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UK scientists join race for lab-grown meat

18 Mar 2019 at 8:28pm
Researchers have grown animal cells on blades of grass - could a slaughter-free bacon supply be feasible? Read more...

Need an Ohm's Law Party Trick? Take a Light Bulb's Temperature

18 Mar 2019 at 6:36pm
We can measure the temperature of an incandescent bulb's filament while it's connected to a variable DC power supply. Read more...

Super bloom tourists cause small town 'safety crisis'

18 Mar 2019 at 1:21pm
Tourists hoping to photograph a bloom of wild poppies briefly shut down a California canyon. Read more...

Psyche: Metal world mission targets 'iron volcanoes'

18 Mar 2019 at 11:20am
What exotic processes occur on the world known as 16 Psyche? A Nasa mission will soon find out. Read more...

Soggy Ben Nevis can be remarkably dry

18 Mar 2019 at 11:18am
Old weather data reveals how the UK's highest mountain can experience periods of near-zero humidity. Read more...

The Uncanny Valley Nobody's Talking About: Eerie Robot Voices

18 Mar 2019 at 7:00am
We've all heard of the uncanny valley, in which realistic humanoid robots freak us out. But what might be even freakier is how those robots speak to us. Read more...

ESA’s Hera asteroid mission borrows eyes of NASA’s Dawn

18 Mar 2019 at 5:17am

The mission to the smallest asteroid ever explored will employ the same main camera as the mission to the largest asteroids of all. ESA’s proposed Hera spacecraft to the Didymos asteroid pair has inherited its main imager from NASA’s Dawn mission to the Vesta and Ceres asteroids.


Dead Philippines whale had 40kg of plastic in stomach

18 Mar 2019 at 2:56am
The whale that washed up in the Philippines had ingested 16 rice sacks and "multiple" shopping bags. Read more...

UK space internet firm OneWeb ready for lift-off

18 Mar 2019 at 2:13am
OneWeb secures new funding enabling it to speed up plans for a global high-speed broadband network. Read more...

US detects huge meteor explosion

18 Mar 2019 at 12:07am
The fireball is the second most powerful in 30 years and the biggest since Chelyabinsk in 2013. Read more...

Trembling aspen leaves could save future Mars rovers

17 Mar 2019 at 11:00pm
(University of Warwick) Researchers at the University of Warwick have been inspired by the unique movement of trembling aspen leaves, to devise an energy harvesting mechanism that could power weather sensors in hostile environments and could even be a back-up energy supply that could save and ext... Read more...

NASA-NOAA Satellite catches last burst of energy in Tropical Depression 03W

17 Mar 2019 at 11:00pm
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Depression 03W has dissipated in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean, but not without one last show of strength on infrared satellite imagery. Read more...

Spiraling giants: Witnessing the birth of a massive binary star system

17 Mar 2019 at 11:00pm
(RIKEN) Scientists have made observations of a molecular cloud that is collapsing to form two massive protostars that will eventually become a binary star system. The observations showed that already at this early stage, the cloud contains two objects, a massive 'primary' central star and another... Read more...

NASA sees Savannah lose its tropical eye

17 Mar 2019 at 11:00pm
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Cyclone Savannah weakened and "lost" its eye as high clouds filtered over it. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the Southern Indian Ocean and captured a visible image of the tropical storm that revealed high clouds had moved over its eye. Read more...

NASA finds heavy rainfall potential in new Tropical Cyclone Trevor

17 Mar 2019 at 11:00pm
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Cyclone Trevor formed in the Coral Sea of the Southwestern Pacific Ocean on March 18. NASA's Terra satellite analyzed cloud top temperatures in the storm which gave an indication of the storm's strength. Trevor has already triggered warnings in Queensla... Read more...

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