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BBC News - Science & Environment

BBC News - Science & Environment

Bloodhound supersonic car project axed

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 14:20:13 GMT

The driver of the 1,000mph supersonic vehicle says the car is available for the cost of a Ferrari.


The rough with the smooth

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:10:21 GMT

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


ISS: Spacewalk cosmonauts investigate mystery hole

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 16:51:20 GMT

The mystery hole in a Soyuz capsule docked to the International Space Station caused a pressure leak.


Out of the shadows

Wed, 21 Nov 2018 07:31:01 GMT

Caroline Herschel discovered eight comets - one was named after her - but her work is less known about than her brother William's.


Climate change is 'shrinking winter'

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 19:49:22 GMT

Snowy mountain winters are being squeezed into shorter periods, threatening water supplies and increasing wildfire risk.


Climate change: Failure to tackle warming 'suicidal'

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 08:22:59 GMT

UN secretary general tells climate negotiators in Poland that failure to make progress would be a desperate blow for the planet.


Edible insects

Mon, 19 Nov 2018 13:22:28 GMT

Sainsbury's is the first UK supermarket to stock edible insects - but just how tasty are they?


Climate change: Trump coal event overshadowed at COP24

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 06:41:51 GMT

White House efforts to promote fossil fuels are set to be upstaged by investors moving away from coal.


Nasa's InSight probe listens to Martian winds

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 18:08:15 GMT

Two instruments on the recently landed InSight probe capture the noise made by the planet's wind.


Branson's Virgin Galactic reaches edge of space

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:26:46 GMT

The latest test flight by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic makes it to the edge of space and back.


'Surprise' Palu tsunami clue found on seafloor

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:01:13 GMT

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


Cars and coal help drive 'strong' CO2 rise in 2018

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 18:01:50 GMT

CO2 emissions hit an all time high, rising nearly 3% in 2018 thanks to coal and a booming global market for cars.


Gene study unravels redheads mystery

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:57:08 GMT

Researchers at Edinburgh University carry out out the largest genetic study of hair colour to date.


Climate change: Arctic reindeer numbers crash by half

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 00:24:38 GMT

Climate change in the Arctic has caused the wild reindeer population to crash by 56%, a report says.


'Digital museum' brings millions of fossils out of the dark

Sun, 09 Dec 2018 18:35:09 GMT

A global effort to digitally record millions of fossils is set to transform the study of evolution.


Parker Solar Probe: Sun-skimming mission starts calling home

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 23:16:24 GMT

Having become the closest-ever human-made object to our star, the Parker spacecraft returns its first data


Dive over Jupiter's cloud-tops with Nasa's Juno craft

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:52:05 GMT

Nasa's Juno mission to Jupiter has reached its halfway mark and revealed spectacular views of the planet's polar storms.


Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo: The view from the edge of space

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 09:43:16 GMT

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket ship has made a successful test flight, 82.7km above the Earth's surface.


Chang'e-4: China mission launches to far side of Moon

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 19:40:02 GMT

It is the first attempt to land robotic craft on the side of the Moon which never faces Earth.


Climate change

Sun, 02 Dec 2018 00:14:39 GMT

As representatives gather in Poland for talks on climate change, we look at how hot the world has got and what can we can all do to tackle global warming.


Climate change: Warming made UK heatwave 30 times more likely

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 00:16:21 GMT

Rising global temperatures have massively boosted the chances of summer heatwaves in the UK, says a study.


Research worms 'too old' to go to space station

Tue, 04 Dec 2018 11:46:11 GMT

A launch is delayed due to mouldy food bars, meaning the worms could be a day too old for research.


Dr persistence

Fri, 16 Nov 2018 01:00:50 GMT

Sophia Jex-Blake was a pioneer of women's education on her way to be Scotland's first female doctor.


What chance has Nasa of finding life on Mars?

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 12:16:13 GMT

When the US space agency's next rover gets to Mars in 2021, it will seek evidence of ancient life.


Five key takeaways from climate summit

Sun, 16 Dec 2018 01:13:13 GMT

The BBC's Matt McGrath looks back at key developments at UN climate talks that have ended in Poland.


