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Nasa’s Curiosity Mars rover senses methane spike

Image copyright NASA/JPL-CALTECH/MSSSImage caption The Curiosity rover carries an onboard lab to measure the chemistry of the atmosphere The American space agency’s Mars rover Curiosity has recorded its largest measurement yet of methane. The robot frequently “sniffs” the Red Planet for the gas but has never before seen so high a concentration – of 21 […]

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‘Sabotaged’ tanker in Gulf of Oman leaked oil

Image caption Oil flattens the sea surface, reflecting radar energy away from the satellite. Oil therefore appears dark A sizeable oil slick developed in waters where tankers were damaged off the United Arab Emirates on 12 May. Finnish company Iceye says one of its radar satellites detected a long trail leading from the Saudi-flagged vessel […]

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Lift off for SpaceX rocket carrying 60 satellites

The SpaceX company has begun the roll-out of its orbiting broadband system. A Falcon-9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida late on Thursday, packed with 60 satellites capable of giving users on the ground high-speed connections to the internet. Entrepreneur Elon Musk’s firm aims eventually to loft nearly 12,000 spacecraft for its “Starlink” network. […]

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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 […]