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Weather stops plastic waste car reaching South Pole

[ad_1] A car made from waste plastic has been forced to abort its mission to the South Pole because of bad weather.Solar Voyager was set to be the first solar-powered expedition to reach Antarctica.But despite it being Antarctica’s summer, unexpected heavy snow has meant progress has been slow, and now the team have had to turn around.The team from Holland say they’ve still achieved their main mission: to prove plastic
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Bloodhound supersonic car project saved

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Bloodhound car was tested in Newquay, Cornwall, last yearA 1,000mph race car project has been saved after an entrepreneur stepped in to buy the business.The Bloodhound supersonic vehicle - built with a jet engine bolted to a rocket - is all but finished.Its future was in jeopardy amid a failure to secure investment which forced the firm financing it into
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Climate change: Five things we’ve learnt from COP24

[ad_1] Image copyright Kiara Worth/IISD/ENB Delegates to the UN climate conference in Poland have reached agreement on how to implement the 2015 Paris Climate Accord, which comes into force in 2020. What are the key points to come out of the meeting?1. The rules are key to the gameHowever dull it may be, the operational rules for the 2015 Paris climate agreement will govern the way the world tackles climate
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Hope for ‘decent’ climate talks outcome

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The likelihood of a deal at global climate talks in Poland has increased after a new draft text was released. The outline decision contains plans for a common rulebook for all countries, with flexibility for poorer nations.There are also calls for all countries to increase their carbon cutting commitments by 2020.But many issues are not yet settled and negotiators were preparing to work well past
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Parker Solar Probe: Sun-skimming mission starts calling home

[ad_1] Image copyright NASA/NRL/Parker Solar Probe Image caption Parker took this image of a streamer, a dense part of the corona, on 8 November Just weeks after making the closest ever flyby of the Sun, Nasa's Parker Solar Probe is sending back its data.Included in the observations is this remarkable image of the energetic gas, or plasma, flowing out from the star.The bright dot is actually far-distant Jupiter. The black
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Oil thieves cause spill in Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay

[ad_1] At least 60,000 litres (16,000 gallons) of oil has spilled into Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay and the nearby Estrela river.The Brazilian oil company Transpetro said the 4km (2.5-mile) spill was caused by thieves who broke into a pipeline last week.Workers have cleared most of the oil, but a biologist said it would be weeks until the extent of the damage to local wildlife would be known. [ad_2] Source
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Mission to make millions of hidden fossils available online

[ad_1] The Smithsonian in Washington DC holds some 40 millions fossils in its vast collection - but only a tiny fraction are ever on display. Now it is among the museums that have set out to digitally record the specimens, so the information is available online.Scientists say this could finally bring to light treasures that have been hidden in drawers for centuries. The BBC's Victoria Gill reports. [ad_2] Source link
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Chang’e-4: China mission launches to far side of Moon

[ad_1] Image copyright CNSA Image caption Artwork: The Chang'e-4 rover will explore a huge impact basin on the far side China has launched the first mission to land a robotic craft on the far side of the Moon, Chinese media say.The Chang'e-4 mission will see a static lander and rover touch down in Von Kármán crater, located on the side of the Moon which never faces Earth.The payload blasted off
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Game-on for UK’s Team Tao in ocean XPRIZE final

[ad_1] Image copyright Martin Avery Photography Image caption Team Tao's USV: Technologies have had to be developed in just three years A UK-based team has arrived in Greece for the grand final of a contest to find innovative solutions for seafloor mapping. The Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE competition is offering multi-million dollar awards for the best concepts. Participants have to chart at least 250 sq km of the Mediterranean at