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Eurostar launches London-Amsterdam route

Eurostar launches London-Amsterdam route

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Channel Tunnel train operator Eurostar is launching direct services between London and Amsterdam. Trains will run twice daily from 4 April, with the journey from St Pancras to Amsterdam taking three hours and 41 minutes.But for an initial period, the Eurostar service will only run direct one-way, from London to the Dutch city.Passengers travelling from Amsterdam to London will have to change at Brussels to clear passport controls. You might also like:Eurostar says the connection at Brussels is a temporary measure until the British and Dutch governments reach an agreement to allow passport checks to be conducted on departure in the Netherlands. It says this should be in place by the end of 2019. Analysis: Victoria Fritz, BBC transport correspondentIt's been a long time coming, but finally ...
New space station crew members are en route after Sunday blastoff

New space station crew members are en route after Sunday blastoff

Science
Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Members of Expedition 54 are on their way to the International Space Station after the Russian Soyuz rocket and spacecraft successfully launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sunday morning.The craft is carrying commander Anton Shkaplerov, NASA flight engineer Scott Tingle and Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai.The Soyuz-FG rocket blasted off at 2:21 a.m. ET, 1:21 p.m. local time. Nearly nine minutes after liftoff, the rocket's upper stage powered off its boosters and released the Soyuz-MS spacecraft into space.The craft will deliver the space station's newest inhabitants on Tuesday. It will be received by the Earth-facing docking port on the station's Russian Rassvet module.Upon arrival, Shkaplerov, Tingle and Kanai will join Expedition 54 Commander Alexan...
First tanker crosses northern sea route without ice breaker

First tanker crosses northern sea route without ice breaker

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A commercial LNG tanker has sailed across the colder, northern route from Europe to Asia without the protection of an ice-breaker for the first time. The specially-built ship completed the crossing in just six-and-a-half days setting a new record, according to tanker's Russian owners. The 300-metre-long Sovcomflot ship, the Christophe de Margerie, was carrying gas from Norway to South Korea.Rising Arctic temperatures are boosting commercial shipping across this route. The Christophe de Margerie is the world's first and, at present, only ice-breaking LNG carrier. The ship, which features a lightweight steel reinforced hull, is the largest commercial ship to receive Arc7 certification, which means it is capable of travelling through ice up to 2.1m thick. On this trip it was able to keep up a...
Penguin feathers record migration route

Penguin feathers record migration route

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How do you trace where a penguin has swum across the vastness of the Southern Ocean?The surprising answer is from the chemistry of a single tail feather.Incredibly, specific compounds in penguin feather proteins allow scientists to track the birds’ migration over many hundreds of kilometres. The plumage records a kind of "chemical passport" stamped with a signature of the locations visited.Dr Michael Polito, of Louisiana State University, US, told BBC News: "You can say: 'penguins are where they eat,' because a geochemical signature of their wintering area is imprinted into their feathers."Two species of penguin - Chinstraps and Adélies - are the focus of the study published this week in Biological Letters. These animals both live on islands surrounding Antarctica, and migrate extensively