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What is the point of the Large Hadron Collider?
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 01:49:11 GMT

David Shukman explores the justifications for the £4bn "atom smasher" buried under Geneva.

Duo begin year-long space trip
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 01:53:36 GMT

US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko arrive for a 12-month tour of duty on the International Space Station.

Graphene light bulb set for shops
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 18:46:01 GMT

A light bulb made with graphene - said by its UK developers to be the first commercially viable consumer product using the super-strong carbon - is to go on sale later this year.

Greens ‘want 1% of GDP for science’
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:32:19 GMT

A pledge by the Greens to double science funding contrasts with the statements offered by five other party leaders, answering a call to set out their policies on science.

Polar ice shelf thinning speeds up
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:52:35 GMT

Eighteen years of satellite data reveal an acceleration in the thinning of many of Antarctica's floating ice shelves.

Dark matter flits through collisions
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:31:03 GMT

A long-running study shows dark matter coasts unscathed through galactic collisions, betraying a ghostly lack of interaction with the known Universe.

River health revealed in 'shocking' figures
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:47:24 GMT

Just 17% of England's rivers are judged to be in good health, according to "shocking" Environment Agency figures.

'Cat litter mix' closed nuclear site
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:35:25 GMT

A team of experts says a mixture that included organic cat litter forced the closure of the only underground nuclear waste repository in the US.

DNA of 'an entire nation' assessed
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 01:54:24 GMT

The genetic code of "an entire nation" has effectively been deduced, say researchers in Iceland.

Drones bounce back from collisions
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:58:10 GMT

Researchers in the US copy bird and bat wings to build a drone that can rebound and recover from mid-air collisions.

Getting ready for the mission to Hell
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:38:19 GMT

Europe and America are building two satellites to study the Sun that will venture closer to the solar inferno than any previous missions.

Bloodhound car has engine fitting
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:46:23 GMT

The Bloodhound Super Sonic Car has a fitting with the Rolls-Royce jet engine it will use to try to break the world land speed record.

House sparrow rule roost in Scotland
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:20:46 GMT

House sparrows are the most commonly spotted bird in gardens in Scotland, according to an RSPB survey.

Short circuit delays LHC restart
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:24:29 GMT

The restart of the Large Hadron Collider hits a delay, after a short circuit is detected in one of its powerful electromagnets.

Swimmer has Russian Ross Sea talks
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:39:34 GMT

The record-breaking endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh discusses the possibility of an Antarctic Ross Sea marine reserve with the Russians.

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: A year in space: Soyuz docks at ISS
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 04:09:56 GMT

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft has docked at the International Space Station carrying three astronauts, two of whom are due to spend a record 12 months there.

VIDEO: Eels journey from Bermuda and back
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:27:32 GMT

Millions of eels have been arriving in the south-west of England having travelled thousands of miles from the Sargasso Sea near Bermuda.

VIDEO: The drone wings that bounce back
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:55:17 GMT

Researchers in the US copy bird and bat wings to build a drone that can rebound and recover after mid-air collisions.

VIDEO: How robotic hand uses bio-signals
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 22:01:53 GMT

David Shukman looks at work being done at the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, as the government pushes for more investment and co-operation in the field.

VIDEO: Solar 'could provide 4% of UK electricity'
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:35:20 GMT

Solar power could provide up to 4% of the UK's electricity by the end of the decade, the government has said.

VIDEO: Orangutan rescued from chicken coop
Sat, 21 Mar 2015 14:32:05 GMT

Budi, a baby orangutan who was rescued after being kept for months in a chicken cage in West Borneo, has made a remarkable recovery.

VIDEO: Does your pet have 'separation anxiety'?
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:39:26 GMT

Vets are warning that a growing number of dogs and other pets are suffering from separation anxiety as peoples' working habits change.

VIDEO: Solar eclipse: 90 second explainer
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:58:23 GMT

BBC News explains Friday's rare celestial event and how you can observe it safely - in 90 seconds.

Where does my personality fit in?
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:11:13 GMT

What does where you live say about you?

What drives people to murder-suicide?
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:13:15 GMT

What drives people to murder-suicide?

China's 'magic bunny' goes viral
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:39:05 GMT

China's endangered Ili Pika goes viral

What are the Designs of the Year?
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:00:51 GMT

Weird and wonderful entries vie for Design of the Year