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‘We’re all citizens of planet Earth’: former astronaut Bill Nelson on his mission at Nasa

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When Apollo 11 launched in July 1969, Bill Nelson was an army lieutenant on leave behind the iron curtain, listening with colleagues to the BBC on shortwave radio. “There were three young Americans standing on the hil...

Readers reply: in 500 years’ time, which current scientific theories will be as discredited as flat Earth theory?

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Five hundred years or so ago, a significant number of people thought the world was flat. In 500 years’ time, which current scientific theories will be relegated to the same level as the flat Earth theory is now? Richa...

In 500 years’ time, which current scientific theories will be as discredited as flat Earth theory?

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Five hundred years or so ago a significant number of people thought the world was flat. In 500 years’ time, which current scientific theories will be relegated to the same level as the flat Earth theory is now? Richar...

Tim Dowling: there’s a must-watch new TV show. But how on Earth do we actually watch it?

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The big cherry tree in the garden clung to its yellowing foliage throughout the damp, still autumn, then shed the lot in two days. Beyond the branches lie vistas unseen for months. I spend a half-hour watching a man r...

Earth has seen five mass extinction events. What can we learn from them?

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Five times in the last 500m years, more than three-fourths of marine animal species perished in mass extinctions. Each of these events is associated with a major disruption of Earth’s carbon cycle. How such catastroph...

SpaceX toilet leak forces astronauts to use diapers on trip back to Earth

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Astronauts who will leave the International Space Station on Sunday will have to use diapers on the way home, because of a broken toilet in their SpaceX capsule. The Nasa astronaut Megan McArthur described the situati...

The Dante Project review – Wayne McGregor moves heaven, earth and hell

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For his new ballet, Wayne McGregor has enlisted some big hitters. Dante Alighieri for one, Italy’s greatest poet, author of The Divine Comedy, which McGregor reimagines here, but living artists, too: composer Thomas A...

What’s our message to outer space? We are not so brilliant here on Earth

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You might think of poets as poor – starving in their garrets, receiving tiny sums for their occasional slim volumes of verse and all that. Not so Leyla Aliyeva, one of whose works was printed in school books in her ho...

Sweden’s green dilemma: can cutting down ancient trees be good for the Earth?

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Forest-owner Lars-Erik Levin doesn’t seem like an environmental villain. As he walks through his 80 hectares (198 acres) of woodland in southern Sweden, he identifies goldcrests by their song, points out a cauliflower...

‘Earth looks fragile from space’: Jeff Bezos pledges $1bn to conservation

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Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, has said he realised just how fragile the Earth was when he looked back down at it from space, while committing $1bn to conservation projects around the world. The money , made throu...

Cedella Marley: ‘The mission is to spread Daddy’s music to every corner of the Earth’

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Cedella Marley was 13 years old when the man she still calls “Daddy” died in 1981. She has many memories of him, she tells me, but two often stand out for her. The first is a sense of Robert Nesta Marley as a kind of ...

Want to save the Earth? Then don’t buy that shiny new iPhone

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On Tuesday, Apple released its latest phone – the iPhone 13. Naturally, it was presented with the customary breathless excitement. It has a smaller notch (eh?), a redesigned camera, Apple’s latest A15 “bionic” chipset...

SpaceX launches world’s first ‘amateur astronaut’ crew to orbit Earth

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SpaceX has launched the world’s first crew of “amateur astronauts” on a private flight to circle Earth for three days. Wednesday night’s successful launch marked the most ambitious leap yet in space tourism. It’s the ...

‘Hell on earth’: what the papers say about the Kabul bomb blasts

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The atrocity in Afghanistan dominates the front pages of newspapers in the UK and all over the world, with an image of two women left bloodied and bewildered by the attack chosen by many editors to illustrate the stor...

Why is life on Earth still taking second place to fossil fuel companies?

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The human tragedy is that there is no connection between what we know and what we do. Almost everyone is now at least vaguely aware that we face the greatest catastrophe our species has ever confronted. Yet scarcely a...

Humans ‘pushing Earth close to tipping point’, say most in G20

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Three-quarters of people in the world’s wealthiest nations believe humanity is pushing the planet towards a dangerous tipping point and support a shift of priorities away from economic profit, according to a global su...

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