Science / Environment

Milky Way gas survey completed

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

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’

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

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

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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