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Fracking impact on CO2 cuts 'a myth'

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 09:28
New research suggests that the impact of fracking and shale gas in reducing US carbon emissions has been overstated.

MPs 'denied say' over solar cuts

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 07:20
MPs accuse the government of denying them a say over planned cuts to solar subsidies, with an announcement coming a day after the summer recess began.

New migration to Americas revealed

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 05:47
Two separate genetic analyses have found evidence for a surprising genetic link between the native populations of the Americas and Oceania.

More mountains found in Pluto heart

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 05:34
The latest images from Nasa's New Horizons probe reveal another mountain range on Pluto.

Solar energy subsidies set to be cut

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 03:40
Subsidies for many new solar farms are to end under plans being published by the government.

Liquid faeces food 'curing C. diff'

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 03:35
More than 20 people with Clostridium difficile have been saved in the West Midlands by being fed liquid faeces.

Warming threat to England's curlews

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 01:08
Much-loved birds including curlews and cuckoos are under a growing threat from climate change in England.

Lizard 'skin funnel' copied in lab

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 00:51
A new study unpicks how the skin of the Texas horned lizard funnels water towards its mouth, and unveils a plastic replica that uses the same principles.

World's deepest 'space' pool plan

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 21:30
A university is in "exploratory discussions" on plans to build the world's deepest swimming pool for spaceflight and human endurance research.

'Near miss' prompts UK drone warning

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 16:33
A "near miss" between a passenger jet and a drone has prompted a warning about using the hobby aircraft safely.

New 'blue marble' picture delights

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 10:30
A new, full snapshot of our planet has been captured by a Nasa satellite.

Bid to preserve Armstrong Moon suit

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 05:40
The US National Air and Space Museum has turned to crowdfunding to conserve the spacesuit Neil Armstrong wore on the Moon.

Fossil fuels to hamper carbon dating

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 04:25
Growing emissions from the burning of fossil fuels are threatening the effectiveness of radiocarbon dating say scientists.

VIDEO: Campaign to preserve Armstrong spacesuit

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 21:21
Cathy Lewis, space suit curator at the Air and Space Museum in Washington, explains why a campaign is under way to raise $500,000 to help safeguard the spacesuit worn by Neil Armstrong.

Cool summer sees Arctic ice increase

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 17:13
Researchers say the Arctic is highly sensitive to changes in summer temperatures as ice rebound continued through 2014.

The beautiful creatures with a deadly streak

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 16:14
The beautiful creatures with a deadly streak

VIDEO: Battling deadly disease in wombats

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 12:50
Australia's wombats are under threat from a painful and fatal skin disease known as mange.

Philae comet lander falls silent

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 09:17
The Philae comet lander has fallen silent, according to scientists working on the European Rosetta mission.

Fishing boats become data platforms

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 07:52
Fishermen in South-West England turn their boats into "massive data platforms" for a citizen science study to measure plankton levels off the UK coast.

VIDEO: Hawking backs huge search for aliens

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 05:54
Prof Stephen Hawking has launched a new effort to answer the question of whether there is life elsewhere in space.