Monthly Archives: August 2016

Bane of the oceans

Image copyright Thinkstock MPs have recommended banning the tiny particles of plastic called “microbeads” which are used in a number of cosmetics and cleaning products. But why have they taken the move? Microbeads is the term given to the little…

Aiming high

Image copyright Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Amateur rocket enthusiasts have gathered in Scotland to mark 30 years of aiming for the skies. International Rocket Week 2016 traces its roots back to the first Scottish Rocket Weekend in 1986. Rocketeers coming…

Seeking ET

Image copyright Warner Bros Image caption In the film Interstellar, astronauts leave Earth in search of other habitable planets Astronomers have discovered a small planet around Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun. But how do astronomers decide whether…

How to shave a mountain

Image copyright Teàrlach Quinnell Image caption People from Scotland, England, Norway and Sweden gather each year to cut a meadow in Romania Earlier this month, BBC Gaelic journalist Teàrlach Quinnell travelled to Transylvania, Romania, to join others from all over…