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Russian spacecraft 'out of control'

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 09:33
A Russian spacecraft delivering supplies to the International Space Station is out of control and will fall back to Earth, unnamed officials say.

Satellite reveals quake movement

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 04:21
Europe's Sentinel-1a satellite gets its first good look at the aftermath of Saturday's big quake in Nepal.

Runners injured in animal snares

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 00:21
Calls are being made for snares to be banned after two runners were caught in the traps in the Peak District.

Harbour light 'confuses creatures'

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 18:02
Artificial lighting in harbours is luring in sea creatures that cause damage to ships, a study suggests.

Exploding batteries filmed in 3D

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 15:21
Using thermal cameras and X-rays, engineers get a detailed view of overheated lithium-ion batteries failing and exploding.

Fire breaks out near Chernobyl plant

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 14:41
Firefighters battle blaze in woods near Ukraine's disused Chernobyl nuclear plant, the site of the worst nuclear disaster in history.

Landslide fears after Nepal quakes

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 08:35
The Nepal earthquake and its aftershocks have probably triggered many landslides, scientists warn.

Amazon: 1% of trees store 50% carbon

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 08:14
About 1% of all the tree species in the Amazon rainforest account for half of the carbon locked in the region, a study estimates.

Vatican urges action on climate

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 07:54
The Vatican Science Academy urges politicians to end their "infatuation" with a form of economic growth that is ruining the Earth.

VIDEO: Polar bear settles into new Highlands home

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 06:16
Victoria the polar bear is settling into her new home in the Highlands as keepers hope they will hear the pitter patter of tiny feet if a suitor is found.

EU to limit thinnest plastic bags

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 05:55
The European Parliament votes to limit the use of plastic bags in Europe, in a drive to curb pollution.

Seat installed in supersonic car

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 05:47
Land-speed record-holder Andy Green sees the installation of the seat he will use in the 1,000mph Bloodhound Super Sonic Car.

VIDEO: New York turns lights off for birds

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 01:07
The state of New York is to turn off non-essential lights in state-run buildings to help migrating birds navigate routes in spring and autumn.

VIDEO: Chernobyl fox makes sandwich

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 12:22
A fox in Chernobyl has made a large sandwich using cold meats and bread fed to him by a radio crew in the area.

Nepal quake 'followed historic pattern'

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 09:08
Nepal's devastating magnitude-7.8 earthquake on Saturday was primed over 80 years ago by its last massive earthquake in 1934, geologists working in the region say.

Back pain link to chimpanzee spine

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 19:29
People with lower back problems are more likely to have a spine similar in shape to the chimpanzee, our closest ape ancestor.

Hidden lives of Chernobyl's wildlife

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 14:05
Scientists' camera traps offer a snapshot into the secret lives of wildlife inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

A turtle's paradise in the Caribbean

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 17:15
One island's bid to track the shy sea creatures

Hunting whales with rowing boats and spears

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 17:06
The men who hunt huge prey with rowing boats and spears

Why Nepal is so vulnerable to quakes

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 03:36
The Magnitude 7.8 Nepal earthquake has occurred in what is one of the most seismically active regions in the world.