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Gravity probe exceeds performance goals

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:23:36 GMT

The long-planned space mission that seeks to detect gravitational waves is on course to be selected this summer.

Naica's crystal caves hold long-dormant life

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:31:05 GMT

Long-dormant microbes are found inside giant crystals of the Naica mountain caves - and revived.

Eclipse to be turned into mega-movies

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:07:14 GMT

Citizen photos taken during August's total solar eclipse in the US will be spliced into continuous videos.

Scientists appeal for more people to donate their brains

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:13:22 GMT

They say they are lacking the brains of people with disorders such as depression and PTSD.

GM hens help build 'frozen aviary' in Edinburgh

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:24:46 GMT

Genetically-modified hens that can lay eggs from different poultry breeds are helping scientists set up a "frozen aviary" to conserve rare birds.

Zealandia: Is there an eighth continent under New Zealand?

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:25:59 GMT

It's almost all under water, but Zealandia should be considered a continent, say researchers.

Ocean mapping XPRIZE cuts teams to 21

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:55:03 GMT

The international competition to drive innovation in seafloor mapping announces the teams that will take part in its semi-final stage.

Plastic 'nurdles' found littering UK beaches

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:43:23 GMT

Billions of tiny plastic lentil-sized pellets can be spotted on UK shores - but how do 'nurdles' get there?

UK scientists seek closer relationship with US after Brexit

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 03:32:58 GMT

Research institutions want to make it easier for scientists to collaborate and share facilities.

Event Horizon Telescope ready to image black hole

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:01:14 GMT

An Earth-sized "virtual telescope" is ready to take the first ever picture of a black hole - the monster mysterious object at the centre of our galaxy.

'Seagrasses' vital to coastal health

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:33:58 GMT

Underwater flowering plants play multiple roles in keeping coastal ecosystems healthy.

Weather experts say new El Niño possible later this year

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:41:46 GMT

The World Meteorological Organisation say there is a possibility of a new El Niño later this year.

Winston Churchill's views on aliens revealed in lost essay

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:00:10 GMT

A newly unearthed essay by Winston Churchill reveals he was open to the possibility of life on other planets.

Running ants: Why scientists built an insect treadmill

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:09:56 GMT

The researchers recording ants' brain activity as they run.

How can the UK reduce air pollution?

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:02:56 GMT

The European Commission says the UK has two months to address repeated breaches of air pollutants.

Air pollution 'final warning' from European Commission to UK

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:37:04 GMT

The European Commission says it will take the matter to the EU court if countries fail to act.

Autism detectable in brain long before symptoms appear

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:04:12 GMT

The discovery could lead to better tests and therapies for children with autism.

Football headers 'linked to brain damage'

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:58:02 GMT

Footballers suffer similar brain damage to boxers, a small scientific study suggests.

Call for brain donors

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:32:00 GMT

Scientists are calling for more people to donate their brains to research to help find cures for mental and psychological disorders.

Cardiff Uni's new way of making compounds for drugs

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:28:06 GMT

Researchers in Cardiff develop a new "highly-efficient" method of extracting disease-fighting compounds.

The mystery of the whoop whooping bee

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:51:00 GMT

Scientists think they have found the explanation behind sounds generated by bees

New Zealand whales: Hundreds refloat on high tide at Farewell Spit

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 14:16:30 GMT

More than 200 whales stranded on a remote beach in New Zealand on Saturday have refloated themselves and returned to sea.

Orphaned dik-dik raised by keepers

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 16:52:15 GMT

He's only 19cm (7.4 in) tall and has been named Thanos.

The late Hans Rosling tells the modern world's story

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 22:50:43 GMT

Hans Rosling, who has died in Sweden aged 68, tells 200 years of world history in four minutes.

Face of Orkney's St Magnus reconstructed

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 09:50:13 GMT

A facial reconstruction has been made of Orkney's St Magnus by a forensic artist to help mark the 900th anniversary of his death.

Roger Harrabin: World v Trump on climate deal?

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:50:24 GMT

As the new president settles in, much of the world reaffirms its commitment to the Paris agreement.

Obama says shift to green energy is 'irreversible' despite Trump

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 18:55:22 GMT

Renewable energy will continue to grow in the US despite the antipathy of the incoming Trump administration.

Satisfying the thirsty

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 13:26:59 GMT

Land Speed Record holder Andy Green describes how the Typhoon jet engine in the Bloodhound supersonic car will be fed with fuel.

Illustrious light bulbs

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:21:04 GMT

Once too precious to use, now too cheap to notice – the significance of the light bulb is profound.


Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:06:54 GMT

The mobile phone apps that are enabling fishermen to increase their catches at the same time as helping environmentalists monitor and preserve stocks.

Gator aid

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:23:05 GMT

Texan Christy Kroboth used to have a quiet job in a dentist's surgery. Now she spends her time jumping on animals many times her size - and taping their jaws tightly shut.