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Death Star moon is 'wonky or watery'

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:04
The internal structure of Saturn's moon Mimas is either irregularly shaped or awash with water, according to a new study of its tell-tale wobbling movements.

Mercury's hidden water-ice revealed

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 08:14
A Nasa spacecraft has provided the first optical images of ice within permanently shadowed craters on the planet Mercury.

Smart meters open to hack attack

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 05:18
Smart meters widely used in Spain can be hacked to cut power bills, two security researchers find.

AUDIO: MPs 'should end Climate Change Act'

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 03:24
Parliament should scrap the Climate Change Act and MPs should stop "exaggerating" the effects of climate change, says Owen Paterson.

Paterson in 'lights out' warning

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 01:57
The government's energy policy will "fail to keep the lights on", the former environment secretary has said.

VIDEO: How Ebola samples are processed

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 13:23
Government scientists from Wiltshire are calling for micro-biologists to volunteer in the fight against the growing threat of the deadly Ebola virus.

Giant kangaroo 'walked on two feet'

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:26
A family of extinct kangaroos, three times bigger than living species, probably walked rather than hopped, according to a detailed study of their bones.

Ebola: How many people have died?

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 08:23
Why we don't know how many people Ebola has killed

Comet landing gets green light

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 06:51
The European Space Agency confirms the decision to try to land a robot on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Wednesday 12 November.

UK science 'losing ground' to rivals

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 03:28
Campaigners say the UK will lose its leading position in science and engineering unless current cutbacks are reversed.

Boost for 'next generation' biofuels

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:50
Italy will become the first country in Europe to legally require "advanced biofuels" in cars and trucks, the BBC has learned.

Comet lander pictures its target

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 07:50
The Philae robot, soon to attempt a landing on Comet 67P, takes another dramatic image of the icy object.

Ebola treatments - how far off?

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 05:18
How far away is a treatment and vaccine?

New form of space weather identified

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 03:01
A new form of solar cloud is identified by research led by Dundee University into "space weather" emanating from the Sun.

Plants 'absorb more CO2 than thought'

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 17:58
Global climate models under play the amount of CO2 being absorbed by plants, according to new research.

VIDEO: Mussels 'threat to UK waterways'

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:34
Scientists are warning that an army of shrimps and mussels from Turkey and Ukraine is poised to invade Britain's waterways and kill off native species.

Snail named after marriage equality

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 06:04
A new species of hermaphrodite land snail found in Taiwan has been named in support of marriage equality.

Woman finds three-inch leech in nose

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 05:52
A backpacker finds a leech which had been living in her nose for a month after returning from a trip to South East Asia.

VIDEO: Why are these mussels a menace?

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 02:28
A new species of mussel has been found in the UK which could be hugely damaging to British wildlife.

UK's 'Greatest Geosites' announced

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 17:10
Geologists name the UK's top 100 geological sites, including 10 "people's favourites".