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SpaceX set to launch 'used rocket'

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 01:50:37 GMT

California's SpaceX company expects to make a piece of history later when it re-flies a Falcon rocket.

Food trade drains global water sources at 'alarming' rates

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 01:52:31 GMT

The global food trade is depleting water sources quicker than they can naturally be refilled in many places.

Elephants in dramatic muddy escape

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:23:47 GMT

Eleven Asian elephants manage to drag themselves clear of a muddy hole in Cambodia.

ExoMars: Rover scientists to study Mawrth Vallis option

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:37:29 GMT

Europe is going to investigate a second site on Mars - called Mawrth Vallis - as a possible destination to send its 2021 rover.

Cyclone Debbie: Experts fear damage to Great Barrier Reef

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:04:54 GMT

The Australian state of Queensland is assessing the extent of the damage caused by the major storm.

Menstrual cycle recreated 'in a dish'

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:46:46 GMT

Scientists have made a mini working replica of the female reproductive tract to experiment on.

New population of rare tigers found in eastern Thailand

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:45:20 GMT

Camera traps caught images of the critically endangered Indochinese tigers in eastern Thailand.

'Fake science used to justify badger culls'

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:39:01 GMT

A senior researcher claims ministers are using a flawed method for assessing badger numbers in the TB cull.

How the mouse came to live alongside humans

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:25:56 GMT

The origins of house mice go back about 15,000 years to the Middle East, fossil evidence suggests.

Planet Nine: Astronomers want help from amateur stargazers

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:09:52 GMT

An Australian university has asked amateur stargazers to help find a possible ninth planet.

Kimberley fossil tracks are Australia's 'Jurassic Park'

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:13:54 GMT

Scientists describe a remarkable collection of dinosaur tracks on beaches in Western Australia.

Impact crater linked to Martian tsunamis

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 01:24:02 GMT

Scientists locate the source of powerful tsunamis that swept across Mars three billion years ago.

Bloodhound supersonic car record bid slips again

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:04:53 GMT

The British-led effort to break the World Land Speed Record is delayed by cash-flow problems to 2018.

'Devastating' coral loss in South China Sea - scientists

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:13:54 GMT

Researchers are warning of a "devastating" loss of coral at the Dongsha Atoll in the South China Sea.

Trump administration approves Keystone XL pipeline

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:05:38 GMT

The State Department says the project, blocked by Barack Obama, is in the national interest.

Kaikoura: 'Most complex quake ever studied'

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:14:49 GMT

2016's big quake in New Zealand will likely prompt a rethink about how such events are expected to behave.

Fruit-shaped sensor 'can improve freshness'

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:00:21 GMT

The sensor comes in orange, apple, banana and mango varieties and alerts to cooling problems.

Changing to BST: Will the clock change affect your kids?

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:09:25 GMT

Research is under way to determine how clock changes affect children's sleep patterns.

President jokes while signing space agency funding bill

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:58:10 GMT

President jokes while signing space agency funding bill

British scientists claim major advance in TB treatment

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:11:00 GMT

Researchers are using genome sequencing to make sure patients get the right drugs more quickly.

Exmoor gardens raided by 'wily old stag'

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:15:10 GMT

A mature stag has learnt how to use its antlers to lift bird feeders off garden trees.

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.

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.

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.

'Fake research' comes under scrutiny

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:41:56 GMT

The scale of "fake research" in the UK appears to have been underestimated, a BBC investigation suggests.

Europa: Our best shot at finding alien life?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:54:55 GMT

After years of planning, scientists are set now to send missions to explore the ocean world of Europa.

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.

Testing for 'defectives'

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:54:23 GMT

After years of protest, the University of Melbourne has removed the name of a controversial figure.

Cardboard cribs

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:29:17 GMT

What evidence is there that Finland's famous baby boxes actually reduce infant mortality rates?

The Foehn feeling

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:09:42 GMT

For centuries, people in the Alps have attributed health issues, headaches in particular, to the mountain wind known as the Foehn.

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.