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Israel Aerospace, Germany’s OHB parter in European moon mission

[ad_1] FILE PHOTO: The logo of state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the country's biggest defence contractor, is seen at their offices next to Ben Gurion International airport, near Or Yehuda, Israel February 27, 2017. REUTERS/Baz RatnerJERUSALEM (Reuters) - State-owned Israel Aerospace Industries on Tuesday said it has partnered with Germany’s OHB System for a European Space Agency moon mission, which includes developing a lunar lander. Work with the European agency
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Major expedition targets Thwaites Glacier

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDr Kelly Hogan: "Thwaites is the plug holding back much of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet" The US icebreaker Nathaniel B Palmer leaves Punta Arenas in Chile on Tuesday to begin an expedition to Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier.The huge ice stream in West Antarctica is currently melting, and scientists want to understand its likely future contribution to sea-level rise.If all of Thwaites'
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SeaWorld Orlando orca whale Kayla dies after illness

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The company has faced a sharp backlash since 2013 documentary Blackfish A 30-year-old orca whale has died after a brief illness at SeaWorld Orlando, the park announced on Monday.Kayla, who was born in captivity in Texas in 1988, was one of 20 whales still housed at the company's parks.SeaWorld said Kayla's condition had deteriorated on Sunday after she showed signs of illness on
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SeaWorld Orlando orca whale Kayla dies after illness

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The company has faced a sharp backlash since 2013 documentary Blackfish A 30-year-old orca whale has died after a brief illness at SeaWorld Orlando, the park announced on Monday.Kayla, who was born in captivity in Texas in 1988, was one of 20 whales still housed at the company's parks.SeaWorld said Kayla's condition had deteriorated on Sunday after she showed signs of illness on
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Fast food giants under fire on climate and water usage

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A coalition of investors is calling on McDonalds, KFC, and other fast food suppliers to take swift action on climate change.The group, with around $6.5 trillion under management, want the chains to cut carbon and water risks in their dairy and meat suppliers. Animal agriculture, they argue, is one of the highest emitting sectors without a low CO2 plan.They're calling for public, time limited targets
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150 years of the periodic table: Test your knowledge

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images You'll find it on the wall of nearly every school chemistry laboratory in the land.And generations of children have sung the words, "hydrogen and helium, lithium, beryllium..." in an attempt to memorise some of the 118 elements.This year, the periodic table of chemical elements celebrates its 150th birthday.As the candles on the cake are lit, it's time to test your knowledge, with our quiz. The
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Lakes ‘skating on thin ice’ as warming limits freeze

[ad_1] Image copyright wakr10 Thousands of lakes across the Northern Hemisphere are set to lose their winter ice as global temperatures rise, say scientists.Their new study suggests that, within a generation, over 35,000 lakes will lose their winter cover. The researchers involved say the disappearance will have significant implications for millions of people living near these bodies of water.It could also pose a threat to supplies of drinking water and
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MoD backs satellite ‘origami radar antennas’

[ad_1] Image copyright OSS Image caption The deployed structure would look like a parasol The UK's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approached start-up Oxford Space Systems (OSS) to design antennas for a sovereign satellite radar system.Ministers envisage a constellation of British spacecraft gathering intelligence for operational and tactical applications in the 2020s.OSS has novel technology that fits the satellites' requirement to be low-cost.Oxford's carbon-fibre antennas stow away in very small
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The GM chickens that lay eggs with anti-cancer drugs

[ad_1] Image copyright Norrie Russell, The Roslin Institute Image caption These chickens have a human gene that enables them to lay eggs containing useful drugs Researchers have genetically modified chickens that can lay eggs that contain drugs for arthritis and some cancers.The drugs are 100 times cheaper to produce when laid than when manufactured in factories.The researchers believe that in time production can be scaled up to produce medicines in
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Norfolk study shows new ditches could help improve rivers

[ad_1] Image copyright Wensum Alliance Image caption A study by the University of East Anglia and the Wensum Alliance used sediment traps dug near the River Blackwater The amount of harmful sludge entering rivers from farmers' fields can be more than halved with special ditches, a new study found.The Rivers Trust said its research showed only 14% of UK rivers are in a healthy state.That health can be damaged by