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    Virgin's Unity plane rockets skyward

    Virgin's Unity plane rockets skyward


    Scottish pilot Dave Mackay pushes Virgin Galactic's rocket plane faster and higher than it's ever...

    Scottish pilot Dave Mackay pushes Virgin Galactic's rocket plane faster and higher than it's ever been.
    World's biggest bee found alive

    World's biggest bee found alive


    A giant bee, thought lost to science decades ago, has been re-discovered on an Indonesian...

    A giant bee, thought lost to science decades ago, has been re-discovered on an Indonesian island.
    Israel's Beresheet Moon mission gets under way

    Israel's Beresheet Moon mission gets under way


    The privately backed Beresheet robot leaves Earth on a mission to land on the lunar surface in...

    The privately backed Beresheet robot leaves Earth on a mission to land on the lunar surface in April.
    Old becomes new

    Old becomes new


    Two students take up the challenge of repairing, reusing and recycling clothes for London Fashion...

    Two students take up the challenge of repairing, reusing and recycling clothes for London Fashion Week.
    'A Britain which no longer exists'

    'A Britain which no longer exists'


    A collection of images spanning 64 years has been described as the "historical Google...

    A collection of images spanning 64 years has been described as the "historical Google Earth".
    Why is this horse dressed like a zebra?

    Why is this horse dressed like a zebra?


    Researchers from the University of Bristol have found a novel way of keeping flies away from...

    Researchers from the University of Bristol have found a novel way of keeping flies away from horses.
    How human food is changing wildlife

    How human food is changing wildlife


    Wild animals are increasingly eating our food and scientists are discovering 'hidden...

    Wild animals are increasingly eating our food and scientists are discovering 'hidden effects'.
    Teeny T. rex relative discovered in US

    Teeny T. rex relative discovered in US


    A newly discovered relative of T. rex stood just a metre or more tall at the hip, a study...

    A newly discovered relative of T. rex stood just a metre or more tall at the hip, a study suggests.
    'Super snow moon' lights up the skies

    'Super snow moon' lights up the skies


    The biggest and brightest supermoon of 2019 was observed around the...

    The biggest and brightest supermoon of 2019 was observed around the world.
    'Brexit gap' over wildlife protection is looming

    'Brexit gap' over wildlife protection is looming


    Eighty per cent of Wales' environmental laws are tied to the EU and must be replaced, charities...

    Eighty per cent of Wales' environmental laws are tied to the EU and must be replaced, charities warn.
    Neolithic skull found by Thames 'mudlarkers'

    Neolithic skull found by Thames 'mudlarkers'


    A 5,600-year-old skull fragment discovered by Thames amateur archaeologists goes on...

    A 5,600-year-old skull fragment discovered by Thames amateur archaeologists goes on display.
    Space travel edges closer at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

    Space travel edges closer at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum


    It is still the final frontier, but space travel has come a little closer to the public at the Ulster Folk and Transport...

    It is still the final frontier, but space travel has come a little closer to the public at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.
    Chinese 'Ivory Queen' Yang Fenglan jailed in Tanzania

    Chinese 'Ivory Queen' Yang Fenglan jailed in Tanzania


    The Chinese businesswoman was sentenced to 15 years in prison for operating an ivory-smuggling...

    The Chinese businesswoman was sentenced to 15 years in prison for operating an ivory-smuggling ring.
    Mystery disease killing beech trees

    Mystery disease killing beech trees


    A mystery disease that is killing beech trees could cause widespread die-offs unless more is done to halt its spread, warn...

    A mystery disease that is killing beech trees could cause widespread die-offs unless more is done to halt its spread, warn scientists.
    Cultured lab meat may make climate change worse

    Cultured lab meat may make climate change worse


    Growing meat in the laboratory may damage the climate more in the long run, than meat from...

    Growing meat in the laboratory may damage the climate more in the long run, than meat from cattle.
    ZSL London Zoo shares animal X-rays

    ZSL London Zoo shares animal X-rays


    X-ray images reveal the inner workings of a variety of different species at ZSL London...

    X-ray images reveal the inner workings of a variety of different species at ZSL London Zoo.
    Clothing conscience

    Clothing conscience


    How sustainable are your fashion habits? Take our...

    How sustainable are your fashion habits? Take our quiz.
    AAAS: Machine learning 'causing science crisis'

    AAAS: Machine learning 'causing science crisis'


    Techniques used to analyse data are producing misleading and often wrong results, critics...

