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Slumbering lions win top wildlife photo prize

bbc.co.uk — A stark image of lions resting on a rock outcrop in the Serengeti has won the 2014 Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) Award. American Nick Nichols tracked the pride of big cats for six months before capturing this stunning shot, which stretches all the way to the horizon and includes a dramatic African sky.

Comet Siding Spring set to whizz close to Mars

bbc.co.uk — Scientists should get a grandstand view of a comet on Sunday when it makes a dramatic flyby of Mars. The icy object, known as Siding Spring, will miss the Red Planet by what is - in astronomical terms - just a hair's breadth, or 139,500km (87,000 miles).

Rosetta mission: Comet landing gets green light

bbc.co.uk — The decision to try to land a robot on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Wednesday 12 November is confirmed. Last month, planners on Europe's Rosetta mission announced a preference for a touch-down location on the head of the icy, rubber-duck-shaped object. A detailed follow-up analysis, informed by new high-resolution pictures, has found no reason to rescind the choice.

Rosetta mission: Philae comet lander pictures its target

bbc.co.uk — The Philae robot, soon to try to land on Comet 67P, has taken another dramatic image of its quarry The picture is very similar to the one it acquired in mid-September - only this one is much closer, snapped from a distance of just 16km. Also new in this picture is 67P's activity.

Human fossils from 'oldest Parisian'

bbc.co.uk — Scientists have unearthed rare, ancient human remains in silts close to the River Seine in France. The left arm bones are dated to about 200,000 years ago, and look to be Neanderthal - although the researchers say that with no other fossils it is impossible to make a full description.

UK Met Office to open 'solar storm' centre

bbc.com — A new forecast centre dedicated to space weather is due to officially open in Exeter later. The Met Office Space Weather Operations Centre is designed to protect the UK's economy and infrastructure from severe events caused by space weather. The term describes the disruptive influence that activity at the Sun can have on Earth.

UK Met Office to open 'solar storm' centre

bbc.co.uk — A new forecast centre dedicated to space weather is due to officially open in Exeter later. The Met Office Space Weather Operations Centre is designed to protect the UK's economy and infrastructure from severe events caused by space weather. The term describes the disruptive influence that activity at the Sun can have on Earth.

Satellites detect 'thousands' of new ocean-bottom mountains

bbc.com — Continue reading the main story It is not every day you can announce the discovery of thousands of new mountains on Earth, but that is what a US-European research team has done. What is more, these peaks are all at least 1.5km high.

Files to 'print your own' Rosetta comet

bbc.co.uk — Europe's space agency (Esa) has finally released a proper model for the shape of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The organisation's Rosetta mission will try to put a small robot on the surface of this "ice mountain" on 12 November. The model provides some further details on the comet's size, and also allows enthusiasts to print their own 3D version of the duck-shaped object.

Satellites detect 'thousands' of new ocean-bottom mountains

bbc.co.uk — It is not every day you can announce the discovery of thousands of new mountains on Earth, but that is what a US-European research team has done. What is more, these peaks are all at least 1.5km high. The reason they have gone unrecognised until now is because they are at the bottom of the ocean.
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Oct 22, 2014

RT @melissasuzanneh: An #Ebola special on Health Check @bbcworldservice tonight looking at vaccines, exit screening, blood treatment and more. 19.30

Oct 22, 2014

Michael Nichols' B&W photo of slumbering lions in the Serengeti wins this year's @NHM_WPY bbc.in/1wn3xXC pic.twitter.com/rCSL9Fkvby

Oct 21, 2014

RT @cosmos4u: An obituary for German planetologist Gerhard Neukum on a blog at the JPL: dawnblog.jpl.nasa.gov/2014/10/21/in-… - this fact alone shows his int'l standing.

Oct 21, 2014

Overall @NHM_WPY winner is a slumbering pride of lions (Nick Nichols) My report on bbc.com after 0000g pic.twitter.com/Ur2wmpHtDo

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