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Russia launches life-sized robot into space

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLife-sized robot launched into space Russia has launched a rocket carrying a life-sized robot to the International Space Station (ISS). It was launched from Russia’s Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday and is set to arrive at the station on Saturday. The robot, named Fedor (Experimental Demonstration […]

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What is ‘blobology’ and how is it transforming biology?

Image copyright UCSF CHIMERA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption An enhanced picture of virus seen through an electron microscope. Spectacularly detailed videos from an advanced microscope are sparking a biology “revolution”, scientists say. The technique was once termed “blobology” because its images were so indistinct. But now, it is being used to create videos of the […]

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Nasa confirms ocean moon mission

Image copyright NASA Image caption Artwork: Europa Clipper will try to determine whether the moon can support biology Scientists working on an audacious mission to the ocean world of Europa can proceed with the final design and construction of the spacecraft, Nasa says. The Europa Clipper mission will target the ice-encrusted moon of Jupiter, which […]

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When an ethical vegan met a sheep farmer…

For the world’s shepherds, shearing sheep is a vital part of caring for their flock. However, many vegans consider the wool industry to be cruel and harmful to animals. In early 2019, an online clothing retailer temporarily stopped selling woollen products and farmers were furious. So who’s right? BBC reporter and former farmer, Gareth Barlow, […]

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Five ways UK farmers are tackling climate change

Farmers are on the front line of climate change – vulnerable to changes in temperature and rainfall, as well as increasingly frequent extreme weather events. They also face criticism, in particular over greenhouse gas emissions from the meat and dairy industry, with calls for a move to a more plant-based diet. Agriculture is currently responsible […]

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Nasa picks headquarters for Moon lander

Image copyright NASA A Nasa facility in Alabama that developed the giant rocket for the Apollo programme in the 1960s will play a key role in sending astronauts down to the Moon’s surface in 2024. The Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville will lead the development of a vehicle that will land astronauts on the […]