Mars Hides ‘A Fantastic Find’ Of Thick Sheets Of Ice Just Below The Surface

A cross-section of a thick sheet of underground ice on Mars. The slope rises as high as London’s Big Ben tower. Beneath its ruddy layer of dirt is a sheet of ice 300 feet thick that gives the landscape a blue-black hue. If such a scene sounds otherworldly, it is. To visit it, you’ll have to travel to Mars. Planetary scientists located eight of these geological features, called scarps, on the Red Planet. An analysis of the scarps revealed that thick ice hides just below the surface. This ice, the…

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World’s thinnest lens measures a barely-there 6.3 nm thick

A team from the Australian National University (ANU) has created the world’s thinnest lens, one two-thousandth the thickness of a human hair (Credit: Stuart Hay, ANU). View gallery (4 images) Scientists have created the world’s thinnest lens, which at just 6.3 nm (nanometers) thick is one two-thousandth the thickness of a human hair. The team from the Australian National University (ANU) says the lens was made using molybdenum disulphide crystal, and could be key in the miniaturization of cameras and the development of flexible computer displays. In recent years we’ve…

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Teachers’ strike to go ahead after High Court rejects Government’s injunction

The NUT says sixth-form colleges have suffered ‘deeper’ budget cuts than other parts of the education system Getty Images Sixth-form teachers in England will walk out for one day on Tuesday over “inadequate funding” in sixth-form colleges. The High Court refused to grant the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, an injunction to stop it going ahead – ruling instead that it was lawful. The Government argued the strike was “based on political grounds and not a trade dispute about the terms and conditions of its members”. Thousands of teachers…

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