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The world’s population is growing faster than we thought

For years, experts have suggested that the human population is growing at a startling rate. But it might be accelerating at an even greater rate than previous predictions. According to a new report by the Population Reference Bureau (PRB), the world’s population could … Continue reading

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Moment SpaceX rocket exploded

SpaceX was fuelling the unmanned Falcon 9 rocket for a test engine firing when the blast happened.

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Harvard University debate team loses to New York inmates

A group of New York inmates have out debated Harvard University’s team – the top-ranked club in the world. Last month, inmates at the Eastern New York Correctional Facility challenged the Harvard team to a debate at the maximum-security lockup. … Continue reading

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What Volkswagen did and how it got caught

Volkswagen is facing huge fines, its reputation is in tatters, and now CEO Martin Winterkorn has stepped down. The company cheated diesel emissions tests in the US for seven years. It did so through a clever piece of software that could identify … Continue reading

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Bloodhound: 1,000mph Supersonic Car Unveiled

The world’s most powerful racing car is to be revealed publicly for the first time today and is expected to attract up to 8,000 curious members of the public over the coming few days. Bloodhound, which can cover a mile … Continue reading

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Drone pilot spots man sunbathing on top of wind turbine 200ft above ground

It’s summer and the beaches are packed – so this guy got some private sunbathing time sky high. A drone pilot taking a look at a giant wind turbine was startled to find a man sunbathing on the top of it. … Continue reading

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Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak want to ban killer AI robots

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The world’s leading robotics and artificial intelligence experts have sent an open letter to the United Nations to support a ban on lethal autonomous weapons systems. The letter has been signed by 700 researchers and over 600 other experts including Elon Musk, physicist … Continue reading

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Solar Impulse plane lands in Hawaii

Solar Impulse, the aeroplane that is powered only by the sun, has landed in Hawaii after making a historic 7,200km flight across the Pacific from Japan. Pilot Andre Borschberg brought the vehicle gently down on to the runway of Kalaeloa … Continue reading

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Solar Impulse breaks solo record

The Solar Impulse plane has broken the record for the longest non-stop solo flight without refuelling. The milestone was achieved 76 hours into the latest leg of its attempt to circumnavigate the globe.Pilot Andre Borschberg is making steady progress as … Continue reading

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Solar Impulse passes ‘point of no return’ over Pacific

A solar-powered plane has passed the “point of no return” in its second bid at making a record-breaking flight across the Pacific Ocean. Solar Impulse took off from Japan’s Nagoya Airfield at 18:03 GMT on Sunday. The journey to Hawaii … Continue reading

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Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy dies at 83

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      US actor Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr Spock in the cult sci-fi series Star Trek, has died at the age of 83 in Los Angeles, his family has said. His son, Adam, said he died on Friday … Continue reading

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Picasso stolen from Paris museum recovered in US

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Authorities seized a priceless Picasso painting stolen from a French museum when someone tried to smuggle it into the US, shipping it in a package that labelled it as a cheap $37 Christmas gift to avoid detection. Painted by the … Continue reading

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UK-led Beagle 2 lander found on Mars

The UK-led Beagle 2 Mars Lander, thought lost on Mars since 2003, has been found partially deployed on the surface of the planet, ending the mystery of what happened to the mission more than a decade ago. This find shows … Continue reading

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Arise Sir Martyn

Our very own Professor Poliakoff has become Sir Martyn… He received a knighthood in the UK’s New Year’s Honours List. This video also features a “recent knight” – University of Nottingham Vice-Chancellor, Sir David Greenaway.

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Japan suffers lowest number of births on record as population shrinks

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Japan’s estimated number of newborn babies last year fell to 1.001 million, the lowest figure on record, further contributing to the ageing and shrinking of the country’s population, official data showed Thursday. The number marked an all-time low for the … Continue reading

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Wind-up radio inventor gets New Year Honour

Inventor Trevor Baylis has been made a CBE in the New Year Honours list. Best known for creating the Baygen wind-up radio, Mr Baylis was honoured for services to intellectual property. Throughout his colourful life, which involved a stint as … Continue reading

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Was Alan Turing murdered?

Code-breaking genius Alan Turing – played by Benedict Cumberbatch in hit film The Imitation Game – was murdered, a new book claims. The brilliant mathematician who cracked Hitler’s Engima wartime code machines was found dead in 1954 at the age … Continue reading

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Nobel Prize for the brain’s GPS discovery

The Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine has been awarded to three scientists who discovered the brain’s “GPS system”. UK-based researcher Prof John O’Keefe as well as May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser share the award. They discovered how the brain … Continue reading

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Soyuz gets ready for ISS mission

A police helicopter flies past the Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft is transported to its launch pad at Baikonur cosmodrome

A police helicopter flies past the Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft is transported to its launch pad at Baikonur cosmodrome September 23, 2014. The Soyuz is scheduled to carry Barry Wilmore of the U.S., Elena Serova and Alexander Samokutyaev of Russia to … Continue reading

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Part of an Asteroid Set to Skim Earth Fell and Made a Big Crater

An asteroid known as 2014 RC was due to skim past our planet over the weekend. But instead of passing by in the distance, it’s believed part of the rock fell to earth in Nicaragua creating a gigantic crater. The … Continue reading

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