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Green light for Magellan super-scope

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 05:19
Construction of the Giant Magellan Telescope receives the go-ahead, leading to preliminary operations in 2021 or 2022.

Hadron collider turns on data tap

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 01:42
The Large Hadron Collider has re-started scientific investigations after a two-year pause.

Chimps 'have capability to cook food'

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 17:11
New research suggests chimps have most of the mental capabilities needed to cook food.

VIDEO: Night footage of Galapagos eruption

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 12:33
Dramatic footage has emerged of Ecuador's Wolf volcano spewing lava into the ocean.

'Moon shot' call on clean energy

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 16:37
Experts call for "Global Apollo Programme" to tackle climate change

Virgin-born sawfish found in Florida

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 15:56
Seven sawfish in a Florida estuary become the first virgin-born vertebrates ever found in the wild, in a sexually reproducing species.

Solar Impulse lands safely in Japan

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 08:04
Solar Impulse, the zero-fuel aeroplane, lands in Japan after being forced to abort a Pacific crossing due to deteriorating weather ahead of it.

'UK's oldest' sauropod confirmed

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 07:02
Britain's oldest sauropod dinosaur is identified from a fossil bone discovered on the North Yorkshire coast, experts reveal.

'Tweeting' seals chart the oceans

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 05:07
A decade of information about the world's harshest seas has been gathered together from specially tagged wandering seals.

Scientists probe antelope deaths

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 05:03
Around half the world's Saiga antelope have died suddenly in Kazakhstan since May 10th, possibly due to stomach bacteria turning on their hosts.

Weather forces Solar Impulse landing

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 03:25
Poor weather forces solar-powered plane Solar Impulse to make unscheduled stop in Japan en route from China to Hawaii.

VIDEO: Underwater robots aim to mimic nature

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 02:07
European researchers have been working on underwater robots that aim to mimic the behaviour of animals and fish.

VIDEO: 'We knew we were facing challenges'

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 01:51
The plane attempting to circumnavigate the world powered only by the sun, is being forced to make a landing in Japan because of bad weather.

Weather threatens solar plane bid

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 19:50
The Solar Impulse, which is attempting the world's first Pacific Ocean crossing in a solar-powered plane, is in holding pattern as weather worsens.

Climate change: The bumpy road to the Paris talks

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 17:55
The bumpy road to climate change talks

Solar plane begins Pacific crossing

Sat, 05/30/2015 - 16:28
Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg begins his bid to cross the Pacific, from China to Hawaii, in the zero-fuel Solar Impulse aeroplane.

VIDEO: Take-off for Solar Impulse 2

Sat, 05/30/2015 - 12:39
Solar Impulse, a plane powered entirely by the sun, takes off on the most difficult leg of its mission to fly a solar plane around the world from China to Hawaii.

Strong earthquake strikes off Japan

Sat, 05/30/2015 - 07:44
A powerful undersea earthquake south of Japan shakes buildings in the capital Tokyo and is felt across the country.

Drones take whale survey to the sky

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 16:13
Scientists are using drones to monitor gray whales of the coast of California.

Great Barrier Reef status at risk

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:49
Awaiting Unesco's decision on a wonder of the natural world