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Goals defined for UK's Lunar mission

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 17:23
Scientists set out the detailed scientific goals of a proposed UK-led mission to the Moon, including research into the feasibility of a human base there.

Somalia hopes oil will boost economy

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 17:13
Somalia's bid to attract the big energy firms

VIDEO: Will climate change meeting make a difference?

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 16:09
The last 14 years are among the 15 hottest on record - can the latest UN talks on climate change reach agreement to halt that trend? In 60 seconds.

Bloodhound Diary: 'Big Cat' climbs aboard

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 15:57
The 'Big Cat' climbs aboard the Bloodhound project

Orion: Uncertainty ahead for new US spaceship

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 09:54
The distant - very distant - prospects of a landing on Mars

VIDEO: Peru glaciers 'melting at alarming rate'

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 06:34
Experts have warned that Peru's glaciers are melting at an alarming rate, threatening the survival of an estimated 30 million people.

VIDEO: Seal colony breaks pupping records

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 18:14
A record-breaking number of seal pups have been born at a nature reserve in north Norfolk with another two months of the breeding season remaining.

Seals filmed at night for first time

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 18:06
Pioneering filming techniques are set to be used to capture a record-breaking seal colony in north Norfolk for the new season of the BBC's Winterwatch series.

Orion spaceship makes splashdown

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:40
The US space agency's new Orion crew capsule completes its maiden, unmanned voyage with a splashdown in the Pacific.

VIDEO: Orion space capsule splashes down

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 11:20
The US space agency's new Orion crew capsule has completed its maiden, unmanned voyage with a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico.

Watson's DNA Nobel sells for $4.8m

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:14
James Watson has sold the Nobel Prize medal he won for the discovery of the structure of DNA.

Orion deep space capsule launches

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 04:06
The US space agency's new Orion crew capsule launches from Florida on an unmanned technology demonstration mission.

VIDEO: Caring for sick and orphaned seals

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 16:10
The RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre in Norfolk is caring for a record number of ill and orphaned seals. Manager Alison Charles introduced BBC News to some of the pups.

Electric eels 'remotely control prey'

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 14:00
Electric eels' high-voltage strikes can actively control the muscles of the fish they hunt, research reveals.

Chimpanzee 'has no human rights'

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 13:50
A chimpanzee is not entitled to the same rights as people and does not have to be freed from captivity by its owner, a US court has ruled.

Orion 'Mars ship' launch postponed

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 13:44
The first test flight of the US space agency's Orion "Mars ship" is postponed by 24 hours because of weather and technical issues.

Scientists' greener future vision

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:50
A global initiative bringing together researchers across scientific disciplines launches it 10-year strategy to identify key sustainability priorities.

Climate plans for poorest 'on ice'

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 04:21
Projects to help world's poor tackle climate change are at risk

Animals' 3D brain compass found

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 04:16
Bats have a "neural compass" that allows them to keep track of exactly where and which way up they are, scientists say.

Orion 'Mars ship' set for test flight

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 04:05
Orion, the US space capsule that could one day help get humans to Mars, is about to make its maiden flight from Cape Canaveral.