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Rare brown bear dies in Italy capture operation

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 08:13:05 GMT

The endangered animal died in Italy during an attempt to fit him with a collar to track movements.

National Trust needs to be 'radical'

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:27:58 GMT

The new director-general of the National Trust says the charity needs to reach out to people in urban areas.

Closing gender gap in physics 'will take generations'

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:40:07 GMT

The gender gap in science subjects like physics is likely to persist for hundreds of years, study suggests.

Bajau people 'evolved bigger spleens' for free-diving

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:49:14 GMT

In an example of human natural selection, Asia's Bajau people have evolved bigger spleens for diving.

Oxford Dodo was shot in head, scans find

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:52:38 GMT

The world-famous specimen is the world's best-preserved example of the extinct bird.

Scientists discover mechanism behind motor neurone disease

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:48:30 GMT

An international team found that a protein causes brain cells to die when it is stuck in the jelly phase.

Last of the wild asses back from the brink

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:50:21 GMT

Wild equines are being reintroduced to the grasslands of Kazakhstan where they once roamed in large numbers.

Planet-hunter launches from Florida

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:22:45 GMT

The US space agency's Tess satellite lifts off on a mission to find thousands of new worlds.

Plastic straw and cotton bud ban proposed

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:51:11 GMT

Plan for a ban in England is announced as Commonwealth leaders are urged to tackle plastic waste.

100 Women: 'Record number' of Nepalese women climbing Everest this season

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:55:23 GMT

A record number of Nepalese women are climbing Mount Everest this spring season, officials tell the BBC.

Heatwaves 'cook' Great Barrier Reef corals

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:12:38 GMT

Recurring spells of ocean warming impact the diversity of coral reef communities.

Keeping livers 'alive' boosts transplant success, trial finds

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:59:29 GMT

The alternative to ice involves pumping livers with blood, nutrients and medicines while in a machine.

Meteorite diamonds 'came from lost planet'

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:34:05 GMT

The space rock that exploded in 2008 seems to have come from the early Solar System.

Will China beat the world to nuclear fusion and clean energy?

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:53:47 GMT

China's nuclear fusion research might put the country at the fore of future clean energy solutions.

Bialowieza forest: Poland broke EU law by logging

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:52:34 GMT

Poland violated EU law by ordering large-scale logging in Bialowieza forest, Europe's top court says.

Costa Coffee vows 'cup recycling revolution'

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:03:11 GMT

The UK's biggest coffee chain says it will recycle as many disposable cups as it sells by 2020.

Nasa engineer: Three facts about landing on Mars

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 23:29:34 GMT

A Nasa flight analyst explains three things you need to know about going to Mars.

The best and worst space films, according to Nasa

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 08:04:52 GMT

The best and worst space films, according to Nasa

ExoMars: Getting ready to drive on the Red Planet

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:03:59 GMT

Engineers finish assembly of the test model for Europe's ExoMars rover mission.

Stella McCartney: Fashion is swamping our planet

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:34:51 GMT

Designer Stella McCartney says fashion is a medieval industry, which produces a huge amount of waste.

Nasa's Tess: Planet-hunting satellite lifts off

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:42:05 GMT

Nasa's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (Tess) searches for new planets.

UK weather: Why this isn't a heatwave... yet

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:08:23 GMT

People across the UK have been enjoying unusually warm weather, but when can we call it a heatwave?

Nazi legacy found in Norwegian trees

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 12:22:56 GMT

The chemical fog used to hide the Tirpitz battleship in WWII stunted the growth of trees.

Belgrade's 'tiny head' Gagarin statue causes dismay

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 13:36:05 GMT

Serbian social media users mock city's tribute to the first man in space.

Poison project

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:00:13 GMT

Scientist Vladimir Uglev has no doubt the agent that poisoned the Skripals was made in Russia.

Reality Check

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:01:57 GMT

It's not as easy to recycle your takeaway coffee cup as people may have thought.

Magnetic water

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 21:25:01 GMT

Satellites make the most detailed observations yet of the magnetism generated by moving seawater.

Past in focus

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 23:13:49 GMT

Ancient DNA from human remains has helped construct a new narrative for human history.

Chemical attack

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:22:07 GMT

Experts describe the challenges facing those investigating an alleged chemical attack in Syria.

Hunting mystery giant lightning from space

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 23:18:45 GMT

Space station mission takes storm chasing to new heights

Vanishing lake

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 01:18:45 GMT

It's been shrinking fast, but could a plan to divert water to one of Africa's largest lakes stop it disappearing?

2,000 days on Mars

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:07:39 GMT

The Nasa robot this week celebrates 2,000 martian days investigating the surface of the Red Planet.

Iron test

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 09:48:36 GMT

A Manchester-led team tests the detector system it will use in Antarctica to find hidden iron meteorites.

Engineering giant

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:28:28 GMT

A new museum dedicated to IK Brunel reveals the man behind the carefully cultivated public image.

Human-eye VR

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:16:44 GMT

VR has suffered from an image problem, so could very high resolution headsets be the answer?

Toxic task

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:12:38 GMT

The organisation keeping track of the deadly chemicals held by countries around the world.

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.

Rare poison

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:09:40 GMT

Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned by Novichok nerve agents, the PM says. So what are they?

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.