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Poll to find UK's favourite insect

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 19:46
An online poll is launched by the Royal Society of Biology to find the UK's favourite insect.

Gunman injured by armadillo ricochet

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 07:57
A man in East Texas is wounded after a bullet he fired at an armadillo ricocheted and hit him, the local sheriff says.

VIDEO: 'Blue moon' as seen around the world

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 19:27
There has been a rare opportunity to witness a unique lunar event in the night sky; a so-called "blue moon".

US energy plan to boost renewables

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 07:51
President Obama's clean power plan is likely to be delayed by 2 years but is also expected to push renewable energy.

Earth magnetic shield is much older

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 04:58
Researchers have revealed that the Earth's magnetic field is 550 million years older than previously believed.

Big year ahead for James Webb telescope

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 01:01
It's been a long time coming, but Nasa is now at the business end of building its giant successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.

VIDEO: New science for James Webb Telescope

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 23:06
Mark Clampin from Nasa explains how the James Webb Space Telescope will help us to see even deeper into the Universe.

Could plane debris be MH370?

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 22:03
The BBC examines whether an aeroplane part found in Reunion could belong to the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

In pictures: Ecology photo prize

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 17:56
Spectacular image competition winners

Wales surf wave generator starts up

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 17:06
The first waves have peeled across an artificial surf lagoon built on the site of an old aluminium works on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park.

AA joins protest at green changes

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 16:46
The AA joins green groups in warning that recent changes in energy policy will harm the climate.

Facebook builds drone for net access

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 14:24
The social network Facebook announces it has built its own drone to bring internet connectivity to remote parts of the world.

Great robotic missions to explore space

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 12:58
Past space missions that have changed our understanding

Comet yields 'rich array' of organics

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:08
The spacecraft which made a spectacular landing on a comet last year has discovered a rich array of carbon compounds.

VIDEO: The robot that jumps on water

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:06
Scientists in South Korea develop a tiny robot - based on the water strider insect - that can jump on water.

Robot can leap from water's surface

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:03
Scientists in South Korea develop a tiny robot - based on the water strider insect - that can jump on water

Aquariums 'deliver health benefits'

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 09:54
People who spend time watching fish swim in aquarium tanks could improve their physical and mental wellbeing, a study shows.

Olive tree blight spreads to Corsica

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 05:00
The virulent Xylella disease ravaging olive trees in Italy spreads to Corsica, prompting emergency measures.

Obama wants world's fastest computer

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 04:49
President Obama has signed an executive order calling for the US to build the world's fastest computer by 2025.

Thunderbirds 'return' for anniversary

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 22:01
Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds are set to return to the site where they were originally created to mark the show's 50th anniversary.