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Pump it down

Image copyright G Svanberg Image caption Harnessing the power of the volcanoes: Hellisheidi is Iceland’s largest geothermal plant Nested in the snow-covered mountains of western Iceland, a maze of turbines and pipes belches thick billows of steam. This mammoth structure is responsible for providing power to a country where 100% of the electricity comes from […]

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Hawaii's Volcano Kilauea spews out 'ballistic blocks'

Image copyright Reuters/Getty Images Image caption The volcano is sending “ballistic blocks” out hundreds of metres – and they could reach several tonnes in weight A Hawaiian volcano is blasting out “ballistic blocks” the size of kitchen appliances and the authorities are warning it could get worse. Since a new zone of Mount Kilauea began […]

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Building back up

Image copyright Flock and Siemens A British team is developing a car that will be capable of reaching 1,000mph (1,610km/h). Powered by a rocket bolted to a Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine, the vehicle aims to show its potential by going progressively faster, year after year. In 2018, Bloodhound wants to run above 500mph. In 2019, the […]

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Plant 'thugs' crowd roadside flowers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bee orchids are very sensitive to mowing practices Wild flowers are being driven off Britain’s roadside verges by air pollution and poor management‚Äč, the charity Plantlife claims. It says emissions from vehicle exhausts are acting as a fertiliser for a group of nitrogen-loving plants like nettles, which outcompete traditional […]

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Cuckoo bee species 'hiding in plain sight'

Image copyright Thomas Onuferko Image caption A female from one of the newly discovered Attenborough species of cuckoo bee Scientists have discovered 15 new species of cuckoo bees hidden in North American museum collections and in an ancient thesis. Like their avian counterparts, cuckoo bees lay their eggs in the nests of other bees, usually […]

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'Soul destroying'

Image caption Toy figures are among some of the most eye-catching finds Scouring the beach for hidden treasure is by no means a new hobby – rather, beachcombing has been around for centuries and was once the preserve of low-society drifters. But a new breed of eco-friendly hobbyists are trying to stem the rising tide […]