Coronavirus: OneWeb blames pandemic for collapse

Image copyright ESA/CNES/ARIANESPACE Image caption OneWeb has contracts for multiple rocket launches to get all its satellites in the sky OneWeb, the high-profile London-based satellite start-up, has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US. The firm, which has been building a network to deliver broadband across the globe, blamed the Covid-19 crisis for its inability

Heirloom plants: Saving the nation’s seeds from extinction

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A young girl holds mangolds grown in Cornwall in the 1930s The battle of the Somme in 1916. A British soldier fighting in France is given seeds as a memento of happier times. When he returns home, he plants them in the soil. His family and friends carry on

Coronavirus: Lockdowns continue to suppress European pollution

Image copyright Copernicus/KNMI/ESA Image caption There is enough data to be confident in the observed changes New data confirms the improvement in air quality over Europe – a byproduct of the coronavirus crisis. The maps on this page track changes in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) – a pollutant that comes principally from the use of fossil

Plastic: How to predict threats to animals in oceans and rivers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A model of a whale shark made of plastic bottles in Rizhao Ocean Park in China Hosepipes inside a sperm whale, plastic banana bags eaten by green turtles and a shotgun cartridge inside a True’s beaked whale. Just some of the examples of plastic found inside wildlife that have

Climate change: ‘Gob-smacking’ vision for future UK transport

Image copyright Getty Images People in the UK need to shift from cars to public transport to address the challenge of climate change, the government says. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Public transport and active travel will be the natural first choice for our daily activities. “We will use our cars less and be able

US Space Force launches satellite after short delay

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionUS Space Force launches first national security mission The US military’s newest branch has launched its first satellite, despite a short delay in the countdown. A rocket carrying a US Space Force communications satellite lifted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Thursday. An inaccurate

Neanderthals ate sharks and dolphins

Image copyright Joao Zilhão Image caption There is evidence of the intensive and long-term exploitation of marine food resources at Figueira Brava Neanderthals were eating fish, mussels and seals at a site in present-day Portugal, according to a new study. The research adds to mounting evidence that our evolutionary relatives may have relied on the

Coronavirus: Pangolins found to carry viruses related to Covid-19

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A trafficked pangolin in Kuala Lumpur: The animal is a suspect in the outbreak Pangolins smuggled into China have been confirmed to contain viruses closely related to the one sweeping the world. Sale of the animals in wildlife markets should be strictly prohibited to minimise the risk of future

Help needed to rescue UK’s old rainfall records

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Better understanding of the past informs the present and the future At a loss to know what to do with your self-isolation time? Well, why not get on the computer and help with a giant weather digitisation effort? The UK has rainfall records dating back 200 years or so,

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