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Gravity map traces ocean circulation

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 04:37
Scientists use gravity data to produce what they say is the most accurate space view yet of global ocean currents and the speed at which they move.

AUDIO: Student 'hacks' £100,000 microscope

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 03:05
A PhD student from Brunel University London has saved himself £100,000 by 'hacking' his own kit. Adam Lynch created his own inverted microscope by adapting a cheap instrument he bought online.

VIDEO: 15 secs: Female astronaut pioneer

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 20:04
Tasks for Italy's first female astronaut

Urban farming helps feed the world

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 18:29
Urban agriculture plays a much more extensive role in global food security than previously estimated, a study using satellite data suggests.

Brain's dementia weak spot found

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 16:06
The brain has a weak spot for Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia, according to experts who have pinpointed the region using scans.

Polar sub gauges sea ice thickness

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 08:11
A novel autonomous sub acquires the first detailed, high-resolution 3D maps of Antarctic sea ice.

VIDEO: Volcano erupts on Cape Verde island

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 04:09
A volcano has erupted on the Cape Verde island of Fogo, resulting in the evacuation of hundreds of residents and the closure of a local airport.

Dark sky status bid for South Downs

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 04:01
A campaign begins to reduce light pollution in South Downs National Park and give it dark skies special status.

VIDEO: 'King of Fish' returns to UK rivers

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 01:39
Successful conservation projects have reversed the decline of salmon in many UK rivers, as John Maguire reports.

Polynesia's billion dollar claim

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 01:26
Overseas territory demands compensation for atom bomb tests.

VIDEO: First Italian woman arrives at ISS

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 22:50
Italy's first female astronaut has arrived at the International Space Station.

Peru probes 500 sea lion deaths

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 17:24
Peru's environmental police launch an investigation into the deaths of some 500 sea lions found on a northern beach.

Fish and chips 'harming' eider ducks

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 20:40
Eider ducks on Northumberland's coastal areas are being harmed by people feeding them fish and chips and bread, a wildlife expert warns.

World's biggest crane ship sets sail

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:02
The world's largest crane ship, which is capable of lifting oil rigs, sets sail from its shipyard in Korea for Rotterdam port in the Netherlands.

Embrace the arts, engineers told

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:00
Engineering needs to emphasise its creative side to encourage more young people to take it up as a career, says a leading member of the profession.

Space agency plans Mars rover from Lego bricks

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 16:29
Space agency plans Mars mission with plastic bricks

VIDEO: Energy giant unveils shale gas plan

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 14:53
Chemicals giant Ineos announces plans to invest up to £640m in shale gas exploration in the UK, in a bid to become the country's leading fracking firm.

Russia tests 'satellite catcher'

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 05:59
Russia may be testing a satellite capable of chasing down and inspecting other orbiting spacecraft, experts say.

VIDEO: Green Climate Fund cash pledge

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 05:52
Thirty nations meeting in Berlin have pledged $9.3bn (£6bn) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for climate change.

Is it OK to leave objects on the Moon?

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 05:04
Is it OK to leave objects on the Moon?