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VIDEO: Saving plants from a 'mass extinction'

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 15:30
An ambitious project was launched Wednesday to collect the genomes of the planet's major plant groups and put them into deep freeze.

Pluto map shows 'whale' of a feature

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 01:56
Scientists release their latest map of the surface of Pluto, using images from the inbound New Horizons probe.

Rare system of five stars discovered

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 00:06
Astronomers have discovered a very rare system of five connected stars.

Can you prescribe nature?

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 17:18
Science closing in on link between nature and well-being

Bloodhound Diary: November date for debut

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 04:34
Measuring loads on a car that is travelling at supersonic speeds

BBC unveils final Micro Bit design

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 03:56
The BBC's forthcoming mini-computer gains features absent in an earlier prototype, but is also to be more bulky when used as a standalone device.

Pluto probe 'on course' for flyby

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 15:17
The New Horizons spacecraft lost very little science data when it went into "safe mode" at the weekend, the mission team says.

'More hot summers' for parts of UK

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 09:15
Scorching summers such as the one in 2003 look set to become more common in England and Wales, a study suggests.

VIDEO: The science behind the pollen count

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 00:12
The pollen count is an important part of the weather forecast for the estimated 31 million people who suffer from hayfever.

Peeking into the brain's filing system

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 18:08
Where do your memories live?

In pictures: Lightning illuminates UK

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 08:18
The best images from Friday night's thunder storms

Cats 'control mice' with chemicals

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 16:08
Scientists say a compound in cat urine changes mouse behaviour, making them less afraid of cats.

Solar Impulse completes epic flight

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 13:06
Solar Impulse, the aeroplane that is powered only by the sun, lands in Hawaii after making a historic 7,200km flight across the Pacific from Japan.

VIDEO: 'Irreversible change' to sea life from CO2

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 22:52
A major report warns that life in the seas will be irreversibly changed unless CO2 emissions from industrial society are drastically cut.

Limited badger cull to start in NI

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 22:28
Northern Ireland is to start a limited cull of badgers as part of a research project to combat a disease in cattle that costs the taxpayer £30m a year.

VIDEO: Ice lollies to keep zoo animals cool

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 22:11
Zoo animals across Europe are being fed frozen treats to keep them cool and hydrated during the current heatwave.

Cystic fibrosis gene therapy boost

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 18:58
A gene therapy has stabilised and slightly improved cystic fibrosis in some of 136 patients in a trial.

Why insects are marvels of engineering

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 17:27
High-speed video reveals how insects take to the air

CO2 emissions threaten ocean crisis

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 17:21
A major report warns that life in the seas will be irreversibly changed unless CO2 emissions are drastically cut.

VIDEO: Acrobats of the insect world

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 16:00
Researchers are using super slow-motion footage to reveal the secrets of the most acrobatic insects