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Prince of Wales joins soil boosting project

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:39:36 GMT

The Prince of Wales is joining an Anglo-French initiative to improve the condition of the world's soils.

Parrot fossil unearthed in Siberia

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:42:14 GMT

A parrot fossil has been discovered in Siberia - the furthest north these birds have ever been found.

Saturn's weird hexagon changes colour

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:59:31 GMT

The mysterious hexagon at Saturn's northern pole has changed colour from blue to gold, scientists have said.

Renewable energy capacity overtakes coal

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:18:48 GMT

The International Energy Agency says that the world's capacity to generate electricity from renewable sources has now overtaken coal.

CO2 levels mark 'new era' in the world's changing climate

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:04:35 GMT

2016 is likely to be the first year in recorded history in which levels of CO2 in the atmosphere remain above the symbolically important threshold of 400 parts per million.

Snow leopards: Numbers decline due to 'retaliation'

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:22:06 GMT

Hundreds of snow leopards are being poached in retaliation for livestock losses every year across the high mountain ranges of Asia, says a new report.

Schiaparelli: Mars probe 'crash site identified'

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:10:14 GMT

The gouge in the ground probably made by Europe's Schiaparelli probe as it hit the surface of Mars on Wednesday has been imaged by an American satellite.

UN Habitat III summit aims to shape future urban living

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:32:59 GMT

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon tells the world's mayors they face making 'tough decisions' to ensure future generations live in a safe and sustainable urban world.

Giant dinosaurs 'crossed continents'

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:49:42 GMT

Some of the giants of the dinosaur family may have arisen in South America and crossed over Antarctica to Australia about 100 million years ago, new fossil evidence suggests.

Schiaparelli Mars probe's parachute 'jettisoned too early'

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:22:57 GMT

Europe's Schiaparelli lander did not behave as expected as it headed down to the surface of Mars on Wednesday, data shows.

Strange purple sea creatures found in deep ocean trenches

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:40:30 GMT

Scores of spectacular and rare undersea species have been found on expeditions to some of the deepest trenches in the Pacific Ocean.

Stone Age people 'roasted rodents for food' - archaeologists

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:04:33 GMT

Voles appear to have been roasted for food by Neolithic people living on Orkney 5,000 years ago, archaeological evidence shows.

Cave paintings reveal clues to mystery Ice Age beast

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:59:22 GMT

Cave art from the Ice Age has helped solve the origins of Europe's largest land mammal - the modern European bison.

'Zika mosquito' eggs found near Folkestone in Kent

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:30:11 GMT

The eggs of a mosquito capable of transmitting tropical diseases, including the Zika virus, are found for the first time in the UK.

Ape's fig challenge wins photo award

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:10:34 GMT

A photo of an orangutan climbing high into a tree to reach some figs takes the top honour in the 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

China's Shenzhou 11 docks at Tiangong 2 space station

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:01:07 GMT

Two Chinese astronauts have docked with the Tiangong 2 space lab, where they will live for the next 30 days conducting experiments.

UN: Farming needs to harvest chance to cut emissions

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:08:06 GMT

The global farming sector has a big role to play in the effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to future climate change, the UN says.

Arctic crossing planned for ‘Boaty’ sub

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 21:15:05 GMT

The UK’s favourite new yellow submarine, Boaty McBoatface, will likely take on the grand challenge of trying to cross the entire Arctic Ocean under the ice.

Peru investigates death of 10,000 Titicaca water frogs

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:09:35 GMT

Peru's environmental agency is investigating the deaths of some 10,000 frogs whose bodies have been found in a tributary of the Titicaca lake.

Ceremony marks start of Attenborough polar ship construction

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:54:27 GMT

Construction of the UK's new £200m polar research ship, the RRS Sir David Attenborough, formally begins at the Cammell Laird yard on Merseyside.

Energy subsidies should focus on storage and cutting demand, MPs say

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 10:41:53 GMT

Subsidies to reduce the risk of blackouts must focus on innovative schemes for energy storage and cutting demand rather than "dirty diesel", MPs urge.

Climate change: 'Monumental' deal to cut HFCs, fastest growing greenhouse gases

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 11:41:44 GMT

Countries meeting in Rwanda have agreed a "monumental" deal to phase out gases used in fridges that are worsening global warming.

Cave art: Etchings hailed as 'Iberia's most spectacular'

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:14:55 GMT

Unusual cave art as much as 14,500 years old is found in northern Spain - and pronounced the "most spectacular" in the Iberian peninsula.

Funding boost for UK citizen science project

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:24:16 GMT

A UK-wide citizen science project that has attracted almost one million participants is awarded a further £1.2m of lottery funding.

