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A rock-balancing artist showcases his unusual gravity-defying creations on the Isle of Man.
Climate change risks should be assessed in the same way as threats to national security according to a new report.
Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have announced the discovery of a new particle called the pentaquark.
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.
Pluto has just been found to be ever so slightly bigger than we thought, having a diameter of 2,370km.
This week's flying visit to Pluto is a beginning, not an end.
Engineers say the New Horizons spacecraft is in great shape for its historic flyby of Pluto on Tuesday.
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.
A network of ash detectors is to be installed across the United Kingdom to help prevent volcanic ash cloud shutting down European airspace.
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.
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".
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.
For the first time an electric plane has successfully flown across the English Channel.
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.
An Indian PSLV rocket launches from Sriharikota to put five UK satellites in orbit.
Scientists say that the giant panda's ability to survive on bamboo is down to its energy-saving lifestyle.
Experts are warning that sowing wildflower seeds in rural areas could be bad for native plant species.
Researchers warn bumblebees are under threat from climate change.
The natural habitats of bumblebees are shrinking because of higher temperatures in Europe and North America, threatening their survival, researchers say
The Large Hadron Collider and jazz pianist Al Blatter make an unlikely musical duet at the Montreux Jazz Festival