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Can the smell of the sea cool the Earth?

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 17:47
Can the smell of the sea cool the Earth?

VIDEO: Cleaner-fish 'eat' salmon healthy

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 16:04
Scotland's salmon farming industry has begun farming a new type of fish, specifically to keep salmon clean.

Asda to increase price it pays for milk

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 13:19
Asda is to increase the price it pays its milk supplier to "a level that will assist farmers during the current crisis", the supermarket says.

UK museum may hold Zimbabwe bones

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 10:51
A UK museum says it may hold Zimbabwean human remains, but cannot confirm if they are the "skulls of beheaded heroes" referred to by President Mugabe.

Comet 67P passes closest point to Sun

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 10:10
Comet 67P has passed the closest point to the Sun in its 6.5-year orbit, with the Rosetta spacecraft still in orbit around it.

VIDEO: Perseid shower in 45 seconds

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 06:34
Stargazers captured the dazzling display of the annual Perseid meteor shower as it reached its peak on Wednesday night. BBC News viewers sent in their photos.

Tianjin blasts 'on seismic scale'

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 03:33
The force of the explosions in the Chinese port city of Tianjin were so vast they "alarmed" China's National Earthquake Network.

Stargazers capture meteor shower

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 00:41
The annual Perseid meteor shower reached its peak during the night, although weather spoilt viewing in some parts of the UK.

VIDEO: Fracking bids: Ministers to step in

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 23:20
Environmental groups are angry at moves to give ministers the power to decide whether or not to approve applications for fracking if local authorities take too long.

Fracking bids to be fast-tracked

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 20:27
Shale gas planning applications in England are to be fast-tracked under new government measures to crack down on councils that delay on making a decision.

Victims of 1665 Great Plague 'found'

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:01
A mass burial site that may contain 30 victims of the Great Plague is found underneath Liverpool Street station as part of Crossrail works.

VIDEO: With the elephants orphaned by poachers

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 08:59
One World Elephant day, the BBC is told how poaching could see the end of elephants in the wild by 2030.

VIDEO: The Perseid meteors - in 60 seconds

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 04:56
A look at some of your photos of the Perseid meteor shower in 60 seconds.

VIDEO: Why the Perseids happen every year

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 02:46
The BBC's Pallab Ghosh explains why the Perseid meteor shower happens every year.

Shell Arctic drilling 'risky'

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 23:39
Arctic oil drilling may harm Shell's reputation and cost it dear, says the former BP boss Lord Browne, but Shell says the risks are manageable.

VIDEO: Medieval 'sea monster' raised from Baltic

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 17:50
The figurehead from a 15th century ship, the Gribshunden, has been raised from the Baltic Sea near Ronneby, Sweden, more than 500 years after it sank.

Lost in space? Nasa under pressure

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 16:48
Are Nasa's robotic spacecraft plans in trouble?

VIDEO: Robots that build 'baby robots'

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 16:05
Researchers have developed a robot that can build "baby" robots that get progressively better at moving without any human intervention.

Eye movements 'change dream scenes'

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 16:02
The first ever recordings from inside the human brain during REM sleep suggest that flickering eyes accompany "scene changes" in our dreams.

Robots learn to evolve and improve

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 16:02
Engineers develop a robotic system that evolves and improves its performance.