Why are microbeads controversial? – BBC News

Why are microbeads controversial? – BBC News

Image copyright Thinkstock MPs have recommended banning the tiny particles of plastic called “microbeads” which are used in a number of cosmetics and cleaning products. But why have they taken the move? Microbeads is the term given to the little bits of plastic that are sometimes added to products for their abrasive properties. For example, […]






China unveils 2020 Mars mission probe and rover – BBC News

China unveils 2020 Mars mission probe and rover – BBC News

Image copyright REuters/SASTIND China has given the world a first glimpse of its design for the space probe and rover it plans to use in its first mission to Mars. It intends to launch its mission in mid-2020. As part of the announcement in Beijing, the authorities also launched a public competition to come up […]






Synthetic DNA Does Math Using Analog Circuits – International Business Times

DNA circuits aren’t exactly new — they have previously been designed to solve problems like calculating square roots and playing games like tic-tac-toe — but they have almost always been digital, which is to say, information they process is translated into the binary code of zeroes and ones. But researchers from Duke University have made […]






NASA Just Found a Lost Spacecraft – Gizmodo

NASA Just Found a Lost Spacecraft – Gizmodo

Photo credit: NASA If movies about space have taught us anything, it’s that no one can hear you scream. If you get lost in space, nobody’s going to find you. Unless you’re a spacecraft with a direct link to NASA. Then, there is hope for you yet. STEREO-B, from the Solar and Terrestrial Relations Observatory […]






This Tree Started Growing During the Viking Age – Live Science

Europe’s oldest officially dated tree has been uncovered in Greece, and despite living more than a millennium (and counting!), it doesn’t look a day over 200. The tree, dubbed “Adonis” by the scientists who discovered it, is a Bosnian pine (Pinus heldreichii) that took root in A.D. 941, high in the Pindus […]






[ August 23, 2016 ] One of NASA’s cleanest spacecraft ever is ready to fly Atlas 5 – Spaceflight Now

[ August 23, 2016 ] One of NASA’s cleanest spacecraft ever is ready to fly Atlas 5 – Spaceflight Now

A member of the OSIRIS-REx team prepares the spacecraft for launch Sept. 8. The Atlas 5 rocket’s payload fairing is in the background. Credit: Ben Cooper/Launchphotography.com Five years after winning $1 billion from NASA to mount the first U.S. asteroid sample return mission, scientists and engineers will get their last look at the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft […]