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Supernova 1987A: ‘Blob’ hides long-sought remnant from star blast

Image copyright NASA/ESA/R.Kirshner et al Image caption This Hubble Space Telescope image shows Supernova 1987A within the Large Magellanic Cloud Scientists believe they’ve finally tracked down the dead remnant from Supernova 1987A – one of their favourite star explosions. Astronomers knew the object must exist but had always struggled to identify its location because of […]

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Bloodhound land speed racer blasts to 628mph

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWatch how the Bloodhound supercar gets off the line Bloodhound has now joined the exclusive club of land speed racers that have gone faster than 600mph (965km/h). Running across its dry lakebed track on Saturday, the British car’s GPS sensors clocked 628mph (1,010km/h). Only six vehicles in […]

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Sentinel for sea-level rise enters testing

Image copyright Stephane Corvaja/ESA Image caption Flying under the Copernicus badge secures the programme’s long-term future The next satellite tasked with maintaining the “gold standard” measurement of sea-level rise is about to enter final testing. Sentinel-6a will pick up from the long-running Jason series of spacecraft when it launches in November 2020. These missions track […]

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‘Alarm’ over winter flood prospects in England

Image caption The Royal Shakespeare Company’s famous Stratford theatre is being lapped by flood water The Environment Agency’s director of flood risk management says he is “alarmed” by the prospect of further flooding across England this winter. John Curtin said there had been so much rain this Autumn, the land is saturated in many places. […]

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Black Friday: Brands opt out for environment reasons

Image copyright Getty Images/Alex McBride Image caption Black Friday sales offer customers significant discounts More than 300 clothing brands are asking shoppers not to buy anything in the Black Friday sales because of environmental reasons. The Make Friday Green Again collective says discount deals encourage people to purchase things they don’t need. They say this […]

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Nasa probes oxygen mystery on Mars

Image copyright NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS Image caption Curiosity has been exploring Gale Crater, which once hosted a body of liquid water The oxygen in Martian air is changing in a way that can’t currently be explained by known chemical processes. That’s the claim of scientists working on the Curiosity rover mission, who have been taking measurements of […]