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By Andreas IllmerBBC News image copyrightJosua Hutagalung image captionJosua Hutagalung with his precious find The story made headlines around the world – a meteorite crashes through the roof of an Indonesian villager’s home and turns out be worth millions, changing his life forever. It was suggested that the find was worth $1.8m (£1.36m), making the …

By James GallagherHealth and science correspondent Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic image copyrightOxford University/John Cairns image captionThe Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is currently in the final stages of testing The coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford is highly effective at stopping people developing Covid-19 symptoms, a large trial shows. Interim data suggests 70% protection, but the …

By Jonathan AmosBBC Science Correspondent Related Topics Climate change media captionArtwork: The unusual shape, with fixed solar panels, keeps the satellite very stable A satellite that will be critical to understanding of climate change will launch on Saturday from California. Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich will become the primary means of measuring the shape of the world’s …

By David MolloyTechnology reporter Related Topics Climate change image copyrightGetty Images Are you the type of person who always says thank you? Well, if it’s by email, you should stop, according to UK officials looking at ways to save the environment. The Financial Times reports that we may all soon be encouraged to send one …

Investigation launched after 18-year-old woman sexually assaulted at Perth property External Tayside and Fife Courier Information about BBC links to other news sites Source link

By Justin RowlattChief environment correspondent The announcement that the UK is to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030, a full decade earlier than planned, has prompted hundreds of questions from anxious drivers. I’m going to try to answer some of the main ones we’ve had sent in to the BBC. …

By James GallagherHealth and science correspondent Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic image copyrightGetty Images In the past two weeks, both Pfizer and BioNtech and Moderna have announced hugely successful trials of their Covid-19 vaccines. Others are in development, while a third major trial – from Belgian company Janssen – is under way in the UK. Why …

Boris Johnson is poised to announce that the government is bringing forward by a decade a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars to 2030 from 2040, the BBC understands. It’s understood that new hybrid cars – those with electric motors as well as engines – will get a stay of execution: …

Nasa and SpaceX were due to send four astronauts to the International Space Station late on Saturday – but then the weather changed their plans. Crew-1 is currently scheduled to blast off on Sunday but their most recent launch, in May 2020, was delayed several days by bad weather. With lives at stake in a …

Hurricanes A guide to the world’s deadliest storms Hurricanes are violent storms that can bring devastation to coastal areas, threatening lives, homes and businesses. Hurricanes develop from thunderstorms, fuelled by warm, moist air as they cross sub-tropical waters. Warm air rises into the storm. Air swirls in to fill the low pressure in the storm, …