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The explosive science behind fireworks

Occasions like Bonfire Night, New Years Eve, Diwali and the Fourth of July weekend are marked by fireworks displays every year. But the flare and skill of fireworks today wouldn’t exist, without some simple, but clever, chemistry. So how do fireworks work exactly? How are they made – and how do they get their different […]

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InSight: The jeopardy of landing on Mars

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNasa’s Insight video is fronted by chief engineer Rob Manning The American space agency has released a video describing the perilous journey its InSight probe will make to the surface of Mars later this month. Fronted by Rob Manning, the chief engineer at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, […]

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Government urged to ditch ‘bonkers’ fracking plan

Image copyright PA Fracking is controversial, this much we know. But the government has ratcheted-up tensions with plans that could see shale gas projects fast-tracked in future. Those tensions were particularly apparent this week at a packed out parliamentary debate. Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat and SNP MPs lined up to lambast the proposals and call […]

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New £50 note will feature a British scientist

Image copyright Bank of England The new £50 note will feature a prominent British scientist, the Bank of England has announced, with the public being asked for nominations. In addition to the Queen, the note will include the portrait of an eminent late scientist from fields such as biology, astronomy and medical research. The public […]

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Campaign set up to oppose spaceport in Sutherland

Image copyright OrbexImage caption Concept art of a Sutherland satellite launch site A pressure group has been set up to oppose plans to construct a spaceport in Sutherland. Land on the Melness Crofting Estate has been identified as the potential location for the launching of rockets carrying micro satellites. The UK Space Agency and Highlands […]