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Climate change 'action needed'
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:32:11 GMT

The UK must take urgent action to prepare for the impacts of climate change in the UK, according to a report submitted to the government.

'Leap second' set to delay midnight
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:20:21 GMT

Midnight will come later tonight as for the first time in three years an extra second is added to the official time set by atomic clocks.

Solar plane passes 'no return' point
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:46:46 GMT

A solar-powered plane passes the "point of no return" after leaving Japan for a second attempt at a record-breaking flight across the Pacific Ocean.

Council blocks fracking application
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:22:11 GMT

An application to start fracking at a site in Lancashire is rejected by county councillors.

US court blocks key pollution change
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:05:02 GMT

The US Supreme Court blocks a key government attempt to limit pollution from the country's power plants after industry challenges the changes.

SpaceX rocket explodes after launch
Sun, 28 Jun 2015 16:05:48 GMT

An unmanned SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket breaks apart in flames after lift-off from Cape Canaveral, Florida - its first failure in 19 launches.

Call for more protection for seagrass
Sat, 27 Jun 2015 01:32:09 GMT

Seagrasses - the underwater plants that act as nursery grounds for young fish - need more protection, according to Welsh scientists.

UCL: 'Hunt will not be reinstated'
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:22:50 GMT

The president of University College London says that Prof Sir Tim Hunt will not be reinstated after his controversial comments about women.

UK GM wheat 'does not repel pests'
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:00:43 GMT

A strain of genetically modified wheat developed in the UK has failed to repel pests as intended in field trials.

Scientists try to understand heatwave
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:55:45 GMT

Scientists in India and Pakistan say higher temperatures were just one factor in the recent heatwaves and other causes such as air pressure, humidity and sea breezes played a role.

Madagascar's lemurs cling to survival
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:08:16 GMT

The famous lemurs of Madagascar face such severe threats to their survival that none of them may be left in the wild within 25 years.

Face of bizarre sea creature revealed
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 01:05:59 GMT

One of nature's most bizarre animals - Hallucigenia - is finally revealed in its entirety after specimens in Canada reveal its missing face.

'Organs-on-chips' wins design award
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:38:26 GMT

Silicon chips that mimic the function of living human organs win the Design of the Year award from the Design Museum in London.

Call to show Interstellar in schools
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 04:55:18 GMT

A scientific journal calls for the film Interstellar to be shown in school science lessons.

Sat firm eyes huge rocket campaign
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:22:27 GMT

The OneWeb company, which aims to take affordable internet connectivity to every part of the globe, says it will need the biggest commercial rocket campaign in history to get all of its satellites in orbit.

Drastic action to save endangered tortoise
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:02:41 GMT

In a desperate bid to save one of the world's most endangered animals, conservationists are taking the controversial step of defacing the last survivors.

'Hoff crab' gets formal scientific name
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 23:12:21 GMT

A hairy Antarctic crab that was dubbed "The Hoff" when it was first found in Antarctic waters gets a formal scientific description and name.

VIDEO: 'No going back' for Solar Impulse
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:30:48 GMT

A solar-powered plane has passed the "point of no return" in its second bid at making a record-breaking flight across the Pacific Ocean.

VIDEO: World's smelliest plant blooms in Edinburgh
Sun, 28 Jun 2015 09:41:14 GMT

One of the world's largest and smelliest flowers has blossomed for the first time in Scotland.

VIDEO: Sir David tells Obama how to save planet
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:46:05 GMT

The distinguished broadcaster and naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, has been on a visit to the White House at the personal invitation of President Obama.

VIDEO: Taking giraffes for a scientific walk
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 23:02:02 GMT

How zoo giraffes are helping veterinary scientists to find out if very long, spindly legs are a help or a hindrance for walking.

VIDEO: Hands on nature at Oxford museum
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:36:38 GMT

Oxford University Museum of Natural History has been shortlisted for the Art Fund Museum of the Year.

VIDEO: Racehorses still getting quicker
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 08:12:41 GMT

Racehorses are continuing to get quicker, a study of winning times spanning 165 years of racing indicates.

VIDEO: Christopher Nolan on Interstellar science
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 04:56:58 GMT

Director Christopher Nolan talks about the importance of accurate science in making his film Interstellar, after a leading scientific journal calls for it to be shown in school lessons.

VIDEO: Lemurs 'could vanish from wild'
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:37:41 GMT

The famous lemurs of Madagascar face such severe threats to their survival that none of them may be left in the wild within 25 years.

Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti on life in space
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 01:24:46 GMT

Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti on life in space

Does the future of wildlife lie in captivity?
Sat, 27 Jun 2015 23:27:49 GMT

Does the future of wildlife lie in captivity?

China's carbon crunch
Sun, 28 Jun 2015 23:55:57 GMT

Charting China's climate change ambitions

In search of stag beetles
Sat, 27 Jun 2015 03:10:40 GMT

On a family hunt for the now rarely-seen stag beetle

The making of a metrosexual gorilla
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 21:13:59 GMT

The good-looking gorilla that captivated women in Japan and beyond

Climate change: Is the Dutch court ruling 'a game changer'?
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:19:59 GMT

Is the Dutch court ruling 'a game changer'?