What’s the difference between snow and hail? — Science, simply

This question was asked by Joshua from Banbury, UK. Although snow and hail are similar (they’re both cold and fall from clouds for a start!) they form in different ways. Snow is made when water vapour turns into ice without becoming liquid; the ice crystals collide with each other and gradually form snowflakes. Any kind […]

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Could a shark be the longest-lived vertebrate? — Science, simply

Until recently scientists thought that the longest-living vertebrate (a creature with a spine) was a bowhead whale, which was known to have lived to 211 years. But this week a team led by Julius Nielsen of the University of Copenhagen announced that they had successfully determined the age of a Greenland shark as being (wait […]

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What happened to the Schiaparelli lander? — Science, simply

On Wednesday 19th October the world watched with bated breath as the European Space Agency’s Schiaparelli (pronounced skap-a-RELL-ee) lander left its mothership, the Trace Gas Orbiter, and began its descent towards the surface of Mars. The lander is named after the Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli, who observed and named many of the features of the Martian […]

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More Moons For Uranus? — Lights in the Dark

The distant ice giant Uranus may not have been visited by a spacecraft since Voyager 2’s “Grand Tour” flyby in 1986 but the data gathered then is still being used today to make new discoveries. Most recently, researchers think they have found evidence of two previously unknown moons around Uranus, potentially bringing the planet’s count up […]

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