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'Alarmingly high' levels of arsenic in Pakistan's ground water

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:02:30 GMT

Up to 60 million Pakistanis are at risk from the deadly chemical, according to a new water analysis.

Arctic radar to probe 'space weather'

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:24:59 GMT

The UK contributes to a sophisticated new radar to map the Sun's impacts on Earth's high atmosphere.

When is the next solar eclipse near you?

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:26:25 GMT

Find out when you can next witness a solar eclipse in your country with our eclipse calculator.

'Cyborg' bacteria deliver green fuel source from sunlight

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:20:46 GMT

Scientists create bacteria covered in tiny solar panels that generate a potential new fuel from the Sun.

'Hero' of Paris climate agreement dies

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:59:58 GMT

Former Marshall Islands minister Tony De Brum, who played a key role in securing the Paris pact passes away aged 72.

RRS Sir David Attenborough's stern on the move

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:58:34 GMT

A section of the UK's new polar research ship will get an early taste of the sea this week.

Solar eclipse 2017: Americans gaze at sky spectacular

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:22:55 GMT

Skywatchers in the US are treated to a spectacular coast-to-coast eclipse.

Chile rejects iron mine to protect penguins

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:13:15 GMT

Ministers said plans to extract iron near a penguin reserve lacked sufficient environmental guarantees.

The algae that terraformed Earth

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:02:30 GMT

A planetary takeover by ocean algae 650 million years ago was the kick that transformed life on Earth.

Freeze-dried dung gives clue to Asian elephant stress

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:04:19 GMT

Indian scientists say they can monitor the physiological health of elephants by analysing their dung.

Fracking: Shale rock professor says UK gas reserves 'hyped'

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:01:40 GMT

UK shale deposits were formed 55 million years too late to trap large amounts of gas, a professor warns.

Radioactive 'pooh sticks' trace carbon's ocean journey

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:07:20 GMT

Scientists trace nuclear waste from Sellafield over 15,000km to Bermuda to see how the ocean transports carbon.

'Frankenstein dinosaur' mystery solved

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:26:26 GMT

A dinosaur that seemed to be an evolutionary mishmash turns out to have a key place in history.

'Donald Trump forest' climate change project gains momentum

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:57:59 GMT

Campaigners plan to plant enough trees to counteract the climate impact of the US President.

Plants 'hijacked' to make polio vaccine

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:14:05 GMT

A breakthrough could lead to easier, faster and cheaper vaccines.

Scotland's largest solar farm gets green light

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:57:06 GMT

Elgin Energy is granted planning permission for a 20MW project near Urquhart in Moray

Record-sized data centre planned inside Arctic Circle

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 23:08:13 GMT

The facility in the north of Norway will take advantage of cheap energy and the cool air.

Cassini skims Saturn's atmosphere

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 07:34:54 GMT

Cassini is on its final five full orbits of Saturn, getting close enough to directly "taste" its gases.

Italy official defends killing rare bear after man mauled

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:55:32 GMT

A rare female brown bear had to be shot in the Italian Alps as it threatened humans, a governor says.

Fish sauced? Goldfish turn to alcohol to survive icy winters

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:19:59 GMT

Researchers uncover the evolved ability of goldfish to generate alcohol when deprived of oxygen.

Anger over 'untrue' climate change claims

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:55:09 GMT

Scientists respond furiously to claims about climate change made in a BBC radio interview.

'Impressive' Perseid meteor shower seen over UK

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 11:08:49 GMT

A display of hundreds of shooting stars has been captured by stargazers from across the UK.

GM pigs take step to being organ donors

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 01:01:52 GMT

Pigs have been freed of viruses that stop them being viable organ donors.

Giant dinosaur slims down... a bit

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 12:11:52 GMT

Scientists revise their estimate of the bulk of a colossal titanosaur, but not by much.

Will fairy tale Białowieża forest survive Poland’s fight with the EU?

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:31:27 GMT

Campaigners in Poland are worried about the future of one of Europe's last primeval forests, as the Polish government defies an EU order to stop logging there.

Invasive rhododendrons damage woodland environment

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:08:47 GMT

New study shows invasive rhododendrons damage woodland environment but are not poisoning the soil

Australia Zoo asks public to name white koala joey

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:35:28 GMT

Australia Zoo has asked the public to name a white koala joey.

Solar eclipse: Watch it happen

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:48:11 GMT

The US witnesses the spectacular effects of its first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in 100 years.

Solar eclipse: See it in 60 seconds

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:45:59 GMT

A Nasa telescope captures the total solar eclipse as it passes over the western US state of Oregon.

How to watch a total solar eclipse: Tips from the Faroe Islands

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 02:38:25 GMT

Ahead of Monday's eclipse in the US, here are four tips from the Faroe Islands, which experienced one in 2015.

Scientists discover a new flower of Shetland

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:08:41 GMT

The Shetland Monkeyflower has a bigger flower with a wider throat than its ancestors.

James Webb: Telescope's giant origami shield takes shape

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 16:53:39 GMT

The size of a tennis court, it will shield the vision of the biggest space telescope ever built.

Climate crusader Gore takes up arms again

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:11:23 GMT

BBC environment analyst Roger Harrabin reviews Al Gore's climate movie sequel.

High view

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:10:49 GMT

BBC correspondent James Cook views the total eclipse from 40,000ft above the Pacific Ocean.

Majestic archipelago

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 23:56:50 GMT

The Galapagos Conservation Trust has announced the winners in its annual photographic competition.

Not just stars

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 23:07:37 GMT

The shortlisted images in this year's Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year have now been selected.

Summer song

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 00:20:18 GMT

How field crickets are being brought back from the brink of extinction by a unique conservation project.

Newquay is go!

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:06:44 GMT

World Land Speed record holder Andy Green looks forward to the first, low-speed runs of the Bloodhound supersonic car.

Zoo keepers

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 23:07:32 GMT

Galaxy Zoo is one of the most successful citizen science projects ever conceived. We look back at what it's achieved over 10 years.

Fusion wait

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:50:54 GMT

We will have to wait until the second half of the century for fusion reactors to start generating electricity, experts have announced.

Sprouting wings

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 01:23:05 GMT

We're all used to ants sprouting wings and taking to the air during summer, but is there really such a thing as a "flying ant day"?

'Beam me up, Scotty'

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:27:05 GMT

Chinese scientists have "teleported" a photon particle to a satellite - could humans be next?