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Formula E is backed by some of the biggest names in the industry and on Saturday Beijing will hold the inaugural race of the season.
As drugs pass through us, they enter the UK's waterways., leading to a startling change in the habits of wildlife.
The Advanced Ligo instrument, a laser "ruler" built to measure the traces of gravitational waves, is progressing at amazing speed, scientists say.
Designers of new Mars instrument draw on nature
Western Australia's shark cull is to be halted after the state's environmental regulator advised against it, citing "scientific uncertainty".
In a shantytown in Rio De Janeiro, a British-backed scientific initiative harnesses the energy we generate in our daily lives to light up a football pitch.
The brain is still active while we sleep, say scientists, who found people were able to classify words according to their meaning during their slumber.
A robot unveiled today at the British Science Festival will be loading dishwashers next year, its developers claim.
The business of saving water for all of our futures
A giant fossil, unearthed in the Sahara desert, has given scientists an unprecedented look at Spinosaurus - the largest-known carnivorous dinosaur.
The Rosetta spacecraft has sent a hauntingly beautiful picture of itself from deep space.
Scientists in Birmingham are trialling new medical tests that lead to rapid, pitchside diagnosis of concussion in sport.
Around five football fields of tropical forest have been illegally cleared every minute between 2000 and 2012 according to a new report.
New figures show destruction of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has risen again, with more than almost 6,000 sq km (2,315 sq miles) being cleared.
The ozone layer around the earth is showing its first sign of thickening after years of steady depletion, a UN team says.
How does it feel when your wife signs up for a one-way space trip?
Can human engineering stop the flow of volcanic lava?
The Earth's protective ozone layer is starting to repair itself, according to a panel of United Nations scientists.
New software presented at the British Science Festival aims to give music producers the power to manipulate sounds more intuitively.
Scientists develop a way to identify island habitats under threat from invasive vertebrates, such as rats, and in greatest need of protection.