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European Satellite Sentinel-2B launched into Earth Orbit

European Satellite Sentinel-2B launched into Earth Orbit ©ESA The European Space Agency (ESA) confirms its status as major player in the contemporary space industry with the launch of a new Earth observation satellite. On Monday, 6th March, Sentinel-2B began its journey to our planet’s orbit from ESA’s spaceport in French Guiana. The satellite weighing 1.1 tonnes was carried into space by a Vega rocket developed …

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Week in Review (17th – 24th February)

This Week in the News (17th-24th February)CURRENT AFFAIRS The Munich Security Conference ©REUTERS The 53rd edition of the annual Munich Security Conference took place between 17th and 19th February at the Bayerischer Hof hotel in the Bavarian capital. As  the largest independent platform in the field, the international conference brought together over 500 high-ranking participants, among them 6 heads of state, 15 government leaders, 47 …

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Week in Review (24th February – 3rd March)

This Week in the News (24th February – 3rd March)CURRENT AFFAIRSThe British government suffers defeat in the House of Lords After the bill which is meant to start the legal procedures of the UK‘s exit from the EU passed the House of Commons unamended, the second chamber of the British Parliament, the House of Lords, adopted a clause which guarantees that EU citizens residing in …

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Ancient earthworks discovered in the Amazon rainforest

Archaeologists find previously undocumented geoglyphs using drone footage ©Salman Kahn and José Iriarte The ongoing deforestation of the Amazon, which threatens to destroy the natural habitat of countless plant and animal species, has been increasingly worrying both environmental activists and state authorities all around the world for the past few decades. However, this harmful human activity has also brought about an unexpected positive discovery revealing …

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Potential breakthrough in science

Claims of a revolutionary achievement: hydrogen turned into a metal-like state ©Harvard University After 80 years in which scientists have been trying to transform hydrogen into metal, it is now believed that this goal has finally been met. Last week, researchers Ranga Dias and Isaac Silvera from Harvard University published the results of their experiments in the Science Magazine, claiming that they managed to make …

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Warmest year on record

2016 – the hottest year ever recorded It has been confirmed that 2016 was the hottest year since 1880, when humans started measuring global average temperatures. According to NASA (the National Air and Space Administration) and NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), 2016 overtook the previous titleholder, 2015, by 0.04 degrees Celsius, becoming the third year in a row to reach record temperatures. The …

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