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The new sharks coming to UK waters

04:58 PM 17/07/2018

Research suggests new kinds of shark could migrate to UK waters as the oceans warm.

Prehistoric bake-off: Scientists discover oldest evidence of bread

11:28 AM 17/07/2018

Charred crumbs found in the Jordanian desert show that bread-making dates back 14,000 years.

UK to build record-breaking solar planes

08:16 PM 16/07/2018

The lightweight Zephyr aircraft could be used in communications and remote sensing.

Lift-off for Scotland: Sutherland to host first UK spaceport

01:06 PM 16/07/2018

The UK Space Agency backs Scotland's north coast as the place to launch satellites to orbit.

Arundel road scheme 'could harm ancient woodland'

05:48 AM 16/07/2018

Road builders planning a bypass in Sussex have been urged to find a way that doesn't cause damage to ancient woodland.

Nation's botanical treasures to go on display

12:58 AM 15/07/2018

From Darwin's potato to the man who saved the daffodil. Pictures tell the story of the nation's plants.

Sir David Attenborough launches 'Boaty' polar ship

11:45 AM 14/07/2018

The hull of the ship, which the public wanted to call Boaty McBoatface, is launched into the Mersey.

Horse sense: Happiest equines love to snort, says study

01:13 AM 14/07/2018

Snorting in horses is linked to a 'positive internal state', say scientists, and could improve animal welfare.

Iceman's last meal was high-fat, high-calorie feast

11:39 PM 12/07/2018

Mountain goat, red deer, cereal grains and a toxic fern: What our ancestors ate 5,000 years ago.

Whale killing: Iceland accused of slaughtering rare whale

03:09 PM 12/07/2018

Campaigners say that what appears to be a rare blue whale has been killed by Icelandic whalers.

Source of cosmic 'ghost' particle revealed

03:44 PM 12/07/2018

Researchers believe a galactic "monster" is a source of cosmic neutrinos detected on Earth.

Brexit 'could damage UK environment'

11:39 PM 12/07/2018

MPs demand legislation to ensure the government delivers on post-Brexit air pollution promises

Survey: Half of young people want electric cars

11:58 PM 11/07/2018

Young drivers increasingly want to buy electric cars - but myths are still deterring older drivers, survey shows.

Killing rats could save coral reefs

12:00 AM 12/07/2018

Threatened reefs can be protected by eradicating destructive rats on tropical islands, scientists say.

Earliest evidence of humans outside Africa

10:31 PM 11/07/2018

Scientists say they've probably found the earliest evidence of a human presence outside Africa.

'We can build a real time machine'

02:46 PM 11/07/2018

Travelling in time might sound like fantasy, but some physicists think it might really be possible.

Heatwave uncovers submerged history

08:03 AM 11/07/2018

Weeks of dry weather cause water levels at Spelga Dam to drop, exposing a hidden history.

Ancient bones reveal forgotten history of whales

06:52 AM 11/07/2018

Old whale bones suggest the origins of whale hunting may go back to the days of the Roman Empire.

On board the flying lab testing UK wildfire smoke

11:03 PM 10/07/2018

Victoria Gill joins scientists trying to find out how wildfires affect the air we breathe.

Major sewage pollution incidents increase

12:25 PM 12/07/2018

Rivers overall are getting cleaner, but water firms still need to do better, the Environment Agency says.

'Sir David Attenborough' ready for big splash

12:27 PM 10/07/2018

The UK's new £200m polar research ship is on the slipway ready to go in the River Mersey.

Israeli space probe to land on Moon in 2019

01:02 PM 10/07/2018

It will be the first privately-funded space probe to land on the lunar surface.

Krill companies limit Antarctic fishing

10:26 PM 09/07/2018

The overwhelming majority of krill companies are to stop fishing in vast areas of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Ozone hole mystery: China insulating chemical said to be source of rise

03:43 AM 09/07/2018

A banned chemical used to make household insulation is implicated in damage to the ozone layer.

Does Wales hold the key for saving the puffin from extinction?

04:07 PM 17/07/2018

While the bird is dying out in parts of Europe, the population on one Welsh island is thriving.

