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UK industry to make new 'Hotbirds'

Image copyright AIRBUS Image caption The BBC World Service and World News Channel go out over the Hotbirds at 13E British industry is going to build two new spacecraft for the big Paris-based telecoms operator Eutelsat. Airbus will be the manufacturer, which will be supplying its new “all electric” Eurostar Neo model. Developed in a […]

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Definition of kilogram set to change

Image copyright SPL Image caption The master kilogram, sealed in a jar and stored in a safe in Paris, no longer weighs the same as this “exact” copy – which researchers say is “not scientifically acceptable” Scientists are set to change the way the kilogramme is defined. Currently, it is defined by the weight of […]

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Worries over CO2 emissions from intensifying wildfires

Image copyright Getty Images Rising numbers of extreme wildfires could result in a significant increase in CO₂ emissions, scientists warn. That could mean attaining the Paris climate agreement’s goal of keeping global temperature rise well below 2C could become harder, they say. Present emission-cut pledges by countries are projected to increase the average global temperature […]

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Greenland ice sheet hides huge 'impact crater'

Image copyright NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF DENMARK Image caption Space view: The semi-circular margin of the ice sheet traces the outline of the crater What looks to be a large impact crater has been identified beneath the Greenland ice sheet. The 31km-wide depression came to light when scientists examined radar images of the island’s bedrock. […]

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'Conservation successes' bring hope for mountain gorilla

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mountain gorilla: From critically endangered to endangered Conservation efforts appear to be paying off for some of the world’s most charismatic animals, according to new assessments for the extinction Red List. Prospects look better for the mountain gorilla, after years of conservation measures, including anti-poaching and veterinary patrols. And […]