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Beagle 2 ‘was so close to Mars success’

Beagle 2 ‘was so close to Mars success’

Image copyright De Montfort University Image caption Researchers created this computer simulation of sunlight reflecting from Beagle 2. Beagle 2, the failed British mission to Mars in 2003, came “excruciatingly close” to succeeding, a study shows. A new analysis of pictures of the Beagle 2 spacecraft shows that it did not crash-land on the Martian […]

UK red squirrels carry ‘a form of leprosy’ – scientists

UK red squirrels carry ‘a form of leprosy’ – scientists

Image copyright Catherine Clark Image caption The effects of the disease can be seen on the squirrel’s ear and muzzle British red squirrels are infected with two different strains of the bacterium that causes leprosy, according to a study. Leprosy was thought to have died out in the UK in medieval times, but these recent […]

Beagle 2 ‘was so close to Mars success’

Beagle 2 ‘was so close to Mars success’

Image copyright De Montfort University Image caption Researchers created this computer simulation of sunlight reflecting from Beagle 2. Beagle 2, the failed British mission to Mars in 2003, came “excruciatingly close” to succeeding, a study shows. A new analysis of pictures of the Beagle 2 spacecraft shows that it did not crash-land on the Martian […]

UK red squirrels carry ‘a form of leprosy’ – scientists

UK red squirrels carry ‘a form of leprosy’ – scientists

Image copyright Catherine Clark Image caption The effects of the disease can be seen on the squirrel’s ear and muzzle British red squirrels are infected with two different strains of the bacterium that causes leprosy, according to a study. Leprosy was thought to have died out in the UK in medieval times, but these recent […]

Open data aims to boost food security prospects

Open data aims to boost food security prospects

Image copyright AP Image caption Universal access to global agriculture data will improve food security policies, say campaigners Rothamsted Research, a leading agricultural research institution, is attempting to make data from long-term experiments available to all. In partnership with a data consultancy, is it developing a method to make complex results accessible and useable. The […]

Unknown dinosaur almost blown to oblivion

Unknown dinosaur almost blown to oblivion

Image copyright S Brusatte Image caption The dinosaur was preserved in the mud it was mired in when it died 72 million years ago A newly discovered species of dinosaur has been identified from an extraordinarily complete fossil almost destroyed by dynamite. It was preserved raising its beaked head, with feathered wings outstretched in the […]

What Trump win means for US science

What Trump win means for US science

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Trump has been most vocal on the issues of climate change and energy President-elect Donald Trump did not express many views about science and innovation on the campaign trail. But there are some clues to his positions on key issues. Since Tuesday, many scientists have been laying out their […]

How dogs became our friends – DNA evidence

How dogs became our friends – DNA evidence

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Dogs like to scrounge from the table Dogs have been dining on human food scraps since the early days of their domestication, it appears. Our canine companions developed the ability to digest starchy foods during the farming revolution thousands of years ago, according to DNA evidence. Scientists think dogs may […]

Chemical clue to why seabirds eat plastic

Chemical clue to why seabirds eat plastic

Image copyright John Harrison Image caption Many species of seabirds, including Blue Petrels, consume plastic debris at sea Plastic pollution in the sea gives off a smell that attracts foraging birds, scientists have found. The discovery could explain why seabirds such as the albatross swallow plastic, causing injury or death. The smell, similar to the […]

Climate change: Nations will push ahead with plans despite Trump

Climate change: Nations will push ahead with plans despite Trump

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Donald Trump promised to cancel the Paris Climate Agreement and restore jobs in the coal industry At UN climate talks in Morocco, countries say they are prepared to move ahead without the US. President-elect Trump has said that he will “cancel” the Paris Climate Agreement within 100 days of […]