Reader’s Scigest: 14/06/2018

By Emma Chapman

In the last few days, Cabinet ministers have approved the plans for a 3rd runway at Heathrow, a decision that was faced with backlash from environmental activists who say air quality will be severely compromised.

Don’t hold your breath, but physicists have conducted research that could hint at the existence of a new particle – the “sterile neutrino”. If further research does uncover such particles, it could take scientists closer to explaining physical phenomena such as dark matter.

Elsewhere in Physics (you might want to hold your breath for this one) new images have shown that Pluto’s surface is covered in methane “ice dunes” – much like sand dunes on Earth.

Photograph: Nasir Khan via Wikimedia Commons

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