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BBC News - Science & Environment

BBC News - Science & Environment

Copy of BepiColombo Mercury mission goes on display

Wed, 16 May 2018 13:42:00 GMT

London's Science Museum unveils a replica of the probe Europe will send to the inner-most planet.

Dinosaur parenting: How the 'chickens from hell' nested

Wed, 16 May 2018 00:48:06 GMT

Dinosaurs may have used a unique nesting strategy to prevent their eggs from being crushed.

'Oldest' turtle, 80, returns to Blackpool after 15 years

Sat, 12 May 2018 23:30:35 GMT

The giant green sea turtle is thought to be oldest of its kind in captivity in the UK.

Seeds of hope: The gardens springing up in refugee camps

Sun, 20 May 2018 23:27:02 GMT

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

Building back up

Tue, 15 May 2018 08:21:36 GMT

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

Delay for Bloodhound supersonic car's high-speed trials

Wed, 16 May 2018 07:55:55 GMT

Testing of the 1,000mph car is pushed back ahead of next year's attempt on the land speed record.

'Shocking' human impact reported on world's protected areas

Thu, 17 May 2018 18:12:14 GMT

One third of the world's protected lands are being degraded by human activities, says a new study.

Madagascar emerges as whale shark hotspot

Thu, 17 May 2018 16:42:26 GMT

The endangered whale shark has been hiding in plain sight off Madagascar, say scientists.

Could illegal mines in Ghana lead to an increase in chocolate prices?

Mon, 21 May 2018 08:30:25 GMT

There's a warning that cocoa plantations in Ghana are being turned into illegal gold mines.

Mysterious rise in emissions of ozone-damaging chemical

Wed, 16 May 2018 18:38:52 GMT

Researchers discover an unexplained rise in a compound that is highly destructive to the ozone layer.

Sea giants do battle

Mon, 07 May 2018 23:23:36 GMT

As demand for natural gas continues to surge, huge extraction vessels are about to go into action.

Planetary insights

Sat, 05 May 2018 11:10:35 GMT

Illustrator and planetary scientist James Tuttle Keane explains the significance of Nasa's new mission.

A baby elephant surprised zoo keepers

Mon, 21 May 2018 12:58:08 GMT

A baby elephant surprised zoo keepers after being born to a mum whose pregnancy they thought had failed.

Air pollution plans to tackle wood burners

Tue, 22 May 2018 08:44:09 GMT

Critics of the government proposals say they put too much responsibility on local councils.

Scientists detect oxygen legacy of first stars

Thu, 17 May 2018 09:58:43 GMT

The very first stars to shine in the Universe left a tell-tale trace in a far-distant galaxy.

PM will pay to have 'full association' with EU research

Mon, 21 May 2018 15:55:31 GMT

The Prime Minister makes the strongest commitment yet to "fully associate" the UK with the EU's 68bn research programme post-Brexit.

'Memory transplant' achieved in snails

Mon, 14 May 2018 17:31:37 GMT

Memories are transferred from one snail to another in a laboratory.

Ebola's return

Sun, 13 May 2018 23:42:11 GMT

It is unrealistic to think Ebola will ever be eradicated, but it is now easier to prevent a crisis.

Bee crisis: EU court backs near-total neonicotinoids ban

Thu, 17 May 2018 09:52:32 GMT

Three insecticides blamed for bee colony collapses will be restricted to greenhouses.

Pump it down

Thu, 17 May 2018 23:14:29 GMT

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

Malaria genetics: study shows how disease became deadly

Tue, 22 May 2018 00:20:37 GMT

A genetic study reveals the secrets of how malaria evolved to be a killer of humans.

Solar sailing

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:14:04 GMT

How can you create public transport in the jungle without polluting it? The isolated Achuar peoples of Ecuador have created an ingenious solution.

Switzerland to vote on pesticide ban 'in 3 years'

Wed, 16 May 2018 13:36:14 GMT

Campaigners force a referendum on the future use of synthetic pesticides in Switzerland.

1,600 IT workers and engineers denied UK visas

Wed, 16 May 2018 04:59:02 GMT

More than 1,600 IT specialists and engineers offered jobs in the UK were denied visas between last December and March, BBC News has learned.

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.

Hedgehogs: Thousands sign petition over rat trap threat

Fri, 18 May 2018 13:00:49 GMT

Hedgehog lovers are worried that a rat trap, licensed by the government in England, could harm their spiky friends.

Fatal confusion

Mon, 21 May 2018 23:05:22 GMT

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

Poison project

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:00:13 GMT

Scientist Vladimir Uglev has no doubt the agent that poisoned the Skripals was made in Russia.

'Permanent' interstellar visitor found

Mon, 21 May 2018 12:11:13 GMT

An asteroid from beyond our Solar System has been orbiting near Jupiter for billions of years, scientists say.

The 'day spa' for pregnant sharks

Sun, 20 May 2018 23:16:08 GMT

Visit the 'day spa' where pregnant dusky sharks treat themselves to a warm bath

China launch will prep for Moon landing

Mon, 21 May 2018 13:12:59 GMT

China has launched a relay satellite to prepare for a Moon rover mission planned for later in the year.

UK's clean car goal 'not ambitious enough'

Sun, 20 May 2018 23:07:55 GMT

An industry expert says petrol and diesel cars should be banned by 2030 or 2035, not 2040.

'Living fossil' giant salamander heading for extinction

Tue, 22 May 2018 00:21:26 GMT

The world's largest amphibian is in "catastrophic" decline, with probably only a handful left in the wild.

'Soul destroying'

Sun, 06 May 2018 00:40:04 GMT

The eco-friendly hobbyists trying to stem the rising tide of plastic in the seas.

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.

MPs criticise government clean energy policies

Wed, 16 May 2018 10:26:49 GMT

Two parliamentary committees say ill-thought out policies have driven down clean energy investment.

How physics gender gap starts in the classroom

Thu, 17 May 2018 00:28:05 GMT

Some progress has been made in encouraging girls to study A-level physics, but not enough, says report.

Kilauea: What happens when lava meets the sea

Mon, 21 May 2018 09:05:19 GMT

BBC correspondent Chris Buckler explains what happens when lava flow meets the sea.

Grace mission launches to weigh Earth's water

Tue, 22 May 2018 20:17:57 GMT

The joint US-German Grace satellites go into orbit to monitor Earth's most important resource.

'Rare' birth of live reindeer twins in Cairngorms

Tue, 22 May 2018 13:12:15 GMT

Previously twins born in the herd in the Cairngorms have been stillborn or died shortly after birth.

Stephen Hawking thanksgiving service public ballot closes

Wed, 16 May 2018 12:47:06 GMT

More than 27,000 people applied for 1,000 public places at the scientist's Westminster Abbey service.

Fracking planning laws should be relaxed say ministers

Thu, 17 May 2018 16:11:53 GMT

Critics say it will be as easy to get the go-ahead to do a test drill as it is for a home conservatory.

UK referred to Europe's top court over air pollution

Thu, 17 May 2018 11:14:41 GMT

Britain is being taken to the European Court of Justice over persistent breaches of pollution limits.

Ebola outbreak: Experimental vaccinations begin in DR Congo

Mon, 21 May 2018 14:05:02 GMT

Some 4,000 vaccines are being used to try to stop an outbreak that has killed at least 26 people.

Hawaii's Volcano Kilauea spews out 'ballistic blocks'

Thu, 17 May 2018 14:29:02 GMT

But projectile boulders are not the only hazard facing islanders near the erupting Kilauea volcano.