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Warming tempts China in from the cold

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 08:27
China has signalled its desire to tackle climate change - but it seems to want to keep a foot in both camps, says Matt McGrath.

China wants 'win-win' ties with US

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 07:38
China's President Xi Jinping calls for "win-win co-operation" with the US on his first state visit to Washington.

Lunar eclipse to meet 'supermoon'

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 07:26
The Moon will turn a rusty hue on Monday and may seem larger in the sky, say astronomers.

VIDEO: Drax abandons carbon reduction plans

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 06:51
Energy company Drax has abandoned plans to introduce new technology to cut carbon dioxide emissions at the biggest coal-fired power station in the UK.

North Sea cod put back on the menu

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 03:52
North Sea cod is taken off the Marine Conservation Society's list of fish to avoid eating, although it should be only an "occasional treat", it says.

Pluto shows off its 'dragon scales'

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 02:50
A great swathe of Pluto that features a strange rippling terrain is perhaps the highlight of the latest image release from the New Horizons mission.

Drax pulls out of carbon capture scheme

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 02:34
Energy company Drax has pulled out of a £1bn carbon capture project because of the government's decision to reduce subsidies for renewable energy.

Naledi fossil prints come to London

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 01:46
Visitors to London's Natural History Museum are being given the opportunity to see 3D prints of the sensational new Homo naledi fossils.

Concern over hidden diesel pollutant

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 23:45
Atmospheric levels of a little known by-product from diesel engines are up 70 times higher than expected according to a study.

Climate fears for Africa's farmers

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 19:54
A lack of investment will hamper efforts to ensure Africa's farmers can feed future generations in the face of a changing climate, a report warns.

Genetic clue to breast cancer relapses

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 17:47
Scientists say they have discovered a genetic clue to why some breast cancers relapse, which could lead to better treatment.

Body's 'chemical calendar' discovered

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 17:34
The way the body can track the passing of the seasons in a "chemical calendar" has been discovered by scientists.

Who owns outer space?

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 16:29
As the commercial era accelerates, who owns outer space?

Arctic's wakeful winter revealed

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 13:43
Over three winters in the waters of a Svalbard fjord, scientists have catalogued surprisingly high levels of animal activity during the long polar night.

VIDEO: Polar ocean 'teeming with nightlife'

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 12:17
Scientists report surprisingly high levels of animal activity in the Arctic ocean during the long, dark polar winter.

VIDEO: Astronaut news briefing ahead of trip to ISS

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 11:39
US Nasa astronaut Tim Kopra, British ESA astronaut Tim Peake, and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko hold a news briefing

1,000mph Bloodhound car unveiled

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 10:27
The design team behind the Bloodhound Super-Sonic Car put its near-complete vehicle on show in London, ahead of an assault on the world land speed record next year.

Uni team probes 9,000-year-old skull

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 05:38
Dundee University scientists are called in to help investigate a decapitation in Brazil which took place 9,000 years ago.

Facelift for Natural History Museum

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 02:57
The front grounds of London's Natural History Museum are to undergo a multi-million-pound redevelopment, which will also include a new position for "Dippy the Diplodocus".

VIDEO: Paraplegic man walks after spine 'bypass'

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 02:25
A paraplegic man has been able to walk a short distance after scientists used a computer which read signals from his brain and then sent stimulus to his legs.