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'New' wave-like cloud finally wins official recognition

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 01:25:05 GMT

The new clouds include the rare, wave-like asperitas, after a long campaign by skywatchers.

Major shake-up suggests dinosaurs may have 'UK origin'

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:01:40 GMT

Scientists reclassify dinosaurs, putting British fossils at the base of their family tree.

Dinosaur crater's clue to origin of life

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:58:42 GMT

The crater made by the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs reveals clues to the origins of life on Earth.

Sea otters ahead of dolphins in using tools

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 01:16:55 GMT

Sea otters may have been using stone tools for thousands or even millions of years, say scientists.

Fossil named after Sir David Attenborough

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 03:25:06 GMT

The ancient arthropod, found in Herefordshire, joins a long list of items named after the TV legend.

UK schoolboy corrects Nasa data error

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:02:47 GMT

The A-level student noticed something odd in radiation levels from the International Space Station.

Nasa 'smallsats' open up new planetary frontier

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:23:16 GMT

Nasa plans small satellite missions, which could open up new ways of exploring the Solar System.

Genetically-modified crops have benefits - Princess Anne

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:00:12 GMT

The Princess Royal's views in a BBC radio show appear to be at odds with those of the Prince of Wales.

Tiny genetic change lets bird flu leap to humans

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:57:01 GMT

A change in just a single 'letter' of the flu virus allows bird flu to pass to humans, according to scientists.

Rosetta saw cliffs collapse on comet

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:30:11 GMT

The comet visited by the Rosetta spacecraft is constantly being re-shaped, sometimes in dramatic fashion, a study suggests.

'Extreme and unusual' climate trends continue after record 2016

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:19:17 GMT

The world continues to experience extreme climate trends after a record breaking 2016, says WMO.

'Step change' needed to create more woodland

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:19:51 GMT

Too little new woodland is being created in England, say MPs, amid warnings of a "tree planting crisis".

Spaceport protest delays rocket launch in French Guiana

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:49:20 GMT

Striking workers block the roll-out of the booster at the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana.

LHC: Five new particles hold clues to sub-atomic glue

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:14:15 GMT

Researchers discover five new sub-atomic particles that could help to explain how atoms are held together.

Princess Anne: GM crops 'have real benefits'

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:55:11 GMT

Princess Anne has told the BBC's Farming Today she believes gene technology has important benefits to offer in terms of providing food.

President jokes while signing space agency funding bill

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:58:10 GMT

President jokes while signing space agency funding bill

Why a Czech zoo is dehorning its white rhinos

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:37:58 GMT

Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic, has taken the decision to remove the horns from its white rhinos for their safety.

Secret of a sperm's success

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:46:56 GMT

How a sperm manages to reach the fallopian tubes is clear at last, scientists say.

SpaceX Dragon capsule returns to Earth

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:45:44 GMT

The SpaceX Dragon capsule returns to Earth after its mission to the International Space Station.

Buzz Aldrin launches VR plan to get humans to Mars

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 07:06:15 GMT

The second man to set foot on the Moon, launches a virtual reality movie detailing his plan to get humans to Mars.

Can dolphins reveal why whales strand?

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:33:16 GMT

Researchers in the US are working with dolphins in an effort to work out why closely related whale species in the wild strand themselves on land.

How an obscure seed is helping to save the elephant

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:22:41 GMT

A look at how the seed of a South American tree is increasingly being used as an alternative to ivory.

Virtual reality could spot concussion in footballers

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:09:03 GMT

New technology which could be used by club doctors is being trialled, a BBC investigation finds.

Hans Rosling, population expert: Five last thoughts

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 01:56:47 GMT

In his last BBC interview, the statistician highlighted five key ways demographics are shaping the world.

Most scientists 'can't replicate studies by their peers'

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:49:16 GMT

Science is facing a "reproducibility crisis" as scientists fail to reproduce others' work, it is claimed.

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.

Crustal attraction

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:32:40 GMT

Earth's history is recorded in the magnetisation of its hard, outer shell.

Fake data threat

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:11:20 GMT

Not all cyber-attacks are about theft, some seek to undermine the trust placed in data and documents.

Paleo artist

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:27:37 GMT

An award-winning artist brings ancient fossil discoveries to life through illustrations.

'Dispersal machines'

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 03:25:23 GMT

How the toxic pests, described as "dispersal machines", are thwarting efforts to halt their advance.

Hi-tech tribe

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:35:24 GMT

How a remote community in Guyana is using cutting-edge software and equipment against deforestation.

Black tide

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 01:32:18 GMT

Fifty years ago, the supertanker the SS Torrey Canyon hit rocks off the coast of Cornwall, spilling more than 100,000 tonnes of crude oil. But it was the clear-up operation that led to the real environmental disaster.

Captivating science

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:43:33 GMT

The art of science - captivating scientific images from the 2017 Wellcome Image Awards.