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Gravitational waves hunt now in overdrive

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMansi Kasliwal & Samaya Nissanke: “From discovery to making precision measurements” Scientists working to detect gravitational waves switched on their instruments for a third time at the beginning of April and immediately began to register events that could be interpreted as cosmic collisions. All five trigger events […]

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Denisovans: Primitive humans lived at high altitudes

Image copyright Jean-Jacques Hublin, MPI-EVA, LeipzigImage caption The Xiahe mandible was found in 1980 in Baishiya Karst Cave Scientists have found evidence that an ancient species of human called Denisovans lived at high altitudes in Tibet. The ability to survive in such extreme environments had previously been associated only with our species – Homo sapiens. […]

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Heathrow campaigners lose challenge against third runway

Image copyright PA Campaigners have lost a High Court challenge against the government’s decision to approve plans for a third runway at London’s Heathrow airport. Five councils, residents, environmental charities and London Mayor Sadiq Khan brought the action after MPs backed the plans in June. The campaigners said the runway would effectively create a “new […]

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Glimpsing a world beyond human extinction

Image copyright © Helen Spenceley Stand on solid ground and look down at your feet. Go deeper – through the flesh and bones, deeper into the Earth. What’s down there? It’s hard to imagine, let alone visit – should you want to. Writer and explorer Robert MacFarlane has been voyaging in this hidden world, going […]