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US energy plan to boost renewables
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:51:27 GMT

President Obama's clean power plan is likely to be delayed by 2 years but is also expected to push renewable energy.

Earth magnetic shield is much older
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:58:19 GMT

Researchers have revealed that the Earth's magnetic field is 550 million years older than previously believed.

Big year ahead for James Webb telescope
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:24:59 GMT

It's been a long time coming, but Nasa is now at the business end of building its giant successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.

AA joins protest at green changes
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:46:55 GMT

The AA joins green groups in warning that recent changes in energy policy will harm the climate.

Wales surf wave generator starts up
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:06:00 GMT

The first waves have peeled across an artificial surf lagoon built on the site of an old aluminium works on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park.

Comet yields 'rich array' of organics
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:08:13 GMT

The spacecraft which made a spectacular landing on a comet last year has discovered a rich array of carbon compounds.

Robot can leap from water's surface
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:03:55 GMT

Scientists in South Korea develop a tiny robot - based on the water strider insect - that can jump on water

Aquariums 'deliver health benefits'
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:54:47 GMT

People who spend time watching fish swim in aquarium tanks could improve their physical and mental wellbeing, a study shows.

Aurora found beyond our Solar System
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:48:55 GMT

An aurora has been spotted around a brown dwarf more than 18 light years away, scientists report.

Alarm over Cambodia 'timber grab'
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:16:45 GMT

A new report says that highly valuable forests are being lost at an "unprecedented" rate from protected lands in Cambodia.

Bendy tech promise for graphene
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:13:18 GMT

Scientists apply the paper art of kirigami to slice graphene, the world's thinnest material.

Olive tree blight spreads to Corsica
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:00:31 GMT

The virulent Xylella disease ravaging olive trees in Italy spreads to Corsica, prompting emergency measures.

Could plane debris be MH370?
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:03:16 GMT

The BBC examines whether an aeroplane part found in Reunion could belong to the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

How ant armies move massive meals
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 05:12:21 GMT

In a new study, physicists reveal how ants co-operate to carry huge chunks of food back to their nests.

'Extinct' fly found in nature reserve
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:59:44 GMT

A fly thought to be extinct in the UK is found in a Devon nature reserve.

Rare rhino death leaves just four
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:08:19 GMT

One of the last five Northern White Rhino left in the world has died.

Structural secret of T. rex's teeth
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:40:30 GMT

New research reveals the key to the serrated tooth structure that made carnivorous theropod dinosaurs such successful predators.

VIDEO: New science for James Webb Telescope
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:06:31 GMT

Mark Clampin from Nasa explains how the James Webb Space Telescope will help us to see even deeper into the Universe.

VIDEO: The robot that jumps on water
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:06:49 GMT

Scientists in South Korea develop a tiny robot - based on the water strider insect - that can jump on water.

VIDEO: Chimps eating clay 'as supplement'
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:26:41 GMT

A community of chimpanzees in Uganda is increasingly eating clay to boost their mineral intake, research suggests.

VIDEO: Virgin Galactic crash: Brakes blamed
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:12:06 GMT

Investigators have said a Virgin Galactic spaceship crash was caused by structural failure after the co-pilot unlocked a braking system early.

VIDEO: Chasing Britain's most threatened duck
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:30:28 GMT

Why conservationists in the Scottish Highlands are chasing the UK's most threatened breeding duck.

VIDEO: Scientists fear robotic weapons
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:07:41 GMT

More than 1,000 scientists, including Stephen Hawking, have called for a ban on developing artificial intelligence for military use and to build robotic weapons.

VIDEO: The bag designed to thwart terrorists
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:04:15 GMT

Scientists have developed what they're describing as a bomb proof material that could be a major step forward in aircraft security.

VIDEO: All the Pluto pictures in 60 seconds
Sat, 25 Jul 2015 12:09:29 GMT

It's the dwarf planet that keeps on giving. Now Newsround has compiled all the pictures of Pluto so far into one manageable minute.

In pictures: Ecology photo prize
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:56:44 GMT

Spectacular image competition winners

Great robotic missions to explore space
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:58:11 GMT

Past space missions that have changed our understanding

Why we like to believe that dinosaurs were scaly
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:04:07 GMT

Why do we like to believe that dinosaurs were scaly?

Bloodhound Diary: A riveting 'tail'
Sat, 25 Jul 2015 21:25:23 GMT

Project approaches the end of the mechanical build

Iberian lynx returns to Spain from verge of extinction
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 23:27:11 GMT

Hard work saves Spanish lynx from extinction

Australia's role in search for alien life
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 06:04:24 GMT

Searching for alien life with a telescope down under