the spacecraft confirmed the braking manoeuvre had gone as planned. Receipt of the radio messages prompted wild cheering at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. "All stations on Juno co-ord, we have the tone for b...
Bloodhound supersonic car project back on track
The Bloodhound supersonic car project is back on, and now aims to break the land speed record in October 2017. Vehicle development had been on hold in recent months because of a shortage of cash, but new sponsorship deals mean engineers can now resume their work. October 2017 will mark the 20th anniversary of the current land speed record - 763mph (1,228km/h), which was set by Thrust SSC in the US desert. Bloodhound intends to raise this to 800mph, running in South Africa. The new spons...
China fits final piece on world's largest radio telescope
China has fitted the final piece on what will be the world's largest radio telescope, due to begin operations in September, state media report. The 500m-wide Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST, is the size of 30 football fields. The $180m (£135m) satellite project will be used to explore space and help look for extraterrestrial life, Xinhua news agency reported. Advancing China's space program remains a key priority for Beijing. Scientists are now due to start debugging an...
Juno mission: Jupiter probe nears critical orbit manoeuvre
The US space agency's (Nasa) Juno probe is rapidly bearing down on Jupiter. Getting ever closer, hour by hour, it will endeavour to be captured by the gas giant's gravity early on Tuesday (GMT) to go into orbit. This will require the probe to execute a perfect braking manoeuvre using its British-made rocket engine. If successful, Juno will then spend the better part of the next eighteen months sensing what lies beneath the planet's thick clouds. The 35-minute orbit insertion burn - time...
'Healing' detected in Antarctic ozone hole
Researchers say they have found the first clear evidence that the thinning in the ozone layer above Antarctica is starting to heal. The scientists said that in September 2015 the hole was around 4 million sq km smaller than it was in the year 2000 - an area roughly the size of India. The gains have been credited to the long term phasing out of ozone-destroying chemicals. The study also sheds new light on the role of volcanoes in making the problem worse. British scientists first no...
Solar Impulse completes Atlantic crossing with landing in Seville
The zero-fuel aeroplane, Solar Impulse, has landed in Spain, completing the Atlantic leg of its historic bid to circumnavigate the globe. The landing in Seville marked the end of the 15th stage of Solar Impulse's route. Pilot Bertrand Piccard made swift progress over the ocean after leaving New York on Monday. Mission managers will now plot a route to Abu Dhabi where the venture began in March, 2015. The project had hoped to end the Atlantic leg in Paris, to echo the pioneering flight in 192...
Solar Impulse sets off on 90-hour Atlantic crossing
The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft has set off from New York to cross the Atlantic, one of the toughest stages of its attempt to fly around the globe using solar energy. The pilot, Bertrand Piccard, will attempt to reach Seville in Spain in about 90 hours. He was due to take off on Sunday but was delayed by bad weather. Mr Piccard will only be able to take short naps while the plane is in flight. This will be "the longest distance we have had to fly this year," the Solar Impulse team said. Mr Pic...
Science to be used to secure our soldiers
Recently it has been talked much about the necessity of using our scientific potential for the development of military industry, introduction of new technology to maximum secure the soldiers standing on the border. They offered using nano-technology in preparation of body armours. The usage of the offered technology will secure them both from bullets and from burns. The scientific experience have already been completed and it has been left to pass to technological phase. Soon the two will come ...
UK astronaut Tim Peake's capsule has separated from ISS
Tim Peake is now on his way back to Earth after the spacecraft he is in undocked from the International Space Station (ISS). The Soyuz capsule carrying Major Peake and two other crew members will land in Kazakhstan at 10:15 BST on Saturday. During his stay, he made the first spacewalk by a UK astronaut and remotely steered a robot on Earth. He is the first person to visit space under the UK banner since Helen Sharman in 1991. Major Peake, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and US astronaut T...
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