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Nasa photographs rectangular iceberg – BBC News

Image copyright NASA Image caption The iceberg had recently calved from the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica Nasa has released a striking photo of a rectangular iceberg floating in the Weddell Sea off Antarctica. The US space agency said the object’s sharp angles and flat surface suggested it had recently broken away from an ice shelf. The edges are ...

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‘Super-sized’ mice threaten seabird colonies with extinction

Image copyright Ben Dilley Image caption A Tristan albatross on Gough Island: Their future is now at risk Super-sized mice are killing millions of seabird chicks on a remote island in the South Atlantic, threatening some rare species with extinction. According to a study from the RSPB, the mice have learned to eat the eggs and chicks of the many ...

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Fake moon: Could China really light up the night sky?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Moon, seen over Chengdu, could be backed by a fake one – but there would be significant hurdles A Chinese company has announced ambitious plans to put a “fake moon” into space to brighten the night sky. According to the People’s Daily state newspaper, officials at a private aerospace institute in Chengdu want ...

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Blast-off for BepiColombo on mission to Mercury

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBepiColombo left Earth on an Ariane rocket that launched out of South America. Two satellites developed in Europe and Japan are on their way to Mercury, the planet closest to the Sun. The joint endeavour, known as BepiColombo, left Earth on an Ariane rocket that launched out of South America. It will ...

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A14 road workers find woolly mammoth bones

Image caption The remains are thought to date back to the last Ice Age Road workers building a new bypass have unearthed the Ice Age remains of a woolly mammoth and a woolly rhino. The team, working on improvements to the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon, discovered a number of bones while digging near Fenstanton. Experts believe the remains, found ...

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