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Antarctic base lost power at -32C

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:25
All power, including heating and lighting, was lost for 19 hours at a research station in the Antarctic housing 13 people, it is revealed.

VIDEO: Trapping badgers 'vital' in TB fight

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:03
The government says its badger vaccination project in Gloucestershire is still a vital part of its plan to tackle bovine TB.

Tidal generator unveiling 'landmark'

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 04:38
A full-scale tidal power generator aimed at showing the potential for renewable energy is unveiled in Pembrokeshire.

VIDEO: Crane chicks reintroduced to UK

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 02:27
Almost 100 crane chicks brought over from Germany have been released as part of a project to reintroduce the birds to the UK.

Beetle boost as rare insect turns up

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 01:40
An endangered beetle is sighted in Cambridgeshire for the first time in more than 40 years.

Variation in ant nest 'personality'

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 17:47
Ant colonies have their own personalities, which are shaped by their environment, a US study suggests.

VIDEO: Technology headquarters of the future

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 16:00
Technology giants are using their burgeoning wallets to build new headquarters - what kind of buildings do they want?

Rosetta captures a comet in close-up

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:24
New images are released of the mysterious comet called 67P

AUDIO: Scientists hail dinosaur discovery

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 03:22
Scientists from the University of Zurich and the Natural History Museum have discovered a previously unknown species of dinosaur.

Rosetta goes into orbit around comet

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 02:00
In a historic first, a European spacecraft arrives at a speeding comet after a 10-year chase.

Fish still on decline in Irish Sea

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 00:56
Restrictions on cod and salmon fishing aimed to rejuvenate falling stocks in the Irish Sea and inland waterways do not appear to have halted the decline.

Rosetta probe set to meet comet

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 23:38
Europe's long travelling satellite is set to rendezvous in a few hours with one of the strangest objects in the solar system.

Can we overcome our dread of comets?

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 17:41
Will Rosetta finally end our fear of comets?

AUDIO: Futurist: Moon mining 'is possible'

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:08
A futurist says it is "possible" the Chinese could start mining for fuel on the Moon.

Stem cell scientist found dead

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:58
A Japanese scientist involved in a scandal over discredited stem cell research has been found dead in an apparent suicide.

Comets up close

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 10:08
Five other space rocks we've seen from close range

Wallaby reports spark police calls

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 05:36
Police receive calls about a wallaby in Kingsclere, but the RSPCA says there is no cause for alarm.

Horses' ears 'communication tool'

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 23:45
Horses look to the ears to work out what another animal is thinking, according to a study.

DNA fingerprinting pioneer honoured

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 17:00
Prof Sir Alec Jeffreys, who invented genetic fingerprinting in 1984, receives the world's oldest science prize, the Royal Society's Copley Medal.

Euro forest disturbances increasing

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 16:57
Climatic change was a "key driver" behind forest disturbance increase in the 20th Century but uncertainty still surrounds the future, a study suggests.