Science / Environment

Milky Way gas survey completed

New images superimpose the Atlasgal data (in red) over other infrared measurements (in blue) made from space

BBC News : Astronomers have completed a detailed map of where dense, very cold gas – the stuff of which new stars are made – is found across the Milky Way. Staring into space from an altitude of 5,100m in the Atacama desert, the Apex telescope has imaged as much of our galaxy as it can see. It has sampled ...

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Spanish water rights fight raises fears for Ebro delta

Tens of thousand of people took to the streets of Amposta in Catalonia to protest at plans they say would destroy the delta

BBC News : Environmentalists say one of Europe’s most important wetland areas is under threat as Spain and Catalonia argue about the future of the Ebro river. Campaigners say Spanish government plans to restrict water flow could destroy the fragile landscape. They are worried that ultimately these waters could be transferred to other, drier regions of Spain. Tens of thousands ...

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Maths study shows conspiracies ‘prone to unravelling’

The Moon landings are the subject of a well-known conspiracy theory

By Alex Berezow Science writer It’s difficult to keep a conspiracy under wraps, scientists say, because sooner or later, one of the conspirators will blow its cover. A study has examined how long alleged conspiracies could “survive” before being revealed – deliberately or unwittingly – to the public at large. Dr David Grimes, from Oxford University, devised an equation to express ...

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Jason ocean height mission blasts off

This was the last Falcon-9 version 1.1. SpaceX is now moving to a more powerful version of the rocket

By Jonathan Amos BBC Science Correspondent A US-European satellite that is fundamental to our understanding of the oceans has launched from California. Jason-3 will measure the shape of the global sea surface to an accuracy of better than 4cm. It will track currents, tides, winds, wave heights, and will help forecast the intensity of storms. But the new mission will also ...

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Tim Peake spacewalk ends early

Nasa chief astronaut Chris Cassidy (in the blue shirt), who assisted Luca Parmitano in 2013, is seen conferring with colleague Reid Wiseman

By Paul Rincon Science editor, BBC News website Nasa has ended the spacewalk involving UK astronaut Tim Peake after his US colleague reported water in his helmet. Tim Kopra reported a “small amount” of water, but the flight director took the precaution of ending the event early. The agency is under a ruling to terminate a spacewalk under such circumstances after ...

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