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Plan to future-proof the ecology of Thetford Forest

[ad_1] Ideas to future-proof Thetford Forest in Norfolk for the next century are being worked on by the Forestry Commission.It recognises the way we use our woodland is changing - moving away from timber and food production and towards recreational uses.The plans also hope to safeguard against the effects of climate change and disease by planting new trees and bringing more diversity to the species already there."What we're trying to
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Sheep attacks: ‘These dogs have got a taste for blood’

[ad_1] "I've never seen or witnessed anything like it before - I wouldn't want to witness it again."There are the words of Marie Wilson, a farmer who is calling for a change in the law after a "traumatic" and "heartbreaking" attack on a flock of sheep.Ms Wilson and her partner Robert Jones, from Amlwch on Anglesey, have struggled to sleep since they were confronted with 17 sheep who were either
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Beresheet spacecraft: ‘Technical glitch’ led to Moon crash

[ad_1] Image copyright SpaceIL Image caption Pictures of the moon taken by Beresheet as it made its descent Preliminary data from the Beresheet spacecraft suggests a technical glitch in one of its components caused the lander to crash on the Moon.The malfunction triggered a chain of events that eventually caused its main engine to switch off.Despite a restart, this meant that the spacecraft was unable to slow down during the
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Can you spot ocean plastic from space?

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLauren Biermann: "We've been concentrating on getting the science right; the next step is automation" Scientists are working on a technique to track plastic debris in the ocean from space.It's extremely challenging, especially since the individual pieces of litter are smaller than the minimum-sized objects that satellites can resolve.But the approach works by looking for plastic's reflected light signature in the
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SpaceX Falcon Heavy launches its first commercial flight

[ad_1] Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon Heavy launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida carrying a satellite into orbit for Saudi Arabian company Arabsat. As well as having its first commercial payload, it was also the first time the three lower boosters of the rocket returned to Earth successfully.The rocket is part of a growing number of launch services at SpaceX, which includes the Crew Dragon that docked onto the
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Confused about climate change? Talk to our chat bot

[ad_1] BBC News has launched a chat bot to help users learn about climate change in weekly conversations on Facebook Messenger.Subscribers will get an alert every Wednesday inviting them to explore topics from rising temperatures to new ways of tackling global warming.They can also ask questions which the bot will pass on for our human journalists to answer.You can sign up at the bottom of this page. We know that
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Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft to attempt Moon landing

[ad_1] Image copyright Beresheet Image caption The Beresheet spacecraft captured this image while it was in orbit around the Moon The first privately funded mission to the Moon will attempt to land on the lunar surface today.The Israeli spacecraft - called Beresheet - will try for a soft touch down, before taking pictures and conducting experiments.Until now, only government space agencies from the former Soviet Union, the US and China
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Plastic toys: Is it time we cut back?

[ad_1] Image copyright Bettina Maidment Piles of plastic toys take up space in many family homes in the UK. If you're a parent, then you'll know how tricky it can be to avoid buying them, whether it's diggers, dolls houses or building bricks.The UK's toy industry is massive - last year consumers spent £370m on them.But environmentalists say this is contributing to the amount of plastic ending up in landfill
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So where did the Mars methane go?

[ad_1] Image copyright ESA Image caption Artwork: TGO looks through the atmosphere and identifies molecules by the way they absorb sunlight The mystery of methane on Mars just got a whole lot more complicated.The gas, which on Earth is produced in large part by living things, has previously been detected on the Red Planet by remote observation, and on the ground by Nasa's Curiosity rover.But the most sensitive search at