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'Human swan' to join Russia migration

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 02:46
A conservationist plans to take flight this autumn alongside thousands of swans as they make a 4,500-mile journey from the Russian arctic to the UK.

Beagle probe 'seen in sharper view'

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 02:43
Supporting evidence that the Beagle-2 probe is sitting intact on the surface of Mars has come from a new imaging technique developed by UCL scientists.

Second EU radar satellite launches

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 14:43
The European Space Agency launches a second radar satellite into the EU's new Sentinel constellation, to acquire a complete map of the Earth every six days.

Rise in CO2 has 'greened Planet Earth'

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 08:04
The emissions of carbon dioxide from industrial society has spurred a huge growth in trees and other plants, says a report.

Wind farms' climate impact recorded

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 07:22
In the first study of its kind, scientists have been able to measure the climatic effect of a wind farm on the local environment.

VIDEO: 'Fat' gorilla surprises zoo with baby

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 12:20
A gorilla has given birth at Prague Zoo, without keepers noticing she was pregnant.

Peake 'runs' London Marathon in space

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 09:31
UK astronaut Tim Peake has run the distance of the London Marathon on a treadmill in the International Space Station (ISS).

Solar Impulse completes Pacific flight

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 02:10
The zero-fuel aeroplane Solar Impulse completes a three-day flight from Hawaii across the Pacific Ocean, to land in California.

Nations sign historic Paris climate deal

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:26
Amid hope and hype, delegates have finished signing the Paris climate agreement at UN headquarters in New York.

Constant watch on mighty polar glaciers

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 03:12
The EU’s Sentinel satellite system has begun monitoring six of the biggest glaciers on Earth in near real-time, to check for any changes in behaviour.

Leaders prepare to sign climate treaty

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 02:52
The first significant step to putting the Paris Climate Agreement into practice will take place at the UN on Friday when nearly 170 nations are expected to formally sign the deal.

Seed clue to how birds outlived dinosaurs

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 17:22
Modern birds owe their survival to ancestors who were able to peck on seeds after the meteor strike that wiped out the dinosaurs, a study suggests.

Conservation 'failing Congo rainforests'

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 17:17
Establishing new nature reserves with strict protection measures actually fails local communities and wildlife in the Congo Basin, a report says.

Dali helps scientists crack our brain code

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 14:51
Scientists at Glasgow University establish a world first by cracking the communication code of our brains.

Solar Impulse sets off for California

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 09:36
The zero-fuel aeroplane, Solar Impulse, renews its effort to circumnavigate the globe, leaving Hawaii to fly across the Pacific Ocean to San Francisco.

Satellite maps nuclear blast aftermath

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 05:44
The ground convulsion resulting from North Korea's underground nuclear bomb test in January has been mapped by Europe's Sentinel-1a radar satellite.

Pressure grows for price on carbon

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 05:33
A group of world leaders and international finance chiefs has urged the world to rapidly expand the pricing of carbon pollution.

Chameleon's tongue gives up secrets

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 10:28
Scientists build a mathematical model that explains the secrets of the chameleon's extraordinary tongue.

LHC can be 'biggest rain meter'

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:53
The LHC is not just the world's most powerful particle accelerator, it could also be its biggest rain meter.

Concern over Brexit impact on science

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 02:55
The UK science community draws vital benefits from EU membership and could lose influence in the event of an exit, says a House of Lords report.