Comet impact 'linked' to rise of mammals

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 01:07:56 GMT

A comet impact 55 million years ago may have helped mammals dominate the Earth.

Bird tracking could provide flu early warning system

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 18:15:07 GMT

Monitoring wild birds on their long migrations may provide early warning of bird flu outbreaks, say scientists.

New project to measure UK air pollution from the air

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:07:06 GMT

Scientists have carried out their first test flight of a project to measure UK air pollution from the air.

Drone captures rare whale footage

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:27:37 GMT

Canadian scientists use drones to capture rare whale footage in the Arctic.

Jo Johnson and Martyn Poliakoff perform scientific test

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:57:56 GMT

Science Minister Jo Johnson and Prof Martyn Poliakoff mix politics and science to look at carbon dioxide and the acidification of oceans.

How our brains become 'disembodied'

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:10:38 GMT

Scientists in Italy have discovered how our brains can be tricked into feeling disembodied from our own limbs.

What is ExoMars and what is it doing?

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:16:44 GMT

BBC science reporter Victoria Gill explains what the European mission to Mars is hoping to find out.

Astronauts enter China's space station

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 02:53:14 GMT

A pair of astronauts have entered China's Tiangong 2 space station as they begin the country's longest manned space mission.

Tasmanian devil milk fights superbugs

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:20:46 GMT

Milk from Tasmanian devils could offer up a useful weapon against antibiotic-resistant superbugs, according to Australian researchers.

Dinosaur-era 'swordfish' discovered in outback Australia

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 07:18:17 GMT

"Extremely rare" fossils from a swordfish-like predator which lived 100 million years ago have been discovered on Australia's "Dinosaur Trail".

Resilient life

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:22:06 GMT

Scientists begin examining rocks drilled from the crater dug out of Earth's crust by the asteroid impact that killed off the dinosaurs.

Dragon in the tank

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:56:15 GMT

Land Speed Record holder Andy Green reflects on the partnership the Bloodhound supersonic car project has forged with Chinese auto group Geely.

Station state

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 19:14:46 GMT

A group of Vienna-based scientists is working on plans to create a pacifist nation state, called Asgardia, in space.

Key figures

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:38:02 GMT

Tom Feilden explains why maths and computing may now hold the key to a career in medicine and biology

Distinct vibrations

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 23:23:29 GMT

Ten years ago an earthquake detected in North Korea turned out to be the country's first ever nuclear test. Seismologist Mika McKinnon explains how scientists tell the difference.

'Swallow the surgeon'

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 19:01:01 GMT

What are the potential uses for molecular machines, which have won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Chasing the Sun

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 23:52:26 GMT

Astronomer Annie Maunder achieved many firsts in her lifetime, but her story has slipped from history.

Thriving sector

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 04:26:02 GMT

Monday's successful launch of eight satellites into space proves India's commercial space programme is booming, writes Yogita Limaye.

Nelly the enemy?

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:36:38 GMT

As the Cites conference on endangered species meets in Johannesburg, Matt McGrath travelled to Zambia to hear the voices of people with first-hand experience of conflicts between humans and wildlife.

Grand Canyon in blue

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:38:11 GMT

President Barack Obama has created the first underwater national monument off the US east coast, protecting a vast ecosystem of canyons and extinct volcanoes. It is home to thousands of rare species, but is also a source of controversy.

Science snaps

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:53:37 GMT

Fifteen stunning images from the Royal Photographic Society's International Images for Science competition

Numbers game

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 01:04:47 GMT

Insights into the data behind the football industry, both real and simulated, from the brains behind Football Manager.

Water wars

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 06:58:17 GMT

TS Sudhir explains why violence has broken out in India's technology hub Bangalore over a long-running dispute about water.

History of flooding

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 16:15:02 GMT

Written in the sediments of north-west England's lakes is a record of extreme flood events - information that can inform future flood preparedness.

A surgeon's downfall

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 00:06:13 GMT

Ground-breaking work on synthetic organ transplants made Paolo Macchiarini one of the most famous doctors in the world. Now his reputation lies in tatters.

Animal secrets

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 00:15:41 GMT

Specially designed tags that act as 'daily diaries' are revealing previously unknown animal behaviours.

Fair game?

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 23:49:09 GMT

Lion hunting in South Africa is a big business, but some groups seem are shooting "canned meat" - animals bred in captivity just to be hunted, the BBC's Alastair Leithead reports.

Fracking fight

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 23:26:13 GMT

Grace Livingstone talks to members of Mapuche indigenous communities living near a fracking site in Argentina about their concerns for their health and their environment.