    Techniques used to analyse data are producing misleading and often wrong results, critics say.
    Call to ban killer robots in wars

    Call to ban killer robots in wars


    Scientists have called for a ban on the development of weapons controlled by...

    Scientists have called for a ban on the development of weapons controlled by AI.
    Hong Kong seizes $1m worth of rhino horn at airport

    Hong Kong seizes $1m worth of rhino horn at airport


    Two men carrying at least 24 severed rhino horns have been arrested at Hong Kong airport's...

    Two men carrying at least 24 severed rhino horns have been arrested at Hong Kong airport's customs.
    BP: Plastic ban 'could have unintended consequences'

    BP: Plastic ban 'could have unintended consequences'


    The oil and gas company believes a prohibition on single-use plastic could increase CO2, but is that...

    The oil and gas company believes a prohibition on single-use plastic could increase CO2, but is that true?
    Space harpoon skewers 'orbital debris'

    Space harpoon skewers 'orbital debris'


    A British-led mission demonstrates a projectile that could one day be used to clear up space...

    A British-led mission demonstrates a projectile that could one day be used to clear up space junk.
    Cambridge anglers win fish loss compensation

    Cambridge anglers win fish loss compensation


    Anglian Water admits ammonia discharge from a recycling unit killed big bream in the River...

    Anglian Water admits ammonia discharge from a recycling unit killed big bream in the River Cam.
    Chernobyl: The end of a three-decade experiment

    Chernobyl: The end of a three-decade experiment


    The abandoned Chernobyl exclusion zone could be about to change for the first time since the world's worst nuclear...

    The abandoned Chernobyl exclusion zone could be about to change for the first time since the world's worst nuclear disaster.
    Chemicals 'repair damaged neurons in mice'

    Chemicals 'repair damaged neurons in mice'


    Some early studies in mice suggest drugs can be developed to halt mental decline, say...

    Some early studies in mice suggest drugs can be developed to halt mental decline, say scientists.
    Search for Shackleton's lost Endurance ship called off

    Search for Shackleton's lost Endurance ship called off


    Thick ice and a lost sub bring an end to the search for the famous Antarctic explorer's sunken polar...

    Thick ice and a lost sub bring an end to the search for the famous Antarctic explorer's sunken polar yacht.
    Paying tribute to the nation's forests

    Paying tribute to the nation's forests


    Britons are being urged to write a poem, letter or story to celebrate the woodlands of the...

    Britons are being urged to write a poem, letter or story to celebrate the woodlands of the UK.
    Dirty secret

    Dirty secret


    One small town has become a dumping ground for the world's waste and it's causing a...

    One small town has become a dumping ground for the world's waste and it's causing a stink.
    Kings of the jungle on top in photo award

    Kings of the jungle on top in photo award


    The winning pictures in this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year People's Choice...

    The winning pictures in this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year People's Choice Award.
    'Orange water'

    'Orange water'


    Families in West Virginia say the coal mines have poisoned their water. Now they're fighting...

    Families in West Virginia say the coal mines have poisoned their water. Now they're fighting back.
    Plants with a hidden history

    Plants with a hidden history


    Many of our best loved garden plants are there because they were once recommended to heal the...

    Many of our best loved garden plants are there because they were once recommended to heal the sick.
    In six objects

    In six objects


    The National Museum of Scotland unveils the final three galleries of its £80m...

    The National Museum of Scotland unveils the final three galleries of its £80m redevelopment.
    The Franklin rover

    The Franklin rover


    The rover Europe sends to Mars in 2020 to look for life will carry the name of an unsung hero of DNA...

    The rover Europe sends to Mars in 2020 to look for life will carry the name of an unsung hero of DNA discovery.
    'The gates of hell'

    'The gates of hell'


    Ten years ago, the nation had its worst-ever bushfire disaster - and it has left a profound...

    Ten years ago, the nation had its worst-ever bushfire disaster - and it has left a profound legacy.
    Underestimated cousins

    Underestimated cousins


    Evidence is increasingly forcing us to re-visit our assumptions about the...

    Evidence is increasingly forcing us to re-visit our assumptions about the Neanderthals.
    Ecosystem linchpin

    Ecosystem linchpin


    A warming climate shifts the distribution of the krill species eaten by whales and other...

    A warming climate shifts the distribution of the krill species eaten by whales and other predators.