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Mutation 'gives bats edge over deadly viruses' (23/2/2018)
A single mutation in an immunity gene may explain why bats can carry deadly viruses and not get sick....

Neanderthals were capable of making art (23/2/2018)
Contrary to the traditional view of them as brutes, it turns out that Neanderthals enjoyed making art....

Wildlife secrets of Nigeria's last wilderness (23/2/2018)
Rare chimps, leopards and pangolins have been caught on camera in the forests of Nigeria's largest national park....

Baby Belle, the hand-reared rhino (22/2/2018)
Belle needed treatment for an injured leg and is Cotswold Wildlife Park's first hand-reared white rhino calf....

Tasmanian tiger 'joeys' revealed in 3D (22/2/2018)
Scientists scan Tasmanian tiger specimens to better understand the marsupial's development in the pouch....

Government loses clean air court case (22/2/2018)
Campaigners win a third High Court victory over the UK government's plans to tackle air pollution....

Ancient Britons 'replaced' by newcomers (22/2/2018)
Britain's Stone Age population was almost completely replaced some 4,500 years ago, a study shows....

Burn or bury (21/2/2018)
Since China refused last month to accept any more foreign waste for recycling, the UK is facing a challenge disposing of its plastic waste....

Origins of land plants pushed back in time (21/2/2018)
Plants appeared on land 100 million years earlier than previously thought, according to new research....

DNA secrets of how vampire bats became bloodthirsty (20/2/2018)
New research shows how vampire bats evolved to survive on a diet of blood alone....

Ocean plastic tide 'violates the law' (20/2/2018)
Campaigners may want new laws to fight pollution but the remedies already exist, a new report argues....

New scanning technique reveals secrets behind great paintings (18/2/2018)
An innovative scanning system is making it easier to find the hidden stories behind artworks....

The Bornean orangutans clinging on to survival (17/2/2018)
More than 100,000 of the animals have been killed since 1999....

'100,000 orangutans' killed in 16 years (17/2/2018)
Borneo has lost a "shocking" number of its great apes, according to a new survey of the island....

Pollution blights UK seagrass meadows (17/2/2018)
Excessive nitrogen from sewage and livestock waste is damaging the health of marine flowering plants....

Consumer products' air quality impact 'underestimated' (17/2/2018)
Chemicals from household products rival vehicles as a key source of urban air pollution....

Great White demystified (16/2/2018)
Shark diving is helping tourists improve their perception about the largest predatory fish in the world....

Woburn Safari Park: Elephant Tarli survives deadly virus (16/2/2018)
Tarli, an endangered Asian elephant, has beaten the odds to overcome an Ebola-like virus....

UK air pollutants continue decline (16/2/2018)
Nitrogen pollutants from motor vehicles fell 12% from 2012 to 2016, according to official statistics....

Musk's Tesla to stay in space for millions of years (15/2/2018)
A car launched by Elon Musk could stay in space for millions of years before hitting Earth or Venus....

Quantum computers 'one step closer' (15/2/2018)
Quantum computing has taken a step forward with the recent development of a silicon-based programmable quantum processor....

BBC to ban single-use plastics by 2020 after Blue Planet II (14/2/2018)
The move comes after the 'shocking' scale of plastic waste featured on the Blue Planet II series....

Amazon fish challenges mutation idea (14/2/2018)
Study of an Amazon fish has challenged ideas about how DNA gathers deadly mutations over time....

Genes remain active after death (14/2/2018)
Cells continue to function even after an individual dies, a discovery that could be developed into a forensic tool....

Antarctic iceberg expedition set to reveal hidden realm (13/2/2018)
Footage shows the iceberg scientists hope will reveal an Antarctic realm hidden for thousands of years....

UK team set for giant Antarctic iceberg expedition (13/2/2018)
Scientists investigate undersea life exposed by the iceberg that broke away from the Antarctic Peninsula....

'Oumuamua: 'space cigar's' tumble hints at violent past (12/2/2018)
The 'Oumuamua asteroid from outside our Solar System was involved in a collision, a study finds....

Getting a grip (10/2/2018)
The Bloodhound supersonic car aims to run in South Africa this October, and there is a lot to prepare....

