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Seventh EU Sentinel goes into orbit

Image copyright ESA Image caption Artwork: Each Sentinel-3 satellite carries four instruments and weighs just over a tonne The European Union has launched its latest Sentinel Earth observation spacecraft. Sentinel-3b is a multipurpose satellite, but will concentrate much of its work over the oceans, monitoring their behaviour and health. The spacecraft went up on a […]

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'Ground-breaking' galaxy collision detected

Image copyright NRAO/AUI/NSF/S. Dagnello Image caption An artist’s impression of the 14 galaxies detected Scientists have detected a cosmic “pileup” of galaxies in the early Universe. Imaged almost at the boundary of the observable Universe, the 14 unusually bright objects are on a collision course, set to form one massive galaxy. This will in turn […]

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GM plant tech boosts malaria drug yield

Image copyright Ying Liu / Xinhua Image caption Artemisia annua usually makes only small amounts of the drug in its leaves Scientists have modified a plant’s genetic sequence to make it produce high levels of a key malaria drug, potentially helping meet the large global demand. The team identified genes involved in making artemisinin, altering […]