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Science & Environment News

Seeds hold hidden treasures for future food

12:41 AM 22/11/2017

More than 70,000 seeds have been sent from Kew's Millennium Seed Bank to Lebanon, for vital crop research.

UK judges to get scientific guides

12:45 AM 22/11/2017

A Supreme Court judge launches the first of a series of scientific guides for the UK judiciary.

Bizarre shape of interstellar asteroid

06:53 PM 20/11/2017

An asteroid that visited our Solar System from interstellar space is one of the most elongated celestial bodies known to science.

Albatrosses hit by fishing and climate

07:10 PM 20/11/2017

The spectacular albatrosses featured in the BBC's Blue Planet series have seen a big slump in numbers.

Bialowieza forest: EU threatens Poland with fine over logging

09:49 AM 21/11/2017

Europe's top court says Poland must prove it has stopped logging in Bialowieza forest or face fines.

Antarctic glacier's rough belly exposed

11:11 AM 20/11/2017

The melting glacier contributing most to sea-level rise currently may be more resilient than previously recognised.

Small steps forward as UN climate talks end in Bonn

04:40 AM 18/11/2017

UN climate talks finish with progress on technical issues but with questions on carbon cuts unresolved.

Russia denies nuclear accident after radioactive traces found

12:57 PM 21/11/2017

The weather service says the levels of a radioactive isotope were nearly 1,000 times normal levels.

Trump puts elephant trophy imports on hold

02:52 AM 18/11/2017

The US president's move comes a day after US hunters were told they could import elephant trophies.

Drug-driving cases dropped over forensics

04:35 PM 21/11/2017

Thousands more cases - including violent and sexual crimes - could be affected by "manipulated" tests.

Fishing 'best argument for seagrass conservation'

03:43 PM 17/11/2017

Seagrass meadows are diminishing worldwide, which has serious implications for fishing activity.

Interstellar asteroid is given a name

07:56 AM 17/11/2017

The first known asteroid to visit our Solar System from interstellar space has been given a name.

'Routine' detection of space ripples

12:54 PM 16/11/2017

Laser labs sense black holes merging at a distance of about a billion light-years from Earth.

Nasa forecast: Which cities will flood as ice melts?

12:45 AM 16/11/2017

A forecasting tool reveals which cities will be affected as different portions of the ice sheet melt, say scientists.

First gene-editing in human body attempt

09:40 AM 16/11/2017

Gene-editing has been attempted on cells inside a patient, in a world first by doctors in California.

UK and Canada lead global alliance against coal

03:29 PM 16/11/2017

A significant group of nations take a stand against using coal for electricity generation at UN climate talks.

Europe steps in to cover US shortfall in funding climate science

06:11 PM 15/11/2017

French and UK governments say they will make up for any shortfall in funding for a global science body.

Nearby planet is 'excellent' target in search for life

01:04 PM 15/11/2017

Astronomers have found a cool, Earth-sized planet that's relatively close to our Solar System.

SSTL to build Canadian satellite constellation

06:05 PM 15/11/2017

Vancouver-based UrtheCast contracts UK firm SSTL to build a series of satellites to image Earth every day.

'World's oldest wine' found in 8,000-year-old jars in Georgia

10:47 PM 13/11/2017

Pottery found near Tbilisi shows wine-making was taking place 8,000 years ago, scientists say.

Antarctica's warm underbelly revealed

02:08 PM 13/11/2017

Scientists make the most detailed map yet of the heat rising under the ice sheet from rocks below.

European memory champion reveals winning trick

11:25 AM 20/11/2017

Simon Reinhard mastered the Method of Loci to become a European memory champion.

Bosnia's silent killer: The coal industry

12:17 AM 19/11/2017

The Balkan country has the world's second highest death rate caused by air pollution.

Floods: How can you save your life when disaster strikes?

12:12 AM 19/11/2017

Floods have been a deadly staple of 2017. But how can you protect yourself against the natural disaster?

How worried should we be about melting ice caps?

01:02 AM 18/11/2017

As the UN climate change conference ends, BBC Science's David Shukman takes a look at melting ice caps.

The world's biggest lithium battery farm

07:59 AM 18/11/2017

The plant in the US state of California stores enough energy to power 20,000 homes for four hours.

Fireball in Finland sky 'probably a meteorite'

07:07 PM 17/11/2017

The suspected meteor shook buildings when it raced through the sky in Lapland.

Epic India leopard rescue photo wins award five years later

10:56 AM 16/11/2017

In a rare instance, Indian villagers and forest officers worked together for hours to save the animal

Ben Nevis gets automatic weather station

02:42 AM 09/11/2017

For the first time in 113 years, live data is streaming from the top of the UK's tallest mountain.

Climate's magic rabbit: Pulling CO2 out of thin air

01:02 AM 15/11/2017

Can technology to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere really help prevent dangerous climate change?

Press print

12:02 AM 15/11/2017

The Swedish hi-tech firm at the forefront of using 3D printing to create human ears, noses and other body parts.

Green planet

12:07 AM 15/11/2017

The United Arab Emirates' Mars research programme is turning its attention to date palm trees.

Ice ceiling

01:22 AM 10/11/2017

For decades, there was a ceiling not of glass but of ice, holding women back from doing research in Antarctica.

Sewing for Nasa

03:09 AM 08/11/2017

From the Apollo spacesuits to the Mars rovers, women behind the scenes have stitched vital spaceflight components.

Carbon case history

12:15 PM 19/10/2017

Prof Joanna Haigh from Imperial College London explains why this gas has played a crucial role in shaping the Earth's climate.

Rare spectacle

04:42 PM 03/11/2017

The Norwegian island of Kvaløya is now one of the few places in Europe to see a pod of killer whales.

Waterworld

12:42 AM 29/10/2017

Sir David Attenborough is returning to our screens and people are very excited about it.

A new era

12:28 AM 25/10/2017

We need to be more concerned than ever about how society uses scientific discoveries, says Venki Ramakrishnan.

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