Dippy the diplodocus starts UK tour in Dorchester (10/2/2018)
The 70ft-long (21m) dinosaur replica only just squeezed into its new home in Dorset....

Bolivia's lonely frog: Scientists race to find mate for Romeo (10/2/2018)
Romeo, a 10-year-old Sehuencas water frog, has been given a dating profile as part of the search....

Power switch (9/2/2018)
Wind and solar energy are expected to account for more than half of Tamil Nadu's power by 2027....

Plastic pollution reaching record levels in once pristine Arctic (9/2/2018)
Here's why the Arctic is no longer what you see in the pictures....

Scotland's red squirrel numbers stabilise (9/2/2018)
Researchers find that the population has increased in the north east and stopped shrinking nationwide....

Plastic waste 'building up' in Arctic (9/2/2018)
Plastic waste is building up in the supposedly pristine wilderness of the Norwegian Arctic, scientists say....

DNA story of when life first gave us lemons (9/2/2018)
From sweet oranges to bitter lemons, all citrus fruit came from the Himalayas millions of years ago, say scientists....

Secrets of solar flares are unlocked (9/2/2018)
Scientists may finally understand the mechanism behind solar flares., which can play havoc with technology on Earth....

The oddities sent into space (7/2/2018)
A car, a golf ball, a pie... and other items items dispatched on cosmic journeys over the years....

Hedgehog numbers 'down by half', warn wildlife groups (7/2/2018)
Hedgehogs are continuing to decline in the UK, particularly in rural areas, according to a new report....

UK 'could adopt Norway recycling system' (7/2/2018)
A Scandinavian system for recycling bottles is thought likely to be adopted in the UK....

Plastic pollution: Scientists' plea on threat to ocean giants (6/2/2018)
Scientists call for monitoring of plastic pollution risks to whales, sharks and rays that strain water to feed....

'Extraordinary' fossil sheds light on origins of spiders (6/2/2018)
A fossil preserved in amber for 100 million years is shaking up ideas about the evolution of spiders....

Dinosaurs ?too successful for their own good? (6/2/2018)
A study modelling how dinosaurs spread worldwide shows they may have been a victim of their own success....

Elon Musk's huge Falcon Heavy rocket set for launch (6/2/2018)
The entrepreneur will attempt to fly the world's most powerful rocket with his own Tesla as payload....

Dying in agony (3/2/2018)
While the US suffers an overdose epidemic, most of the world misses out on painkillers....

Volcanic eruptions in Guatemala captured in time-lapse video (3/2/2018)
Volcan de Fuego sent ash over a mile into the sky....

Fossil from south Wales named as new reptile species (3/2/2018)
The ancient animal would have shared its home with dinosaurs, say Bristol researchers....

Bones clue to 'lost' Viking army which made England (3/2/2018)
New analysis suggests part of a nation-changing army of Vikings was buried in a town churchyard....

New Zealand gannet 'no mates Nigel' dies alongside fake partner (3/2/2018)
The lonely bird died beside a concrete bird replica he had courted - and nested with - for years....

Design call for 'solar sentinel' mission (3/2/2018)
The UK will play a leading role in developing a spacecraft to warn of solar storms....

Polar bears captured on collar cams (2/2/2018)
High-tech tracking collars on polar bears reveal a growing Arctic struggle, say scientists....

Polar bears 'running out of food' (2/2/2018)
Tracking collars on female polar bears measure the animals' struggle to find food on diminishing Arctic ice....

Super blue blood moon: Get ready for a rare celestial show (1/2/2018)
A very rare lunar event is due to occur on 31 January....

Killer whale says 'hello' (1/2/2018)
A killer whale is taught to mimic words such as "hello" and "bye bye" in a scientific experiment....

The 'super blue blood Moon' across the world (1/2/2018)
Eyes around the globe have been turning to the skies to view the lunar event....

Hong Kong bans ivory trade in 'historic' vote (1/2/2018)
The move by Hong Kong's lawmakers is hailed by campaigners as "a lifeline for elephants"....

Genetic secret of English salmon (1/2/2018)
Researchers have discovered that salmon from the chalk streams of southern England are genetically unique....

RSPB Minsmere winter starling murmuration (31/1/2018)
Starlings take to the skies to create a spectacular aerial ballet before settling on roost....

