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Black hole caught 'burping' gas

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 15:56
Astronomers spy two huge waves of gas being "burped" by the black hole at the heart of a nearby galaxy.

VIDEO: The bionic eye that can restore sight

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 12:12
A woman who has gradually been losing her sight for years has been describing the joys of being able to see again after being fitted with a bionic eye.

Lighthouse 'perilously close' to sea

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 09:12
A lighthouse is "perilously close" to falling into the sea after being exposed by coastal erosion, a charity warns.

Tim Peake set for first UK spacewalk

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 07:32
Tim Peake is to carry out the first ever spacewalk by a British astronaut, Nasa has confirmed.

Trees can help farming cut emissions

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 06:13
Increasing yields produced in UK fields and using the spare farmland to plant trees and restore wetlands could greatly reduce emissions, says a study.

Bloodhound Diary: Racing into 2016

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 04:54
This is the year Bloodhound aims to go supersonic

December warmest and wettest month

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 03:13
December was the wettest and warmest month on record - but the Met Office says this sort of extreme weather 'won’t become the new normal for decades'.

VIDEO: How warm December affected gardens

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 02:33
December 2015 was a double record-breaking month according to figures from the Met Office.

Delhi embraces car restrictions on key working day

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 18:21
First real test for Delhi car rationing plan

How do elements get their names?

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 06:37
How do elements get their names?

New elements added to periodic table

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 02:44
Four chemical elements have been formally added to the periodic table, completing the scheme's seventh row.

Rice and palm oil risk to mangroves

Sun, 01/03/2016 - 17:13
The threat posed by the development of rice and palm oil plantations to mangroves in South-East Asia has been underestimated, a study suggests.

Ascension Island to be marine reserve

Sat, 01/02/2016 - 23:21
The government is to create a marine reserve almost as big as the UK in the Atlantic waters of Ascension Island.

VIDEO: Goat and tiger's unlikely friendship

Sat, 01/02/2016 - 16:06
A goat and tiger live in the same enclosure at a Russian safari park but how long can it last?

Advance 'can help find other worlds'

Fri, 01/01/2016 - 16:18
The pull of gravity on a distant star can now be measured more accurately, shedding light on other worlds, say astronomers.

Seal pup drop 'good news' for reserve

Fri, 01/01/2016 - 07:04
The number of pups born at England's largest seal colony drops for the first time after nine years of rapid growth.

'Sewing' with molten glass and maths

Fri, 01/01/2016 - 03:49
US researchers design a "molten glass sewing machine" by combining 3D printing of glass with a mathematical model of the looping liquid threads.

VIDEO: Tim Peake's New Year space message

Thu, 12/31/2015 - 16:04
British astronaut Tim Peake delivers a New Year message from the International Space Station.

Mild, wet December sets weather records

Thu, 12/31/2015 - 04:32
Long-standing weather records have been smashed by a stormy, yet warm December, the Met Office's early figures suggest.

VIDEO: Extinction warning for Africa's rhinos

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 22:42
Africa's rhino population could face extinction within 10 years, animal welfare experts warn.