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Dealing with the effects of Covid lockdown has been tough enough, but for poultry farmers in Wales there is a second viral challenge on their doorstep – bird flu. Following a bird flu outbreak in November 2020, a nationwide lockdown has been in place since December, forcing all captive birds to stay indoors. Any farms …

The latest update from the US Drought Monitor in December 2020, showed that much of the country’s western states were gripped by extreme or exceptional drought, with Nevada, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, Colorado and western Texas being the worst affected. Source link

A Greenpeace ship has been dropping huge boulders into the sea off Brighton this week to stop fishing boats from trawling the sea bed.  The action is part of campaign to tighten restrictions on the most destructive forms of fishing in protected areas of UK waters.  But leaders of the fishing community describe the action …

Estimates put it at around 1,270 sq km. Greater London is about 1,500 sq km; the Welsh county of Monmouthshire is roughly 1,300 sq km. That’s big by any measure, although not as large as the monster A68 berg which calved in July 2017 from the Larsen C Ice Shelf on the western side of …

There will be two attempts to land on Mars in 2021 – by Nasa and the China National Space Administration. Nasa’s Perseverance is scheduled to touch down on the Martian surface on 18 February. If successful, it will be the biggest and most sophisticated vehicle ever sent to land on another planet. China’s Tianwen-1 will …

By Paul RinconScience editor, BBC News website image copyrightNASA / JPL-Caltech On Thursday, Nasa’s Perseverance rover will land on Mars after a journey from Earth of almost seven months. Here, we answer some common questions about the mission. What time is the Mars landing? The Perseverance rover is set to touch down on Mars at …

Nasa’s Perseverance rover is attempting to land on Mars on 18 February 2021. Katie Stack Morgan, the mission’s deputy project scientist, explains how the spacecraft will navigate hazards in Jezero Crater, an area considered “too dangerous” for previous rovers. Video by Jennifer Green, interview by Roland Pease and Deborah Cohen. For more on the Mars …

It was difficult enough getting the Perseverance rover ready to leave Earth last year in the face of a global pandemic. Now the vehicle is about to confront perhaps its greatest challenge – that of landing on Mars. But “Perseverance” is more than just a name; it’s a battle cry, says Nasa’s head of science …

Aerial footage shows the London to Birmingham leg of the HS2 high-speed rail network – and the current state of its construction. On Thursday the next phase, which will run from the West Midlands to Crewe, was given the final go-ahead. It’s the largest infrastructure project in Europe and now expected to cost more than …

In recent years, black women’s contributions to the space race have started to come to light. Many were recruited as “computers”, meaning that they carried out complex mathematical calculations by hand, before machines were invented that could do the job. Christine Darden started her career in the computer pool, helping the engineers work out the …