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Satellite pictures 'clear skies' Africa

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 04:03
The EU's new Sentinel-2a satellite builds a cloud-free view of Africa as it moves towards full capacity mapping.

Life 'went large' a billion years ago

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 14:36
Life was already organising itself into large communities of cells more than a billion years ago, new evidence from China suggests.

VIDEO: Fireball captured on police dashcam

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 14:34
A bright fireball lit up the sky across several states in the US early on Tuesday - and was captured on a police officer's dashcam.

Paradise lost in a tourism boom

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 10:18
Beautiful places threatened by mass tourism

Call for 'more Britons in space'

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 10:00
Britain's first astronaut says the UK risks becoming a "backward nation" if the government does not pay to send more people into space.

Brexit 'risk' for UK universities

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 04:44
UK universities could find it harder to recruit international students if the UK leaves the EU, suggests a survey.

Shakespeare theatre remains revealed

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 03:06
A 'bird whistle' thought to have been used for sound effects in 16th century performances of Romeo and Juliet is discovered at the site of one of Shakespeare's theatres.

Dog cancer's global march mapped

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 17:04
In a major genetic study, scientists trace the historic global spread of a cancer transmitted between mating dogs.

Bison calf put down after car boot trip

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 14:34
Officials at Yellowstone National Park reveal that they had to put down a newborn bison after some tourists put it in the boot of their car.

UK-built Qashqais 'cheated emissions'

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 13:19
Nissan Qashqai cars built at the firm's Sunderland plant in the UK were fitted with so-called emissions defeat devices, South Korean officials allege.

'Smart leg' makes engineering prize list

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 06:35
An "intelligent" prosthetic limb, improved MRI scanners and green engines are the three finalists for a major UK engineering prize.

April breaks global temperature record

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 05:08
April was the seventh month in a row to have broken global temperature records, Nasa figures show.

Bloodhound Diary: Riding four 'gyroscopes'

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 03:57
The effects from riding four 'gyroscopes'

India to 'divert rivers' to tackle drought

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 01:01
India is to divert water from major rivers like the Brahmaputra and the Ganges to deal with severe drought, a senior minister tells the BBC.

Largest plane draws crowds in Australia

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 21:56
Thousands of Australian aircraft enthusiasts have watched the world's largest plane, the Antonov An-225 Mriya, arrive in Perth.

Global flooding 'will threaten billion'

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 21:28
By 2060 more than a billion people worldwide will live in cities at risk of catastrophic flooding as a result of climate change, a UK charity warns.

Discoverer of Neptune's rings dies

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 14:26
Andre Brahic, one of the people who discovered the rings of Neptune, has died aged 73, his publisher says.

RSPCA to become 'less adversarial'

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 04:49
The new chief executive of the RSPCA, Jeremy Cooper, says the charity has made mistakes in the past and in future will be "less political".

Mastodon scraps revise US prehistory

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 19:09
Bones and stone tools from deep beneath a river in Florida betray the presence of humans 14,500 years ago.

Dung beetles navigate with 'sky snapshot'

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:41
Dung beetles record a mental image of the positions of celestial bodies and use the snapshot to navigate, say researchers.