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Queen’s Speech: Plan aims to secure space sector

Queen’s Speech: Plan aims to secure space sector

Image copyright Orbital Access Image caption Artwork: A number of companies are looking to develop low-cost air-launch systems A government plan to secure growth in the UK’s £13.7bn space industry is laid out in the Queen’s Speech. The stated purpose of the new Bill is to make the UK the most attractive place in Europe for commercial space – including ...

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Queen’s Speech: Bill to secure UK space sector

Queen’s Speech: Bill to secure UK space sector

Image copyright Orbital Access Image caption Artwork: A number of companies are looking to develop low-cost air-launch systems A government plan to secure growth in the UK’s £13.7bn space industry is laid out in the Queen’s Speech. The stated purpose of the new Bill is to make the UK the most attractive place in Europe for commercial space – including ...

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Why suitcases rock and fall over

Why suitcases rock and fall over

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Speeding up, rather than slowing down, may prevent the suitcase flipping over It’s a common experience when dashing for a train or plane while lugging a two-wheeled suitcase. The bag rocks alarmingly from side-to-side and threatens to overturn. Now, scientists have investigated this conundrum of everyday physics. Speeding up rather than slowing down can ...

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Hawking urges Moon landing to ‘elevate humanity’

Hawking urges Moon landing to ‘elevate humanity’

Image copyright BBC/Richard Ansett Image caption Prof Hawking says: “If humanity is to continue for another million years, our future lies in boldly going where no one else has gone before.” Prof Stephen Hawking has called for leading nations to send astronauts to the Moon by 2020. They should also aim to build a lunar base in 30 years’ time ...

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Hawking urges Moon landing by 2020 to ‘elevate humanity’

Hawking urges Moon landing by 2020 to ‘elevate humanity’

Image copyright BBC/Richard Ansett Image caption Prof Hawking says: “If humanity is to continue for another million years, our future lies in boldly going where no one else has gone before.” Prof Stephen Hawking has called for leading nations to send astronauts to the Moon by the end of this decade. They should also aim to build a lunar base ...

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Hawking urges Moon landing by 2020 to ‘elevate humanity’

Hawking urges Moon landing by 2020 to ‘elevate humanity’

Image copyright BBC/Richard Ansett Image caption Prof Hawking says: “If humanity is to continue for another million years, our future lies in boldly going where no one else has gone before.” Prof Stephen Hawking has called for leading nations to send astronauts to the Moon by the end of this decade. They should also aim to build a lunar base ...

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Europe selects grand gravity mission

Europe selects grand gravity mission

Image copyright Airbus DS Image caption Artwork: LISA envisages three spacecraft linked by laser arms that are 2.5 million km in length It is set to be one of the major science projects of the 2030s. The European Space Agency has just given the green light to the LISA mission to detect gravitational waves. This will see lasers bounced between ...

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Volcanoes ‘triggered dawn of dinosaurs’

Volcanoes ‘triggered dawn of dinosaurs’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Scientists say intense eruptions took place 200 million years ago A million-year-long period of extreme volcanic activity most likely paved the way for the dawn of the dinosaurs, a study suggests. Scientists have analysed ancient rocks and have found traces of emissions from huge volcanic eruptions that happened about 200 million years ago. ...

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