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'Ringing' rock arches recorded

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 17:51
America's huge humming arches

'Vast store' of world's oldest water

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 17:25
The world's oldest water, which is locked deep within the Earth's crust, is present at a far greater volume than was thought, scientists report.

UK using less energy, report finds

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 16:38
People in the UK are using less energy, even though the economy is growing, new figures confirm.

Festival lights viewed from space

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:40
Satellites view how Christmas in the US and Ramadan in the Middle East brighten the globe.

Philae comet landing 'all a blur'

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:06
An image has been released that shows the hairy moment that the Philae comet lander bounced back into space.

Sentinel tracks continued Napa slip

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 04:25
The creeping movement of the ground in California's Napa Valley, following its August earthquake, has been observed from space.

Ministers unveil science strategy

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 03:59
The UK government has formally unveiled its strategy for science and innovation.

Quantum thinking: Cats to computers

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 03:09
An interactive journey through quantum theory

California's water woes quantified

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 20:13
Scientists assess the scale of the epic California drought and say it will require more than 40 cubic km of water to return the US state to normal.

Yeti polar bear theory challenged

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 17:23
A theory that the Himalayas' mythical yeti is a rare polar bear-brown bear hybrid animal is being challenged.

Squirrels are 'climate culprit'

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 17:22
Arctic ground squirrels could play a greater role in climate change than was previously thought, research suggests.

Methane 'belches' detected on Mars

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:39
Nasa's Curiosity rover has detected "belches" of methane gas on Mars - a gas that could hint at past or even present life on the planet.

VIDEO: Up close with world's largest vessel

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:11
An enormous vessel is being built to collect and liquefy gas at sea for the first time.

The largest vessel the world has ever seen

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:00
Enormous ship will collect and liquefy gas at sea

Experts race to save white rhino

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 09:12
An international team of experts is engaged in a last ditch effort to save the northern white rhino from extinction.

Cosmic bangs 'common on Earth'

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:48
Scientists shed light on the energetic emission of radiation that occurs in thunderstorms.

VIDEO: One of last six rare rhinos dies

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 05:09
One of the world's last remaining northern white rhinos has died at a zoo in California, the 44-year old male named Angalifu died of old age, leaving only five in the world.

Life from 'deepest drill' revealed

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 16:10
Tiny microbes uncovered by the deepest-ever marine drilling expedition are analysed by scientists to see how they can survive under the seabed.

Peat is Amazon's carbon superstore

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 10:59
Satellite data reveals that the most dense stores of carbon in Amazonia is not above ground in trees but below ground in peatlands.

Denmark lays claim to North Pole

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 09:50
Denmark makes a claim to the UN, arguing the area around the North Pole is linked to the continental shelf of Greenland, its autonomous territory.