Could Moon Mining Mission Be the Key to Sustainable Rocket Fuel?

A mission to mine on the moon could be the key to creating sustainable rocket fuel. That’s the verdict from the European Space Agency (ESA) and the ArianeGroup, which have signed a one-year contract to prepare for a space-based mission with the aim of mining regolith ore. They say it …

Belgian Nude Beach Blocked on Fears Sexual Activity Could Spook Wildlife

The Belgian Naturism Federation has come to the defence of its burgeoning membership after the Flemish wildlife agency blocked an application for a second nudist beach in the country on the grounds that bathers’ “subsidiary activities” would pose a threat to a rare bird. Attempts to gain designated naturist status …

How Helsinki Arrived at the Future of Urban Travel First?

Harri Nieminen decided it was time to replace his car with an app. He had owned a car in Helsinki for the past nine years but recently found he’d lost the patience for parking on crowded city-center streets, especially in snowy months. His almost-new Opel Astra had been sitting mostly …

Can Norway Help Us Solve the Plastic Crisis, One Bottle at a Time?

Tens of thousands of brightly coloured plastic drinks bottles tumble from the back of a truck on to a conveyor belt before disappearing slowly inside a warehouse on the outskirts of Oslo. As a workman picks up a few Coke bottles that have escaped, Kjell Olav Maldum looks on. “It …

Bolivia to Build Museum at Bottom of ‘Sacred Lake’

Bolivia is to build an underwater museum in its sacred Lake Titicaca, the culture minister said. The move comes after thousands of priceless artifacts were discovered at the bottom of the abyss. “It will be both a tourist complex and a centre for archeological, geological and biological research, which will …

Illegal Ivory Found on Sale in 10 European Countries

Illegal ivory has been found on sale in 10 European countries, contravening international efforts to cut down on the trade which campaigners say encourages the poaching of elephants. The campaigning group Avaaz bought 109 items of ivory and had them tested using radiocarbon dating. Nearly one-fifth of the objects were …