Lobsters and crabs should not be boiled alive, say campaigners (31/1/2018)
Lobsters and crabs are sentient organisms that feel pain and need more protection, say campaigners....

The killer whale that can say 'hello' and 'bye bye' (31/1/2018)
A killer whale that can mimic words such as "hello" is thought to be the first of its kind to copy human speech....

Scrutiny over wood and coal fires in UK homes (31/1/2018)
Burning wood and coal in people's homes will come under scrutiny as part of a government drive to improve air pollution....

Planet rumbles (27/1/2018)
The seismic region has seen lots of activity in recent weeks, but is there anything to worry about?...

Global register lists alien species (27/1/2018)
A fifth of more than 6,000 catalogued invasive animals and plants worldwide are causing harm....

Sound waves 'can help' early tsunami detection (26/1/2018)
People in high-risk tsunami areas could be helped by an alarm system devised by Cardiff scientists....

Most UK bat species 'recovering or stable' (26/1/2018)
Volunteer data on the country's 18 resident bat species suggests a positive outlook for the animals....

A third of coral reefs 'entangled with plastic' (26/1/2018)
Plastic is one of the biggest risks to the future of coral reefs after ocean warming, say scientists....

Ariane rocket suffers rare launch anomaly (26/1/2018)
Europe's normally highly dependable rocket, the Ariane 5, loses contact as it flies skyward....

'Disco ball' put into space from NZ (25/1/2018)
US start-up Rocket Lab says its recent launch put a reflective sphere in orbit....

Falcon Heavy: Big SpaceX rocket lights 27 engines (25/1/2018)
US firm SpaceX conducts a key test ahead of the debut flight of its new rocket - the Falcon Heavy....

How to escape from a lion or cheetah - the science (25/1/2018)
Scientists work out how prey can escape much faster predators when hunting in the African savannah....

The human-elephant conflict in India's tea state Assam (24/1/2018)
How expanding tea plantations in India's Assam state are putting humans in conflict with elephants....

Antarctica's Weddell Sea 'deserves protected status' (24/1/2018)
Scientists dive into Antarctic waters to build the case for a vast new marine protected area....

ISS cosmonaut does 'test flight' on a vacuum cleaner (23/1/2018)
Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov said he had many questions from people asking if it was possible....

Are diesel cars always the most harmful? (23/1/2018)
Some in the car industry claim that modern diesel engines have been unfairly maligned....

Why you can't judge a zebra by its stripes (23/1/2018)
Looking at a zebra's stripes may not be a good way to tell different types apart, say scientists....

New Caledonian crows show how technology evolves (23/1/2018)
Clever, tool-making crows show scientists the first foundations of technological development....

The man risking his life to save pink dolphins (20/1/2018)
Fernando Trujillo works in dangerous areas of the Amazon to save the rare species....

2017 'warmest year without El Niño' (19/1/2018)
Even with no natural climate boost, last year was the second or third hottest on record....

Scapa Flow microplastics levels 'similar to Forth and Clyde' (19/1/2018)
Researchers at Heriot-Watt University took more than 100 sediment samples from 13 Orkney beaches....

Hope for threatened 'little tiger cat' (19/1/2018)
Habitat fragmentation is a bigger threat to Chile's wildcat than human persecution, say conservationists....

Crunch question (18/1/2018)
Insects are often portrayed as a sustainable superfood - and many are delicious....

UK firm contracts to service satellites (18/1/2018)
Effective Space says it will launch "space drones" to prolong the life of telecommunications satellites in orbit....

Chemistry 'Van Gogh' could help with cancer (18/1/2018)
Scientists capture "incredible" images of instructions contained in DNA being read...

ICEYE's 'suitcase space radar' returns first image (18/1/2018)
Finnish start-up ICEYE releases a "first light" picture from its novel radar satellite....

Mystery deepens over mass die-off of antelopes (18/1/2018)
A mass die-off of antelopes in Kazakhstan was triggered by environmental factors, scientists believe....

Mount Mayon: Philippines volcano spews out lava (17/1/2018)
Volcanologists say a "hazardous explosion" could be imminent, as thousands flee the area around Mount Mayon in the Philippines....

