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VIDEO: Helping hand for chilly owls

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 04:37
Barn owls can struggle to survive in cold, wet weather and as low temperatures persist people in Yorkshire are doing their best to give the birds a helping hand as Paul Murphy reports.

VIDEO: Tim Peake drives remote Mars rover

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 10:53
UK astronaut Tim Peake has performed a challenging remote control experiment on the International Space Station.

Weasel shuts down Large Hadron Collider

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 10:09
The Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator in Switzerland is offline after suffering a short circuit - caused by a weasel.

Tim Peake drives remote robot on Earth

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 09:18
UK astronaut Tim Peake controls a robot vehicle on Earth from the space station, simulating how humans could one day remotely command vehicles on other worlds.

Kenyan call to stamp out ivory trade

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 09:02
President Kenyatta of Kenya urges action to end Africa's illegal trade in ivory as he prepares to host a summit on saving elephants from extinction.

'Sleepless slugs' on rise, say experts

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 03:24
Last year's wet summer, followed by one of the warmest winters on record, has helped to create a generation of sleepless slugs, wildlife experts have warned.

VIDEO: Meet the decoys protecting tiny seabirds

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 01:16
Conservationists have come up with a novel solution, using fake versions of the Little Tern, to try to attract the real ones to find suitable nesting spots.

Lizards share sleep patterns with humans

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 00:55
Scientists say sleep patterns previously thought exclusive to mammals and birds are also found in lizards.

What is the most expensive object on Earth?

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 23:47
Will a new UK nuclear power station be the most expensive thing ever built?

Tim Peake to control rover from space

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 21:55
British astronaut Tim Peake is set to take part in an experiment to control a space rover on Earth from his base on the International Space Station.

Japan to abandon space satellite forever

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 21:40
Japan's space agency says it will abandon efforts to restore a multimillion dollar satellite sent to explore black holes, after it spun out of control.

'Secret of youth' in ginger gene

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 17:16
Scientists say they have made a leap in knowing why some people retain their youthful looks while others age badly.

Gene therapy reverses sight loss

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 15:25
A genetic therapy improves the vision of some patients who would otherwise have gone blind.

VIDEO: Gene therapy could reverse sight loss

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:44
A pioneering new treatment is giving is new hope for those with macular degeneration, as Pallab Ghosh reports.

New EU radar satellite takes first image

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 09:42
The EU's newest Earth observation satellite, Sentinel-1b, has returned its first radar imagery - of Svalbard, the Norwegian archipelago.

Neonics 'not equally harmful' to bees

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 09:04
The largest field-study so far in to the group of pesticides called "neonicotinoids" has concluded that each acts differently on the brains of the bees.

Glaciers with a flotilla of 'ice sails'

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 01:00
Scientists describe the processes that drive "ice sails" - a rare and somewhat esoteric feature of debris covered glaciers.

Delayed Russian rocket lifts off

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 22:55
Russia launches the first rocket from its new Vostochny cosmodrome, following a 24-hour delay that drew the ire of President Vladimir Putin.

Mars mission by 2018 says SpaceX

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 10:42
Billionaire Elon Musk plans to send his Dragon spacecraft to Mars as early as 2018.

Brain's 'atlas' of words revealed

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 10:38
Scientists in the US have mapped out how the brain organises language.