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European Space Agency probe to intercept a comet

Image copyright SPLImage caption Artwork: There may be little warning of a very distant visitor The European Space Agency is to launch another mission to a comet. After the hugely successful Rosetta encounter with the icy dirt-ball known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014, officials have now selected a new venture that will launch in 2028. It’s […]

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Spy satellites reveal extent of Himalayan glacier loss

Image copyright NRO/USGSImage caption The Hexagon images were declassified in 2011 and digitised for scientific study Images from Cold War spy satellites have revealed the dramatic extent of ice loss in the Himalayan glaciers. Scientists compared photographs taken by a US reconnaissance programme with recent spacecraft observations and found that melting in the region has […]

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‘Fear’ of killer shrimp may threaten rivers

Image copyright Michal Grabowski / Uni Lodz An invasive “killer shrimp” that has reached UK rivers could be altering the behaviour of other species through fear alone. A study shows that the mere presence of the “alien” crustacean can make other species less effective at the tasks they perform in aquatic ecosystems. The invasive animal […]

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‘Pumping heart patch’ ready for human use

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHeart breakthrough could save thousands of lives A “pumping” patch containing millions of living, beating stem cells could help repair the damage caused by a heart attack, according to researchers. Sewn on to the heart, the 3cm (1in) by 2cm patch, grown in a lab from a […]

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Spain alarmed by French bear’s attacks on sheep

Image copyright oncfsImage caption France released two Slovenian brown bears in the Pyrenees last October A female brown bear released in the French Pyrenees has killed eight sheep in Spain, prompting emergency talks between the two countries. Claverina is now roaming through the mountains of Navarre, having crossed from Béarn in south-western France. Spanish environmental […]