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Project aims to grow a 'city of trees'

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:40:55 GMT

A project aims to plant three million trees - one for every man, woman and child - in Greater Manchester over the next 25 years.

Larsen ice crack continues to open up

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:55:51 GMT

The crack in Antarctica's Larsen C Ice Shelf that looks set to spawn a giant iceberg has spread a further 10km.

Ants use Sun and memories to navigate

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:02:07 GMT

Scientists say ants can plot a route home even when travelling backwards.

Gore 'hoping for best' from Trump over climate

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:25:19 GMT

Ex-US Vice President Al Gore, who has made a new climate change film, says he thinks campaigners will "win" the debate.

Climate change: Data shows 2016 likely to be warmest year yet

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:39:45 GMT

Temperature data for 2016 shows it is likely to have edged ahead of 2015 as the world's warmest year.

Primates facing 'extinction crisis'

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:20:32 GMT

Primates are facing an extinction crisis, according to researchers who have found that 60% of species are under threat.

Robotic sleeve 'hugs' failing hearts

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:05:07 GMT

US scientists develop a robotic sleeve that can help hearts pump when they fail to work properly.

DNA-testing smartphone aims to tackle drugs resistance

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:22:26 GMT

A smartphone attachment that analyses DNA could help improve cancer and tuberculosis treatments.

Galileo satellites experiencing multiple clock failures

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:53:14 GMT

The onboard atomic clocks that drive the satellite-navigation signals on Europe's Galileo network have been failing at an alarming rate.

Babies remember their birth language - scientists

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:51:59 GMT

Babies learn language in the early months of life, and retain this knowledge, say scientists.

Aeolus wind mission heads for test and launch

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:44:35 GMT

UK engineers finish the assembly of a wind-observing satellite that meteorologists expect to have a major impact on weather forecasts.

Obama administration gives $500m to UN climate change fund

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:26:13 GMT

The payment to the UN Green Climate Fund was announced three days before Donald Trump takes office.

IVF: First three-parent baby born to infertile couple

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:53:17 GMT

A technique designed to help parents affected by genetic disorders is used to tackle infertility.

Concerns over first snow and common leopards found in same area

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 01:02:14 GMT

Video footage showing snow leopards and common leopards sharing the same habitat causes alarm.

Trump team moving away from supporters on climate science

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:46:22 GMT

The incoming Trump administration accepts far more of the research on climate change than many of their political supporters, say British scientists.

Venus wave may be Solar System's biggest

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:16:35 GMT

A giant wave in the atmosphere of Venus may be the biggest of its kind in the Solar System.

Gene Cernan, last man to walk on Moon, dies aged 82

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:36:57 GMT

US astronaut Gene Cernan, commander of Apollo 17, has died, his family and Nasa announce.

Ice crack to put UK Antarctic base in shut-down

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:38:29 GMT

The British Antarctic Survey is pulling all staff out of the space-age Halley base in March because of a big crack in nearby ice.

Battery with inbuilt 'fire extinguisher' developed

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:07:42 GMT

Flames from an exploding battery were put out in less than half a second during tests.

SpaceX returns to flight with Falcon 9 rocket launch

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 18:11:29 GMT

The US SpaceX rocket company resumes operations after a launch pad explosion in September.

Alien bird risk from pet trade

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:13:13 GMT

The trade in caged birds poses a risk to native species if birds manage to escape, research suggests.

Orcas reveal the origin of menopause

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:04:42 GMT

By studying the long lives of killer whale families, researchers say they have solved the evolutionary mystery of the menopause.

Prince Charles co-authors Ladybird climate change book

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:22:26 GMT

Prince Charles co-authors a book for adults in the style of the well-known children's series.

Mysterious fossils find place on the tree of life

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:04:56 GMT

Scientists say they have solved the mystery surrounding a sea creature that lived more than 500 million years ago.

Tidal lagoon: £1.3bn Swansea Bay project backed by review

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:43:36 GMT

Plans for a £1.3bn tidal lagoon off Swansea are backed in a government-commissioned review.

Warming world harming insects' reproduction, says study

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 02:12:27 GMT

A warming world is harming insects ability to reproduce, which could have long-term consequences, scientists warn.

Japanese monkey tries to mate with deer

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:46:46 GMT

A male Japanese monkey has been filmed trying to mount and mate with a Sika deer.

Donald Trump win 'won't sway world on climate'

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:22:12 GMT

Targets on CO2 will continue despite a climate change sceptic becoming president, a UK minister says.

Primate tool-use: Chimpanzees make drinking sticks

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 02:10:49 GMT

Critically endangered chimpanzees in Ivory Coast craft extra-absorbent drinking sticks, researchers observe.

New candidate for 'missing element' in Earth's core

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 01:04:09 GMT

Scientists believe they have established the identity of a "missing element" in the Earth's core.

Mother-baby bonding insight revealed

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:00:34 GMT

Scientists say mothers hold babies on the left to help in bonding - and this is not unique to humans.

Urbanisation signal detected in evolution, study shows

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 00:05:27 GMT

Scientists discover a 'clear signal' of urbanisation in the evolution of organisms around the globe.

Trump's EPA nominee Scott Pruitt grilled on oil company ties

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:06:12 GMT

Donald Trump's choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, has faced some tough questioning at his confirmation hearing.

BBC Breakfast presenters meet 'Orangu-cam'

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:11:05 GMT

The Breakfast team have been monkeying around with one of the stars of new series 'Spy in the Wild'.

Why are we running out of courgettes?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:53:37 GMT

Bad weather in Italy and Spain is significantly increasing the price of vegetables across northern Europe

Drone footage shows huge Antarctic ice crack

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:55:18 GMT

Aerial video shows a huge ice crack which is forcing British Antarctic Survey staff to leave their base.

Last man to walk on the Moon, Gene Cernan, has died

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:50:14 GMT

Documentary maker reflects on the life of astronaut Gene Cernan, following his death.

SpaceX rocket successfully lifts off

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 18:40:38 GMT

SpaceX successfully launches a rocket, its first mission since an explosion in September.

'Lost kingdom' linked to Galloway

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:38:41 GMT

Archaeological research at a site in Galloway suggests it may have been at the heart of a "lost kingdom" from the Dark Ages.

Moth with 'golden flake hairstyle' named after Donald Trump

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:42:01 GMT

The moth, which has a wingspan of just over a centimetre, was discovered in California.

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.

Nightmare on the pill

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:30:30 GMT

Millions of women have no problem with the pill but some find it shatters their mental health. Here The Debrief's Vicky Spratt describes years of depression, anxiety and panic.

Coming up

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 00:41:37 GMT

From a majestic natural spectacle to a high-octane technological thrill ride, here's our guide to the big science events of 2017.

Science selection

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 04:36:03 GMT

A selection of the best science and environment reads this year.

Amazing science

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 22:28:27 GMT

From the first direct evidence for black holes, to a rocky planet circling a neighbouring star, 2016 was packed with amazing science stories.

Guerrilla archiving

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:51:47 GMT

Canadian "guerrilla" archivists will help in scramble to preserve US federal climate data.