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UK space internet firm OneWeb ready for lift-off

Image copyright ESA/CNES/ARIANESPACE UK based start-up OneWeb has secured $1.25bn (£940m) in new funding enabling it to speed up its plans to launch a global high-speed broadband network. The firm said the money meant its 2021 launch was now “inevitable”. The funding comes after the company successfully launched its first satellites for the service last […]

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US detects huge meteor explosion

By Paul Rincon Science editor, BBC News website, The Woodlands, Texas Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Artwork: The fireball was the kind of event expected to happen only two to three times per century A huge fireball exploded in the Earth’s atmosphere in December, according to Nasa. The blast was the second largest of its […]

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Climate strike: What is a climate emergency?

By Lindsay Brown Newsbeat reporter Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Thousands of students are expected to take part in climate change protests on Friday Dozens of towns and cities across the UK have declared “a climate emergency”. There’s no single definition of what that means but many local areas say they want to be carbon-neutral […]

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Ancient migration transformed Spain’s DNA

Image copyright L Benitez de Lugo Enrich – Jose Luis Fuentes SanchImage caption Bronze Age burials: Iberia saw a dramatic genetic shift during this period A migration from Central Europe transformed the genetic make-up of people in Spain during the Bronze Age, a study reveals. DNA evidence shows the migrants streamed over the Pyrenees, replacing […]

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Phones crushed to reveal precious metals

Scientists have been blending mobile phones to find out what rare and precious metals are in them. Researchers at the University of Plymouth hope to help manufacturers source components responsibly and encourage us to recycle our old handsets. Dr Arjan Dijkstra, lecturer in igneous petrology, said the use of high value ores in mobile phones […]

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Spring Statement: Cambridge data team gets £45m boost

Image copyright EMBI-EBIImage caption The institute specialises in storing data used in the front line of scientific research New jobs will be created at a Cambridge data processing firm given £45m by the government to expand its operations. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the investment for the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) in the latest Spring Statement. […]

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Study reveals the wolf within your pet dog

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Scientists say the negative image of wolves is not always justified Wolves lead and dogs follow – but both are equally capable of working with humans, according to research that adds a new twist in the tale of how one was domesticated from the other. Dogs owe their cooperative nature […]