Monthly Archives: November 2016

Mars probe returns first pictures

Image copyright ESA/Roscosmos/ExoMars/CaSSIS/UniBE Europe’s and Russia’s new satellite at Mars has sent back its first images of the planet. The Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) arrived on 19 October, putting itself in a highly elliptical parking orbit. This must be circularised…

Nature deficit disorder

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Even a flower in a crack in the paving can lift spirits It’s tough to connect with nature at this time of year. Your days are spent under artificial lights in an office, while the…

After the quake

Image copyright AP The tourists are gone, the town is cut off and the sewage is backing up, but businesses in quake-hit Kaikoura are vowing to struggle on. The town was cut off from the rest of New Zealand’s South…

Machine food

Image copyright CNH Industrial Image caption Driverless autonomous tractors can work equally well at night In the not-too-distant future, our fields could be tilled, sown, tended and harvested entirely by fleets of co-operating autonomous machines by land and air. And…