Nasa's Jupiter mission Juno reveals giant polar storms

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:27:47 GMT

Stunning images from Nasa's Jupiter "JunoCam" show huge, "endless storms" at the planet's poles.


High risk

Thu, 22 Nov 2018 01:55:24 GMT

Our reliance on technology means a violent storm on the Sun could have serious effects.


East Antarctica's glaciers are stirring

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 04:42:42 GMT

Nasa detects the first signs of significant melting in a swathe of previously quiet ice streams.


Palm oil: One woman's fight to save 'the last place on Earth'

Sun, 18 Nov 2018 00:05:18 GMT

Farwiza Farhan on efforts to protect the forests where orangutan, rhinos, elephants and tigers co-exist.


Red Planet

Tue, 06 Nov 2018 00:00:55 GMT

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


Trump's environmental rollback rolls on

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 21:54:27 GMT

The administration plans to open protected lands for drilling and lift curbs on carbon emissions.


'Planet of the chickens': How the bird took over the world

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 03:20:37 GMT

With around 23 billion chickens on the planet at any one time, the bird is a symbol of our times, say scientists.


'Miracle' six-day-old baby survives Ebola

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:12:31 GMT

It took five weeks of round-the-clock treatment to keep Benedicte alive after her mother died.


Astronaut Nick Hague ready for second space flight attempt

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:15:31 GMT

Astronaut Nick Hague is ready for his next space flight attempt, after the first mission was aborted.


Katowice: COP24 Climate change deal to bring pact to life

Sun, 16 Dec 2018 08:28:25 GMT

Nearly 200 nations agree rules on implementing 2015 Paris agreement at UN climate talks in Poland.


House in a lab

Tue, 04 Dec 2018 00:02:43 GMT

Scientists have rebuilt a terraced house inside a laboratory to help make UK homes energy-efficient.


Poland climate summit protest limits anger young activists

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 00:10:07 GMT

Protesters are frustrated by strict controls on protests at the UN climate summit in Poland.


Plan for food waste to be separated

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:40:50 GMT

Councils will have to offer separate food caddies in a bid to combat methane emissions.


New Zealand whales: Why are so many getting stranded?

Fri, 30 Nov 2018 15:31:00 GMT

Illness, warmer waters and the fact that pilot whales travel in sociable groups could all play a role.


How Apollo 8 Astronauts took the famous 'Earthrise' photograph

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 00:17:37 GMT

Frank Borman was the Commander of the Apollo 8 mission to the Moon. The astronauts took an iconic photo of the Earth rising above the lunar surface.


Colourful dynasty

Fri, 09 Nov 2018 22:29:40 GMT

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


Climate change: COP24 fails to adopt key scientific report

Sat, 08 Dec 2018 20:25:57 GMT

A major climate conference in Poland has failed to adopt a key report after a dispute over a form of words.


Nasa's IceSat space laser makes height maps of Earth

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 21:14:28 GMT

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


Stephen Hawking: A life in pictures

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:24:37 GMT

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


Living laboratories

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 01:33:53 GMT

This living laboratory could hold the key to controlling malaria and other conditions.


Stephen Hawking dies: Scientist's most memorable quotes

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:06:16 GMT

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


Samples cut around Soyuz hole in spacewalk

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 09:19:32 GMT

Cosmonauts have cut samples from around a hole, which Moscow says may have been caused by a drill.


Nasa's Voyager 2 probe 'leaves the Solar System'

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:53:12 GMT

Voyager 2, a space probe launched in 1977, becomes only the second human-made object to enter the space between the stars.


Climate change: Protecting the poor from green taxes

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 11:45:12 GMT

Has President Macron's controversial fuel tax set back carbon taxes globally?


Himalayan and other Asian glaciers put the brakes on

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 16:00:07 GMT

The ice streams that flow down the flanks of Asia's high mountains are moving slower as they thin.


Amount of deep life on Earth quantified

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:08:00 GMT

Having dug and drilled into the Earth, scientists can now estimate how much life exists at depth.