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Former Nasa chief scientist says access to federal data is critical

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 09:55
Limiting access to federal research would do an "enormous disservice" to the US and the world according to former Nasa chief scientist.

Pegasus rocket launches from underside of plane

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 08:05
Small satellites, meant to detect wind speed in stormy weather, blast off over Cape Canaveral on an air-launched rocket.

EU's Galileo satellite system goes live after 17 years

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 05:39
Europe launches its long-delayed Galileo satellite system, aiming to be the world's most accurate.

Babies made from three people approved in UK

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 03:28
Babies made from two women and one man win approval from the UK's fertility regulator.

Light pollution dampens urban robins' song

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 02:56
The song and behaviour of the UK's favourite bird is being affected by light and noise pollution, a study reveals.

New marine life found in deep sea vents

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 19:41
Six new animal species are identified at deep-sea vents beneath the Indian Ocean.

New spider species resembles Harry Potter 'Sorting Hat'

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 19:18
A newly discovered spider bears an "uncanny" resemblance to a magical hat in the Harry Potter books.

Guerrilla archiving

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 16:51
Canadian "guerrilla" archivists will help in scramble to preserve US federal climate data.

How do you drill into a 500C volcano?

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 14:50
Scientists in Iceland are drilling in to a volcano to harness the energy from beneath the Earth.

World's hottest borehole nearly complete

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 14:41
Geologists in Iceland are drilling into the heart of a volcano to create a super-hot borehole they can tap for energy.

Sentinels map Earth's slow surface warping

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 13:02
British researchers are now routinely mapping a great swathe of Earth's surface, looking for the subtle warping that ultimately leads to quakes.

Massive Atlantic wave sets record, says World Meteorological Organization

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 09:47
The highest-ever wave recorded by a buoy is detected in the North Atlantic, say experts.

World’s oldest water gets even older

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 06:57
Scientists have discovered a new deep source of ancient water that is at least two billion years old.

'Great' message

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 06:34
Land Speed Record holder Andy Green has been visiting India to share insights about the Bloodhound supersonic car.

Fossil footprints tell story of human origins

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 00:07
Footprints made by early humans millions of years ago have been uncovered in Tanzania.

'Smart boulders' record huge underwater avalanche

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 11:50
Scientists have had a remarkable close-up encounter with a gigantic underwater avalanche off the coast of California.

Spy satellites reveal Himalayan melt

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 08:39
Scientists have used images taken by Cold War spy satellites to reveal the dramatic environmental changes occurring in the Himalayas.

'Dead or alive' cat in physics top 10

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 04:53
The detection of ripples in space-time and the famous Schrödinger's Cat paradox feature in a list of 2016's physics breakthroughs.

Nickel clue to 'dinosaur killer' asteroid

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 23:53
Scientists say they have a clue that may enable them to find traces of the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs in the very crater it made on impact.

Black hole 'swallowed star', say Queen's astronomers

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 22:21
A star was 'swallowed' after it passed too close to a black hole, say Queen's University astronomers.