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India Mars mission arrives in orbit

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:53
India becomes the fourth nation to put a satellite into orbit around Mars, as Mangalyaan arrives to study the Red Planet's atmosphere.

Why India's Mars mission is so cheap - and thrilling

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:44
How did India get to Mars so cheaply?

Novel antibiotic class created

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:39
Scientists have designed a new class of antibiotic which seeks and destroys resistance genes in bacteria.

Ebola drains weak health systems

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 04:30
Ebola pushes West Africa's weak health systems over the edge

Hyenas feast at vulture restaurants

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 04:18
"Restaurants" of dead meat set up for endangered vultures also attract an undesirable clientele of hyenas and jackals, according to a six-year study.

Melt ponds forecast ice retreat

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 04:02
A UK technique for projecting the extent of summer sea ice in the Arctic demonstrates its skill by accurately calling this year's melt events.

VIDEO: Citizen science 'crucial to research'

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 01:48
Information from "citizen scientists" is becoming more and more vital for some research projects, scientists say.

China and US pledge climate action

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 00:18
China and the US agree they must lead the rest of the world in curbing emissions to combat climate change, as a major UN summit closes in New York.

Mangalyaan: India's race for space success

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 21:58
Will India's Mars mission reach the orbit?

Climate summit advances towards Paris deal

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 18:23
Sun shines on climate summit as majority of leaders pledge action

Farming 'vital for global growth'

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 17:46
Scientific agricultural advances can help "climate-proof" farming systems around the globe, especially in developing nations, a conference will hear.

VIDEO: UN adviser on 'alarming climate change'

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 15:34
US economist and UN adviser Jeffrey Sachs has told the BBC he thinks governments are still not working hard enough to take care of climate change.

VIDEO: Woolly mammoth skeleton up for auction

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 14:33
A rare skeleton of a woolly mammoth is set to be sold at auction in the UK in November with a guide price of £150,000 to £250,000

VIDEO: Global push to tackle climate change

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 13:33
World leaders are being asked to make bold pledges to address climate change at a one day summit in New York.

VIDEO: Brian Cox: 'Multiverse' makes sense

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 07:31
The presenter and physicist Brian Cox says he supports the idea that many universes can exist at the same time.

AUDIO: Space inflation and a physics bet

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 05:45
One of the biggest scientific claims of the year has received another set-back, putting the result of a bet between two significant physicists in jeopardy.

AUDIO: How black can black be?

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 05:10
A material dubbed the darkest substance on earth is being used creatively by internationally acclaimed artist Sir Anish Kapoor.

VIDEO: Radio query reveals garden cannabis

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 03:40
Patricia Hewitson from Exmouth, Devon, unwittingly grew a 5ft (1,5m) tall cannabis plant from a pack of bird seeds - but her error was only revealed when she contacted a radio phone-in show.

Liberia in 'trees for cash' deal

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 01:11
Liberia is to become the first nation in Africa to completely stop cutting down its trees in return for development aid.

Brian Cox: 'Multiverse' makes sense

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 00:42
The presenter and physicist Brian Cox says he supports the idea that many universes may exist.