Hubble scores unique close-up view of distant galaxy (17/1/2018)
The Hubble telescope has scored an unprecedented close-up view of one of the Universe's oldest galaxies....

Dolphin diet study gives conservation clues (17/1/2018)
Wild dolphins burn up to 33,000 calories a day, say researchers - equivalent to about 60 salmon portions....

Wallaby hops across Sydney Harbour Bridge (16/1/2018)
The unusual sight of a wallaby bounding across the Sydney Harbour Bridge has surprised early-morning motorists....

Huge oil spill left after burning tanker sinks off China (16/1/2018)
Fuel from the Sanchi has spread over more than 100 sq km and could badly damage marine life....

Cloned Newmarket dachshund expecting puppies (14/1/2018)
Minnie Winnie was created by science after her owner won a competition....

How flowering plants conquered the world (14/1/2018)
Scientists solve Darwin's "abominable mystery": How flowers rapidly evolved and spread across the globe....

How green are the Tories? (13/1/2018)
Theresa May's environment policy pledge is the latest step in the party's journey on the issue....

Dreaming big (13/1/2018)
The UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe, at less than 10%....

Smallest cat in world: Footage of rare animal (13/1/2018)
They weigh about 1kg and their eyes are six times more powerful than humans....

Citizen science bags five-planet haul (13/1/2018)
Astronomy enthusiasts help to confirm the existence of a five-planet system orbiting a far-off star....

UK satellite to make movies from space (13/1/2018)
The spacecraft paves the way to a constellation collecting full-colour, hi-def video of Earth....

Nasa rover Curiosity visits 'Scotland' on Mars (12/1/2018)
Curiosity has reached a part of the Red Planet with geology named after places across Scotland....

The Birmingham high street that cut air pollution (12/1/2018)
Local residents take part in a day-long experiment to cut traffic and improve air quality....

Polar explorer Ben Saunders shares his top tips (12/1/2018)
Ben Saunders has led 13 expeditions since 2001 and has walked around 4,000 miles in skies....

A plastic-free high street by 2042? (12/1/2018)
Many high street stores use plastic to protect their fruit and vegetables....

Giant bat: Remains of extinct burrowing bat found in New Zealand (12/1/2018)
The newly found bat is said to be three times the size of an average bat today....

'Serious gap' in cosmic expansion rate hints at new physics (12/1/2018)
A discrepancy in measurements of the Universe's expansion rate has now become "pretty serious"....

Theresa May defends 'long-term' plastic waste plan (12/1/2018)
Campaigners say "emergency" action is needed now as the PM unveils a 25-year plastics crackdown....

Huge black hole blasts out 'double burp' (12/1/2018)
A massive black hole is seen to eject streams of high energy particles after binging on hot gas....

Japanese astronaut sorry for 9cm ISS growth mistake (11/1/2018)
Norishige Kanai says he has actually grown 2cm in space in three weeks, blaming a measuring mistake....

Flying telescope yields insights into birth of stars (11/1/2018)
A telescope inside a jumbo jet yields new insights on how stars are born from collapsing gas and dust....

Meet the butterflies from 200 million years ago (11/1/2018)
Newly discovered fossils in Germany shed light on the emergence of butterflies and moths....

Light shed on mystery space radio pulses (11/1/2018)
Astronomers have fresh insight on a mysterious source of recurring radio pulses from space....

Theresa May aims to eradicate plastic litter by 2042 (11/1/2018)
Theresa May will launch a 25-year plan to improve the environment but green groups say it has no legal force....

Paraguay lagoon sees giant lily pads return (10/1/2018)
Tourists are flocking to see the giant water lilies, which locals had thought were extinct....

Great Barrier Reef: Warmer seas 'turning turtles female' (10/1/2018)
Green sea turtles' gender is temperature dependent and there are now too many females....

BBC's Antiques Roadshow to review ivory objects policy (10/1/2018)
BBC to review policy of allowing ivory items on the show amid criticism from a wildlife campaigner....

Marine wildlife charities' worries over management plan (10/1/2018)
Several years in the making, it sets out how seas should be used and protected in the next 20 years....

