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UK team's data bonanza from comet
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:46:50 GMT

UK researchers obtain "rich" data from the Philae lander just before its power died.

Climate fixes 'could harm billions'
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:12:15 GMT

Schemes to tackle climate change could prove disastrous for billions of people, but might be required for the good of the planet, scientists say.

Watson to sell Nobel Prize for DNA
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:01:50 GMT

James Watson is to sell the Nobel Prize medal he won for the discovery of the structure of DNA.

Gravity map traces ocean circulation
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:37:30 GMT

Scientists use gravity data to produce what they say is the most accurate space view yet of global ocean currents and the speed at which they move.

Stone age axe found with wood handle
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:05:18 GMT

Archaeologists in Denmark have uncovered an incredibly rare find: a stone age axe held within its wooden handle.

Urban farming helps feed the world
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 02:29:47 GMT

Urban agriculture plays a much more extensive role in global food security than previously estimated, a study using satellite data suggests.

Brain's dementia weak spot found
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:06:07 GMT

The brain has a weak spot for Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia, according to experts who have pinpointed the region using scans.

Dark sky status bid for South Downs
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:01:35 GMT

A campaign begins to reduce light pollution in South Downs National Park and give it dark skies special status.

Polar sub gauges sea ice thickness
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:11:06 GMT

A novel autonomous sub acquires the first detailed, high-resolution 3D maps of Antarctic sea ice.

Peru probes 500 sea lion deaths
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 01:24:15 GMT

Peru's environmental police launch an investigation into the deaths of some 500 sea lions found on a northern beach.

Embrace the arts, engineers told
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:00:25 GMT

Engineering needs to emphasise its creative side to encourage more young people to take it up as a career, says a leading member of the profession.

Fish and chips 'harming' eider ducks
Sun, 23 Nov 2014 04:40:09 GMT

Eider ducks on Northumberland's coastal areas are being harmed by people feeding them fish and chips and bread, a wildlife expert warns.

Climate fund receives $9.3bn pledge
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:39:16 GMT

Thirty nations meeting in Berlin have pledged $9.3bn (£6bn) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for climate change.

Geckos inspire 'Spider-Man' gloves
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:39:24 GMT

The way geckos climb has inspired a device that allowed a 70kg man to scale a glass wall like Spider-Man.

Polynesia's billion dollar claim
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:26:19 GMT

Overseas territory demands compensation for atom bomb tests.

UK 'to lead moon landing in 10 years'
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 02:17:50 GMT

A British-led consortium outlines its plans to land a robotic probe, paid for by public donations, on the Moon in 10 years' time.

Shakespeare Folio found in France
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:15:44 GMT

A rare Shakespeare First Folio, regarded as the most important book in English literature, is discovered in a small French town.

Museum fossils are new dino species
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 02:47:16 GMT

A new species of horned dinosaur is identified from fossils held in a Canadian museum for 75 years.

Organic molecules detected on comet
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:48:06 GMT

The Philae lander has detected organic molecules on the surface of its comet, scientists have confirmed.

Europe signs on to Orion venture
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:08:25 GMT

The European Space Agency and Airbus sign a contract that will see the aerospace giant build the "back end" of America's new manned spaceship.

World's biggest crane ship sets sail
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:02:33 GMT

The world's largest crane ship, which is capable of lifting oil rigs, sets sail from its shipyard in Korea for Rotterdam port in the Netherlands.

Camera sees Philae's hairy landing
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:39:14 GMT

High-resolution pictures have now been released of the Philae probe around the time of landing on Comet 67P last Wednesday.

Brian Cox creates pioneering 3D show
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:03:15 GMT

TV physicist Brian Cox and the visual effects team behind Gravity are to create a new 3D live show using a cutting-edge augmented reality system.

One kiss 'shares 80 million bugs'
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 01:23:53 GMT

A small study by Dutch scientists suggests a single 10-second kiss can transfer as many as 80 million bacteria.

Court puts more heat on diesels
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:28:56 GMT

UK government comes under renewed pressure to cut pollution from diesel vehicles following the latest ruling in a battle over clean air.

