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Seagrass meadows in 'perilous state'

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 18:23
Most seagrass meadows around the British coast are in a poor condition, say scientists.

'Giraffe relative' fossil analysed

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 18:12
A prehistoric giraffe that died out 10,000 years ago might have been the largest ruminant that walked the Earth.

VIDEO: Inside seed vault buried in Arctic

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 15:19
A special vault has been built in the Arctic to store thousands of seeds, as scientists fear the impact of climate change and prolonged conflicts could have devastating consequences on food crops around the world.

VIDEO: How do you drink water in space?

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 14:28
Astronaut Tim Peake demonstrates what happens to water in space for the Stargazing Live programme.

VIDEO: Starlings form 'dancing clouds' over Israel

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 10:04
Birds from Russia and eastern Europe form what is known as murmurations, grouping together to create a spectacular show in the Middle Eastern sunset.

Giant icebergs vital in carbon cycle

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 02:11
Giant icebergs could be responsible for the processes that absorb up to 20% of the carbon in the Southern Ocean's carbon cycle, a study suggests.

Lab boost for 'traditional' lightbulbs

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 00:15
US researchers say they have developed a technique that can significantly improve the efficiency of the traditional incandescent lightbulb.

First child diagnoses in DNA project

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 18:51
The first children with debilitating, "mystery" diseases have finally been given a diagnosis as part of a huge scheme to analyse people's DNA.

Bronze Age houses are 'best ever found'

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 18:02
Archaeologists working in Cambridgeshire uncover what they believe to be the "best-preserved Bronze Age dwellings ever found in Britain".

PM challenged over climate policies

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 16:59
Senior MPs accuse David Cameron of double standards over climate change, ahead of his appearance before a Commons committee.

VIDEO: Bowie 'knew what it would be like in space'

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 15:59
Chris Hadfield says he felt that David Bowie's Space Oddity showed the singer "recognised what it was going to be like" to be in space.

Satellites dissect Nepal quake

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 14:04
Space data is used to draw the deep anatomy of last year's devastating quake in Nepal, detailing how the rocks under the country ruptured and providing new insights on how the Himalayas are built.

Environment Agency boss resigns

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 09:13
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.