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Changing environment influenced human evolution

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:11:39 GMT

New evidence from Kenya suggests that local climate change drove early human innovation.

Stephen Hawking: Tributes pour in for 'inspirational' physicist

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 17:39:22 GMT

Scientists, politicians and celebrities say the physicist's death leaves an "intellectual vacuum".

MPs warn of 'poisonous air' emergency costing £20bn a year

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:02:14 GMT

Petrol and diesel cars must be phased out earlier than the 2040 target, Commons committees say.

War on plastic may do more harm than good, warns think tank

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:16:45 GMT

A think tank warns of the risk of unintended consequences from the current concern over plastics.

Rising carbon dioxide levels impair coral growth

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 18:02:51 GMT

A new study shows that the atmospheric carbon levels projected by 2060 will affect coral reefs.

Humans 'thrived' after historic Mount Toba eruption

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:00:51 GMT

Early humans may have flourished after the largest volcanic eruption in history, according to new research.

Why sharks like it hot - but not too hot

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:17:12 GMT

Scientists have calculated the water temperature at which tiger sharks are most active and abundant.

Microplastics are 'littering' riverbeds

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 16:21:09 GMT

Microplastic particles contaminate the riverbeds throughout the UK, research suggests.

UK 'space drones' look to Proton rocket ride

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:19:36 GMT

UK-headquartered start-up Effective Space aims to put up its first satellite servicing "drones" in 2020.

Feed the birds, but be aware of risks, say wildlife experts

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 09:01:24 GMT

Wild birds may catch and spread diseases as they gather to feed in gardens, say scientists.

What happens when AI meets robotics?

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 01:39:03 GMT

Researchers in Texas aim to create robots that can cope with our messy world.

Sir John Sulston human genome pioneer dies

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 18:01:48 GMT

Sir John Sulston, a key figure in the race to decode the human genome, has died at the age of 75.

Alien atmospheres recreated on Earth

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 18:53:16 GMT

Research shows that planets orbiting distant stars may be surprisingly colourful.

Ministers question 'latte levy' on cups

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 14:09:34 GMT

The government says it is better for coffee shops to offer discounts to those who bring their own cups.

X-ray probe to save Mary Rose cannonballs

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 02:54:32 GMT

Researchers are using powerful X-rays to look inside cannonballs found on the famous Tudor ship, the Mary Rose.

Planet Jupiter's winds run deep

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 12:44:35 GMT

Nasa's Juno mission begins to unravel the mysteries of the gas giant's interior structure.

Amelia Earhart: Island bones 'likely' belonged to famed pilot

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 19:11:00 GMT

A new study claims the remains discovered on a Pacific island are a 99% match with the explorer.

Climate change 'impacts women more than men'

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 02:15:41 GMT

Women are disproportionately affected by the impacts of changing weather patterns, studies show.

Hawking's warnings: His predictions

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 07:26:58 GMT

How Stephen Hawking used his recognition to highlight challenges and existential threats for humanity.

The science that made him famous

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:51:28 GMT

From black holes boiling themselves out of existence to equations describing the entire history of the Universe.

The book that made him a star

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:27:32 GMT

A short history of A Brief History of Time - Hawking's blockbuster.

Science mourns Stephen Hawking

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:00:12 GMT

Tributes highlight his breakthrough research as well as his personality and inspiration to millions.

Footage of first polar bear cub born in UK in 25 years

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:25:08 GMT

The "confident and curious" cub was born at Highland Wildlife Park in Kincraig, Scotland.

Stephen Hawking on God, artificial intelligence and mankind's future

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 17:16:52 GMT

Listen to five thought-provoking perspectives from world renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, who has died at the age of 76.

Stephen Hawking's three great contributions to science

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 19:24:02 GMT

The physicist will be remembered mainly for three things, says fellow scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock.

Stephen Hawking: Scientist in the public eye

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:27:51 GMT

From meeting presidents to popes, we look back at some of Professor Hawking's most notable public appearances.

Hawking's daughter: 'You could ask dad any question'

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 10:46:10 GMT

Lucy Hawking describes her famous scientist father being asked - what happens if you fall into a black hole?

Stephen Hawking: Five things you may not know

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:33:34 GMT

From being diagnosed with a life-threatening disease at 21 to experiencing zero-gravity.

'Boaty McBoatface' sub survives ice mission

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 01:54:06 GMT

The nation's favourite yellow submarine returns safely after a dangerous dive in the Antarctic.

Archaeopteryx flew like a pheasant, say scientists

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 17:34:45 GMT

The famous winged dinosaur Archaeopteryx, once thought of as the first bird, could fly, research shows.

Glorious mud

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:11:50 GMT

Meet the "mudlarkers" looking for archaeological artefacts along the banks of the Thames.

Adapt or die

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:01:30 GMT

In the first of our Future of Work series, we look at how new tech could change our working lives.

Rotten ideas

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:21:21 GMT

As the fight against plastic pollution gains momentum, firms are tackling the issue in different ways.

Obituary: Stephen Hawking

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:19:26 GMT

Despite a crippling illness, Stephen Hawking became one of the most respected scientists of his age.

Nerve agents

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 17:44:08 GMT

A nerve agent was used to poison a Russian former spy and his daughter. What are they and what do they do?

Recycling gum

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:39:41 GMT

A British designer wants used gum recycled into useful objects - also leading to cleaner streets.

Sound of speed

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 12:38:21 GMT

The Bloodhound supersonic car will produce a huge amount of noise when it starts running later this year.

Fast charge

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:15:29 GMT

A breakthrough in materials technology could see fast-charging supercapacitors rival lithium-ion batteries.

Water stress

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:26:25 GMT

A report has said the south Indian city is likely to run out of water - but is this really the case?

Lassa fever

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 12:58:50 GMT

Since the beginning of the year, Nigeria has been gripped by an outbreak of the deadly Lassa fever.

Body hack

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 04:01:51 GMT

The body-hackers who believe chips under the skin could replace keys and wallets in future.

Scarcer snow?

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:34:26 GMT

In the UK, there is evidence to suggest that snowfall has decreased over the past few decades. Worldwide, it's a more complicated picture.

Wot, no signal?

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:28:19 GMT

Billions of people still have no access to mobile services, but nano-satellites could change this.

Burn or bury

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:55:49 GMT

Since China refused last month to accept any more foreign waste for recycling, the UK is facing a challenge disposing of its plastic waste.

Nile conflict

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 01:38:16 GMT

A new dam on the river Nile could trigger the world's first war about water, writes Alastair Leithead.

Great White demystified

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:36:56 GMT

Shark diving is helping tourists improve their perception about the largest predatory fish in the world.

What lies beneath

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 01:07:49 GMT

Winning photos from the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition

Rocket man

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 00:38:09 GMT

Elon Musk just launched the world's most powerful rocket. It's only a fraction of what he's up to.

Stephen Hawking: A life in pictures

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:24:37 GMT

The physicist, who battled motor neurone disease for most of his life, has died at the age of 76.

Stephen Hawking dies: Scientist's most memorable quotes

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:06:16 GMT

Remembering some of the key theories and quotes of the world renowned physicist, who has died.