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    Mission to put millions of hidden fossils online

    Mission to put millions of hidden fossils online


    Museums including Washington’s Smithsonian have set out to digitally record specimens in their...

    Museums including Washington’s Smithsonian have set out to digitally record specimens in their collection.
    Nasa's InSight probe listens to Martian winds

    Nasa's InSight probe listens to Martian winds


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

    Two instruments on the recently landed InSight probe capture the noise made by the planet's wind.
    Bloodhound supersonic car project axed

    Bloodhound supersonic car project axed


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

    The driver of the 1,000mph supersonic vehicle says the car is available for the cost of a Ferrari.
    Trump's environmental rollback rolls on

    Trump's environmental rollback rolls on


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

    The administration plans to open protected lands for drilling and lift curbs on carbon emissions.
    Fossil preserves 'sea monster' blubber and skin

    Fossil preserves 'sea monster' blubber and skin


    Scientists identify fossilised blubber from an ancient marine reptile that lived 180 million years...

    Scientists identify fossilised blubber from an ancient marine reptile that lived 180 million years ago.
    Cars and coal help drive 'strong' CO2 rise in 2018

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


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

    CO2 emissions hit an all time high, rising nearly 3% in 2018 thanks to coal and a booming global market for cars.
    Game-on for UK's Team Tao in ocean XPRIZE final

    Game-on for UK's Team Tao in ocean XPRIZE final


    A UK-based team arrives in Greece for the grand final of a contest to find innovative solutions for seafloor...

    A UK-based team arrives in Greece for the grand final of a contest to find innovative solutions for seafloor mapping.
    Rats and pigeons 'replace iconic species'

    Rats and pigeons 'replace iconic species'


    "Iconic" animals such as tigers are being replaced by "cosmopolitan" species found everywhere -...

    "Iconic" animals such as tigers are being replaced by "cosmopolitan" species found everywhere - researchers.
    Saving the last West African giraffes in Niger

    Saving the last West African giraffes in Niger


    The highly threatened subspecies has been brought back to a reserve in Niger after a 50-year...

    The highly threatened subspecies has been brought back to a reserve in Niger after a 50-year absence.
    Research worms 'too old' to go to space station

    Research worms 'too old' to go to space station


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

    A launch is delayed due to mouldy food bars, meaning the worms could be a day too old for research.
    West Mersea mammoth tusk 'dates back 12,000 years'

    West Mersea mammoth tusk 'dates back 12,000 years'


    It was discovered off the Essex coast after an unusually low tide exposed it for about half an...

    It was discovered off the Essex coast after an unusually low tide exposed it for about half an hour.
    House in a lab

    House in a lab


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

    Scientists have rebuilt a terraced house inside a laboratory to help make UK homes energy-efficient.
    Osiris-Rex: Nasa probe arrives at Asteroid Bennu

    Osiris-Rex: Nasa probe arrives at Asteroid Bennu


    Nasa's Osiris-Rex spacecraft moves alongside the 500m-wide rock from which it hopes to grab a...

    Nasa's Osiris-Rex spacecraft moves alongside the 500m-wide rock from which it hopes to grab a sample.
    Gravitational waves: Monster black hole merger detected

    Gravitational waves: Monster black hole merger detected


    Laser labs sense gravitational waves from a black hole collision at least five billion light-years...

    Laser labs sense gravitational waves from a black hole collision at least five billion light-years away.
    Is Chile's plastic bag ban a rubbish idea?

    Is Chile's plastic bag ban a rubbish idea?


    Chile has banned stores from handing out free plastic bags to shoppers and it is a headache for...

    Chile has banned stores from handing out free plastic bags to shoppers and it is a headache for some.
    Climate change

    Climate change


    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...

    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.
    Nation's botanical treasure troves 'under huge threat'

    Nation's botanical treasure troves 'under huge threat'


    The UK's herbaria are great scientific collections that must be safeguarded for the future, say...

    The UK's herbaria are great scientific collections that must be safeguarded for the future, say scientists.
    Climate change: How slag can remove CO2 from the air

    Climate change: How slag can remove CO2 from the air


    Scientists in Wales are looking at how slag heaps can be used to remove CO2 from the air in the fight against climate...

    Scientists in Wales are looking at how slag heaps can be used to remove CO2 from the air in the fight against climate change.
    New Zealand whales: Why are so many getting stranded?

    New Zealand whales: Why are so many getting stranded?


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

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

    Australian students in mass climate protest


    Thousands skip school to urge action on climate change, despite criticism from PM Scott...

    Thousands skip school to urge action on climate change, despite criticism from PM Scott Morrison.
    Extinction crisis: Five things you should know

    Extinction crisis: Five things you should know


    The United Nations biodiversity chief on why extinction is a "silent killer" and deserves more...

    The United Nations biodiversity chief on why extinction is a "silent killer" and deserves more attention.
    Climate change: Last four years are 'world's hottest'

    Climate change: Last four years are 'world's hottest'


    Twenty of the warmest years on record have been in the past 22 years, say the World Meteorological...

    Twenty of the warmest years on record have been in the past 22 years, say the World Meteorological Organization.
    Climate change: EU aims to be 'climate neutral' by 2050

    Climate change: EU aims to be 'climate neutral' by 2050


    The European Union says it wants to become the first major economy to achieve net zero emissions by...

    The European Union says it wants to become the first major economy to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
    High risk

    High risk


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

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

    Out of the shadows


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

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

    Edible insects


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

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

    Dr persistence


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

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

    Living laboratories


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

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

    Colourful dynasty


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

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

    Red Planet


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

    Hollywood director Ron Howard talked to the BBC about creating a realistic depiction of the first human colonies on Mars.
    'Reasons to be hopeful' on 1.5C global temperature target

    'Reasons to be hopeful' on 1.5C global temperature target


    IPCC scientist says there are some positive signs about our ability to keep the global temperature rise to...

    IPCC scientist says there are some positive signs about our ability to keep the global temperature rise to 1.5C
    Stephen Hawking: A life in pictures

    Stephen Hawking: A life in pictures


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

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