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Greenland ice sheet hides huge 'impact crater'

08:35 PM 14/11/2018

Scientists find evidence that an iron asteroid slammed into the Earth deep inside the Arctic Circle.

Climate change: Worries over CO2 emissions from intensifying wildfires

12:18 PM 15/11/2018

Rising numbers of extreme wildfires could result in a significant increase in CO₂ emissions, scientists have warned.

Exoplanet discovered around neighbouring star

06:01 PM 14/11/2018

Astronomers have discovered a planet around one of the closest stars to our Sun.

Climate change: Report says 'cut lamb and beef'

12:44 PM 15/11/2018

The number of sheep and cattle in the UK should be reduced to help combat climate change, a report says.

'Conservation successes' bring hope for mountain gorilla

01:12 PM 14/11/2018

Mountain gorilla: Conservation efforts appear to be paying off for large, charismatic animals.

South Pole: Rock 'hotspot' causes ice sheet to sag

12:31 PM 14/11/2018

A large area of warm rock is melting the base of the Antarctic Ice Sheet at the South Pole.

Climate change: Heatwaves 'halve' male insect fertility

03:00 PM 13/11/2018

A study of beetles could explain global decline in insects - and how heat can damage male fertility.

Badger culling has 'modest' effect in cutting cattle TB

01:12 AM 13/11/2018

An independent scientific review says badger culling can have a modest effect in reducing cattle TB.

Mystery monkey: history of unique Xenothrix fossil revealed

08:03 PM 12/11/2018

A now-extinct monkey from Jamaica had South American roots, according to new DNA evidence.

Can listening to bees help save them - and us?

10:42 PM 12/11/2018

Scientists hope artificial intelligence will gives us more insights into bee health and behaviour.

No 'flushable' wet wipes tested so far pass water industry tests

12:06 PM 13/11/2018

They say wet wipes don't break down and so cause sewage blockages which cost millions to put right.

Climate change protests leads to '22 arrests' over blockade

06:34 PM 12/11/2018

The chained-together demonstrators are blockading the government energy department in London.

Badger cull: Vets accuse ministers of 'barefaced lies'

01:01 PM 12/11/2018

Campaigners accuse the government of telling "bare faced lies" about the effectiveness of badger culls.

The 'painted wolves' of Zimbabwe

10:29 PM 09/11/2018

The endangered African wild dog will enthral TV viewers when it features in David Attenborough's new Dynasties series.

EU moves to protect large carnivores

08:56 PM 09/11/2018

Farmers will receive 100% compensation for any damages caused by bears, wolves and other wild carnivores.

ExoMars: Life-detecting robot to be sent to Oxia Planum

03:20 PM 09/11/2018

The joint Europe-Russia mission to the Red Planet in 2020 will investigate an ancient water-altered terrain.

Antarctic: Nasa shares close-up photos of big PIG iceberg

01:12 PM 09/11/2018

Scientists get a decent look at the large new iceberg that's broken away from Pine Island Glacier.

Climate Change: Arctic 'no safe harbour' for breeding birds

08:18 AM 09/11/2018

Climate change could be behind declines in birds that lay their eggs on Arctic shores, a study says.

Keystone XL Pipeline: US judge orders halt on construction

07:06 PM 09/11/2018

Trump administration "discarded" facts about climate change when it approved the Keystone XL, says judge.

Sutherland spaceport project to move to next stage

04:30 PM 09/11/2018

The backers of the proposed satellite launch site are to hold further discussion with those who live in the area.

Sir David Attenborough lends voice to Netflix's Our Planet series

11:44 AM 09/11/2018

The documentary will "showcase the planet's most precious species and fragile habitats", Netflix said.

Finland: Where second-hand comes first

12:42 AM 08/11/2018

As concern grows about climate change and resources, is it time to re-use more of our junk?

Stephen Hawking personal effects fetch £1.8m at auction

10:07 PM 08/11/2018

A copy of the physicist's signed PhD thesis sells for £584,750, nearly four times the guide price.

Climate change: Bug covered 'bionic mushroom' generates clean energy

05:42 PM 07/11/2018

Mushrooms for lunch inspire scientists to try to generate electricity from a fungus covered in bacteria.

'Oldest animal painting' discovered in Borneo

06:10 PM 07/11/2018

The earliest known painting of an animal has been identified in a cave on the island of Borneo.

Northern white rhino: New hopes for IVF rescue

12:48 AM 07/11/2018

A new study raises hopes of saving one of the last animals of its kind - the northern white rhino.

Metop weather satellite launches into orbit

02:03 AM 07/11/2018

Europe sends up a front-line weather satellite containing components made over a decade ago.

Ozone: The Earth's protective shield is repairing

10:37 AM 06/11/2018

The ozone layer is finally healing from damage humans have caused, according to the United Nations.

Oldest cave painting of an animal discovered in Borneo

06:34 PM 07/11/2018

Scientists spent several days trekking through rural Borneo to find the 40,000-year-old artwork.

Morbid exhibits of UCL's Pathology Museum

12:32 AM 05/11/2018

Christa Larwood visits the UCL Pathology Museum usually reserved for the eyes of medical students.

How to save trees from extinction

05:43 PM 03/11/2018

The world is losing plants at an unprecedented rate with around one in five thought to be at risk of extinction. The race is on to store back-up copies in seed banks.

The explosive science behind fireworks

12:06 AM 03/11/2018

Fireworks: how do they work and the science that behind them

Brecon project gives water vole a fighting chance

12:00 AM 30/10/2018

A Powys captive breeding project aims to give water voles a fighting chance of a revival.

Global hunger for soybeans 'destroying Brazil's Cerrado savanna'

09:26 AM 30/10/2018

Brazil's highly biodiverse Cerrado is being destroyed for soybean production, conservationists say.

InSight: The jeopardy of landing on Mars

04:51 PM 02/11/2018

Nasa releases a video describing the perilous landing its InSight Mars probe will face later this month.

New £50 note will feature a British scientist

10:01 AM 02/11/2018

The Bank of England asks the public to nominate worthy candidates to feature on the new banknote.

'Reasons to be hopeful' on 1.5C global temperature target

07:13 AM 03/10/2018

IPCC scientist says there are some positive signs about our ability to keep the global temperature rise to 1.5C

Red Planet

12:00 AM 06/11/2018

Hollywood director Ron Howard talked to the BBC about creating a realistic depiction of the first human colonies on Mars.

Delhi air

12:10 AM 09/11/2018

Some popular ways Indians try to beat air pollution - but do they really work?

Catching plastic

12:04 AM 09/11/2018

Microplastics have swamped our ecosystem. Can tech help prevent them entering our water systems?

Whale watching

06:04 AM 01/11/2018

UK scientists demonstrate the practicality of identifying and counting whales from orbit.

Who knew?

02:17 PM 02/11/2018

As Palau bans sunscreen to protect coral reefs, we look at other products causing environmental damage.

Nature in the lens

09:52 PM 16/10/2018

Two snub-nosed monkeys sitting on a stone is the top shot at Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018.

Big thaw

12:26 AM 01/11/2018

Melting Arctic sea ice may be about to open up the Northwest Passage to cargo shipping.

Stephen Hawking: A life in pictures

11:24 AM 14/03/2018

The physicist, who battled motor neurone disease for most of his life, has died at the age of 76.

Stephen Hawking dies: Scientist's most memorable quotes

01:06 PM 14/03/2018

Remembering some of the key theories and quotes of the world renowned physicist, who has died.

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