When you think how much it costs the likes of NASA to take astonishing images like this, it’s even more impressive what a teenager can do on a £200 budget. Adam Cudworth, 19, of Ombersley, Worcestershire, managed to capture these incredible views of the earth from space – using little more than a balloon and a second-hand £30 camera bought on eBay.
With a scientific background consisting of just a physics A-Level, Adam spent 40 hours working on a homemade box with a GPS tracker, radio and microprocessor – which he released last Thursday.
Once feared by explorers as a killer cave where all but the most daring feared to tread these pictures show how humans have triumphed over the underworld. At 3,680-feet deep (about two-thirds of a mile) six people, including one-female Briton have died while exploring the Gouffre Berger limestone cave in south eastern France. It was the first cave to be explored over 1,000 metres under the surface of the Earth and was named after the man who discovered it – Frenchman Joseph Berger.
Into the abyss: The Gouffre Berger limestone cave in south eastern France was the first over 1,000 metres deep to be explored. Continue reading
The discovery of over 500 dead penguins has scientists puzzled in the Brazilian state of Rio do Sul. Preliminary examination of the bodies showed they bore no injuries or oil stains and were well-fed. Continue reading
Two teams of scientists at CERN have confirmed the discovery of a new subatomic particle, which may well be the elusive Higgs boson, also known as “the God particle”. Continue reading
These creatures certainly won’t win any beauty competitions… and anyone with a phobia of insects might be best advised to look away now.
Amateur macro photographer Nicolas Reusens has travelled the globe in order to take stunning close-up pictures of some of the insect world’s most weird and wonderful creepy-crawlies.
The 36-year-old spent three years amassing a huge series of hundreds of images of the amazing tiny ecosystem.
Russian scientists want to send two lunar rovers and several landing stations after 2020 as part of the country’s return to the moon. The planned study of polar regions is aimed at eventually creating a permanent manned base there.
Astronomers have measured the precise distance to over a quarter of a million galaxies to gain new insights into a key period in cosmic history.
The 3D map of the sky allows scientists to probe the time six billion years ago when dark energybecame the dominant influence on the Universe’s expansion.
No-one knows the true nature of this repulsive force, but the exquisite data in the internationalBOSS survey will help test various theories.
The analysis appears in six papers.
These have all been posted on the arXiv preprint server.
“This is an incredibly exciting time to be working in cosmology, and we’re all privileged to be part of the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS),” said Prof Will Percival from the University of Portsmouth – a UK member of the international research group.
“What we’ve done is measure the 3D positions for just over 250,000… Continue reading