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Citizen science bags five-planet haul

Image copyright NASA Image caption Artwork: The findings could shed light on the process by which planets form and then migrate within their systems A discovery by citizen scientists has led to the confirmation of a system of five planets orbiting a far-off star. Furthermore, the planets’ orbits are linked in a mathematical relationship called […]

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UK satellite to make movies from space

Image copyright EARTH-i Image caption Artwork: Manufacturer SSTL calls it Carbonite-2, but Earth-i refers to the satellite as VividX2 A British satellite has gone into orbit on an Indian rocket to acquire full-colour, high-definition video of the surface of the Earth. The demonstrator is expected to pave the way for a series of at least […]

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Huge black hole blasts out 'double burp'

Image copyright NASA/Stsci/CXC Image caption Arrows point to the the two burps of gas coming from the black hole; the top arrow points to the newer burp and the bottom arrow points to the older one Astronomers have caught a massive black hole letting out a “double burp” after bingeing on hot gas. When cosmic […]

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Theresa May defends 'long-term' plastic waste plan

Image copyright Getty Images Theresa May has defended her 25-year plan to protect the environment as campaigners called for “emergency” action now. The prime minister said her long-term strategy, including eradicating all avoidable plastic waste in the UK by 2042, would allow future generations to “enjoy a beautiful environment”. Green groups said the proposals should […]

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Kitchen welfare

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lobsters may not exhibit recognisable symptoms of pain, but that doesn’t mean they don’t experience it, say some scientists “Lobster is one of those rare foods that you cook from a live state,” the recipe says. “Quickly plunge lobsters head-first into the boiling water… Boil for 15 minutes,” the […]

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Nasa rover Curiosity visits 'Scotland' on Mars

Image copyright NASA/JPL-Caltech Image caption Curiosity’s tracks in Torridon on Mars Nasa’s Mars rover Curiosity is exploring a part of the planet named after Torridon in Scotland. Martian geological areas and features have been named by Nasa after places on Earth. Several of the names have been taken from Scotland and, as well as Torridon, […]