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AUDIO: Are we alone in the Milky Way?

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 03:29
Prof Brian Cox muses on whether life here on Earth is unique within the Milky Way and what this might mean.

AUDIO: Scientists study ancient comet

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 02:52
A recently discovered comet has flown past Mars, giving scientists a unique chance to study an object from the farthest reaches of the Solar System.

African solar plan to power UK homes

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 23:33
Investors are seeking funding from the UK government for an ambitious plan to import solar energy generated in North Africa.

VIDEO: Plastic food packaging health fears

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 17:28
BBC Inside Out examines whether health fears over plastic food packaging are justified and asks if BPA should be banned in the UK.

Comet Siding Spring skims past Mars

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 15:10
A recently discovered comet known as Siding Spring passes Mars, giving scientists a unique chance to study the object.

Sex emerged in ancient Scottish lake

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 11:17
The first animals to copulate were small fish that lived 385 million years ago in what is now Scotland, a study suggests.

VIDEO: New dinosaur 'may be in T-Rex family'

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 09:59
Scientists think that a newly discovered species of dinosaur, whose remains were found after 20 years of excavation in Venezuela, maybe related to the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

UK city planning advice for China

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 16:01
UK planning experts are to advise Chinese mayors on the benefits of building environmentally friendly cities.

Mysterious US space plane returns

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 15:15
An unmanned US military plane on a secretive two-year mission in space has returned to Earth in California.

VIDEO: Oysters flourish again in Swansea

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 13:14
Oyster fishing is set to make a comeback in Wales after marine biologists reintroduced 40,000 oysters into Swansea Bay.

VIDEO: Activists blockade Australian port

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 06:22
Hundreds of climate change protestors have attempted to disrupt shipments of coal from a port north of Sydney using their canoes, kayaks and surfboards to form a blockade.

AUDIO: Science shines light on dark matter

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 05:31
Scientists from the University of Leicester say they may have solved one of the most enduring mysteries in modern physics: the nature of dark matter.

Name sought for comet landing site

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 03:27
The public are being invited to name the site on a comet where a European robot will try to land on 12 November.

Rosetta comet: More black swan than yellow duck

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 00:24
A fascination of comets is their blackness

New disease 'killing amphibians'

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 16:47
A deadly new disease has emerged in Spain that is wiping out amphibians, scientists report.

Carnivores 'help trees shed thorns'

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:23
The presence of carnivores, which control herbivore numbers, helps plants without thorny defences thrive, a study of life on the savannah reveals.

Death Star moon is 'wonky or watery'

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:04
The internal structure of Saturn's moon Mimas is either irregularly shaped or awash with water, according to a new study of its tell-tale wobbling movements.

Mercury's hidden water-ice revealed

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 08:14
A Nasa spacecraft has provided the first optical images of ice within permanently shadowed craters on the planet Mercury.

Smart meters open to hack attack

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 05:18
Smart meters widely used in Spain can be hacked to cut power bills, two security researchers find.

AUDIO: MPs 'should end Climate Change Act'

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 03:24
Parliament should scrap the Climate Change Act and MPs should stop "exaggerating" the effects of climate change, says Owen Paterson.