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Medieval manuscript code ‘unlocked’ by Bristol academic

Image copyright PAImage caption The Voynich manuscript is written in the Proto-Romance language An academic claims to have deciphered a medieval manuscript which countless scholars including Alan Turing had been unable to decode. The Voynich manuscript is a handwritten and illustrated text carbon-dated to the mid-15th Century. The document is housed in the Beinecke Library […]

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Wood wide web: Trees’ social networks are mapped

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionScientists have mapped the underground network of fungi that provide trees with nutrients. Research has shown that beneath every forest and wood there is a complex underground web of roots, fungi and bacteria helping to connect trees and plants to one another. This subterranean social network, nearly […]

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How do you learn to drive on Mars?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEngineers test the rover design’s ability to cope with large obstacles in its path Time is of the essence. It’s now little more than a year until the Rosalind Franklin rover is sent to Mars. Engineers across Europe and Russia are busy assembling this scientific vehicle, and […]

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Endangered kakapo parrot gets pioneering brain surgery

Image copyright David Wiltshire/Massey UniversityImage caption Kakapos – the world’s fattest species of parrot – are flightless and nocturnal Vets in New Zealand have performed life-saving brain surgery on a critically endangered kakapo parrot in a world-first procedure amid efforts to save the species. Surgeons adapted techniques used on humans and other mammals to operate […]

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Jeff Bezos unveils Moon lander concept

Image copyright Reuters Amazon entrepreneur Jeff Bezos has unveiled a mock-up of a new lunar lander spacecraft that aims to take equipment and humans to the Moon by 2024. The reusable Blue Moon vehicle will carry scientific instruments, satellites and rovers. It will feature a new rocket engine called BE-7 that can blast 10,000lb (4,535kg) […]