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Soyuz rocket: ‘Faulty sensor’ led to launch failure

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe malfunction became apparent about 90 seconds into the flight A Russian Soyuz rocket capsule was forced to make an emergency landing shortly after launch last month because of a faulty sensor, investigators say. Russian officials believe the component was damaged during assembly. They warned that two […]

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Scientists count whales from space

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHannah Cubaynes: “Boats and planes can’t go everywhere, but satellites can” UK scientists have demonstrated the practicality of counting whales from space. The researchers, from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), have been using the highest resolution satellite pictures available. Even when taken from 620km up, this imagery […]

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World’s longest DNA sequence decoded

Image copyright Science Photo Library A team of UK scientists have claimed the record for decoding the world’s longest DNA sequence. The scientists produced a DNA read that is about 10,000 times longer than normal, and twice as large as a previous record holder, from Australia. This research has kick-started an Ashes-style competition to sequence […]

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WWF report: Mass wildlife loss caused by human consumption

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIs your food destroying Brazil’s savanna? “Exploding human consumption” has caused a massive drop in global wildlife populations in recent decades, the WWF conservation group says. In a report, the charity says losses in vertebrate species – mammals, fish, birds, amphibians and reptiles – averaged 60% between […]

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RemoveDebris: UK satellite tracks ‘space junk’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRemoveDebris tracks some experimental “junk” The British-led mission to test techniques to clear up space junk has initiated its second experiment. The RemoveDebris satellite ejected a small object on Sunday and then tracked it using a camera and laser system. This vision-based navigation (VBN) technology essentially tells […]