Rolls-Royce and Boeing invest in UK space engine

Reaction Engines Limited (REL), the UK company developing a revolutionary aerospace engine, has announced investments from both Boeing and Rolls-Royce. REL, based at Culham in Oxfordshire, is working on a propulsion system that is part jet engine, part rocket engine. The company believes it will transform the space launch market and usher in hypersonic travel […]

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‘Tornado Alley’ and other things to know during tornado season

Severe thunderstorms ravaged across the southeast earlier this week, resulting in at least one confirmed tornado at Jacksonville State University in Alabama. Now, parts of Florida and coastal communities in Georgia and the Carolinas are at risk for severe weather, which may include tornadoes. Read on for a look at why tornadoes occur and what […]

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Iron Age study targets British DNA mystery

Iron Age study targets British DNA mystery Image captionThis gold torc from Staffordshire was crafted at some point between 400 and 250 BC A project to sequence DNA from about 1,000 ancient remains could resolve a genetic mystery involving people from south-east Britain. A recent study showed that the present-day genetic landscape of Britain was […]

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The upside of awkwardness: writer Melissa Dahl explains why we cringe, and why it can be a good thing

It’s hard to fault anyone for thinking that awkwardness is to be avoided. The familiar, sinking feeling of knowing you’ve embarrassed yourself does not rank high on the hierarchy of desirable emotions. Still, says journalist Melissa Dahl, there is something to be gained in embracing awkwardness — and the much-hated feeling can bring us together. […]

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Russian spy poisoning: Nerve agent inspectors back UK

Image captionIn the days after the poisoning, specialist officers wore protective suits at the scene in Salisbury The international chemical weapons watchdog has confirmed the UK’s analysis of the type of nerve agent used in the Russian ex-spy poisoning. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons did not name the nerve agent as Novichok, […]

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What is an atmospheric river? Powerful storm to drench California

California residents, brace yourselves: an atmospheric river could bring multiple inches of rain to central and southern parts of the state over the next few days. Read on for a look at the meteorological phenomeonon — and what to expect from the storm. “Rivers in the sky” An atmospheric river is a huge plume of […]

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Triceratops may have had horns to attract mates

Dinosaurs like the Triceratops may have had horns and frills to attract a mate, a new study suggests. Ceratopsian, or horned dinosaurs, were previously thought to have developed this ornamentation to distinguish between different species. This has now been ruled out in a study published in a Royal Society journal. Instead, the aggressive-looking armour may […]

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