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'3D Cryosat' tracks Arctic winter ice

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 05:00
Although Arctic sea ice set a record this year for its lowest ever satellite-observed winter extent - that was not the case for its volume, new data reveals.

Smart waders go fishing for science

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 01:25
Scientists are developing smartphone-connected waders that fly-fishing enthusiasts could wear to help them find their catch, but also to collect key data about water properties.

VIDEO: Dead fish problem in Rio rowing lake

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 23:40
Tonnes of dead fish are being removed from a lake in the centre of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, which is due to host rowing and canoeing events at the 2016 Olympic Games.

VIDEO: Russian polar bears debut in Sao Paulo

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 22:22
Two Russian polar bears make their debut at Sao Paulo's Aquarium, as the only members of their species in the country.

Beyond the first law of computing

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 16:58
Will Moore's Law last another 50 years?

The 'cursed' disabled boy and the people of the sea

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 14:09
The disabled boy struggling to find a role with the people of the sea

How octopuses coordinate their arms

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 09:08
Researchers reveal the secret of an octopus's unique movement, revealing how the animals co-ordinate their eight, flexible arms.

Gravity boost to geothermal hunt

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 07:36
Observations from space assist the search for new locations to site geothermal power stations.

VIDEO: To frack or not to frack?

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 06:22
Graham Satchell explains why fracking is such a divisive subject.

Warning over aerosol climate fix

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:58
Any attempts to engineer the climate are likely to result in "different" climate change, rather than its elimination, new results suggest.

VIDEO: Are fossil fuel reserves too large?

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 23:35
BBC News looks at the idea of "stranded assets", part of the debate on climate change and global energy policy.

How does new dark matter evidence fit together?

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 09:04
What does the flurry of new studies say about dark matter?

YouTube graffiti tracks cave water

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 08:24
Scientists are using YouTube videos to study a spectacular cave just outside Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.

Bardarbunga eruption gases estimated

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:34
Scientists quantify the emissions from Iceland's spectacular Bardarbunga-Holuhraun eruption.

Dark matter becomes less 'ghostly'

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 23:59
Scientists have uncovered a vital new insight into the nature of dark matter.

Coloured Pluto comes into view

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 20:47
The New Horizons probe, which is bearing down on Pluto, has captured its first colour image of the distant dwarf planet.

Whale's record migration across Pacific

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 20:30
A gray whale makes a 22,500 km (14,000 mile) journey across the Pacific Ocean - the longest migration of any mammal, say scientists.

SpaceX nearly recovers rocket

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 18:57
US firm SpaceX narrowly fails to recover its rocket booster in an otherwise successful mission to the space station.

VIDEO: Shipment of groceries en route to ISS

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 18:54
The SpaceX supply ship is on its way to the ISS with a supply of groceries and a specially designed espresso machine.

Zombie worms ate plesiosaur bones

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 16:46
A deep-sea worm that eats whale bones has existed for 100 million years and may have chewed up chunks of the fossil record, a study suggests.