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The coffees you've never heard of which face extinction

12:41 AM 17/01/2019

Of 124 coffees in the world, we only drink two, but we need to protect all of them, say scientists.

Cern plans even larger hadron collider for physics search

02:01 PM 15/01/2019

The Future Circular Collider could be Europe's £20bn successor to the existing Large Hadron Collider.

World's 'loneliest' frog gets a date

02:02 PM 15/01/2019

Scientists find a Juliet for water frog, Romeo, once thought to be the last of his kind in the world.

China's Moon mission sees first seeds sprout

11:08 AM 15/01/2019

The seeds, inside a sealed container, are the first plants ever grown on the Moon's surface.

Concerns over increase in toxic brine from desalination plants

03:39 PM 14/01/2019

Operations to extract fresh water from the sea are now producing 50% more of this salty effluent than expected.

Watch how air pollution moves across Europe

01:26 PM 14/01/2019

See an animation showing the concentration and movement of nitrogen dioxide through the atmosphere.

Wood burners and open fires face restrictions in new clean air plan

12:34 AM 14/01/2019

Ministers hail the UK's "world leading" pollution plan, but green groups call it a missed opportunity.

James Watson: Scientist loses titles after claims over race

03:28 PM 13/01/2019

Nobel Prize-winning scientist James Watson has repeated remarks about race and intelligence.

Mathematician Sir Michael Atiyah dies aged 89

12:38 PM 12/01/2019

The former Cambridge professor had received the highest honour in his subject - a Fields Medal.

Guardian switches to potato starch wrapping

03:17 PM 13/01/2019

Readers, who pressed for the change, can compost or put the new packaging in their food waste bin.

Chang'e-4: China Moon probes take snaps of each other

01:23 PM 11/01/2019

A Chinese rover and static lander put on the far side of the Moon take pictures of each other.

Spektr-R: Russia's only space telescope 'not responding'

12:17 PM 12/01/2019

Spektr-R has stopped receiving commands from Earth, Russian astrophysicists say.

SpaceX launch completes Iridium satellite refresh

05:16 PM 11/01/2019

The $3bn refurbishment of the original sat-phone network will help transform air-traffic surveillance.

Ella Kissi-Debrah 'pollution' death: Backing for new inquest

02:30 PM 11/01/2019

Nine-year-old Ella died from asthma but her family believe air pollution caused her health to fail.

South Africa sniffer dog intercepts 116kg of rhino horn

06:03 PM 10/01/2019

The haul, worth more than $1.3m (£1m), is one of the largest seized in South Africa in recent years.

Signals from space: Five theories on what they are

03:50 PM 10/01/2019

Mysterious cosmic signals have been picked up. What are they and where do they come from?

Anak Krakatau: Finnish radar satellite eyes tsunami volcano

02:05 PM 10/01/2019

The innovative ICEYE radar spacecraft views the changing shape of the collapsed volcano.

Giant ice disc appears in Presumpscot River, Westbrook

01:00 PM 16/01/2019

The approximately 91m (298ft) wide frozen slab formed naturally and has been slowly spinning.

World's loneliest frog finds a possible mate

02:45 PM 15/01/2019

The world's loneliest frog, known as Romeo, finds friends (and a possible date) after water frogs found in the wild.

The women fighting fast fashion waste

12:02 AM 13/01/2019

Claire and Emily run a hub that empowers people to turn their old clothes into new ones.

Giant hi-tech tomato glasshouse set to produce millions of the fruit

05:07 PM 11/01/2019

The facility is set to produce 150 million tomatoes a year, helped by red LED lights and bees.

How dynamite became a million dollar idea

12:09 AM 11/01/2019

The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how dynamite became a million dollar idea.

The 210ft fatberg lurking in Sidmouth sewer

10:54 AM 08/01/2019

Take a look at the 210ft (64m) mass of congealed fat and rubbish clogging up Sidmouth's sewers.

Climate change: 'Right to repair' gathers force

12:34 AM 09/01/2019

EU and US states are to introduce laws helping people to mend appliances that break down.

Incredible 'sea monster' skull revealed in 3D

01:55 PM 07/01/2019

Face-to-face with the marine reptile that swam the ancient seas 200 million years ago.

Mysterious radio signals from deep space detected

06:11 PM 09/01/2019

A telescope picks up bursts of radio waves from a distant galaxy, shedding light on an astrophysical puzzle.

Recycling: Where is the plastic waste mountain?

12:49 AM 01/01/2019

A year ago China imposed a ban on waste imports, so what's happened to the UK's plastic?

Moon motivation

12:03 AM 04/01/2019

What China's Chang'e-4 mission could tell us about the far side of the Moon.

China in space

03:06 PM 03/01/2019

China has successfully landed on the far side of the moon, but that is not the limit of its ambitions.

Wooden clothes?

12:15 AM 19/12/2018

A university in Finland has invented a process to turn waste wood into material for clothing.

Cool laser

09:14 PM 11/12/2018

One of the most powerful Earth observation tools ever put in orbit is now gathering data about the planet.

Ancient roots

05:10 AM 30/12/2018

Aryans are not the earliest or only source of Indian civilisation, suggests new research on genetic ancestry.

Tsunami clues

12:01 AM 11/12/2018

Scientists are getting closer to understanding the damaging tsunami that struck Sulawesi in September.

The rough with the smooth

01:10 PM 10/12/2018

The UK claims to be a leader in climate change - but is it?

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