The UK's history in space

02:08 PM 17/07/2018

The UK is set to get its first space port in Sutherland, Scotland. But it already has a long history in space.

Attenborough launches 'Boaty McBoatface' polar ship

03:17 PM 14/07/2018

Sir David Attenborough has launched the hull of the UK's newest polar ship, which is named after him.

Longleat prepares for arrival vulnerable Southern Koalas

04:18 PM 15/07/2018

It's hoped a breeding programme will help maintain numbers of the vulnerable species.

Sir David Attenborough polar ship: Here's an inside peek

11:18 PM 13/07/2018

There's even space for a coffee shop, sauna and gym on the £200m vessel.

America's secret Cold War nuclear test films released

08:31 PM 13/07/2018

Scientists declassify films showing atmospheric nuclear tests conducted during the Cold War.

Fossil of 'first giant' dinosaur discovered in Argentina

11:36 PM 09/07/2018

Discovery of "first giant" shows how and when dinosaurs grew to such massive proportions.

Legal EU ivory sales 'condemn elephants'

11:13 PM 09/07/2018

Campaigners find many legally sold antique ivory trinkets in Europe come from recently killed elephants.

Meet the nuns helping save a sacred species from extinction

11:24 PM 06/06/2018

The axolotl - a salamander unique to Mexico - has almost been wiped out by pollution and over-fishing.

Curious camera

01:04 AM 04/07/2018

A new exhibition reappraises the work of Harry Burton, who photographed the decade-long Tutankhamun excavation.

Nowhere to hide

01:37 AM 05/07/2018

Europe's Sentinel satellite tasked with tracking dirty air maps the major emissions of sulphur dioxide.

Exomoons: On the hunt for distant worlds

06:34 PM 03/07/2018

Distant moons may be the most plentiful habitats in the galaxy

Science to chew on

03:19 PM 02/07/2018

Scientists fail to find a koala cuteness gene but DNA may lead to a vaccine for chlamydia in the iconic marsupial.

Wood Wide Web

10:07 AM 28/06/2018

Plants share resources using an underground network called the "Wood Wide Web".

Ocean crowd

10:36 AM 02/07/2018

Turning the 4,000 live-aboard yachts around the world into a research fleet.

Reality Check

12:24 AM 30/06/2018

It's often said that butterflies are dying out in the UK, but do the statistics back this up?

Deeply dippy

12:43 AM 21/06/2018

Dippy the diplodocus is proving a huge draw on its UK-wide tour. Why are some people so fascinated with dinosaurs?

Hot air

11:01 PM 18/06/2018

As demand for air conditioning goes through the roof, what are the implications for our planet?

Big cat spat

09:58 PM 11/06/2018

The US has more captive tigers than the rest of the world has wild ones. Why?

Human planet

12:00 AM 07/06/2018

Scientists Simon Lewis and Mark Maslin believe humans are not on an inevitable course to self-destruction.

Top hat

03:18 PM 12/06/2018

With the first 500mph runs now pushed back to mid-2019, there is more time to prepare the world's first supersonic car.

Margaret Atwood

08:29 PM 03/06/2018

Speaking at a climate change conference in London, author Margaret Atwood supported a ban on single use plastic.

Shunning Britain

11:43 AM 07/06/2018

British farmers say they are facing a shortage of workers to pick fruit and vegetables as recruitment companies say they can't find enough to fill vacancies.


07:21 PM 27/05/2018

Read the experiences of the four surviving astronauts to have set foot on the lunar surface.

Global problem

02:17 PM 25/05/2018

National Geographic magazine has published some startling images of the global plastic pollution scourge.

Seeds of hope

11:27 PM 20/05/2018

The gardens giving hope and a sense of belonging to Syrian refugees in Iraq.

Fatal confusion

11:05 PM 21/05/2018

Drivers may be confusing autonomous cars with driver assistance technology, with sometimes fatal consequences.

Pump it down

11:14 PM 17/05/2018

A high-tech solution being tested in Iceland gets rid of waste carbon dioxide by pumping it 1,000m underground.

Building back up

08:21 AM 15/05/2018

After last years first test runs, the Bloodhound supersonic car is being rebuilt ready to go faster still.

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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