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UK firm ships 'last' sat-nav payload

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 04:28
UK satellite manufacturer SSTL reaches a key milestone in its work on Galileo, shipping its 22nd navigation payload for Europe's version of GPS.

VIDEO: Explosive volcano captured on camera

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 00:42
Dramatic video of Costa Rica's Turrialba Volcano erupting has been captured with an infrared camera.

Solar Impulse plane reaches Oklahoma

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 00:11
Solar Impulse has landed in Tulsa, Oklahoma, ending stage 11 in its round-the-world journey.

Shrinking bird pays the bill for warming

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 18:33
A migratory bird has shrunk in stature as temperatures warm in its Arctic breeding ground, according to research.

Canine clues to brain tumour discovered

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 17:27
Brain tumours in dogs are similar to human ones and could give clues to how the disease develops, say scientists.

Is there any point in planting new trees?

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 14:43
Is there any point in planting new trees?

Dreaming brain rhythms lock in memories

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 11:05
Disrupting brain activity during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep can stop mice from forming new memories, a study suggests.

Satellite's ice vision is boosted

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 04:18
European scientists have found a way to super-charge their study of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets, enabling them to recover 100 times more detail in areas known to be melting.

VIDEO: Elephant has rotten molar extracted

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 03:51
An elephant at Whipsnade zoo has a rotten molar extracted after it stops eating and begins losing weight.

VIDEO: Trapped fox cub rescued from drain

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 15:44
A fox cub falls down a drain and the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service come to the rescue.

Zika virus 'shrinks brains' in tests

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:00
Zika virus can enter the brains of mice in the womb to stunt development, the first animal tests show.

Swarm tracks Earth's turbulent shield

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 04:47
Europe's Swarm space mission is providing an unprecedented view of Earth's protective magnetic field, scientists say.

Boaty McBoatface row 'good for science'

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 23:20
The Boaty McBoatface row has "put a smile on everyone's face" and been "good for science", the head of the National Environment Research Council tells MPs.

'Oldest axe' made by early Australians

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 18:22
Archaeologists say a tiny stone flake from north-western Australia, nearly 50,000 years old, is a remnant of the earliest known axe with a handle.

VIDEO: Dying coral reefs 'dull fish senses'

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 16:18
Fish are unable to learn the scent of their predators in dying coral reefs, research reveals.

VIDEO: The deadly 'red tide' killing sea life

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 10:53
Chile's southern coast has been hit by the biggest ever "red tide" in history. It's caused by toxic algae which is killing sea life and damaging the local fishing economy.

More than 100 Earth-sized planets found

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 10:28
Nasa announces the discovery of more than 100 Earth-sized planets orbiting alien stars.

Rising seas swallow Pacific islands

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 08:08
Five Pacific islands have disappeared as a result of rising sea levels in a first confirmation of the impact of climate change on coastlines, scientists say.

Sentinel's first sea-surface height map

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 03:39
The EU's Sentinel-3a satellite offers a peek at what will be one of its most fundamental products - a map of sea surface height anomalies.

Trade routes written in camel DNA

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 03:29
Cross-continental study reveals how camels' genetic diversity is shaped by ancient trade routes.