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John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, dies aged 95

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:57:16 GMT

Former astronaut John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, dies aged 95.

History of smallpox called into question

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:08:37 GMT

A sample of the smallpox virus from a 17th Century victim challenges current thinking.

'Beautiful' dinosaur tail found preserved in amber

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:02:46 GMT

The tail of a feathered dinosaur has been found perfectly preserved in amber from Myanmar.

Japan tests innovative magnetic tether for slowing space junk

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:51:53 GMT

Japan launches a cargo ship carrying a space junk collector designed to gather debris in space.

Rare tiny creatures found in loch near Kinross

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:25:52 GMT

Tiny crustaceans previously recorded at two locations in the British Isles are found in a loch near Kinross.

Giraffes facing 'silent extinction' as population plunges

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 01:10:22 GMT

A dramatic drop in the giraffe population over the past 30 years leaves them vulnerable to extinction.

DNA clue to how humans evolved big brains

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:53:16 GMT

Humans may in part owe their big brains to a DNA "typo" in their genetic code, research suggests.

Fire ants could become Australia's worst pest, experts warn

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 04:48:34 GMT

Red fire ants could wreak more damage than rabbits, cane toads and foxes combined, experts warn.

First photos from Cassini Saturn probe's new orbit

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:33:11 GMT

The Cassini spacecraft has sent back the first views from its new orbit around Saturn.

Jumping robot inspired by bush babies

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:15:37 GMT

Scientists in the US have unveiled an athletic robot which takes its inspiration from bush babies.

Do smoke-free stoves really save lives?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:41:00 GMT

Research has cast doubt on a UN-backed project to reduce pollution-induced illness in the world's poorest children by providing 100 million homes with a smoke-free stove.

Green delight as Trump's Irish wall plans withdrawn

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:15:18 GMT

Donald Trump's plan to erect a huge sea wall at his Irish golf course has been withdrawn in the light of stiff opposition.

'Keep poultry inside' amid bird flu risk, keepers told

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:03:09 GMT

Poultry keepers have been told to keep their birds inside to protect them from avian flu in Europe.

Google data centres to be 100% renewable-powered by 2017

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:32:39 GMT

Google reveals it is on track to offset 100% of data centre and office electricity use with renewable energy.

Climate protection gap widening, warns insurance report

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:39:26 GMT

Insurance experts warn of a $100bn global "protection gap" due to increased climate change risks.

Seal studies reveal secret life

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:02:06 GMT

A project is underway to record the underwater behaviour of Britain's grey seals.

Caesarean births 'affecting human evolution'

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:17:25 GMT

The regular use of Caesarean sections is having an impact on human evolution, say scientists.

Agreement signed in Prestwick spaceport bid

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:29:52 GMT

Glasgow Prestwick Airport signs an agreement with Houston Spaceport as it continues its bid to become the UK's first launch site.

Scottish fossils tell story of first life on land

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:03:49 GMT

Fossils of possibly the earliest backboned four-legged animals to walk have been found in Scotland.

Tim Peake spacecraft will arrive in UK in 2017

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:22:03 GMT

The UK has bought the capsule which sent Tim Peake into space and returned him to Earth.

Corporate growth still driving deforestation, CDP shows

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:59:02 GMT

Although progress is being made, up to US $906bn of company turnover is still tied to global deforestation, an assessment suggests.

Robot aircraft take to British skies

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:02:44 GMT

Robot aircraft are to be tested in UK airspace to help refine systems that control autonomous planes.

Europe presses ahead with Mars rover

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:10:35 GMT

European research ministers meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland, emphatically reaffirm their commitment to putting a robot rover on Mars in 2021.

Last winter's flooding 'most extreme on record' in UK

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:04:54 GMT

Flooding across parts of the UK last winter was the most extreme on record, experts say.

Sutton Hoo bitumen links Syria with Anglo-Saxon England

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:18:16 GMT

Analysis of black organic fragments found in the Sutton Hoo boat burial reveals they are bitumen from Syria.

Four major cities move to ban diesel vehicles by 2025

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:47:11 GMT

The leaders of four major global cities say they will stop the use of all diesel powered cars and trucks by the middle of the next decade.

Trump's environment plans could spark opposition

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:59:27 GMT

Proposals by the Trump administration to roll back US environmental regulations are likely to foment opposition, say analysts.

Space station supply craft 'burned up'

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:13:21 GMT

The Russian space agency confirms the loss of an unmanned cargo ship heading for the International Space Station.

Is Planet Earth II nature's answer to Strictly?

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:54:04 GMT

Planet Earth filmmakers talk dancing flamingos and bears

100 million year old dinosaur tail is discovered

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:01:08 GMT

Scientists have found a 100 million year old dinosaur tail trapped in amber.

John Glenn: First US astronaut to orbit Earth dies

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:39:41 GMT

Former astronaut John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, dies aged 95. Pallab Ghosh looks back at the day he made history.

Giraffes added to vulnerable list

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:04:19 GMT

Giraffes have been classified as vulnerable to extinction. Chester Zoo says humans are to blame.

Siberia sky lit up by meteor

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:20:24 GMT

People in west Siberia have captured footage of what is believed to be a small meteorite.

Reluctantly casting doubt on 'life-saving' stoves

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:02:09 GMT

Research casts doubt on a global mission to use cleaner-burning stoves, to prevent pollution-induced illness in the world's poorest children.

Reconstructed face of Robert the Bruce is unveiled

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:00:17 GMT

Historians unveil a digitally-reconstructed image of the face of Scottish king Robert the Bruce nearly 700 years after his death.

Numbers game

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:18:45 GMT

For a second day, Paris is cutting car numbers according to odd or even licence plates. Do such schemes work?

Nature deficit disorder

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 01:16:33 GMT

It's become a buzzword, but what is NDD?

Machine food

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:36:28 GMT

The world needs to produce more food to feed a growing population, but is automation and sensor technology the answer?

After the quake

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 16:02:09 GMT

Cut off from the outside world, quake-hit Kaikoura's businesses face uncertainty but vow to hold on.

Environmental hotspot

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:56:00 GMT

The "Freiburg Cup", which comes with a deposit of €1, is going down well with German students.

Not so warped

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 15:20:39 GMT

From tractor beams to warp drive, sci-fi has inspired serious real-life research.