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At the time of transmission, the European Space Agency still have no contact with the Schiaparelli Mars lander Banning HFCs In 1985 scientists reported that there was a depletion of the amount of ozone in the stratosphere, and that there was a giant hole of ozone above the Antarctic. Ozone - a form of oxygen absorbs most of the UV radiation from...

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The oldest fossilized remains of a syrinx, a bird’s equivalent of a voice box, has been described. The remains of the extinct bird specimen (Vegavis iaai), which lived about 66-68 million years ago, were found on Antarctica - confirming that the syrinx had evolved at the time of the dinosaurs. Drilling the ‘Dinosaur Crater’ Scientists have...

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Nobel Prizes for Science 2016

October 6th, 2016

This week the Nobel Prizes were announced. The Chemistry prize was for mini machines, the Medicine award went to a scientist who discovered autophagy, or the process of clearing up cellular rubbish, and researchers who predicted strange materials were the Physics’ recipients. Roland Pease explains the relevance of these to Marnie Chesterton....

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Rosetta’s Mission Ends

September 29th, 2016

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission is about to end (Friday 30th September). The audacious mission to rendezvous with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and study its nucleus and environment, and land a probe on its surface has been hailed a huge scientific and technical success, despite the lander Philae losing contact shortly after...