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Solar Impulse: Zero-fuel plane begins final flight

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 16:59
The Sun-powered aircraft Solar Impulse sets out from Egypt's capital, Cairo, on the last leg of its quest to circle the globe.

Rare bog butterfly flutters back from brink

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 17:37
A small bog in Lancashire is once again home to a rare species of butterfly, for the first time in 100 years.

Telescopes: A giant leap for Africa

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 03:50
Currently under construction, the MeerKAT telescope in South Africa is establishing its role in scientific research.

Sunburned dolphin spotted in Moray Firth

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 03:17
A dolphin that was sunburned while stranded out of water on mudflats for 24 hours in May appears to be recovering from its injuries.

Super-hard metal 'four times tougher than titanium'

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 20:59
A super-hard metal is made in the laboratory by melting together titanium and gold.

Drought 'shuts down Amazon carbon sink'

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 20:56
A recent drought shut down the Amazon Basin's carbon sink by killing trees and slowing trees' growth rates, a first-of-its-kind study shows.

Wild birds 'come when called' to help hunt honey

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 11:12
Honey hunters in Mozambique rely on the help of honeyguide birds - and a new study reveals their two-way communication.

Brain map carves cortex into twice as many areas

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 06:01
A brain map built up from scans of more than 400 individuals has carved the "cortex" into 180 different compartments, including 97 new ones.

Twycross Zoo begins great ape heart disease study

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 16:18
Twycross Zoo and the University of Nottingham are to look into why great apes are susceptible to heart disease.

South Africa's great white sharks 'facing extinction'

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 11:36
South Africa's great white shark population is heading for possible extinction‚ after a rapid decline in numbers, say researchers.

June 2016 'hottest worldwide in modern history'

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 11:11
June 2016 was the hottest June worldwide in modern history - marking the 14th month in a row that global temperature records have been broken

Vast asteroid created 'Man in Moon's eye' crater

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 10:11
One of the biggest craters on the Moon's surface was created by an asteroid more than 250km across, a study suggests.

Scots offshore wind 'pretty much dead', former minister claims

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 08:36
A former UK energy minister claims the offshore wind industry in Scotland is "pretty much dead" after a legal challenge to four projects.

Google uses AI to save on electricity from data centres

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 06:01
Its artificial intelligence division, DeepMind, has cut Google's data centres' energy consumption by 15%, using a machine-learning algorithm.

UK lab animal numbers holding steady

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 05:55
New figures show that animal experiments in UK labs are continuing at an almost identical rate to recent years.

Cuckoo migration 'now more perilous'

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 00:06
Britain has lost more than 70 percent of its cuckoos in the last 25 years, but tiny tracking devices fitted to some of the birds may have solved the mystery of their decline.

Infrastructure 'still faces flood risk'

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 22:00
Britain's roads, bridges, railways, hospitals, electricity, gas, water and internet remain at risk from floods, a government review will soon concede.

Hottest June ever recorded worldwide - NOAA

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 11:55
Last month was the hottest ever June worldwide, and the 14th straight month that global heat records have been broken, scientists say.

Brexit 'damaging science', UK academies warn

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 11:33
An open letter to the government from UK academies representing science, medicine and engineering warns that Brexit is already harming science.

Original Bramley apple tree in Southwell is dying

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 10:36
The original Bramley apple tree - planted more than 200 years ago and the "mother" of all modern Bramley apples - is dying from a fungal infection.