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The algae that terraformed Earth

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:02:30 GMT

A planetary takeover by ocean algae 650 million years ago was the kick that transformed life on Earth.

Freeze-dried dung gives clue to Asian elephant stress

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:04:19 GMT

Indian scientists say they can monitor the physiological health of elephants by analysing their dung.

Fracking: Shale rock professor says UK gas reserves 'hyped'

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:01:40 GMT

UK shale deposits were formed 55 million years too late to trap large amounts of gas, a professor warns.

Radioactive 'pooh sticks' trace carbon's ocean journey

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:07:20 GMT

Scientists trace nuclear waste from Sellafield over 15,000km to Bermuda to see how the ocean transports carbon.

'Frankenstein dinosaur' mystery solved

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:26:26 GMT

A dinosaur that seemed to be an evolutionary mishmash turns out to have a key place in history.

'Donald Trump forest' climate change project gains momentum

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:57:59 GMT

Campaigners plan to plant enough trees to counteract the climate impact of the US President.

Plants 'hijacked' to make polio vaccine

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:14:05 GMT

A breakthrough could lead to easier, faster and cheaper vaccines.

Scotland's largest solar farm gets green light

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:57:06 GMT

Elgin Energy is granted planning permission for a 20MW project near Urquhart in Moray

Record-sized data centre planned inside Arctic Circle

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 23:08:13 GMT

The facility in the north of Norway will take advantage of cheap energy and the cool air.

Cassini skims Saturn's atmosphere

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 07:34:54 GMT

Cassini is on its final five full orbits of Saturn, getting close enough to directly "taste" its gases.

Italy official defends killing rare bear after man mauled

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:55:32 GMT

A rare female brown bear had to be shot in the Italian Alps as it threatened humans, a governor says.

Fish sauced? Goldfish turn to alcohol to survive icy winters

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:19:59 GMT

Researchers uncover the evolved ability of goldfish to generate alcohol when deprived of oxygen.

Anger over 'untrue' climate change claims

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:55:09 GMT

Scientists respond furiously to claims about climate change made in a BBC radio interview.

'Impressive' Perseid meteor shower seen over UK

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 11:08:49 GMT

A display of hundreds of shooting stars has been captured by stargazers from across the UK.

GM pigs take step to being organ donors

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 01:01:52 GMT

Pigs have been freed of viruses that stop them being viable organ donors.

Giant dinosaur slims down... a bit

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 12:11:52 GMT

Scientists revise their estimate of the bulk of a colossal titanosaur, but not by much.

Climate change has shifted the timing of European floods

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 22:58:52 GMT

In different parts of Europe, rivers are flooding earlier or later because of rising temperatures, say scientists.

Exposure to oil sends birds off course

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 07:47:30 GMT

Even light exposure to oil from disasters like the Deep Water Horizon oil spill makes flying more difficult for birds.

Cannibals engraved bones of the dead

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:25:00 GMT

The prehistoric cannibals of southern England marked up the bones of the people they ate.

'Unusual' Greenland wildfires linked to peat

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 16:21:42 GMT

New images have been released of wildfires that continue to burn close to the Greenland ice sheet.

First 'winged' mammals flew over dinosaurs

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 07:49:59 GMT

Fossils of the first "winged" mammals, from 160 million years ago, are discovered in China.

Penguin feathers record migration route

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 23:11:02 GMT

Scientists study the chemistry of penguin plumage to track the birds' movements.

Pioneering type 1 diabetes therapy safe

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 18:00:19 GMT

One day, the immunotherapy could free patients from daily insulin injections.

'Dodgy' greenhouse gas data threatens Paris accord

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 23:22:58 GMT

There are huge uncertainties in greenhouse gas totals due to inaccurate data, the BBC finds.

Chantek, the orangutan who used sign language, dies at 39

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 03:23:07 GMT

Chantek could also clean his room, make and use tools and learn the route to a restaurant.

Burning policy puts pressure on recycling targets

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 05:02:10 GMT

A rash of new incinerators could make it impossible for the UK to meet future recycling targets.

New grass snake identified in the UK

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 14:03:24 GMT

There are now four species of wild snake native to the UK, not three as scientists first thought.

Extreme weather 'could kill up to 152,000 a year' in Europe by 2100

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 08:51:50 GMT

Weather-related deaths could surge by 2100 if nothing is done to curb climate change, scientists say.

Emojis help software spot emotion and sarcasm

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 12:15:55 GMT

The algorithm learned to recognise sarcasm, allowing it to spot hate speech faster than humans.

Fewer cars not cleaner ones key to tackling air quality

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 13:48:44 GMT

Plans to promote electric vehicles in the UK are not enough tackle air pollution says leading adviser.

Total solar eclipse: Meet Sharon and Billy Hahs

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:27:18 GMT

Now Sharon and Billy Hahs are preparing for one in their own backyard.

A licence to kill bear cubs?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:05:49 GMT

Trump is once again allowing hunters in Alaska to shoot bear cubs and hibernating bears, but is this as bad as it sounds?

Chimps can play rock-paper-scissors

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:42:59 GMT

Japanese researchers have taught chimps the rules of rock-paper-scissors.

Pen Hadow sets sail for North Pole as Arctic ice melts

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:28:56 GMT

Can 10 men and a dog, led by British explorer Pen Hadow, become the first to sail to the North Pole?

Bats set up home inside dinosaur at Devon theme park

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:15:02 GMT

The lesser horseshoe bats moved in to the belly of a triceratops at the Wildlife and Dinosaur Park.

Rare white moose captured on film in Sweden

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 16:40:31 GMT

This video has been removed for rights reasons.

Scientists discover a new flower of Shetland

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:08:41 GMT

The Shetland Monkeyflower has a bigger flower with a wider throat than its ancestors.

James Webb: Telescope's giant origami shield takes shape

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 16:53:39 GMT

The size of a tennis court, it will shield the vision of the biggest space telescope ever built.

Climate crusader Gore takes up arms again

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:11:23 GMT

BBC environment analyst Roger Harrabin reviews Al Gore's climate movie sequel.

Majestic archipelago

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 23:56:50 GMT

The Galapagos Conservation Trust has announced the winners in its annual photographic competition.

Not just stars

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 23:07:37 GMT

The shortlisted images in this year's Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year have now been selected.

Summer song

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 00:20:18 GMT

How field crickets are being brought back from the brink of extinction by a unique conservation project.

Newquay is go!

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:06:44 GMT

World Land Speed record holder Andy Green looks forward to the first, low-speed runs of the Bloodhound supersonic car.

Zoo keepers

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 23:07:32 GMT

Galaxy Zoo is one of the most successful citizen science projects ever conceived. We look back at what it's achieved over 10 years.

Fusion wait

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:50:54 GMT

We will have to wait until the second half of the century for fusion reactors to start generating electricity, experts have announced.

Sprouting wings

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 01:23:05 GMT

We're all used to ants sprouting wings and taking to the air during summer, but is there really such a thing as a "flying ant day"?

'Beam me up, Scotty'

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:27:05 GMT

Chinese scientists have "teleported" a photon particle to a satellite - could humans be next?