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VIDEO: Take-off for Solar Impulse 2

Sat, 05/30/2015 - 12:39
Solar Impulse, a plane powered entirely by the sun, takes off on the most difficult leg of its mission to fly a solar plane around the world from China to Hawaii.

Strong earthquake strikes off Japan

Sat, 05/30/2015 - 07:44
A powerful undersea earthquake south of Japan shakes buildings in the capital Tokyo and is felt across the country.

Drones take whale survey to the sky

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 16:13
Scientists are using drones to monitor gray whales of the coast of California.

Great Barrier Reef status at risk

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:49
Awaiting Unesco's decision on a wonder of the natural world

Barrier Reef spared 'danger' listing

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 05:22
The Great Barrier Reef should not go on the World Heritage danger list, according to a United Nations draft report.

Virgin Galactic flight trials face delay after crash

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 05:18
Virgin Galactic's long road to commercial service

Big Bang show creates $4m scholarship

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 04:22
The cast and creators of TV comedy The Big Bang Theory create a scholarship fund for low-income science students.

Fish fossils found by 'creationist'

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 03:45
A man from Calgary reported to be a committed creationist finds five fish fossils dating back 60 million years whilst digging a basement.

'Man-eating tiger' to stay in zoo

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 02:32
A court in India's Rajasthan state rejects a plea to release a tiger who has been branded a killer and caged.

US-China tensions rise over Beijing's 'Great Wall of Sand'

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 18:19
The US is expected to have tough words with China at a regional security meeting, over Beijing's building activities in the South China Sea, says Jonathan Marcus.

How do you pick up an oil platform?

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 17:47
How do you pick up an oil platform?

Alloy bounces back 10 million times

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 17:25
Engineers produce a "shape memory alloy" that can pop back into shape more than 10 million times, shattering previous records for this type of material.

Food bug 'found in 73% of chickens'

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 10:18
Nearly three-quarters of fresh shop-bought chickens test positive for food poisoning bug campylobacter in year-long study.

VIDEO: 'New species' of ancient human unearthed

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 09:55
A new species of ancient human has been unearthed in the deserts of Ethiopia, after 3,500,000 years.

Black hole seen 'playing billiards'

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 07:19
A series of images captures two vast blobs of plasma, shot out by a black hole, cannoning into each other in a nearly light-speed cosmic collision.

VIDEO: Why the Common Dolphin is becoming more common

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 00:26
The BBC's John Maguire joins a scientific expedition that is studying the Common Dolphin population off the west coast of Scotland, and trying to find out why, until recently, it was quite a rare sight.

Earliest evidence of human violence

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 17:47
A human skull from a deep cave in northern Spain shows evidence of a lethal violent attack 430,000 years ago, a study shows.

'New species' of ancient human found

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 17:42
A new species of ancient human has been unearthed in the Afar region of Ethiopia, scientists report.

Robots adapt to damage in seconds

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:07
Researchers develop a system that adapts to damage in less than a minute, paving the way for robots in the home.

Mice in space develop thin skin

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 08:45
A study of three mice that spent 91 days on the International Space Station finds abnormalities in their skin.