End signalled for European Ariane 5 rocket (10/1/2018)
A final batch order is raised for the Ariane 5 - the workhorse European rocket of the last 20 years....

Plastic bag charge: 5p levy to be extended in England (10/1/2018)
Corner shops could be told to charge shoppers for single-use carrier bags under new government plans....

ISS: Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai worried by growth spurt (10/1/2018)
Norishige Kanai says he is worried he will not be able fit in his Soyuz seat for the return to Earth....

Sam Gyimah is new science minister (10/1/2018)
Who is the new man in charge of higher education in England?...

Pollution hotspots revealed: Check your area (10/1/2018)
Enter your postcode to see what the air quality is like where you are living in Britain....

Puppy dog eyes influence dog choice (9/1/2018)
The frequency a dog raises it's 'inner eyebrow' influences how quickly it finds a new home...

El Nino's long reach to Antarctic ice (9/1/2018)
Scientists show how the floating fronts of Antarctic glaciers respond to events in the tropical Pacific....

Most expensive year on record for US natural disasters (9/1/2018)
Fires, hurricanes and other weather and climate disasters last year cost the US around $306bn in losses....

Northern Forest: Plan to plant 'ribbon of woodland' across England (8/1/2018)
'Ribbon of woodland' will be planted, but critics say other projects are destroying ancient forests....

Trial of laser beams to scare sea eagles from lambs (6/1/2018)
The beams will be shone on a hillside to see if they scare the birds away from sheep flocks....

Braer: The huge oil spill that Shetland survived (6/1/2018)
On 5 January 1993 an oil tanker ran aground off Shetland spilling 85,000 tonnes of crude oil....

Cardiff University scientists' drugs test breakthrough (6/1/2018)
After 10 years, a team at Cardiff University helps identify a process to speed up drug development....

Coral reefs head for 'knock-out punch' (5/1/2018)
Repeat bouts of warmer seawater are posing a significant challenge to the world's tropical corals....

Penguin tourism (4/1/2018)
Reports of a tourist flight over Antarctica highlight China's growing interest in the poles....

Blue tarantula (4/1/2018)
With the help of local scientists, a multinational team discovers unknown species in Guyana....

Whale people (4/1/2018)
A glimpse into the life the Inupiat, an indigenous community in Alaska....

Fire reductions 'make methane numbers add up' (4/1/2018)
Fewer fires globally may help explain the recent change in atmospheric methane, a study says....

Mussel power: Bid to save rare shellfish in Wales (3/1/2018)
Young freshwater pearl mussels are being grown at a fishery in Powys...

Solving a problem like waste recycling (3/1/2018)
The BBC's Dan Johnson visited a plant in Southwark to see how they're dealing with recycling build-up....

Weather: What to expect in 2018 (3/1/2018)
More hurricanes? Rising temperatures? BBC meteorologist Tomasz Schafernaker looks ahead to the year....

Large meteor spotted in skies across UK (2/1/2018)
People across Britain reported seeing a large greenish light streak across the sky on Sunday evening....

UK 'faces build-up of plastic waste' (2/1/2018)
UK does not have capacity to deal with extra plastic waste after a Chinese import ban, says industry group....

2017: A grand year in science (1/1/2018)
A look back at the best science stories of 2017....

Science stories coming up in 2018 (1/1/2018)
The BBC's global science correspondent, Rebecca Morelle, reveals what to watch out for in the new year....

A science news preview of 2018 (1/1/2018)
BBC News looks ahead to some of the biggest science and environment stories coming up in 2018....

British astronaut Helen Sharman recognised in New Year?s honours (31/12/2017)
Helen Sharman, the first Briton in space, has been recognised in the New Year's honours....

The best science long reads of 2017 (part two) (31/12/2017)
The second part of our selection of the best science and environment reads this year....

Space science work recognised in New Year Honours (30/12/2017)
The first Briton in space and a leading member of the Cassini mission are among those on new year list....

The best science long reads of 2017 (part one) (30/12/2017)
A selection of the best science and environment reads this year....

Prince Charles: 'Technology won't solve climate change' (28/12/2017)
The Prince of Wales says we need to deal with the symptoms of climate change....

Does this croc found in Australian suburb belong to you? (28/12/2017)
Australian police found a crocodile strolling the streets of a Melbourne suburb on Christmas Day....

