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Satellite image of IS destruction
Sat, 29 Aug 2015 02:24:12 GMT

A French satellite system pictures a pile of rubble where the ancient Temple of Baalshamin at Palmyra in Syria used to stand.

Year-long 'Mars isolation' begins
Sat, 29 Aug 2015 03:57:20 GMT

A team of Nasa recruits begins a year-long isolation in a dome near a barren volcano in Hawaii, to simulate life on Mars.

Key Inmarsat rocket flight 'success'
Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:03:09 GMT

A rocket mission to put a new spacecraft in orbit for London-based Inmarsat is declared a success.

Badger cull extended into Dorset
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:12:50 GMT

The badger cull is to be extended into Dorset following pilots in Gloucestershire and Somerset, the government announces.

Satellite revisits Hurricane Katrina
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:05:18 GMT

A UK-built satellite delivered the first orbital picture to US disaster response coordinators following Hurricane Katrina. Ten years on, a British spacecraft has re-imaged the Mississippi Delta.

Government plans steep cuts in solar
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:42:44 GMT

The government says it plans to significantly reduce subsidies paid to small scale green power installations.

Knut polar bear death riddle solved
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:02:35 GMT

Scientists say Knut, the famous polar bear that drowned at Berlin Zoo in 2011, had a type of autoimmune inflammation of the brain that is also recognised in humans.

Invasive bug 'could spread in UK'
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:02:10 GMT

An invasive caterpillar that feeds on hedges is starting to spread from its established base in London across the UK.

Aphantasia: A life without mental images
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 23:00:30 GMT

Scientists identify the condition aphantasia, in which people cannot create images in their head

Hawking: Black holes store information
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:06:47 GMT

Black holes preserve information about the things that fall into them, according to Prof Stephen Hawking.

Thousands of microbes in house dust
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 23:02:07 GMT

The dust in our homes contains an average of 9,000 different types of fungi and bacteria, a study suggests.

Carbon credits 'like printing money'
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 00:21:27 GMT

The vast majority of carbon credits generated by Russia and Ukraine do not represent cuts in emissions, according to a new study.

'Oldest' message in a bottle found
Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:40:26 GMT

A message in a bottle that washed up more than 108 years after it was thrown into the sea may be the world's oldest, a marine association says.

One Direction's video reviewed by space expert
Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:38:02 GMT

It's the first music video Niall, Liam, Louis and Harry have released without Zayn.

Low-cost robot hand wins Dyson prize
Mon, 24 Aug 2015 23:33:40 GMT

A budget-priced 3D-printed robotic hand for amputees is the UK winner of 2015's James Dyson Award for engineering design.

Greenland glacier sheds big ice chunk
Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:57:02 GMT

Scientists are studying a big mass of ice that has broken off the Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland.

'Farewell' pictures of Saturn moon
Fri, 21 Aug 2015 10:40:40 GMT

The Cassini probe to Saturn returns its final close-up images of the Dione moon as it begins its "long goodbye".

VIDEO: Nasa team 'living on Mars' for a year
Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:59:37 GMT

A team of Nasa recruits begins living near a barren volcano in Hawaii to simulate what life would be like on Mars.

VIDEO: Knut died of autoimmune illness
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 01:48:46 GMT

Scientists say they can now explain what happened to Knut, the famous polar bear that drowned at Berlin Zoo in 2011.

VIDEO: Monbiot butchers and eats a squirrel
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:56:33 GMT

The writer and environmentalist George Monbiot cooks dead squirrel in the Newsnight studio as he discusses the outraged reaction he got on social media after revealing he had cooked and eaten a "road kill" squirrel.

VIDEO: Check-ups for homeward-bound orangutans
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:16:17 GMT

Thailand has been carrying out health checks on 14 orangutans, in preparation for their repatriation to Indonesia.

VIDEO: 'Dangerous' whale rescue takes two days
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:48:28 GMT

A team of marine life rescuers spend two days in freezing Icelandic waters to free a whale that had become entangled in fishing gear.

VIDEO: Exploring England's coastal wildlife
Mon, 24 Aug 2015 05:01:48 GMT

Wildlife in the British countryside has been exhaustively catalogued, but the same is not true for wildlife off the coast.

VIDEO: The highs and lows of BBC weather forecasts
Sun, 23 Aug 2015 10:51:56 GMT

As the Met Office loses the contract to provide data for the BBC it has held since 1922, we look back at the art of delivering the weather forecast.

VIDEO: Blue whale upstages TV presenter
Wed, 19 Aug 2015 22:33:03 GMT

A blue whale emerges from the ocean, just as a BBC presenter is explaining how hard they are to find.

Has Defra shown badger culling works?
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:04:29 GMT

Pallab Ghosh assesses the evidence for the decision to extend the cull of badgers to control TB in cattle.

The washing away of Cajun culture
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 07:16:06 GMT

Why Cajun culture is being washed away

How a tiny backpack could solve the mystery of mass bee deaths
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 03:25:06 GMT

This could be how to solve the mystery of mass bee deaths

Have we underestimated our ancestors?
Wed, 19 Aug 2015 04:34:45 GMT

Have we underestimated our ancestors?