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'Astonishing' blue whale numbers at South Georgia

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 19:00
The biggest animal on Earth is returning to waters where it was nearly driven to extinction.

Heather Couper: Broadcaster and astronomer dies at 70

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 09:44
She appeared on TV shows ranging from Blue Peter to The Sky At Night, as well as documentaries.

How overseas stag parties are hurting the environment

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 16:20
About half the flights young men take each year are for stag dos - and that generates a lot of emissions.

Climate change: Fertiliser could be used to power ocean-going ships

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 16:04
Ammonia, the key ingredient of fertiliser, can be burned in ships’ engines in place of polluting diesel.

Locust swarms: South Sudan latest to be hit by invasion

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 07:37
The ravenous pests have devoured crops and pasture threatening a food crisis in East Africa.

Neanderthal 'skeleton' is first found in a decade

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 07:21
Researchers describe the first "articulated" remains of a Neanderthal to be discovered in a decade.

Nasa's 2020 rover: Can we finally answer the big question about Mars?

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 07:00
The US space agency's next rover will hunt for life's traces among the rocks of the Red Planet.

Coronavirus: Largest study suggests elderly and sick are most at risk

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 03:20
The deadliness of the virus advances progressively with the age of the patient, research suggests.

British radio antenna to arrive at space station

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 15:59
The UK's first industrial contribution to the orbiting platform will improve its communication links.

Andrew Sabisky: No 10 adviser resigns over alleged race comments

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 13:39
Andrew Sabisky said that he wanted to help the government, "not be a distraction".

Jeff Bezos: World's richest man pledges $10bn to fight climate change

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 11:14
The Amazon boss and world's richest man gives 8% of his fortune to fight the planet's "biggest threat".

No 10 refuses to condemn adviser's remarks

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 08:13
Labour calls for Andrew Sabisky to be sacked over reported comments on race and eugenics.

Open University scientists testing 'Moon dust' for water

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 03:52
Scientists at the Open University are studying minerals collected during the 1969 Moon landings.

German firms Bayer and BASF fight $265m US fine over weedkiller

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 03:05
Bayer and BASF are told to pay huge damages to a Missouri peach-grower.

Met Office forecasters set for 'billion pound' supercomputer

Sun, 02/16/2020 - 16:13
A new supercomputer is to be built by 2022 to improve the accuracy of weather forecasting.

Human compost funerals 'better for environment'

Sun, 02/16/2020 - 11:03
A US firm claims the service it offers saves more than a tonne of carbon, after a pilot study.

EU research head optimistic on post-Brexit future

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 08:04
The future scientific relationship is the European Research Council's biggest challenge, new head says.

Astronomers want public funds for intelligent life search

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 16:07
Astronomers want more public funds to help search for intelligent life elsewhere in the universe.

Sex robots may cause psychological damage

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 16:04
US researchers call for more regulation around the sale of sex robots with artificial intelligence.

Wildfire smoke may cause life-long harm

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 11:00
Smoke from wildfires may have long-term health effects, according to US research on juvenile monkeys.