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Solar Impulse awaits 'moment of truth'
Mon, 25 May 2015 08:44:46 GMT

In what will be its greatest challenge yet, the zero-fuel aeroplane Solar Impulse will soon try to fly non-stop from China to Hawaii - a journey of more than 8,000km across the Pacific Ocean.

IS threat to rare bird near Palmyra
Mon, 25 May 2015 15:18:56 GMT

Islamic State's capture of Palmyra in Syria threatens the last surviving colony of the northern bald ibis in the Middle East, experts says.

The great 'Mars bake-off' begins
Sun, 24 May 2015 02:43:32 GMT

Jonathan Amos gets a first peek inside the UK aerospace laboratory where Europe's ExoMars rover will be assembled.

'Beautiful Mind' mathematician killed
Sun, 24 May 2015 21:48:13 GMT

Renowned mathematician John Nash, subject of the film A Beautiful Mind, dies in a New Jersey taxi crash with his wife.

Trust backs beaver reintroduction
Mon, 25 May 2015 11:39:01 GMT

Beavers should be resident in Scotland says the National Trust as it announces its support for reintroduction projects.

Spiders strum on leaves for love
Sat, 23 May 2015 02:07:53 GMT

Purring spiders use leaves as microphones and speakers to transmit their purring courtship song to a female, scientists find.

Ocean's 'tiniest organisms' revealed
Thu, 21 May 2015 23:59:26 GMT

Thousands of species of the ocean's tiniest organisms are revealed in a series of studies.

Antarctic in 'dramatic' ice loss
Thu, 21 May 2015 22:44:29 GMT

Satellites have recorded a big sudden change in the behaviour of glaciers on the Antarctica Peninsula, according to a UK-based team.

Ancient parasite 'frozen in time'
Fri, 22 May 2015 00:01:23 GMT

Researchers discover the 425-million-year-old remains of a new species of parasite - still clamped to the host animal it invaded.

DNA hints at earlier dog evolution
Thu, 21 May 2015 16:02:00 GMT

Swedish researchers say that dogs may have been domesticated much earlier than some studies suggest.

LHC smashes collision energy record
Thu, 21 May 2015 09:55:53 GMT

The Large Hadron Collider is smashing protons at the highest energy ever attempted - but they are only test collisions, as the LHC continues to gear up its second run.

Oldest tools pre-date first humans
Wed, 20 May 2015 17:12:03 GMT

Stones tools that are 3.3 million years old have been unearthed pre-dating the earliest-known humans in the Homo genus.

Bronze Age Danish girl 'German-born'
Thu, 21 May 2015 16:01:50 GMT

New research reveals that a girl buried 3,400 years ago in Denmark who became one of the country's best-known Bronze Age relics was probably born in Germany.

'Home-brewed morphine' made possible
Tue, 19 May 2015 00:24:50 GMT

Scientists have figured out how to brew morphine using the same kit used to make beer at home.

California probes oil spill cause
Thu, 21 May 2015 19:00:20 GMT

Clean-up crews are working around the clock as investigators look into how tens of thousands of gallons of oil spewed into the sea off Santa Barbara.

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: Solar plane pilot set for six-day leg
Mon, 25 May 2015 03:40:36 GMT

The first round-the-world solar-powered flight, known as the Solar Impulse Two, is hoping to make the next and most difficult leg of its journey.

VIDEO: How an ancient parasite was frozen in time
Fri, 22 May 2015 09:02:38 GMT

Professor David Siveter from the University of Leicester explains how a 425 million year-old parasite was frozen in time at a site in Herefordshire.

VIDEO: Dog evolution 'earlier than thought'
Fri, 22 May 2015 05:41:57 GMT

Dogs may have been domesticated much earlier than previously though, Swedish researchers suggest.

VIDEO: Inuit challenge to EU seal ban
Tue, 19 May 2015 17:31:36 GMT

The Inuit people of Greenland are challenging an EU ban on seal hunting and the trade in seal meat and skins, arguing it has "crashed" the Inuits' economy.

VIDEO: New ways to grow food in space
Tue, 19 May 2015 05:10:40 GMT

A project will see thousands of schoolchildren experiment on seeds that have spent six months on the International Space Station.

VIDEO: Saving North Yorkshire's Tansy beetle
Sat, 16 May 2015 22:54:31 GMT

A breeding programme is being set up for the rare Tansy beetle, which is threatened with extinction.

VIDEO: Will your favourite beach fail new test?
Fri, 15 May 2015 13:06:14 GMT

Dozens of British beaches and lakes are at risk of failing to meet tougher European water quality standards this summer.

VIDEO: Wheelchair user to cross Pennine Trail
Fri, 15 May 2015 10:17:34 GMT

Roy Taylor will cross 68 miles of the Trans Pennine Trail in his wheelchair to help raise money to "get rid of obstacles" to give the disabled greater access to the countryside.

Can California learn to live with drought?
Sat, 23 May 2015 23:49:27 GMT

Can California learn to live with drought?

Saving coffee from extinction
Sat, 23 May 2015 23:17:17 GMT

Breeding a new plant to save coffee from extinction

The element that made the 20th Century shine
Fri, 22 May 2015 23:53:54 GMT

The element that made the modern era gleam

Romania acts to save forests from saw
Thu, 21 May 2015 13:06:41 GMT

Romania gripped by tensions over illegal logging

The miracle of the 20-week strawberry season
Thu, 21 May 2015 00:44:28 GMT

The UK strawberry industry is expected to smash its sales record this year by £50m.

'Cyber-archaeology' salvages lost Iraqi art
Mon, 18 May 2015 23:21:21 GMT

Cyber-archaeology is salvaging artworks destroyed by militants