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EU colour Earth cam now operational

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 07:03
The EU's latest Earth observer, Sentinel-2a, is now operational, meaning anyone can download its colour views of the planet’s land surface.

NI's curlew population 'in danger'

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 22:23
One of our best-known birds is added to a list of those that are giving major concern to conservationists.

Probe launches on space 'ripples' quest

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 20:24
Europe launches the Lisa Pathfinder satellite, a physics experiment to test the technology needed to detect the warping of space-time produced by events in the cosmos.

India 'will cut coal for climate cash'

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 11:21
India will cut back its skyrocketing use of coal if sufficient cash for renewables emerges from a Paris deal, says a senior negotiator.

VIDEO: Seeking gravitational waves in space

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 09:48
Dr Harry Ward of Glasgow University shows off the instrumentation for the Lisa Pathfinder's gravity experiment.

VIDEO: Voices from disappearing islands

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 05:39
The BBC's Matthew Price hears concerns for the future of Vanuatu from residents of the islands on the front line of the climate change debate.

Did early humans 'kill the cat'?

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 18:39
The sabre-toothed cat lived alongside early humans, and may have been a fearsome enemy, say scientists.

VIDEO: World's first methane powered tractor

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 16:40
Engineers in Italy have found a way to harness methane to fuel tractors.

The search for Britain’s only native species of cicada

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 16:15
The species hasn't been seen in 15 years

VIDEO: Jurassic footprints found on Skye

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 09:02
Scientists find footprints - left by some of the biggest dinosaurs ever to have walked on Earth - in a bay on the Isle of Skye.

Safer way to do gene editing

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 08:34
Scientists say they have fine tuned a gene editing method to make it safer and more accurate - vital if it is to be used in humans to cure inherited diseases or inborn errors.

COP21: Coal plans to derail 2 degrees

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 07:41
Attempts to keep global warming to 2 degrees will be wildly off course if all planned coal fire plants around the world are built.

Charles: 'We must save our forests'

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 02:47
Prince Charles says forest protection is starting to be taken seriously at the UN climate conference in Paris, but too many companies are turning a blind eye

Prince Charles to make forest appeal

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 01:16
Prince Charles is to call for better protection of the world's forests at the UN climate conference in Paris.

Japanese whaling ships depart for hunt

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 20:43
Japanese whaling ships depart for the Antarctic hunt, after a one year pause, despite international opposition.

Does the Royal Institution have a future?

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 18:15
Does the Royal Institution have a future?

Bid to drill deep inside Earth

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 16:23
Scientists set out this week to drill a hole into the Indian Ocean floor to try to get below the Earth's crust for the first time, testing theories about the make-up of the crust on the way down.

VIDEO: People of Kiribati 'may have to relocate'

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 15:08
Kiribati President Anote Tong says that any possible climate deal is already too late for his country which is planning migration with ''dignity''.

Climate talks 'could be turning point'

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 13:28
US President Barack Obama says the key UN climate conference in Paris could be a "turning point" in global efforts to limit future temperature rises.

High-level climate talks open in Paris

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 03:40
Leaders from 150 nations open a key UN conference in Paris aimed at reaching a deal on curbing carbon emissions to tackle global warning.