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Three more die on Everest amid overcrowding near summit

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption There have been calls to limit the number of permits issued to climbers Three more climbers have died on Mount Everest, taking the death toll to seven in a week - more than the total for the whole of last year.The three died of exhaustion while descending on Thursday.It comes amid traffic jams near the summit as record numbers make the ascent, despite calls
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Lift off for SpaceX rocket carrying 60 satellites

[ad_1] The SpaceX company has begun the roll-out of its orbiting broadband system.A Falcon-9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida late on Thursday, packed with 60 satellites capable of giving users on the ground high-speed connections to the internet.Entrepreneur Elon Musk's firm aims eventually to loft nearly 12,000 spacecraft for its "Starlink" network. [ad_2] Source link
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SpaceX puts up 60 internet satellites

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The coming wave: There are several satellite broadband projects in development The SpaceX company has begun the roll-out of its orbiting broadband system.A Falcon-9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida late on Thursday, packed with 60 satellites capable of giving users on the ground high-speed connections to the internet.Entrepreneur Elon Musk's firm aims eventually to loft nearly 12,000 spacecraft for its "Starlink"
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Climate change: Answers to your most asked questions

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images During the last worldwide school strikes in March, BBC News asked for your questions on climate change. Since then, thousands of you have been talking to our climate change chatbot on Facebook Messenger.Below are some of the topics that came up many times - with some answers from science and our climate team.You can chat to our climate bot here.You asked: Can we adapt to
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The man who made Einstein world-famous

[ad_1] Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Einstein (left) and Eddington (right) only met for the first time years after the end of Word War One It is hard to imagine a time when Albert Einstein's name was not recognised around the world. But even after he finished his theory of relativity in 1915, he was nearly unknown outside Germany - until British astronomer Arthur Stanley Eddington became involved.
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‘Unique’ Iron Age shield discovered in Leicester

[ad_1] Image copyright ULAS Image caption The shield was preserved due to being left in a waterlogged pit A 2,300-year-old Iron Age shield has been revealed by archaeologists.Found during a dig near Leicester in 2015 and dated to between 395 and 255BC, the shield was made of painted bark, backed by wooden spars.Analysis showed it had been badly damaged, probably by spears and edged weapons, before being left in a
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Letter makes plea to rich over climate

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Britain’s wealthy elite are being asked to dip deep into their pockets to protect the environment and the climate.A group of scientists has written to the top 100 wealthiest charitable bodies and families to request funding.They say efforts to tackle what they call the ecological crisis are "desperately under-funded".The authors believe that less than 3% of philanthropic funding goes towards climate-related issues.The letter has a slightly
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Ozone layer: Banned CFCs traced to China say scientists

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Much of the CFC-11 gas has been used in home insulation Researchers say that they have pinpointed the major sources of a mysterious recent rise in a dangerous, ozone-destroying chemical. CFC-11 was primarily used for home insulation but global production was due to be phased out in 2010. But scientists have seen a big slowdown in the rate of depletion over the past
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Plastic straws: Which companies are banning them?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Campaigns and shows like Blue Planet II have given us a glimpse into what single-use plastics - like straws and bottles - do to our oceans and the wildlife that live in them.We use an estimated 8.5 billion plastic straws every year in the UK.Now, the government is bringing in new rules to restrict their availability from April 2020.Plastic drinks stirrers will be totally banned
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UK government to bring in new controls on plastic items

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters In a bid to limit ocean pollution, the government will introduce new controls on single use plastic items next year.The measures cover plastic straws, plastic drinks stirrers and plastic cotton buds in England from April 2020. Only plastic drinks stirrers will be totally banned from sale - currently 316 million are used a year.Environmental groups have praised the move but say the government needs to take