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Best ever view of asteroid Ceres

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:44
The best image ever acquired of Ceres, the largest asteroid in the Solar System, is now in the hands of science.

England's environment 'in decline'

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 06:52
England's natural environment is in decline and its deterioration is harming the economy, an independent advisory group warns.

Planet hosts giant ring system

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 05:53
Astronomers say they have discovered a gigantic ring system around a distant planet - the first such structure discovered outside our Solar System.

Near asteroid 2004 BL86 has a moon

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 04:32
Scientists who tracked the large asteroid 2004 BL86 as it passed by Earth say it has a small satellite.

VIDEO: 3D printed heart saves girl's life

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 01:01
A two-year-old girl who was born with a serious heart defect has had a life-saving operation thanks to a 3D printer.

'Time to link nature and wellbeing'

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 23:46
Scientists need to work together to capitalise on a growing body of evidence showing a link between biodiversity and human wellbeing, a US review suggests.

How to build world's tallest lift

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 16:01
How to build the world's tallest lift

Fracking moratorium rejected by MPs

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 12:01
MPs overwhelmingly reject a bid to suspend fracking for shale gas - but agree to Labour proposals to impose new conditions.

MPs: Ban fracking on carbon grounds

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 10:43
A committee of MPs has called for a moratorium on shale gas fracking on the grounds that it could derail efforts to tackle climate change.

Risk of extreme weather 'doubles'

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 09:11
Extreme weather arising from a climate phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean will get much worse as the world warms, according to climate modelling.

Metal explosions 'driven by charge'

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 09:11
New high-speed video footage suggests that the classic chemistry explosion of an alkali metal in water is driven by positive charges repelling each other.

I'd probably cheat again - Armstrong

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 08:58
Lance Armstrong says the time is coming when he should be forgiven, and tells the BBC he would do it again under the same circumstances.

VIDEO: Baby rhino; zoo's first in 35 years

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 08:55
A rhinoceros at Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark has given birth to a healthy male calf, the first to be born there for 35 years.

Obama push to expand Alaskan refuge

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 04:55
President Barack Obama is to propose setting aside the majority of Alaska's national wildlife refuge as a wilderness area.

VIDEO: Will India act on climate change?

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 01:44
Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi and US President Barack Obama are holding talks on climate change.

'Rare' asteroid sighting expected

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 00:39
An asteroid the size of a cruise ship should be visible above the skies of Wales as it grazes the earth in a sighting not expected again for years.

VIDEO: Ancient underwater forest found off UK

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 16:28
BBC Inside Out reveals a 'lost world' with the discovery of a remarkable submerged forest thousands of years old underneath the sea off eastern England.

Eyes on Pluto for historic encounter

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 03:28
Nasa's mission to Pluto gets under way in earnest as the New Horizons probe starts taking the pictures needed for July's close fly-by.

VIDEO: Icy mystery: Pluto ready for close-up

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 00:30
The US space agency's mission to Pluto is about to take its first pictures of the mysterious icy world.

VIDEO: The big changes in British birdlife

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 03:21
RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch gets under way with thousands of people expected to record bird sightings in their gardens.