Planning law change 'catastrophic'
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:55:04 GMT

Proposed changes to planning policy would be "catastrophic" for rural areas, rural housing and planning authorities warn.

Sun boosts UK lightning strikes
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 02:22:04 GMT

The number of lightning strikes across the UK has been significantly affected by solar activity, according to new research.

Wildlife crime wanted list released
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:55:08 GMT

The public are being asked to provide information on the locations of nine fugitives suspected of serious environmental crimes.

Culling to begin at bird flu farm
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 05:40:07 GMT

A cull of 6,000 ducks is due to start following a confirmed case of bird flu at a breeding farm in East Yorkshire.

Rabies risk from puppy smuggling
Fri, 14 Nov 2014 01:50:07 GMT

An increasing number of dogs are being transported to the UK from eastern Europe, risking an outbreak of rabies, a charity is warning.

Threatened birds of prey 'vanish'
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 18:11:14 GMT

Two of the rarest birds of prey in England, which had been satellite tagged, vanish in unexplained circumstances.

Hyenas feast at vulture restaurants
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:18:18 GMT

"Restaurants" of dead meat set up for endangered vultures also attract an undesirable clientele of hyenas and jackals, according to a six-year study.

Brazil releases 'good' mosquitoes
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:38:42 GMT

Brazilian researchers release thousands of mosquitoes infected with a bacteria that suppresses dengue fever into the environment in Rio de Janeiro.

AUDIO: Horned dinosaur species identified
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:27:46 GMT

A new species of horned dinosaur has been identified from fossils held in a Canadian museum for 75 years.

VIDEO: How to hack a molecular microscope
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:07:46 GMT

A PhD student from Brunel University London has saved himself £100,000 by 'hacking' his own kit.

AUDIO: Songwriters' bad science lyrics
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:54:38 GMT

Blue Peter Scientist Steve Mould is given the task of looking at some of the worst offenders.

VIDEO: First Italian woman arrives at ISS
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:50:01 GMT

Italy's first female astronaut has arrived at the International Space Station.

VIDEO: 'King of Fish' returns to UK rivers
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:39:59 GMT

Successful conservation projects have reversed the decline of salmon in many UK rivers, as John Maguire reports.

VIDEO: Volcano erupts on Cape Verde island
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:09:53 GMT

A volcano has erupted on the Cape Verde island of Fogo, resulting in the evacuation of hundreds of residents and the closure of a local airport.

VIDEO: Fines plan over Japanese Knotweed
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:15:37 GMT

Failing to control the spread of Japanese Knotweed could result in an anti-social behaviour order and a fine of up to £2500.

VIDEO: Green Climate Fund cash pledge
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:52:24 GMT

Thirty nations meeting in Berlin have pledged $9.3bn (£6bn) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for climate change.

The problem with freezing stem cells
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:06:45 GMT

What went wrong with stem cell cancer treatment

VIDEO: 15 secs: Female astronaut pioneer
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 04:04:39 GMT

Tasks for Italy's first female astronaut

VIDEO: HIV now and then: 1982 vs 2014
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:23:36 GMT

How 30 years has changed living with the virus

Paul Rincon: Where next for Philae mission?
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:32:41 GMT

What are the next steps in comet landing mission?

Space agency plans Mars rover from Lego bricks
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:29:06 GMT

Space agency plans Mars mission with plastic bricks

The self-publicist whose medical text books caused a stir
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 01:09:17 GMT

A strangely accurate book of anatomy from 1543

Is it OK to leave objects on the Moon?
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:04:54 GMT

Is it OK to leave objects on the Moon?

'Skunk power' fires fusion confusion
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 01:53:15 GMT

Can nuclear fusion become a reality within 10 years?

Is comet landing mission worth the cost?
Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:29:04 GMT

Can Rosetta mission price tag be justified?

Chris Lintott: Elation and woe of comet landing
Sat, 15 Nov 2014 16:15:51 GMT

Dr Chris Lintott's take on ups and downs of comet landing