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Brazil releases 'good' mosquitoes

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 13:38
Brazilian researchers release thousands of mosquitoes infected with a bacteria that suppresses dengue fever into the environment in Rio de Janeiro.

Water seen on Neptune-sized planet

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:21
A cloud-free atmosphere reveals signs of water vapour on HAT-P-11b, the smallest planet beyond our Solar System ever to yield such an insight.

Threatened birds of prey 'vanish'

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 10:11
Two of the rarest birds of prey in England, which had been satellite tagged, vanish in unexplained circumstances.

India Mars mission arrives in orbit

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:53
India becomes the fourth nation to put a satellite into orbit around Mars, as Mangalyaan arrives to study the Red Planet's atmosphere.

Why India's Mars mission is so cheap - and thrilling

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:44
How did India get to Mars so cheaply?

Novel antibiotic class created

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:39
Scientists have designed a new class of antibiotic which seeks and destroys resistance genes in bacteria.

Ebola drains weak health systems

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 03:30
Ebola pushes West Africa's weak health systems over the edge

Hyenas feast at vulture restaurants

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 03:18
"Restaurants" of dead meat set up for endangered vultures also attract an undesirable clientele of hyenas and jackals, according to a six-year study.

Melt ponds forecast ice retreat

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 03:02
A UK technique for projecting the extent of summer sea ice in the Arctic demonstrates its skill by accurately calling this year's melt events.

VIDEO: Citizen science 'crucial to research'

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 00:48
Information from "citizen scientists" is becoming more and more vital for some research projects, scientists say.

China and US pledge climate action

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 23:18
China and the US agree they must lead the rest of the world in curbing emissions to combat climate change, as a major UN summit closes in New York.

Mangalyaan: India's race for space success

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 20:58
Will India's Mars mission reach the orbit?

Climate summit advances towards Paris deal

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 17:23
Sun shines on climate summit as majority of leaders pledge action

Farming 'vital for global growth'

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 16:46
Scientific agricultural advances can help "climate-proof" farming systems around the globe, especially in developing nations, a conference will hear.

VIDEO: UN adviser on 'alarming climate change'

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 14:34
US economist and UN adviser Jeffrey Sachs has told the BBC he thinks governments are still not working hard enough to take care of climate change.

VIDEO: Woolly mammoth skeleton up for auction

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 13:33
A rare skeleton of a woolly mammoth is set to be sold at auction in the UK in November with a guide price of £150,000 to £250,000

VIDEO: Global push to tackle climate change

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 12:33
World leaders are being asked to make bold pledges to address climate change at a one day summit in New York.

VIDEO: Brian Cox: 'Multiverse' makes sense

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 06:31
The presenter and physicist Brian Cox says he supports the idea that many universes can exist at the same time.

AUDIO: Space inflation and a physics bet

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 04:45
One of the biggest scientific claims of the year has received another set-back, putting the result of a bet between two significant physicists in jeopardy.

AUDIO: How black can black be?

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 04:10
A material dubbed the darkest substance on earth is being used creatively by internationally acclaimed artist Sir Anish Kapoor.