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Science and tech community mourns Stephen Hawking

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Tributes from around the scientific community are pouring in for prominent physicist Stephen Hawking, who died early on Wednesday aged 76. The messages highlight his breakthrough research as well as his personality and inspiration to millions. One of the world’s best-loved scientists, he was renowned for his work on black holes […]

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Obituary: Stephen Hawking

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Stephen Hawking – who died aged 76 – battled motor neurone disease to become one of the most respected and best-known scientists of his age. A man of great humour, he became a popular ambassador for science and was always careful to ensure that the general public had ready access to […]

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Archaeopteryx flew like a pheasant, say scientists

[ad_1] Image copyright Jana Růžičková Image caption Artist’s representation of Archaeopteryx in flight The famous winged dinosaur Archaeopteryx was capable of flying, according to a new study. An international research team used powerful X-ray beams to peer inside its bones, showing they were almost hollow, as in modern birds. The creature flew like a pheasant, […]

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Humans 'thrived' after historic Mount Toba eruption

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Volcanic eruptions can throw debris across large distances Early humans may have flourished after the largest volcanic eruption in history, according to new research. Mount Toba erupted in Indonesia about 74,000 years ago. The event was long thought to have caused a volcanic winter, drastically reducing the global human […]

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'Boaty McBoatface' sub survives ice mission

[ad_1] Image copyright NOC Image caption Boaty McBoatface was launched from the German Research Vessel Polarstern “Boaty McBoatface” has executed its most daring dive yet. The nation’s favourite yellow submarine swam under a near-600m thick ice shelf in the Antarctic, returning safely to its launch ship after 48 hours away. It was an important test […]

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Why sharks like it hot – but not too hot

[ad_1] Image copyright Richard Fitzpatrick Image caption The tiger shark is a formidable ocean predator Scientists have calculated the water temperature at which tiger sharks are most active and abundant. They say the sharks, which are second only to great whites in attacking people, prefer a balmy 22C. Shark populations may shift range as the […]

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Microplastics are 'littering' riverbeds

[ad_1] Image copyright J Woodward Image caption Suburban sites like this one in Urmston had ‘hundreds of plastic particles in just a few grams of riverbed sediment’ Microscopic plastic beads, fragments and fibres are littering riverbeds across the UK – from rural streams to urban waterways. This is according to a study that analysed sediments […]

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UK 'space drones' look to Proton rocket ride

[ad_1] Image copyright EFFECTIVE SPACE Image caption Artwork: The “Space Drone” (yellow) would dock with the ageing telecommunications satellite (orange) UK-headquartered start-up Effective Space aims to put up its first satellite servicing “drones” in 2020. The company has announced an intent to contract with International Launch Services, which manages the commercial flights of the Russian […]