The battle to break plastic’s bonds

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The new process turns polyethylene into motor oil When Kenneth Poeppelmeier opened the reactor vessel in his lab and saw liquid, he said it was a real “eureka moment”. “All of us were so excited,” he told BBC News. Prof Poeppelmeier and his colleagues at Northwestern University in Illinois, US, have developed a chemical ...

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Bezos floats ‘national team’ to build Moon lander

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bezos made the announcement at the International Astronautical Congress in Washington Jeff Bezos has announced the formation of a “national team” that will aim to build the lander that will take astronauts back to the Moon in 2024. Bezos’ space company Blue Origin has teamed up with aerospace giants Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and ...

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Why this woman hates to hear about ‘big bad wolf’

Image copyright Adele Barclay Image caption Peggy Jehly has been working with wolves and wolf dogs for a number of years In Colorado, there is a debate going on about whether wolves should be reintroduced into the wild. As that rumbles on, some are trying to de-stigmatise the creatures through unusual means. If you go for a hike in the ...

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Satellites to monitor whale strandings from space

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDr Jennifer Jackson: “Satellites get us to whales in those places that are hard to reach” Scientists developing techniques to count great whales from space say the largest ever recorded mass stranding event was probably underestimated. The carcasses of 343 sei whales were spotted on remote beaches in Patagonia, Chile, in 2015 ...

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European SolO probe ready to take on audacious mission

Image copyright AIRBUS Image caption The spacecraft has finished its test campaign and is now ready to go to Cape Canaveral in Florida The European spacecraft that aims to take the closest ever pictures of the Sun is built and ready for launch. The Solar Orbiter, or SolO, probe will put itself inside the orbit of Planet Mercury to train ...

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