Amid the barren and windswept Andes foothills of Argentina’s southern Neuquén province, a large billboard signals in English the entrance to the China Satellite Launch and Tracking Control General (CLTC) – China’s first space installation outside its own borders.
After two years’ work, some 300 Argentinian workers led by nine Chinese managers have completed the cement casing for a 35-metre-diameter antenna – and on Wednesday night the base was finally approved by Argentina’s congress, amid a fierce debate about its true purpose.
Manmade warming in past decade has likely been offset by cooling from natural cycles in the Pacific and Atlantic - but effect will reverse in coming decades
Manmade global warming over the past decade has probably been partly offset by the cooling effect of natural variability in the Earth’s climate system, a team of climate researchers have concluded.
The finding could help explain the slowdown in temperature rises this century that climate sceptics have seized on as evidence climate change has stopped, even though 14 of the 15 hottest years on record have happened since 2000.
The slowdown in no way invalidates that the burning of fossil fuels will increase Earth’s surface temperature.Continue reading...
Key DNA strand propels neuron growth in brain’s region central to reasoning, language and sensory perception
A strand of DNA that lies at the heart of what makes humans unique in the animal kingdom has been identified by researchers in Germany.
Scientists in Dresden found a gene that drives the expansion of the human brain and helps to make it the most complex structure in the universe.
Images from Dawn spacecraft reveal a pair of bright spots which scientists believe may be primordial ice reflecting sunlight
A Nasa probe that is speeding towards the largest object in the asteroid belt has spotted two mysterious shiny patches on the otherwise dark and cratered body.
The latest images from Nasa’s Dawn spacecraft reveal a pair of bright spots on Ceres, a 590-mile-wide dwarf planet, with the brightest of the two reflecting at least 40% of the sunlight that falls on it.Continue reading...
Tory MP David Tredinnick seems to believe that astrology could inform and improve UK healthcare. This view is misguided and potentially dangerousContinue reading...
One-fifth kicked the habit before giving birth when receiving financial incentives in a Cambridge university study, more than twice the rate using traditional services
Pregnant women are more likely to stop smoking if they are given shopping vouchers as a financial incentive, according to scientists.
The study found that one-fifth of women in the scheme had stopped smoking by the time they gave birth, more than twice the rate achieved using traditional support services.
People have this attitude of ‘why should the feckless poor who smoke their head off during pregnancy be rewarded?'Continue reading...