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Solar aeroplane arrives in Myanmar

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 07:21
Solar Impulse, the solar-powered plane attempting to fly around the world, completes leg four from Varanasi in India to Mandalay in Myanmar.

Lava tubes safe enough for Moon base

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 07:10
Natural tunnels known as lava tubes could safely house permanent bases on the Moon, scientists have said.

VIDEO: 'The passion gives you energy to fly'

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:18
Bertrand Piccard, one of the pilots taking it in turns to fly Solar Impulse 2, the solar-powered plane, around the world talks to the BBC from the plane.

VIDEO: Solar eclipse: 90 second explainer

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 03:58
BBC News explains Friday's rare celestial event and how you can observe it safely - in 90 seconds.

VIDEO: Do orangutans lie about their size?

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 03:36
Orangutans use their hands to alter their voices and make themselves sound bigger, say scientists.

Astronaut Peake tells of ISS mission

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 03:09
British astronaut Tim Peake tells School Reporters how beneficial work in space can be for those back on Earth.

Do orangutans lie about their size?

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 02:12
Orangutans use their hands to alter their voices and make themselves sound bigger, say scientists.

Ministers challenged over CO2 cuts

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 01:03
The UK government’s claim that the country leads the world in cuts of carbon emissions is challenged by researchers at Leeds University.

Wet wipe litter on beaches 'up 50%'

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 19:28
The number of used wet wipes littering beaches in the UK has increased by 50% in the last year, a survey of 301 locations suggests.

Is Titan submarine the most daring space mission yet?

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 17:00
Is this the most daring space mission yet?

'Northern lights' observed on Mars

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 14:16
A Nasa spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet detects a mysterious aurora that reaches deep into the Martian atmosphere.

Tidal lagoon 'negotiations open'

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 12:11
Negotiations are opening on a £1bn tidal lagoon scheme in Swansea as the chancellor gives his Budget speech in the House of Commons.

DNA study: Celts not a single group

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:00
A DNA study of Britons shows that, genetically, there is not a unique Celtic group of people in the UK.

VIDEO: Unusual Northern Lights head south

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 10:03
The Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, have been creating a fabulous show across large parts of the Britain, and across the globe.

Ramakrishnan to lead Royal Society

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 08:56
Nobel-winning structural biologist Venki Ramakrishnan is elected to become the next president of the Royal Society.

Solar aeroplane crosses India

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 08:22
Solar Impulse, the solar-powered plane attempting to fly around the world, completes the first leg in a two-hop flight from India to Myanmar.

Europe drops asteroid sampling idea

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 07:02
Europe will not be mounting a sample-return mission to an asteroid, having rejected the MarcoPolo concept at the third time of asking.

Huge marine reserve for Pitcairn

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 06:50
The UK government is to establish the largest marine reserve in the world around the Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific.

Chernobyl: Containing the world's worst nuclear accident

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 03:21
Building the dome to encapsulate Chernobyl

VIDEO: Mexico introduces circus animals ban

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 00:36
The Mexican authorities have introduced a new law banning certain animals - among them tigers, elephants and zebras - from performing in circuses.