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Hope for threatened 'little tiger cat'

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 01:25:07 GMT

Habitat fragmentation is a bigger threat to Chile's wildcat than human persecution, say conservationists.

Nasa removes US astronaut from ISS mission

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:22:28 GMT

Jeanette Epps would have been the first African-American astronaut on the space station crew.

Scapa Flow microplastics levels 'similar to Forth and Clyde'

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 01:50:38 GMT

Researchers at Heriot-Watt University took more than 100 sediment samples from 13 Orkney beaches.

2017 'warmest year without El Niño'

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:30:31 GMT

Even with no natural climate boost, last year was the second or third hottest on record.

Mystery deepens over mass die-off of antelopes

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:59:15 GMT

A mass die-off of antelopes in Kazakhstan was triggered by environmental factors, scientists believe.

Moustached monkey is separate species

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:34:17 GMT

A monkey from Ethiopia and Sudan with a distinctive "handlebar moustache" has been identified as a distinct species.

ICEYE's 'suitcase space radar' returns first image

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:55:14 GMT

Finnish start-up ICEYE releases a "first light" picture from its novel radar satellite.

Chemistry 'Van Gogh' could help with cancer

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:02:30 GMT

Scientists capture "incredible" images of instructions contained in DNA being read

Most new cars must be electric by 2030, ministers told

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 03:05:11 GMT

Three-fifths of new cars must be electric by 2030 to meet climate change targets, ministers are told.

UK firm contracts to service satellites

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:15:05 GMT

Effective Space says it will launch "space drones" to prolong the life of telecommunications satellites in orbit.

Dolphin diet study gives conservation clues

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 01:06:23 GMT

Wild dolphins burn up to 33,000 calories a day, say researchers - equivalent to about 60 salmon portions.

Hubble scores unique close-up view of distant galaxy

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:58:42 GMT

The Hubble telescope has scored an unprecedented close-up view of one of the Universe's oldest galaxies.

Black Death 'spread by humans not rats'

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 20:00:03 GMT

Human body lice, rather than rat fleas, spread plague during the Black Death, a study simulating the outbreak suggests.

Jordan urged to end animal mistreatment at Petra site

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:35:18 GMT

Donkeys, horses and camels are beaten and forced to carry tourists in extreme heat, a group says.

Female engineers set for success

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 00:57:10 GMT

The UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe, at less than 10%.

UK satellite to make movies from space

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 07:21:49 GMT

The spacecraft paves the way to a constellation collecting full-colour, hi-def video of Earth.

Huge oil spill left after burning tanker sinks off China

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:40:22 GMT

Fuel from the Sanchi has spread over more than 100 sq km and could badly damage marine life.

Citizen science bags five-planet haul

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:51:31 GMT

Astronomy enthusiasts help to confirm the existence of a five-planet system orbiting a far-off star.

The man risking his life to save pink dolphins

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:05:16 GMT

Fernando Trujillo works in dangerous areas of the Amazon to save the rare species.

Mount Mayon: Philippines volcano spews out lava

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:33:03 GMT

Volcanologists say a "hazardous explosion" could be imminent, as thousands flee the area around Mount Mayon in the Philippines.

Wallaby gives police slip on Sydney Bridge

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:02:36 GMT

The unusual sight of a wallaby bounding across the Sydney Harbour Bridge has surprised early-morning motorists.

'Floating on air' after surgeons remove 19kg tumour

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:44:40 GMT

Watch surgeons as they remove a 19.5kg tumour from a woman's body.

Baby Panda Yuan Meng makes debut in France

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 15:45:51 GMT

The first panda ever born in France has gone on display to the public.

Cloned Newmarket dachshund expecting puppies

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 10:45:44 GMT

Minnie Winnie was created by science after her owner won a competition.

How flowering plants conquered the world

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 00:12:21 GMT

Scientists solve Darwin's "abominable mystery": How flowers rapidly evolved and spread across the globe.

Huge black hole blasts out 'double burp'

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 02:29:30 GMT

A massive black hole is seen to eject streams of high-energy particles after bingeing on hot gas.

Paris, London

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 01:38:48 GMT

A partnership between Imperial College London and a major French agency will keep access to European research funding.

Crunch question

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:30:20 GMT

Insects are often portrayed as a sustainable superfood - and many are delicious.

Hot topic

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 16:28:15 GMT

Can a series of scorching summers be blamed on climate change, and what do they tell us?

Check your pollution

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:08:55 GMT

Enter your postcode to see what the air quality is like where you are living in Britain.

How green are the Tories?

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 18:15:04 GMT

Theresa May's environment policy pledge is the latest step in the party's journey on the issue.

Thirsty city

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:04:32 GMT

With water usage and droughts across the globe rising, the race is on to manage water more efficiently.

Kitchen welfare

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:53:25 GMT

In Switzerland, lobsters must now be stunned before being boiled - but do they really feel pain?

Whale people

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:35:54 GMT

A glimpse into the life the Inupiat, an indigenous community in Alaska.

Back from the brink

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 10:36:24 GMT

Heavily armed and highly trained anti-poaching patrols have helped the population's recovery.

Busy year for storms

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 00:30:27 GMT

Was the remarkable 2017 hurricane season the worst ever? And did climate change play any part?

'Job done'

Mon, 25 Dec 2017 00:58:51 GMT

World land-speed record-holder Andy Green reflects on the past 12 months' achievements in developing the Bloodhound supersonic car.