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VIDEO: Crows shoot selfie videos for science

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 05:21
New Caledonian crows have been caught in the act of making and using hook-shaped tools, thanks to tiny tail-mounted cameras.

ISS crew receives Christmas delivery

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 04:01
A Russian cargo vehicle carrying food and supplies has docked with the International Space Station - just in time for Christmas.

Dogs 'can read canine emotions'

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 16:46
Dogs can copy each other's expressions in a split-second just like humans, showing the ability to "read emotions", according to Italian researchers.

Faulty tool halts Nasa Mars mission

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 13:57
The US space agency, Nasa, suspends the March launch of its next mission to Mars because of fault in a key research instrument.

Celebrating '12 trees of Christmas'

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 23:04
Conservationists are unveiling their 12 trees of Christmas, in a bid to highlight the plight facing some of the world's threatened conifers.

VIDEO: SpaceX rocket lands back on earth

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 20:46
The private space technology company SpaceX successfully lands a rocket back on land after a mission into space.

US rocket in historic upright landing

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 20:41
US company SpaceX lands an unmanned rocket upright after putting satellites into orbit - the first time such a feat has been accomplished.

US wild bees decline as biofuels boom

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 20:01
A new study says that wild bees in the US are declining in many areas because of increases in the amount of corn being grown for biofuel.

What could possibly go wrong on a spacewalk?

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 16:36
Going on a spacewalk - what could possibly go wrong?

Trapped gas may form Martian gullies

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 09:09
Gullies seen on the surface of Mars could be formed by trapped CO2 gas causing sand to flow downhill, a new modelling study suggests.

Tim Peake assists with space walk

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 07:45
UK astronaut Tim Peake helped two fellow crew members carry out a space walk outside the International Space Station on Monday.

VIDEO: Timelapse highlights of space walk

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 06:25
Watch timelapse highlights as Tim Peake helps his crewmates carry out a space walk.

Northern Lights seen over England

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 06:09
Photographers as far south as Suffolk capture the Northern Lights as the phenomenon makes a rare appearance in the skies above England.

Fog history of Atacama reconstructed

Sun, 12/20/2015 - 21:06
Chilean scientists trace a record of fog behaviour in the Atacama Desert stretching back 3,500 years.

Tim Peake posts thanks from space

Sat, 12/19/2015 - 06:32
UK astronaut Tim Peake thanks the thousands of well-wishers who sent him a good luck message, as he spends his first weekend in space.

Wild breeding plan for storks

Sat, 12/19/2015 - 02:50
A study of storks in Britain is being carried out with a view to encouraging them to breed in the wild.

Could a war in space really happen?

Fri, 12/18/2015 - 16:08
Is a war in space becoming more likely?

Tim Peake: Space is 'spectacular'

Fri, 12/18/2015 - 07:41
UK astronaut Tim Peake says his first three days in space have been better than he imagined.

Tim Peake: Space Itinerary

Fri, 12/18/2015 - 05:20
What is 'Major Tim' doing in his first week in space and beyond?

VIDEO: Counting the cost of Chennai floods

Fri, 12/18/2015 - 02:47
More than 300 people were killed when devastating floods hit the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.