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Philae comet lander loses power

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 01:47
The Philae comet lander finally loses power and drops into standby mode, but is able to send back a crucial batch of scientific data just in time.

VIDEO: Comet scientist's apology for shirt

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 09:16
One of the scientists involved in the Philae lander mission apologises for any offence caused over a shirt he wore earlier in the week.

Future of comet lander 'uncertain'

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 05:39
The Philae lander has attempted to drill into the surface of Comet 67P, amid fears that its battery may die in hours.

AUDIO: European science 'at a peak'

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:06
Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith and Dr Jean-Claude Worms debate the reasons behind the success of scientific work in Europe.

'Time for risks' with comet lander

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 02:55
Scientists working on Philae comet lander say it is time to take more risks with the probe, amid fears its battery might die within hours.

Hopes rise beavers could stay free

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 23:37
Campaigners hope beavers living on an English river could be allowed to remain in the wild if free of disease.

Rabies risk from puppy smuggling

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 17:50
An increasing number of dogs are being transported to the UK from eastern Europe, risking an outbreak of rabies, a charity is warning.

VIDEO: Buzz Aldrin sets out Mars vision

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 15:28
The second man to walk on the Moon, Buzz Aldrin, talks to BBC Newsnight about the importance of the Rosetta comet landing and where space exploration should go next.

VIDEO: Photos of Earth's beauty from space

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 15:08
Chris Hadfield, who has published photographs of Earth taken from the ISS, tells the BBC's Katty Kay how he feels about the historic comet landing of the robot probe Philae.

'World grappling with malnutrition'

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 11:32
Every nation on the planet, except China, is crossing a "malnutrition red line", suffering from too little or too much nutrition, a report warns.

Lightning strikes 'more as world warms'

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 11:16
Global warming will significantly increase the frequency of lightning strikes, according to US research.

Is comet landing mission worth the cost?

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 10:29
Can Rosetta mission price tag be justified?

Rosetta mission: Can you land on a comet?

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 09:57
Will you touch down or crash in our interactive game?

Battery will limit comet lander life

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 09:42
After a historic but awkward comet landing, the robot probe Philae is now stable and sending pictures - but faces concerns about its battery life.

'Sad day' as EU chief scientist axed

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 07:45
Researchers across Europe have expressed dismay at the scrapping of the role of EU Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA).

VIDEO: When astronauts play with water

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 23:42
Earlier this year astronauts on the International Space Station shot a video showing what happens to water surface tension in microgravity

Scientists wait for comet probe news

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 18:52
Scientists face a tense wait to learn the fate of a robot probe that made a historic landing on a comet - but did not stay in place as planned.

Wait after comet landing 'bounce'

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 16:35
A robot makes the first, historic landing on a comet, but its status remains uncertain after anchoring harpoons fail to fire.

Virgin pilot 'thrown free' in crash

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 13:22
The pilot who survived the Virgin Galactic spaceship crash was thrown clear as the craft broke up around him, investigators say.

VIDEO: 'Fantastic, fantastic, it's landed'

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:31
"It's landed - I've waited years for this", Professor Monica Grady has said, on finding out that the robot probe Philae had landed on a comet.