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Impact crater linked to Martian tsunamis

Impact crater linked to Martian tsunamis

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Did early Mars have a vast northern ocean? Scientists have located an impact crater linked to powerful tsunamis that swept across part of ancient Mars. The team believe an asteroid triggered 150m-high waves when it plunged into an ocean thought to have existed on northern Mars three billion […]

Bloodhound supersonic car record bid slips again

Bloodhound supersonic car record bid slips again

Image copyright BLOODHOUND SSC Image caption Bloodhound will do tie-down tests and low-speed runs in 2017 The British-led effort to break the World Land Speed Record is going to slip again – to 2018. The Bloodhound Super-Sonic Car was supposed to go racing later this year, to try to raise the current mark of 763mph […]

‘Devastating’ coral loss in South China Sea – scientists

‘Devastating’ coral loss in South China Sea – scientists

Image copyright Thomas DeCarlo Image caption Coral bleaching at the Dongsha Atoll Scientists are warning of another “devastating” loss of coral due to a spike in sea temperatures. They say 40% of coral has died at the Dongsha Atoll in the South China Sea. Nothing as severe has happened on Dongsha for at least 40 […]

Europa: Our best shot at finding alien life?

After two decades of development and “heartbreak”, scientists are on the verge of sending missions to explore the ocean world of Europa. Could this be our best shot at finding life elsewhere in the Solar System? Orbiting the giant planet Jupiter is an icy world, just a little smaller than Earth’s moon. From a distance, […]

Kaikoura: ‘Most complex quake ever studied’

Kaikoura: ‘Most complex quake ever studied’

Image copyright JOHN ELLIOTT/LEEDS UNI/COMET Image caption New wall: Whole blocks of ground were lifted upwards The big earthquake that struck New Zealand last year may have been the most complex ever, say scientists. November’s Magnitude 7.8 event ruptured a near-200km-long swathe of territory, shifting parts of NZ’s South Island 5m closer to North Island. […]

Fruit-shaped sensor ‘can improve freshness’

Fruit-shaped sensor ‘can improve freshness’

Image copyright Empa A new fruit-shaped sensor could help cargo companies to keep fruit fresher in transit, researchers say. The device – which mimics the size, shape and composition of real fruit – is packed in with produce in transit and closely monitors its temperature. It comes in orange, apple, banana and mango varieties, and […]

‘New’ wave-like cloud finally wins official recognition

‘New’ wave-like cloud finally wins official recognition

Image copyright Gary McArthur Image caption The wavy ridges of the rare asperitas cloud Twelve “new” types of cloud – including the rare, wave-like asperitas cloud – have been recognised for the first time by the International Cloud Atlas. The atlas, which dates back to the 19th Century, is the global reference book for observing […]

Dinosaur crater’s clue to origin of life

Dinosaur crater’s clue to origin of life

Image copyright Tim Peake/Nasa/ESA Image caption The crater is buried partly offshore and partly onshore, under Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula The crater made by the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs is revealing clues to the origins of life on Earth. Scientists have drilled into the 200km-wide Chicxulub crater now buried under the Gulf of Mexico. […]

‘New’ wave-like cloud finally wins official recognition

‘New’ wave-like cloud finally wins official recognition

Image copyright Gary McArthur Image caption The wavy ridges of the rare asperitas cloud Twelve “new” types of cloud – including the rare, wave-like asperitas cloud – have been recognised for the first time by the International Cloud Atlas. The atlas, which dates back to the 19th Century, is the global reference book for observing […]

Major shake-up suggests dinosaurs may have ‘UK origin’

Major shake-up suggests dinosaurs may have ‘UK origin’

Image copyright Millard H. Sharp Image caption The shake-up means savage, meat-eating dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex get reclassified The first dinosaurs may have originated in the Northern Hemisphere, possibly in an area that is now Britain. This is one of the conclusions of the first detailed re-evaluation of the relationships between dinosaurs for 130 […]

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