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Will the UK's gas holders be missed?

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 18:46
Will the UK's iconic 'gasometers' be missed?

'Dippy' makes way for blue whale

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 17:15
London's Natural History Museum is re-modelling its entrance, moving out the famous Diplodocus skeleton and moving in the bones of a blue whale.

Skull clue to exodus from Africa

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 12:43
An ancient skull discovered in Israel could shed light on the migration of modern humans out of Africa some 60,000 years ago.

Curiosity rover back in the groove

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:40
Nasa's Curiosity rover gets straight back to work after a software upgrade by drilling a new test hole.

Scottish fracking block announced

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 10:57
The Scottish government announces a block on planned fracking operations, pending the outcome of further inquiries.

AI won't run amok, says Microsoft

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:54
The chief of one of Microsoft's research divisions says he does not believe artificial intelligence systems are going to run out of control, threatening humankind.

'Mystery' beavers permitted to stay

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:10
Mystery family of beavers allowed to stay in English river

'World can cut carbon emissions and live well'

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 06:15
Cutting carbon emissions can be achieved while improving living standards - but big trade-offs in land use and energy are needed, say ministers.

VIDEO: How beavers can change our rivers

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 04:36
Claire Marshall looks at the impact beavers have on the environment, after a decision to allow a family of wild beavers to stay on the River Otter in Devon.

Florida cat crawls out of grave

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 03:37
A cat in Florida who was presumed dead after being run over appears five days later having somehow escaped its grave.

First step towards saving rhino

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 02:54
Experts are pinning their hopes on in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) to save the northern white rhino from extinction.

Kepler finds ancient solar system

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 21:06
An ancient solar system similar to our own is discovered by scientists at the University of Birmingham studying data from the Kepler telescope.

No US-India deal on climate change

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 16:21
Why the US and India walk different paths on climate

US museums consider London outpost

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 15:09
The world's largest museum and research institution could be heading for London as part of a multi-million dollar redevelopment of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Best ever view of asteroid Ceres

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 09:44
The best image ever acquired of Ceres, the largest asteroid in the Solar System, is now in the hands of science.

England's environment 'in decline'

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:52
England's natural environment is in decline and its deterioration is harming the economy, an independent advisory group warns.

Planet hosts giant ring system

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 06:53
Astronomers say they have discovered a gigantic ring system around a distant planet - the first such structure discovered outside our Solar System.

Near asteroid 2004 BL86 has a moon

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 05:32
Scientists who tracked the large asteroid 2004 BL86 as it passed by Earth say it has a small satellite.

VIDEO: 3D printed heart saves girl's life

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 02:01
A two-year-old girl who was born with a serious heart defect has had a life-saving operation thanks to a 3D printer.

'Time to link nature and wellbeing'

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 00:46
Scientists need to work together to capitalise on a growing body of evidence showing a link between biodiversity and human wellbeing, a US review suggests.