UK enjoyed 'greenest year for electricity ever' in 2017 (28/12/2017)
Renewables provided more electricity than coal for 90% of year, National Grid figures show....

'Job done' (25/12/2017)
World land-speed record-holder Andy Green reflects on the past 12 months' achievements in developing the Bloodhound supersonic car....

Meet the free range reindeer that tour the UK (25/12/2017)
Free-ranging reindeer are spending time touring the UK to help children learn about them....

Eight amazing science stories of 2017 (25/12/2017)
BBC News looks back on eight of the biggest science and environment stories of 2017....

Hidden camera captures rare pig thought extinct (24/12/2017)
Scientists have filmed one of the world's rarest, and 'ugliest', pigs in a forest in Indonesia....

Why this pig could make you go vegan (23/12/2017)
This Christmas, Hope the pig will be the star of the first vegan advert to be screened across UK cinemas....

Australian WW1-era submarine found after 13th search mission (23/12/2017)
The discovery of the first Allied submarine lost in World War One solves Australia's oldest naval mystery....

'Milestone' reached in fighting deadly wheat disease (23/12/2017)
Scientists say they have made a step forward in the fight against a wheat disease that threatens food security....

'World's ugliest pig' caught on camera (23/12/2017)
Conservationists capture the first footage in the wild of the endangered Javan warty pig...

MPs call for curbs on plastic bottles and packaging (22/12/2017)
They want deposits on plastic bottles and a higher levy on packaging to protect the seas from pollution....

Using science to wrap oddly-shaped gifts (21/12/2017)
Dr Adam Rutherford and Dr Hannah Fry offer a scientist's guide...

The scientist who paints lost worlds (21/12/2017)
Dr Julian Hume draws extinct animals with scientific accuracy...

What's hiding in my dust? (21/12/2017)
Scientists have found thousands of new species living in household dust....

Vandals damage ancient dinosaur footprint in Australia (21/12/2017)
Vandals 'took a hammer or rock' to a 115 million year old fossil, breaking off sections of its toes....

Dolphin pod living year-round off coast of England (21/12/2017)
A pod of 28 bottlenose dolphins is found to be permanently living off the south-west coast of England....

Fungal disease poses global threat to snakes (21/12/2017)
Snake populations worldwide may already be infected with a potentially deadly disease, say scientists....

Chocolate poisoning risk to dogs at Christmas (21/12/2017)
Chocolate poisoning is a risk to the family dog over the festive season, vets are warning....

UK plan to tackle plastic waste threat (19/12/2017)
A four-point plan for tackling plastic waste has been outlined by the Environment Secretary Michael Gove....

Interstellar object may hold 'alien' water (19/12/2017)
The first known interstellar asteroid may hold water from another star system in its interior, according to a study....

New approach promises early warnings of soggy summers (19/12/2017)
Researchers develop a new technique to give a more accurate advance forecast for summer weather....

60 million-year-old meteorite impact found on Skye (17/12/2017)
Geologists made the discovery while exploring volcanic rocks near Broadford....

Heinz Wolff, Great Egg Race presenter and scientist, dies (17/12/2017)
The renowned scientist behind BBC Two's The Great Egg Race died on Friday, his family says....

Rocket rumbles give volcanic insights (17/12/2017)
Scientists install sensors at the Kennedy Space Center that would normally be used to monitor volcanoes....

Geminid meteor shower dazzles over northern hemisphere (16/12/2017)
If you missed the annual Geminid meteor shower, cameras captured the celestial display over China....

Neonicotinoids at 'chronic levels' in UK rivers, study finds (16/12/2017)
Neonicotinoids have increasingly been linked to problems in bee populations....

Sumatran rhino 'hanging on by a thread' (16/12/2017)
A genetic study shows the decline of one of the rarest mammals on Earth began during the last Ice Age....

California fires: Sentinel satellite tracks wildfire smoke plume (16/12/2017)
Europe's new Sentinel-5P satellite captures a dramatic image of the smoke billowing away from wildfires....

Star system has record eight exoplanets (15/12/2017)
Nasa finds a distant star circled by eight planets, equal to the complement in our own Solar System....

