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Environment Agency boss resigns

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 10:26
Environment Agency chairman Sir Philip Dilley, who faced criticism during the recent floods, resigns.

Mountain lion had forehead teeth

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 05:00
A mountain lion killed in the US state of Idaho had a set of fully-formed teeth growing out of its forehead, wildlife officials say.

Comet dust 'ballistics' probed in 3D

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 00:45
Scientists make microscopic 3D maps of the tracks carved by comet dust when a Nasa spacecraft collected samples in blocks of gel.

Treating medical emergencies in space

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 16:50
What can be learned from preparing for a medical emergency in space?

Seal births top 1,000 at public beach

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 17:11
The growth in number of seal pup births on a public beach in Norfolk is described as "spectacular".

'Age map' traces galactic history

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 12:39
By measuring the age of 70,000 stars across the Milky Way, astronomers make a "growth chart" for our galaxy.

Fracking test explosions allowed

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 07:21
Fracking firms exploring for shale gas are to be allowed to sink boreholes and set off explosive charges without planning permission.

VIDEO: Earth 'enters new geological age'

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 06:25
The evidence suggesting we have entered a new geological epoch defined by humanity's impact on the Earth is now overwhelming, believes an international scientific panel.

AUDIO: How to take a picture of a black hole

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 05:41
Astronomer Feryal Ozel speaks to the BBC's Jonathan Webb about the Event Horizon Telescope.

Pupils make radio call to Tim Peake

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 01:27
Sandringham School in St Albans makes a small piece of history by making the first amateur radio call from the UK to a British astronaut on the space station.

VIDEO: Why is a praying mantis wearing 3D glasses?

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 01:12
Scientists at Newcastle University fit tiny 3D glasses on praying mantises in experiments which could help visual perception in robots.

Event horizon snapshot due in 2017

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 19:01
A global network of nine radio telescopes is set to take the first ever picture of a black hole's event horizon in 2017.

Stomach bug found in ancient Iceman

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 18:29
Bacteria recovered from Oetzi the Iceman shed light on his health and also human history, scientists report.

Cousteau's Calypso to sail again

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 14:57
The late French explorer Jacques Cousteau's famous ship, Calypso, will sail again following renovation work, its owners reveal.

Neanderthal genes 'boosted our immunity'

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:12
We may owe our ability to fight disease to our extinct relatives - the Neanderthals and Denisovans.

Cumbrian farmer watched sheep flock drown

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 09:32
Farmers in Cumbria have been hard hit by the floods, including one who watched his flock drown.

Big squeeze hints at metallic hydrogen

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 04:41
British researchers use diamonds to compress hydrogen very close to the conditions where it ought to start behaving like a metal.

Farmers could be paid to let land flood

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 02:24
A plan to pay farmers in England for allowing their land to be flooded, in a bid to protect towns downstream, is to be considered by the government.

Sweden: Climate model for the world?

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 19:36
Will refugee crisis hurt Sweden's green energy plans?

Star clumps 'good bet for alien life'

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 18:47
Two astronomers argue that ancient, dense clusters of stars at the fringe of the Milky Way are a good bet in the search for alien intelligence.