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'3D Cryosat' tracks Arctic winter ice
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:00:03 GMT

Although Arctic sea ice set a record this year for its lowest ever satellite-observed winter extent - that was not the case for its volume, new data reveals.

Demand for rubber 'threatens forests'
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:46:41 GMT

The global demand for rubber tyres is threatening protected forests in Southeast Asia, according to a study.

Smart waders go fishing for science
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:25:45 GMT

Scientists are developing smartphone-connected waders that fly-fishing enthusiasts could wear to help them find their catch, but also to collect key data about water properties.

'Eternal' camera takes endless snaps
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:13:27 GMT

A camera powered by the light it uses to take pictures has been invented by American scientists.

How octopuses coordinate their arms
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:08:21 GMT

Researchers reveal the secret of an octopus's unique movement, revealing how the animals co-ordinate their eight, flexible arms.

Gravity boost to geothermal hunt
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:36:14 GMT

Observations from space assist the search for new locations to site geothermal power stations.

Warning over aerosol climate fix
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:58:31 GMT

Any attempts to engineer the climate are likely to result in "different" climate change, rather than its elimination, new results suggest.

Dark matter becomes less 'ghostly'
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 06:59:17 GMT

Scientists have uncovered a vital new insight into the nature of dark matter.

YouTube graffiti tracks cave water
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:24:12 GMT

Scientists are using YouTube videos to study a spectacular cave just outside Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.

Bardarbunga eruption gases estimated
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:34:47 GMT

Scientists quantify the emissions from Iceland's spectacular Bardarbunga-Holuhraun eruption.

Whale's record migration across Pacific
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 03:30:56 GMT

A gray whale makes a 22,500 km (14,000 mile) journey across the Pacific Ocean - the longest migration of any mammal, say scientists.

'Robot chef' aimed at home kitchen
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 07:14:59 GMT

From chopping the ingredients to doing the washing up - an all-action "robo-chef" for the home is being developed by a London-based company.

Warmer seas 'may change fish menus'
Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:02:02 GMT

Warming seas will push traditional fish and chips off the British menu, a study suggests.

Ramakrishnan to lead Royal Society
Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:56:04 GMT

Nobel-winning structural biologist Venki Ramakrishnan is elected to become the next president of the Royal Society.

Tiger-tagging app to boost tracking
Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:13:43 GMT

A new iPad app is asking users to "tag" tigers in images gathered from the internet, to help researchers with counting and tracking the animals.

Europe drops asteroid sampling idea
Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:02:05 GMT

Europe will not be mounting a sample-return mission to an asteroid, having rejected the MarcoPolo concept at the third time of asking.

Ministers challenged over CO2 cuts
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 08:03:37 GMT

The UK government’s claim that the country leads the world in cuts of carbon emissions is challenged by researchers at Leeds University.

Huge marine reserve for Pitcairn
Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:50:16 GMT

The UK government is to establish the largest marine reserve in the world around the Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific.

Mercury pollution risk to Arctic gull
Wed, 18 Mar 2015 03:00:30 GMT

Mercury pollution has risen nearly 50-fold in the feathers of a gull that feeds and breeds in the Arctic, say scientists.

Tidal lagoon 'negotiations open'
Wed, 18 Mar 2015 19:11:23 GMT

Negotiations are opening on a £1bn tidal lagoon scheme in Swansea as the chancellor gives his Budget speech in the House of Commons.

VIDEO: Sperm whale filmed 'doing laps'
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:16:14 GMT

A sperm whale surprises scientists carrying our research in the Gulf of Mexico as it circulates their equipment.

VIDEO: Dead fish problem in Rio rowing lake
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 06:40:58 GMT

Tonnes of dead fish are being removed from a lake in the centre of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, which is due to host rowing and canoeing events at the 2016 Olympic Games.

VIDEO: Russian polar bears debut in Sao Paulo
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 05:22:39 GMT

Two Russian polar bears make their debut at Sao Paulo's Aquarium, as the only members of their species in the country.

VIDEO: To frack or not to frack?
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:22:11 GMT

Graham Satchell explains why fracking is such a divisive subject.

VIDEO: Are fossil fuel reserves too large?
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:35:00 GMT

BBC News looks at the idea of "stranded assets", part of the debate on climate change and global energy policy.

VIDEO: Shipment of groceries en route to ISS
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 01:54:31 GMT

The SpaceX supply ship is on its way to the ISS with a supply of groceries and a specially designed espresso machine.

VIDEO: Robot films scene in Fukushima reactor
Mon, 13 Apr 2015 22:39:19 GMT

A small robot which filmed the first images inside the reactor of Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, stopped working just three hours into its mission.

VIDEO: Call to rethink hare culling
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:19:02 GMT

Environmental groups are calling for a three-year ban on the culling of mountain hares on grouse moors across Scotland.

Beyond the first law of computing
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 23:58:37 GMT

Will Moore's Law last another 50 years?

The 'cursed' disabled boy and the people of the sea
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:09:10 GMT

The disabled boy struggling to find a role with the people of the sea

How does new dark matter evidence fit together?
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:04:40 GMT

What does the flurry of new studies say about dark matter?

Maltese bird hunters celebrate narrow victory
Sun, 12 Apr 2015 13:54:09 GMT

Maltese bird hunters celebrate narrow referendum victory

Pakistan's snow leopards: Both feared and sought
Sat, 11 Apr 2015 23:09:53 GMT

Man's love-hate relationship with snow leopards