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Mt Hope installed as 'UK's highest peak'

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:42:13 GMT

Scientists re-measure the tallest mountains in the Antarctic territory claimed by Britain.

Botanical exploits: How British plant hunters served science

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:37:33 GMT

Collecting in the clouds: Remembering the British plant-hunters who diced with death to discover plants

Narwhal escape: Whales freeze and flee when frightened

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 20:08:47 GMT

Narwhals show a "costly" response to threats, raising concerns over how they will respond to increased human contact.

US firm picks UK for weather satellites

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:36:25 GMT

Orbital Micro Systems' demonstration weather satellite should pave the way for a network in the sky.

Farthest monster black hole found

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 21:17:40 GMT

Astronomers discover the most distant "supermassive" black hole known to science.

Researchers find 'oldest ever eye' in fossil

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:31:51 GMT

The remains of the extinct sea creature include an early form of the eye seen in many of today's animals.

Google's 'superhuman' DeepMind AI claims chess crown

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 18:55:58 GMT

An algorithm developed by the DeepMind team claims victory against a world-beating AI chess program.

Little Foot skeleton unveiled in South Africa

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:39:57 GMT

One of the oldest and most complete skeletons of our ancestors is unveiled in South Africa.

UN signals 'end' of throwaway plastic

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:38:10 GMT

The end of the era of throwaway plastic has been signalled by UN environment ministers meeting in Kenya.

IUCN Red List: Wild crops listed as threatened

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 07:08:01 GMT

Wild relatives of modern crops deemed crucial for food security are threatened with extinction.

How UK's birds are being affected by a changing climate

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 00:13:22 GMT

Migratory birds are arriving in the UK earlier each spring and leaving later each autumn, a study shows.

Hinkley Point's Cardiff Bay toxic mud claim 'alarmist'

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:26:12 GMT

300,000 tonnes of mud from Hinkley Point C is due to be dumped in the sea off Cardiff Bay.

Australia's frog count: App calls on citizen scientists

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 08:25:25 GMT

Scientists hope the public will help them record the sounds of the amphibians via an app.

Chief vet defends support of larger hen cages

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 13:42:35 GMT

On Twitter, Nigel Gibbens says the pens are a "necessary defence" against bird flu.

The 'supermoon' celestial wonder seen across the UK

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 10:54:21 GMT

Skywatchers have enjoyed spectacular views of the Moon appearing larger and brighter in the sky.

Gravity signals rapidly show true size of giant quakes

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 17:21:20 GMT

Researchers develop a new speedy approach to estimate the true size of very large earthquakes.

New Sentinel satellite tracks dirty air

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 12:19:39 GMT

A UK-Dutch-built Earth observing spacecraft shows its promise with some stunning images of pollution.

'Zero tolerance' plan eyed for plastic pollution

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 07:56:28 GMT

A plan to drastically cut plastic pollution of the oceans may be agreed at a UN summit.

Fossilised eggs shed light on reign of pterosaurs

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 22:00:05 GMT

A collection of 200 eggs gives new insights into the development of the extinct flying reptiles.

Unesco adds Sir Isaac Newton's papers to world register

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:45:27 GMT

Sir Isaac Newton's papers and personal accounts are added to a Unesco register of globally important documents.

Hidden history of prehistoric women's work revealed

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 19:33:09 GMT

Prehistoric women's manual work was tougher than rowing in today's elite boat crews, say scientists.

'Unnatural' microbe can make proteins

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 23:29:05 GMT

A bacterium made with "unnatural" DNA assembles proteins - a key characteristic of a functioning organism.

Trophy hunting removes 'good genes' and raises extinction risk

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:32:12 GMT

Hunting animals with the biggest horns, tusks or manes could lead to extinction, according to a study.

River departed 'before Indus civilisation emergence'

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 20:35:20 GMT

One of the world's earliest urban civilisations thrived in the absence of a big Himalayan river, a new study finds.

RemoveDebris: Space junk mission prepares for launch

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 18:32:29 GMT

A spacecraft that will test the best methods to clean up space debris is nearing completion.

Australian town driven batty by flying foxes

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 11:55:30 GMT

Residents of an Australian town are being overwhelmed by thousands of flying foxes.

The 'Godfather of Coral' who's still diving at 72

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 00:16:52 GMT

Charlie Veron's been diving for 50 years and has discovered more than 20% of the world's coral species

A closer look at '3.67m-year-old' skeleton

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 20:20:26 GMT

It took 20 years to excavate, clean and put together Little Foot, found in caves north of Johannesburg.

Pizza night aboard the International Space Station

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 10:44:09 GMT

Crew members aboard the International Space Station are treated to a special meal.

Schoolgirl invents low-cost lead detecting device

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 00:16:34 GMT

Gitanjali Rao's device uses carbon nanotubes to detect the presence of lead in water.

What is a 'supermoon'?

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 02:25:46 GMT

Tom Kerrs from the Royal Observatory explains the phenomenon that causes the moon to look larger and brighter.

Huge weather rescue project under way

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:24:08 GMT

After digitising old weather data from atop Ben Nevis, citizen scientists tackle a much bigger project.

Flies more germ-laden than suspected

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:29:42 GMT

Flies' disease-carrying potential may be greater than previously thought, say US researchers.

Climate's magic rabbit: Pulling CO2 out of thin air

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 01:02:44 GMT

Can technology to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere really help prevent dangerous climate change?

Plastic planet

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:09:12 GMT

More and more waste plastic is ending up in our oceans. How big is the problem and why is plastic such a threat?

The other Dodo

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 00:54:09 GMT

In the middle of the 18th Century, a large flightless bird became extinct on an Indian Ocean island.

Off and running

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 14:43:27 GMT

World land-speed record-holder Andy Green describes the performance of his new new car - Bloodhound SSC.

Looking for cures

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:11:14 GMT

The biohacker movement wants to cure disease without the help of government or big companies

Press print

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:02:58 GMT

The Swedish hi-tech firm at the forefront of using 3D printing to create human ears, noses and other body parts.

Green planet

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:07:32 GMT

The United Arab Emirates' Mars research programme is turning its attention to date palm trees.

Ice ceiling

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 01:22:53 GMT

For decades, there was a ceiling not of glass but of ice, holding women back from doing research in Antarctica.

Sewing for Nasa

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 03:09:57 GMT

From the Apollo spacesuits to the Mars rovers, women behind the scenes have stitched vital spaceflight components.

Carbon case history

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:15:09 GMT

Prof Joanna Haigh from Imperial College London explains why this gas has played a crucial role in shaping the Earth's climate.

Rare spectacle

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 16:42:17 GMT

The Norwegian island of Kvaløya is now one of the few places in Europe to see a pod of killer whales.