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VIDEO: How do you vaccinate a badger?

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 01:09
BBC Inside Out follows the badger vaccination team in Cornwall as they test whether vaccination could be an effective alternative to culling.

Disease threat to wild bees

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 21:12
The trade in bees used for honey or to pollinate crops could have a devastating impact on wild bees and other insects, say scientists.

'Designer baby debate should start'

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 16:47
Rapid progress in genetics is making "designer babies" more likely and society needs to be prepared, leading scientists have told the BBC.

VIDEO: Video of SpaceX rocket crash landing

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 14:09
The inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk has shared video footage of the moment his SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket crashed into a floating sea platform.

VIDEO: Seals' night 'secrets' revealed

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:43
Thermal imaging filming techniques by BBC Winterwatch have revealed the nocturnal behaviour of England's largest seal colony.

VIDEO: Scientists prepare for sub-Antarctic rat cull

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 01:26
British scientists are preparing for the world's biggest rat cull on a sub-Antarctic island.

Rosetta will prompt image rethink

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 13:56
The way some images have been drip-fed from the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission at Comet 67P should prompt a rethink on data policies, the organisation's chief says.

2014 confirmed as warmest on record

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 09:29
The 12 months of 2014 were the warmest on record, with global temperatures 0.68C (1.24F) above the long-term average, say US government scientists.

VIDEO: The geese that fly over Mt Everest

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 04:20
A tracking study reveals the secrets of the Himalayan flight of the bar-headed goose, the world's highest bird migration.

Wind adds resilience to UK energy

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 03:00
Installing more wind turbines will make the UK's energy market more resilient to price shocks in the global fossil fuel markets, an independent report concludes.

Lost Beagle2 probe found on Mars

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 02:00
High-resolution images taken from orbit identify the landing location of the lost Beagle2 probe, and it appears to be in one piece.

Highest bird migration tracked

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:02
The mystery of the highest bird migration - the flight of bar-headed geese over the Himalayas - has finally been solved by scientists.

Hibernating hints at dementia therapy

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 04:56
A neurodegenerative disease has been halted by harnessing the regenerative power of hibernation, scientists say.

Testing 'better than badger cull'

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 02:24
Stepping up cattle testing is a far more effective bovine TB control strategy than shooting badgers, according to computer modelling work.

Shoe generates power from walking

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 00:40
German researchers have built shoe-sized devices that harvest power from the act of walking.

VIDEO: How do our brains deteriorate with age?

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 00:02
Scientists in Edinburgh investigate the effects of ageing on the brain as the population continues to grow older.

Rate of sea-level rise 'steeper'

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 11:42
The rate at which the global oceans have risen in the past two decades is more significant than previously recognised, say US-based scientists.

ISS evacuation after leak fears

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 09:52
Crew members were evacuated from a US segment of the International Space Station after an ammonia leak was suspected.

Gold rush threat to tropical forests

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 07:36
Rising demand for gold is leading to the loss of tropical forests in South America, scientists warn.

Curiosity rover clobbers Mars rock

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 06:27
The American space agency's Curiosity rover smashes up the latest rock it was trying to drill on Mars.