Sea reptile fossil gives clues to life in ancient oceans (14/12/2017)
A new fossil is shedding light on the marine reptiles that swam at the time of the dinosaurs....

How Greenland would look without its ice sheet (14/12/2017)
Scientists stitch together decades of survey data to reveal a hidden world of mountains and canyons....

'Face of climate change'? (13/12/2017)
Images of a starving Canadian bear go viral - but all may not be as it appears....

Interstellar asteroid checked for alien technology (13/12/2017)
A project searching for life in the cosmos will scan the first interstellar asteroid for signs of alien technology....

Jupiter Great Red Spot has deep roots (13/12/2017)
Nasa's Juno probe begins to unlock the workings of the mighty storm that has raged on Jupiter for over 150 years....

Dracula ticks in amber tell ancient blood-sucking tale (13/12/2017)
Feathered dinosaurs were covered in ticks just like modern animals, according to fossil evidence....

Nasa's New Horizons probe strikes distant gold (13/12/2017)
New observations suggest America's Pluto probe will see more than one object on its next flyby....

Warmer Arctic is the 'new normal' (13/12/2017)
The reliably frozen Arctic is history, say scientists who warn of an unprecedented rate of warming....

The world's youngest island (12/12/2017)
Scientists think Hunga Tunga Hunga Ha'apai might hold clues on where to look for life on Mars....

Golden eagle migration out of sync with climate change (12/12/2017)
Adult golden eagles are unable to shift the timing of their migration, a North American study shows...

Pacific 'baby island' is natural lab to study Mars (12/12/2017)
A newly emerged volcanic island will help trace the Red Planet's water history and the search for life....

'Worrying alarm call' for world's birds on brink of extinction (12/12/2017)
Seabirds such as the kittiwake are being pushed to the brink of extinction, say conservationists....

Australian town driven batty by flying foxes (11/12/2017)
Residents of an Australian town are being overwhelmed by thousands of flying foxes....

Botanical exploits: How British plant hunters served science (11/12/2017)
Collecting in the clouds: Remembering the British plant-hunters who diced with death to discover plants...

Mt Hope installed as 'UK's highest peak' (11/12/2017)
Scientists re-measure the tallest mountains in the Antarctic territory claimed by Britain....

Plastic planet (10/12/2017)
More and more waste plastic is ending up in our oceans. How big is the problem and why is plastic such a threat?...

The 'Godfather of Coral' who's still diving at 72 (9/12/2017)
Charlie Veron's been diving for 50 years and has discovered more than 20% of the world's coral species...

Researchers find 'oldest ever eye' in fossil (8/12/2017)
The remains of the extinct sea creature include an early form of the eye seen in many of today's animals....

US firm picks UK for weather satellites (8/12/2017)
Orbital Micro Systems' demonstration weather satellite should pave the way for a network in the sky....

Narwhal escape: Whales freeze and flee when frightened (8/12/2017)
Narwhals show a "costly" response to threats, raising concerns over how they will respond to increased human contact....

A closer look at '3.67m-year-old' skeleton (7/12/2017)
It took 20 years to excavate, clean and put together Little Foot, found in caves north of Johannesburg....

Farthest monster black hole found (7/12/2017)
Astronomers discover the most distant "supermassive" black hole known to science....

Australia's frog count: App calls on citizen scientists (6/12/2017)
Scientists hope the public will help them record the sounds of the amphibians via an app....

Hinkley Point's Cardiff Bay toxic mud claim 'alarmist' (6/12/2017)
300,000 tonnes of mud from Hinkley Point C is due to be dumped in the sea off Cardiff Bay....

IUCN Red List: Wild crops listed as threatened (6/12/2017)
Wild relatives of modern crops deemed crucial for food security are threatened with extinction....

UN commits to stop ocean plastic waste (6/12/2017)
Nations will resolve to end plastic pollution in our seas, but their agreement has no timetable....

The 'supermoon' celestial wonder seen across the UK (5/12/2017)
Skywatchers have enjoyed spectacular views of the Moon appearing larger and brighter in the sky....

How UK's birds are being affected by a changing climate (5/12/2017)
Migratory birds are arriving in the UK earlier each spring and leaving later each autumn, a study shows....

 

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