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Musk’s Tesla to stay in space for millions of years

Image copyright SpaceX / AFP Image caption The Tesla’s paint job will suffer as it’s peppered by micrometeorites over time The Tesla car that Elon Musk launched into space is likely to stay there for tens of millions of years before crashing into the Earth or Venus. That’s the conclusion of an analysis by Czech […]

Genes remain active after death

Image copyright PETER MENZEL/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption Transcriptomics might one day help forensic scientists predict time of death Cells continue to function even after an individual dies. That’s according to a scientific study published in Nature Communications. Analysing post-mortem samples, an international team of scientists showed that some genes became more active after death. […]

Amazon fish challenges mutation idea

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Amazon molly is thought to be a hybrid of two different species Evolutionary theory suggests that species favouring asexual reproduction will rapidly become extinct, as their genomes accumulate deadly mutations over time. But a study on an Amazon fish has cast doubt on the rapidity of this decline. Despite […]

BBC to ban single-use plastics by 2020 after Blue Planet II

Image copyright PA Image caption More than eight million tonnes of plastic enters the world’s oceans every year. The BBC is to ban single-use plastics by 2020, after TV series Blue Planet II highlighted the scale of sea pollution. First, throwaway plastic cups and cutlery will be scrapped by the end of this year, followed […]

UK team set for giant Antarctic iceberg expedition

Media captionSee the first footage of the area scientists will be exploring Scientists will set out in the next week to study an Antarctic realm that has been hidden for thousands of years. A British Antarctic Survey-led team will explore the seabed ecosystem exposed when a giant iceberg broke away from the Antarctic Peninsula in […]

Trump budget US cash for International Space Station

Media captionWATCH: An astronaut films from outside the International Space Station President Donald Trump wants to end US funding for the International Space Station (ISS) by 2025 with the aim of putting it into private hands. His plans for ISS and the Nasa space programme were unveiled in his 2019 budget proposal. Mr Trump wants […]

New crayfish that doesn’t need males to mate becomes all-powerful

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Life finds a way: Invasive six-inch marble crayfish are able to reproduce by themselves A mutant species of all-female crayfish taking over the world is not the latest science fiction film but a real-life environmental thriller. A new study has found that marbled crayfish are multiplying rapidly and invading ecosystems […]

‘Oumuamua: ‘space cigar’s’ tumble hints at violent past

Image caption Artwork: The way ‘Oumuamua tumbles suggests it was involved in a collision The space interloper ‘Oumuamua is spinning chaotically and will carry on doing so for more than a billion years. That is the conclusion of new Belfast research that has examined in detail the light bouncing off the cigar-shaped asteroid from outside […]

Bolivia’s lonely frog: Scientists race to find mate for Romeo

Image copyright AFP Image caption Romeo lives in the Cochabamba Natural History Museum and there may only be five years left to save his species Conservationists in Bolivia are scouring the country to find a mate for a childless frog who they fear may be the last of his species. Romeo, a 10-year-old Sehuencas water […]

‘Oumuamua: ‘space cigar’s’ tumble hints at violent past

Image caption Artwork: The way ‘Oumuamua tumbles suggests it was involved in a collision The space interloper ‘Oumuamua is spinning chaotically and will carry on doing so for more than a billion years. That is the conclusion of new Belfast research that has examined in detail the light bouncing off the cigar-shaped asteroid from outside […]