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Dolly the sheep health fears 'unfounded'

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 15:17:37 GMT

Concerns that Dolly the cloned sheep had early-onset arthritis were unfounded, scientists say.

Deep fat fryers may help form cooling clouds

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:41:08 GMT

The fatty acids released in cooking may help form clouds that cool the climate, say scientists.

EU ban on bird imports sees 'massive' cuts in global trade

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:43:56 GMT

There's been a 90% drop in the trade in wild birds around the globe mainly due to an EU ban, say researchers.

Light pollution: Night being lost in many countries

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:00:09 GMT

Much of the world is "losing the night" as artificial light becomes brighter and more widespread, say scientists.

Plague reached Europe by Stone Age

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:11:28 GMT

Plague was present in Europe during the late Stone Age, according to a study of ancient remains.

High-energy 'ghost particles' absorbed by Earth

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:15:41 GMT

Neutrinos are famous for travelling through solid objects, but they don't go through everything, a study shows.

Research money central to Budget

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:06:14 GMT

The Chancellor Philip Hammond has made investment in research the centrepiece of his budget.

How dinosaur scales became bird feathers

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:57:48 GMT

The genes that caused scales to become feathers in the early ancestors of birds have been found by US scientists.

Seeds hold hidden treasures for future food

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:41:45 GMT

More than 70,000 seeds have been sent from Kew's Millennium Seed Bank to Lebanon, for vital crop research.

UK judges to get scientific guides

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:45:28 GMT

A Supreme Court judge launches the first of a series of scientific guides for the UK judiciary.

Bizarre shape of interstellar asteroid

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:53:49 GMT

An asteroid that visited our Solar System from interstellar space is one of the most elongated celestial bodies known to science.

Albatrosses hit by fishing and climate

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:10:25 GMT

The spectacular albatrosses featured in the BBC's Blue Planet series have seen a big slump in numbers.

Bialowieza forest: EU threatens Poland with fine over logging

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:49:28 GMT

Europe's top court says Poland must prove it has stopped logging in Bialowieza forest or face fines.

Antarctic glacier's rough belly exposed

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:11:02 GMT

The melting glacier contributing most to sea-level rise currently may be more resilient than previously recognised.

Small steps forward as UN climate talks end in Bonn

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 04:40:54 GMT

UN climate talks finish with progress on technical issues but with questions on carbon cuts unresolved.

Russia denies nuclear accident after radioactive traces found

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:57:53 GMT

The weather service says the levels of a radioactive isotope were nearly 1,000 times normal levels.

Trump puts elephant trophy imports on hold

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 02:52:22 GMT

The US president's move comes a day after US hunters were told they could import elephant trophies.

Drug-driving cases dropped over forensics

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:35:07 GMT

Thousands more cases - including violent and sexual crimes - could be affected by "manipulated" tests.

Fishing 'best argument for seagrass conservation'

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:43:46 GMT

Seagrass meadows are diminishing worldwide, which has serious implications for fishing activity.

Interstellar asteroid is given a name

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:56:58 GMT

The first known asteroid to visit our Solar System from interstellar space has been given a name.

'Routine' detection of space ripples

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:54:21 GMT

Laser labs sense black holes merging at a distance of about a billion light-years from Earth.

Nasa forecast: Which cities will flood as ice melts?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:45:02 GMT

A forecasting tool reveals which cities will be affected as different portions of the ice sheet melt, say scientists.

First gene-editing in human body attempt

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:40:14 GMT

Gene-editing has been attempted on cells inside a patient, in a world first by doctors in California.

UK and Canada lead global alliance against coal

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:29:07 GMT

A significant group of nations take a stand against using coal for electricity generation at UN climate talks.

How we are losing the night

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:05:46 GMT

Satellite images show that artificially-lit areas are expanding around the world.

European memory champion reveals winning trick

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:25:19 GMT

Simon Reinhard mastered the Method of Loci to become a European memory champion.

Bosnia's silent killer: The coal industry

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:17:39 GMT

The Balkan country has the world's second highest death rate caused by air pollution.

Floods: How can you save your life when disaster strikes?

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:12:44 GMT

Floods have been a deadly staple of 2017. But how can you protect yourself against the natural disaster?

How worried should we be about melting ice caps?

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 01:02:19 GMT

As the UN climate change conference ends, BBC Science's David Shukman takes a look at melting ice caps.

The world's biggest lithium battery farm

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:59:02 GMT

The plant in the US state of California stores enough energy to power 20,000 homes for four hours.

Epic India leopard rescue photo wins award five years later

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:56:45 GMT

In a rare instance, Indian villagers and forest officers worked together for hours to save the animal

Ben Nevis gets automatic weather station

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 02:42:16 GMT

For the first time in 113 years, live data is streaming from the top of the UK's tallest mountain.

Climate's magic rabbit: Pulling CO2 out of thin air

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 01:02:44 GMT

Can technology to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere really help prevent dangerous climate change?

Looking for cures

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:11:14 GMT

The biohacker movement wants to cure disease without the help of government or big companies

Press print

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:02:58 GMT

The Swedish hi-tech firm at the forefront of using 3D printing to create human ears, noses and other body parts.

Green planet

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:07:32 GMT

The United Arab Emirates' Mars research programme is turning its attention to date palm trees.

Ice ceiling

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 01:22:53 GMT

For decades, there was a ceiling not of glass but of ice, holding women back from doing research in Antarctica.

Sewing for Nasa

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 03:09:57 GMT

From the Apollo spacesuits to the Mars rovers, women behind the scenes have stitched vital spaceflight components.

Carbon case history

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:15:09 GMT

Prof Joanna Haigh from Imperial College London explains why this gas has played a crucial role in shaping the Earth's climate.

Rare spectacle

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 16:42:17 GMT

The Norwegian island of Kvaløya is now one of the few places in Europe to see a pod of killer whales.


Sun, 29 Oct 2017 00:42:09 GMT

Sir David Attenborough is returning to our screens and people are very excited about it.

A new era

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:28:47 GMT

We need to be more concerned than ever about how society uses scientific discoveries, says Venki Ramakrishnan.