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Neutrino 'flip' wins physics Nobel
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:43:16 GMT

The 2015 Nobel Prize in physics goes to Takaaki Kajita and Arthur McDonald, who discovered that neutrinos switch between different "flavours".

Plant uses raindrops to eat ants
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 20:03:46 GMT

A carnivorous plant uses raindrops as a power source to bounce ants into a trap, researchers find.

Wild mammals 'return to Chernobyl'
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 16:17:21 GMT

The Chernobyl exclusion zone now has more wildlife than before the 1986 nuclear accident, researchers say.

New rat discovered in Indonesia
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 05:17:27 GMT

Scientists working in remote jungle on Sulawesi island, Indonesia, say they have discovered the previously undocumented "hog-nosed rat".

Cacti facing extinction, study warns
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 17:14:05 GMT

A global assessment concludes that almost one-third of cactus species face extinction due to unsustainable harvesting and illegal trade.

Nobel Prize for anti-parasite drugs
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 11:37:42 GMT

The Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine has been awarded to two teams for their groundbreaking work on parasitic diseases.

Chile creates new marine reserves
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 15:16:20 GMT

Chile announces the creation of two new marine reserves off its coast which together will cover more than a million sq km.

Mammal species outlived the dinosaurs
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 04:11:36 GMT

Scientists have discovered a species of ancient mammal that survived the event that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs.

UN battle looms over climate costs
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 12:58:10 GMT

Divisions between rich and poor countries re-emerge as nations submit their plans for tackling climate change to the UN.

Supernova 'stream' in lab's sights
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 16:31:50 GMT

A global collaboration will aim to unravel the mysteries of neutrinos - also known as "ghost particles".

Additive promises crash-safe fuel
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 13:04:24 GMT

Chemical engineers develop an additive for jet fuel that could prevent explosions without compromising engine function.

Charon moon seen in super detail
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 19:00:52 GMT

Pluto's major moon, Charon, takes centre stage in this week's release of new pictures from the New Horizons mission.

Nasa photo archive posted online
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:39:34 GMT

One man's mission to upload 13,000 photographs that Nasa said it didn't have the resources to publish.

Ceres' spots remain mysterious
Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:36:52 GMT

The team behind Nasa's Dawn mission to Ceres releases striking new images, but remains unable to explain the dwarf planet's most intriguing mystery.

Africa's farming 'needs young blood'
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 14:22:42 GMT

Modernising Africa's agriculture sector to attract young people will help tackle youth unemployment and food insecurity, a report suggests.

Diesel policy 'a mistake' - ex-minister
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 13:48:40 GMT

Former Labour science minister Lord Drayson says his government made a mistake in promoting diesel cars as they are "killing people".

Plastic in Thames fish is a wake-up
Wed, 30 Sep 2015 20:08:35 GMT

The discovery of plastic in the guts of Thames fish highlights the need for everyone to take greater care with how they dispose of rubbish, say campaigners.

VIDEO: Lab shows emissions tests are flawed
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 23:03:00 GMT

A diesel engine run in a lab shows just how far manufacturers' emissions tests fall short, scientists say.

VIDEO: Newly-discovered rat 'like no other'
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 07:27:21 GMT

A team of international scientists have discovered a new species of rat in Indonesia.

VIDEO: Plant's deadly rain-powered spring
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 20:03:14 GMT

See how a carnivorous pitcher plant uses raindrops as a power source to fling ants to their death.

VIDEO: Nobel Prize rewards parasite research
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:09:48 GMT

The Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine has been split two ways for groundbreaking work on parasitic diseases.

VIDEO: How plastic may end up in your food
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 23:13:22 GMT

Biologist Dr Pennie Lindeque from Plymouth Marine Laboratory explains how plastics in the marine environment get into the food chain.

VIDEO: Plastic bag charge: Environmental impact
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 08:09:49 GMT

Many shoppers in England will have to pay 5p for plastic carrier bags from Monday in a bid to slash the 7.6 billion handed out every year.

VIDEO: Farmers find woolly mammoth skeleton
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 19:58:55 GMT

Farmers in Michigan uncover a woolly mammoth skeleton in a soybean field.

VIDEO: Plastic in oceans 'threatens food chain'
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 19:11:54 GMT

As England prepares to introduce a charge for plastic bags, Science Editor David Shukman reports on the possible threat to the food chain, by the plastics broken down into tiny fragments in our oceans.

Bloodhound Diary: The real deal
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:20:44 GMT

1,000mph car makes its public debut

Work that won Nobel Prize for medicine 2015
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 16:06:53 GMT

The work that won the 2015 Nobel Prize for medicine

Conflict and survival: Biology photo award
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 01:29:32 GMT

Photos shortlisted for Royal Society of Biology prize

The greenest island in the world?
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 02:15:44 GMT

The island hoping to become the greenest in the world

Is there life on Mars?
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 23:53:54 GMT

Evidence is growing that there might have been some once

Plastic oceans: What do we know?
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 17:16:01 GMT

Why charging for carry bags is probably a good idea