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BBC News - Science & Environment

'Exhilarating' implant turns thoughts to speech

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 17:00:34 GMT

The technology could eventually help those who have lost their voice to speak again.

Green challenge

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 01:20:29 GMT

A student house is challenged to live in a more environmentally-friendly way. How did they get on?

Stonehenge: DNA reveals origin of builders

Mon, 15 Apr 2019 23:37:17 GMT

Ancestors of the people who built Stonehenge travelled west across the Mediterranean to get to Britain.

No pain

Thu, 28 Mar 2019 00:00:21 GMT

Jo Cameron is one of two people on Earth known to have a mutation that means she feels almost no pain.

Disposable nappy recycling: How soiled nappies can be reused

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 04:12:55 GMT

Each year billions end up in landfill, but engineers have come up with a way to recover the plastic and other materials inside them.

Nasa's InSight lander 'detects first Marsquake'

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 22:24:21 GMT

It is the first seismic signal ever detected on the surface of a body other than Earth and its Moon.

'Mission Jurassic' dinosaur hunt to get under way

Mon, 25 Mar 2019 15:01:16 GMT

British scientists are about to participate in one of their biggest dinosaur hunts in decades.

Only one in 50 people have nights free from light pollution

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 00:32:18 GMT

Just one in 50 people in England experiences nights that are free from light pollution.

Dame Emma Thompson: 'If I could fly cleanly, I would'

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 14:04:24 GMT

Actress Dame Emma Thompson defends her decision to fly to London from the US to attend a climate change protest.

Deforestation: Tropical tree losses persist at high levels

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 04:01:24 GMT

Forests in tropical regions are disappearing at the rate of 30 football fields a minute, say researchers.

President's underwater plea for the oceans

Sun, 14 Apr 2019 10:53:03 GMT

Seychelles' leader delivers a speech in defence of the Indian Ocean from inside a submersible.

Tasmanian devils 'adapting to coexist with cancer'

Sat, 30 Mar 2019 01:32:59 GMT

There is hope for the world's largest carnivorous marsupials whose numbers have been ravaged by disease.

First ever black hole image released

Wed, 10 Apr 2019 13:07:31 GMT

The "monster" black hole is three million times the size of Earth.

Rise in electric community car schemes in Wales

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 23:06:05 GMT

Supporters say they can make it easier for people in rural areas to get around.

Rare kakapo parrots have best breeding season on record

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 12:00:25 GMT

Kakapos were one of New Zealand's most common birds, but they are now on the brink of extinction.

Back on track

Thu, 28 Mar 2019 12:08:00 GMT

The British-led project to break the Land Speed Record is brought back from the brink of cancellation.

Climate change activist Greta Thunberg: 'Listen to climate scientists'

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 08:19:14 GMT

Teenage activist Greta Thunberg has an uncompromising message on climate change.

David Attenborough climate change TV show a 'call to arms'

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 09:27:29 GMT

The BBC's Climate Change - The Facts, presented by Sir David Attenborough, is praised by TV critics.

Tulips from the air: Artist drawn to beauty of Norfolk flowers

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 23:04:13 GMT

It is their "beauty of colour and space that makes me keep coming back", artist says.

Climate change: Sir David Attenborough warns of 'catastrophe'

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 12:42:27 GMT

The veteran naturalist's BBC programme on climate change is his strongest warning yet on the threat of rising temperatures.

Evidence of rabbits in UK in Roman times, say academics

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 08:01:00 GMT

Tests on a bone, found in West Sussex, show for the first time the animal was alive in the first century AD.

Pig brains partially revived four hours after death

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 17:00:27 GMT

The study could aid medical research and fuel debate about the difference between life and death.

Thousands of penguin chicks wiped out

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 23:01:03 GMT

The second largest emperor penguin colony in Antarctica disappears, satellite images show.

Confused about climate change? Talk to our chat bot

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 15:49:00 GMT

BBC News launches a chat bot to help users learn about climate change in weekly conversations.

Extinction Rebellion: Climate protests 'diverting' London police

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 18:18:47 GMT

Police rest days are cancelled as more than 1,000 officers are deployed in London.

'Giant lion' fossil found in Kenya museum drawer

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:42:47 GMT

The bones of the huge creature belong to a new species which roamed east Africa 20 million years ago.

Are plants a necessity or a luxury?

Sat, 20 Apr 2019 00:02:08 GMT

A new campaign says we should pay less tax on plants because they are good for the environment and mental health.

TED 2019: The $50 lab burger transforming food

Tue, 16 Apr 2019 23:07:15 GMT

TED fellow Bruce Friedrich tells the TED conference about his vision for the future of food.

Microplastics found in 'pristine' Pyrenees mountains

Tue, 16 Apr 2019 11:26:07 GMT

Scientists from Scotland and France spent five months monitoring the secluded site in the Pyrenees.

Plastic toys: Is it time we cut back?

Thu, 11 Apr 2019 04:07:51 GMT

Plastic toys are convenient and cheap but they can be bad for the environment.

The lunar effect - why the Moon makes us all romantics

Thu, 04 Apr 2019 18:48:32 GMT

For centuries, our lunar neighbour has been a source of fascination and inspiration for poets and artists.

Extinction Rebellion: What do they want and is it realistic?

Tue, 16 Apr 2019 16:58:33 GMT

The UK needs to move to net zero CO2 emissions by 2025 say protestors but how hard would that be to achieve?

Can you spot ocean plastic from space?

Fri, 12 Apr 2019 13:20:07 GMT

Scientists work on the challenging task of tracking pollution from orbit with encouraging results.

Early ocean plastic litter traced to 1960s

Tue, 16 Apr 2019 15:48:49 GMT

Scientists "accidentally" record the history of ocean plastic, including what may have been the first plastic bag to be fished out of the ocean.

Climate change: How green is your parcel?

Fri, 29 Mar 2019 01:15:59 GMT

The Royal Mail is introducing e-trikes but what are other delivery companies doing to cut their emissions?

SpaceX capsule suffers 'anomaly' during tests in Florida

Sun, 21 Apr 2019 06:29:32 GMT

There are plans to launch a manned mission to the International Space Station later this year.

Britain breaks coal-free power record over Easter weekend

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 15:37:54 GMT

UK sees longest continuous period without generating electricity from coal as temperatures soar.

India eco-school: Is this the greenest campus on Earth?

Sat, 06 Apr 2019 23:55:11 GMT

Secmol is an Indian school pioneering practical green education in one of the harshest environments.

Baby boom for North Atlantic right whales off US coast

Sun, 14 Apr 2019 16:25:09 GMT

US researchers spot three mother and calf pairs of the endangered North American right whale species.

Greta Thunberg: Teen activist says UK is 'irresponsible' on climate

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 19:22:58 GMT

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg tells UK politicians a generation's future has been "stolen".

Study identifies danger glacial lakes across Tibetan Plateau

Wed, 10 Apr 2019 09:25:59 GMT

A comprehensive study assesses the flood danger posed by glacial lakes across the Tibetan Plateau.

Extinction Rebellion: How might ministers win over the protesters?

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 23:45:25 GMT

A closer look at Extinction Rebellion's demands and how the government might try to achieve them.

Extinction Rebellion London activists chained to Jeremy Corbyn's home

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 19:51:31 GMT

Four Extinction Rebellion campaigners glued themselves together outside the Labour leader's home.

Beresheet spacecraft: 'Technical glitch' led to Moon crash

Fri, 12 Apr 2019 16:03:50 GMT

Preliminary data suggests a technical glitch caused the Beresheet spacecraft to shut down its main engine at the wrong time.