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Einstein’s waves detected in star smash

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:20:31 GMT

Scientists detect the warping of space generated by the collision of two neutron stars.

'Big, bad wolf' image flawed - scientists

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:35:49 GMT

New research casts doubt on the idea that dogs are naturally more tolerant and friendly than wolves.

1,000mph 'Bloodhound' rocket car fires up

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:36:23 GMT

World Land Speed record holder Andy Green describes the sensation of starting up the Bloodhound supersonic car for the first time.

Penguins die in 'catastrophic' Antarctic breeding season

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:36:16 GMT

Only two chicks survived in a colony of 36,000 in a "catastrophic" breeding season in east Antarctica.

Nasa carbon space observatory 'watches Earth breathe'

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:01:24 GMT

A US space agency satellite provides new insights on how CO2 is moved through Earth's atmosphere.

How do you build the next-generation internet?

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 01:01:37 GMT

What will it take to build the ultra-fast internet of the future?

DNA study provides insight into how to live longer

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:59:53 GMT

A year in school adds nearly a year to your life, study in Edinburgh shows.

UK-Dutch-built Sentinel launches to track air quality

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:06:04 GMT

Sentinel-5P lifts off from Russia to make 20 million daily observations of pollution across the globe.

Ozone layer recovery could be delayed by 30 years

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:00:21 GMT

Rising global emissions of some chemicals could slow the progress made in healing the ozone layer.

Clean Growth Plan could see stamp duty incentive for homeowners

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:30:43 GMT

The changes are part of the Clean Growth Plan to reduce the UK's greenhouse emissions.

Satellites spy Antarctic 'upside-down ice canyon'

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 08:03:00 GMT

An Antarctic ice shelf is shown to have a deep gorge cut in its underside by warm ocean water.

Asteroid close approach to test warning systems

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 06:43:07 GMT

A house-sized asteroid passes close to Earth, allowing scientists to rehearse future strike threats.

Mass extinctions 'offer cautionary tale'

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 23:36:24 GMT

Past mass extinctions have the potential to guide modern conservation efforts, say scientists.

'Sooty birds' reveal hidden US air pollution

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 23:49:55 GMT

Black carbon trapped in the feathers of songbirds gives new insight into historic US air quality.

New evidence on how birds took to the air

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 23:47:48 GMT

Key modifications for flight happened as early as 120 million years ago, a fossil discovery suggests.

British mission to giant A-68 berg approved

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 13:34:55 GMT

UK scientists will take a ship to explore waters exposed by a huge new iceberg in the Antarctic.

Siberian blue robin excites bird watchers in Orkney

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 10:27:31 GMT

The sighting in North Ronaldsay is believed to be the first time an adult male Siberian blue robin has been seen in the UK.

Australia's solar challenge begins

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 04:14:17 GMT

Teams from around the world are competing on solar cars in an epic transcontinental race.

Ivory trade to be banned in UK 'to protect elephants'

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 07:02:35 GMT

Conservation groups welcome government proposals for a full-scale ban on sales and exports.

Pesticides linked to bee deaths found in most honey samples

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 19:16:06 GMT

A new study finds traces of neonicotinoid chemicals in 75% of honey samples from across the world.

Mike Pence wants to see astronauts return to the Moon

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 19:24:28 GMT

The US vice-president expresses the intention for America to send humans back to the lunar surface.

Neutron stars: 'Hear' the mighty cosmic collision

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:44:00 GMT

Scientists convert the gravitational wave signal from merging neutron stars into sound.

How this camel ended up in Norway

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:57:24 GMT

The Saetereng family are trying to live a sustainable lifestyle in Akkarfjord, northern Norway.

Floating bin sucking up Portsmouth Harbour's rubbish

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:38:26 GMT

The ‘Seabin’ can collect the equivalent of around 83,000 plastic bags a year.

Why British scientists are watching Iceland's volcanoes

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 17:43:57 GMT

A team of British scientists flies around Iceland's volcanoes to find out how to avoid future air traffic disruption.

Scraping out the London sewers by hand

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 04:25:48 GMT

Fitted with a body camera, a sewer engineer tries to remove a blockage.

Kent mussels tested for plastic contamination

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 00:00:44 GMT

Almost two thirds of mussels in the sea around Kent are contaminated with plastic particles, research has shown.

Athenia: Is this the wreck of the first British ship torpedoed in WW2?

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 23:13:54 GMT

The remains of a passenger liner torpedoed by a U-boat just hours into the war may have been found.

Butterfly swarm shows up on Denver radar system

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 14:02:52 GMT

Weather scientists first mistook the radar pattern to be birds, and turned to social media for help.

Clothed in green

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:05:38 GMT

We continue to buy new clothes at an incredible rate. How can manufacturers reduce fashion's environmental footprint?

Sputnik's influence

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 14:12:01 GMT

For the Soviet Union, the launch of the satellite was a triumph not just for science. but socialism.

Blue sky thinking

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 23:08:37 GMT

British scientists played a key role in developing radar, which has helped deliver safer skies.

Bali volcano: What is it like waiting for an eruption?

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 10:31:59 GMT

More than 100,000 people have fled their homes as they wait for Bali's Mount Agung to erupt.

'Virtual flu'

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 12:45:29 GMT

A major citizen science project will spread virtual flu with the aim of understanding how to stop the real thing.

Bright sparks

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:52:47 GMT

The fast-growing US solar industry is at odds with itself - and the decision may be left to Trump.

DNA dogma

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:59:17 GMT

Evolutionary biologist Matthew Cobb unpicks a lecture that, sixty years ago, set the course for the genetic revolution.