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Caesarean births 'affecting human evolution'

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:12:46 GMT

The regular use of Caesarean sections is having an impact on human evolution, say scientists.

Scottish fossils tell story of first life on land

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:03:49 GMT

Fossils of possibly the earliest backboned four-legged animals to walk have been found in Scotland.

Tim Peake spacecraft will arrive in UK in 2017

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:22:03 GMT

The UK has bought the capsule which sent Tim Peake into space and returned him to Earth.

Corporate growth still driving deforestation, CDP shows

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:59:02 GMT

Although progress is being made, up to US $906bn of company turnover is still tied to global deforestation, an assessment suggests.

Robot aircraft take to British skies

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:02:44 GMT

Robot aircraft are to be tested in UK airspace to help refine systems that control autonomous planes.

Europe presses ahead with Mars rover

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:10:35 GMT

European research ministers meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland, emphatically reaffirm their commitment to putting a robot rover on Mars in 2021.

Last winter's flooding 'most extreme on record' in UK

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:04:54 GMT

Flooding across parts of the UK last winter was the most extreme on record, experts say.

Sutton Hoo bitumen links Syria with Anglo-Saxon England

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:18:16 GMT

Analysis of black organic fragments found in the Sutton Hoo boat burial reveals they are bitumen from Syria.

Four major cities move to ban diesel vehicles by 2025

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:47:11 GMT

The leaders of four major global cities say they will stop the use of all diesel powered cars and trucks by the middle of the next decade.

Trump's environment plans could spark opposition

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:59:27 GMT

Proposals by the Trump administration to roll back US environmental regulations are likely to foment opposition, say analysts.

Space station supply craft 'burned up'

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:13:21 GMT

The Russian space agency confirms the loss of an unmanned cargo ship heading for the International Space Station.

Buzz Aldrin 'in good spirits' after South Pole evacuation

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 22:25:46 GMT

Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the Moon, is evacuated from the South Pole after falling ill.

'Diet is global food policy's elephant in the room'

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:35:38 GMT

Global food policy needs to shift way from focusing on feeding people enough calories to nourishing people, say leading food experts.

Europe space ministers meet to decide Mars rover plan

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 01:44:45 GMT

Europe’s research ministers are meeting to decide whether to try to land a robot rover on Mars.

Private plan to send Moon rover to Apollo 17 site

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:27:53 GMT

A proposed private space mission is planning to visit Apollo 17's landing site on the Moon.

Earth warming to climate tipping point, warns study

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:20:52 GMT

A warming world will release vast amounts of soil carbon into the atmosphere, which in turn risks triggering dangerous climate change, scientists warn.

Europe ministers debate space future

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:26:48 GMT

Europe's research ministers negotiate over funding for the space station and a rover that would land on Mars to search for life.

Curbing immigration spells 'disaster' for science

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:21:52 GMT

The President of the UK's Royal Society warns that onerous restrictions on immigration of scientists would spell "disaster" for the UK economy

Saturn mission approaches tour finale

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:26:22 GMT

The Cassini spacecraft is beginning the end phases of its mission to Saturn that will eventually see it disposed of in the giant planet's atmosphere.

EU energy use to fall by 30% under new efficiency plans for 2030

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:11:51 GMT

New proposals from the European Commission see binding targets for energy efficiency as key method of curbing carbon.

'Predator of the deep' or gentle giant?

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:11:10 GMT

The giant manta ray could be a "predator of the deep" preying on other fish, say scientists.

Arctic sea-ice struggles to build volume

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:02:44 GMT

Data shows the volume of Arctic sea-ice is heading for a record-equalling low for the month of November.

Platypus venom paves way to possible diabetes treatment

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:30:01 GMT

Australian researchers say platypus venom could pave the way for new type 2 diabetes treatments.

Mars probe returns first pictures

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:16:54 GMT

The new satellite that Europe and Russia put in orbit at Mars on 19 October has sent back its first images of the planet.

Rare Antarctic beetle find delights

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:17:04 GMT

Scientists have made a rare find: a new species of beetle from Antarctica.

Astronaut eye problems blamed on spinal fluid

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:38:14 GMT

Scientists might have found the root cause of vision problems that affect some astronauts.

Japan Fukushima nuclear plant 'clean-up costs double'

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:40:54 GMT

Japan estimates the cost of dealing with the Fukushima nuclear disaster has doubled, reports say.

Great Barrier Reef suffered worst bleaching on record in 2016, report finds

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:00:13 GMT

This year saw the worst-ever destruction of coral on the Great Barrier Reef, a new study finds.

Europe's science ministers to decide on ExoMars rover

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 15:03:54 GMT

European research ministers will be asked for just over €400m (£345m) to put a rover on Mars in 2021 when they meet next week in Switzerland.

Flood spending decisions 'perverse', Green Alliance says

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 02:59:52 GMT

England spends nearly four times more on activities that may cause flooding than it invests to combat flooding, a think tank says.

Bumper load of new viruses identified

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 14:37:29 GMT

Scientists looking into invertebrate animals discover nearly 1,500 new viruses - the largest number documented in any one study.

Heathrow third runway 'to breach climate change laws'

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:01:57 GMT

Plans to expand Heathrow Airport are set to breach the government’s climate change laws, advisers warn.

Seasonal wetlands face uncertain future

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 01:31:51 GMT

Ephemeral wetlands are poorly understood habitats and are being lost to future generations as a result of poor land-use practices, warn scientists.

Alligator snapping turtle's great escape

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:42:58 GMT

A huge alligator snapping turtle got stuck in a blocked drain pipe in Houston, Texas.

Hunter Mitchell raised thousands of dollars to save Osita the rhino.

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:24:35 GMT

Hunter Mitchell raised thousands of dollars to save Osita the rhino.

Croatian scientists 'find 30 new species in caves'

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 16:30:34 GMT

Scientists say they have discovered 30 new species of animal in subterranean caves, following a two-year search.

Time to take out the space trash

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 23:08:15 GMT

Scientists are warning there’s now so much space debris in low-Earth orbit that action needs to be taken.

Thanksgiving: What US astronauts will be eating in space

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 11:48:57 GMT

Nasa astronaut Shane Kimbrough has been showing off the specialties he'll be preparing for the crew's Thanksgiving meal aboard the ISS this year.

Peggy Whitson: Blast off to the ISS for oldest woman in space

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 02:49:21 GMT

Astronaut Peggy Whitson has lifted off into space for her third mission to the International Space Station.

Bletchley Park: 'Codebreakers school' planned for site

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 14:05:35 GMT

Historic codebreaking site Bletchley Park could be turned into a cyberdefence training college.

Mayan 'nesting doll pyramid' discovered in Mexico

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 02:03:46 GMT

A third structure is found within the famous Kukulkan pyramid in eastern Mexico, experts say.

Nature deficit disorder

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 01:16:33 GMT

It's become a buzzword, but what is NDD?

Machine food

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:36:28 GMT

The world needs to produce more food to feed a growing population, but is automation and sensor technology the answer?

After the quake

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 16:02:09 GMT

Cut off from the outside world, quake-hit Kaikoura's businesses face uncertainty but vow to hold on.

Environmental hotspot

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:56:00 GMT

The "Freiburg Cup", which comes with a deposit of €1, is going down well with German students.

Not so warped

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 15:20:39 GMT

From tractor beams to warp drive, sci-fi has inspired serious real-life research.