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Gravity artist uses island as canvas

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 04:43
A rock-balancing artist showcases his unusual gravity-defying creations on the Isle of Man.

Warming 'worst case' must be studied

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 00:47
Climate change risks should be assessed in the same way as threats to national security according to a new report.

Hadron Collider discovers new particle

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 00:12
Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have announced the discovery of a new particle called the pentaquark.

Pluto probe enters key flyby phase

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 21:35
After a near-10-year-journey to the outer Solar System, Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft begins the most intense period of its encounter with Pluto.

Spacecraft data boosts Pluto's size

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 10:24
Pluto has just been found to be ever so slightly bigger than we thought, having a diameter of 2,370km.

Pluto flyby: Meet the 'King of the Kuiper Belt'

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 02:12
This week's flying visit to Pluto is a beginning, not an end.

New Horizons set for Pluto flyby

Sun, 07/12/2015 - 19:47
Engineers say the New Horizons spacecraft is in great shape for its historic flyby of Pluto on Tuesday.

VIDEO: New Horizons on course for Pluto flyby

Sun, 07/12/2015 - 15:28
Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft is due to flyby Pluto on Tuesday and scientists are expecting it to send back the clearest ever images of the distant dwarf planet.

UK to install volcanic ash detectors

Sun, 07/12/2015 - 00:29
A network of ash detectors is to be installed across the United Kingdom to help prevent volcanic ash cloud shutting down European airspace.

Say goodbye to Pluto's 'spots'

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 15:55
Nasa's New Horizons probe returns a last look at Pluto's fascinating dark spots before they rotate out of view ahead of next week's historic flyby.

VIDEO: Why is Pluto not a planet?

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 09:28
As Nasa's New Horizons probe gets ready to flyby Pluto on Tuesday, the Royal Observatory's Public Astronomer Dr Marek Kukula looks at one of the most divisive issues in modern science - Pluto's reclassification to a "dwarf planet".

Solar Impulse grounded for 2-3 weeks

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 07:32
The record-breaking Solar Impulse plane will be grounded in Hawaii for at least two weeks because of battery damage, making a complete round-the-world journey this year increasingly difficult.

VIDEO: Which electric plane was first?

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 18:58
For the first time an electric plane has successfully flown across the English Channel.

Pluto surface sharpens in new image

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 16:53
As the New Horizons probe heads towards its historic 14 July flyby of Pluto, its images are starting to reveal tantalising indications of the dwarf world's geology.

India launches five UK satellites

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 15:22
An Indian PSLV rocket launches from Sriharikota to put five UK satellites in orbit.

Lazy lifestyle key to panda survival

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 08:34
Scientists say that the giant panda's ability to survive on bamboo is down to its energy-saving lifestyle.

VIDEO: Warning over wildflower gardens

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 05:58
Experts are warning that sowing wildflower seeds in rural areas could be bad for native plant species.

VIDEO: Bees 'at risk from climate change'

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 23:30
Researchers warn bumblebees are under threat from climate change.

Warming 'squeezing out' bumblebees

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 12:27
The natural habitats of bumblebees are shrinking because of higher temperatures in Europe and North America, threatening their survival, researchers say

AUDIO: When jazz collided with physics

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 11:44
The Large Hadron Collider and jazz pianist Al Blatter make an unlikely musical duet at the Montreux Jazz Festival