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Changing environment influenced human evolution

New evidence from Kenya suggests that local climate change drove early human innovation.

Stephen Hawking: Tributes pour in for 'inspirational' physicist

Scientists, politicians and celebrities say the physicist's death leaves an "intellectual vacuum".

MPs warn of 'poisonous air' emergency costing £20bn a year

Petrol and diesel cars must be phased out earlier than the 2040 target, Commons committees say.

War on plastic may do more harm than good, warns think tank

A think tank warns of the risk of unintended consequences from the current concern over plastics.

Rising carbon dioxide levels impair coral growth

A new study shows that the atmospheric carbon levels projected by 2060 will affect coral reefs.

Humans 'thrived' after historic Mount Toba eruption

Early humans may have flourished after the largest volcanic eruption in history, according to new research.

Why sharks like it hot - but not too hot

Scientists have calculated the water temperature at which tiger sharks are most active and abundant.

Microplastics are 'littering' riverbeds

Microplastic particles contaminate the riverbeds throughout the UK, research suggests.

UK 'space drones' look to Proton rocket ride

UK-headquartered start-up Effective Space aims to put up its first satellite servicing "drones" in 2020.

Feed the birds, but be aware of risks, say wildlife experts

Wild birds may catch and spread diseases as they gather to feed in gardens, say scientists.

What happens when AI meets robotics?

Researchers in Texas aim to create robots that can cope with our messy world.

Sir John Sulston human genome pioneer dies

Sir John Sulston, a key figure in the race to decode the human genome, has died at the age of 75.

Alien atmospheres recreated on Earth

Research shows that planets orbiting distant stars may be surprisingly colourful.

Ministers question 'latte levy' on cups

The government says it is better for coffee shops to offer discounts to those who bring their own cups.

X-ray probe to save Mary Rose cannonballs

Researchers are using powerful X-rays to look inside cannonballs found on the famous Tudor ship, the Mary Rose.

Planet Jupiter's winds run deep

Nasa's Juno mission begins to unravel the mysteries of the gas giant's interior structure.

Amelia Earhart: Island bones 'likely' belonged to famed pilot

A new study claims the remains discovered on a Pacific island are a 99% match with the explorer.

Climate change 'impacts women more than men'

Women are disproportionately affected by the impacts of changing weather patterns, studies show.

Hawking's warnings: His predictions

How Stephen Hawking used his recognition to highlight challenges and existential threats for humanity.

The science that made him famous

From black holes boiling themselves out of existence to equations describing the entire history of the Universe.

The book that made him a star

A short history of A Brief History of Time - Hawking's blockbuster.

Science mourns Stephen Hawking

Tributes highlight his breakthrough research as well as his personality and inspiration to millions.

Footage of first polar bear cub born in UK in 25 years

The "confident and curious" cub was born at Highland Wildlife Park in Kincraig, Scotland.

Stephen Hawking on God, artificial intelligence and mankind's future

Listen to five thought-provoking perspectives from world renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, who has died at the age of 76.

Stephen Hawking's three great contributions to science

The physicist will be remembered mainly for three things, says fellow scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock.

Stephen Hawking: Scientist in the public eye

From meeting presidents to popes, we look back at some of Professor Hawking's most notable public appearances.

Hawking's daughter: 'You could ask dad any question'

Lucy Hawking describes her famous scientist father being asked - what happens if you fall into a black hole?

Stephen Hawking: Five things you may not know

From being diagnosed with a life-threatening disease at 21 to experiencing zero-gravity.

'Boaty McBoatface' sub survives ice mission

The nation's favourite yellow submarine returns safely after a dangerous dive in the Antarctic.

Archaeopteryx flew like a pheasant, say scientists

The famous winged dinosaur Archaeopteryx, once thought of as the first bird, could fly, research shows.

Glorious mud

Meet the "mudlarkers" looking for archaeological artefacts along the banks of the Thames.

Adapt or die

In the first of our Future of Work series, we look at how new tech could change our working lives.

Rotten ideas

As the fight against plastic pollution gains momentum, firms are tackling the issue in different ways.

Obituary: Stephen Hawking

Despite a crippling illness, Stephen Hawking became one of the most respected scientists of his age.

Nerve agents

A nerve agent was used to poison a Russian former spy and his daughter. What are they and what do they do?

Recycling gum

A British designer wants used gum recycled into useful objects - also leading to cleaner streets.

Sound of speed

The Bloodhound supersonic car will produce a huge amount of noise when it starts running later this year.

Fast charge

A breakthrough in materials technology could see fast-charging supercapacitors rival lithium-ion batteries.

Water stress

A report has said the south Indian city is likely to run out of water - but is this really the case?

Lassa fever

Since the beginning of the year, Nigeria has been gripped by an outbreak of the deadly Lassa fever.

Body hack

The body-hackers who believe chips under the skin could replace keys and wallets in future.

Scarcer snow?

In the UK, there is evidence to suggest that snowfall has decreased over the past few decades. Worldwide, it's a more complicated picture.

Wot, no signal?

Billions of people still have no access to mobile services, but nano-satellites could change this.

Burn or bury

Since China refused last month to accept any more foreign waste for recycling, the UK is facing a challenge disposing of its plastic waste.

Nile conflict

A new dam on the river Nile could trigger the world's first war about water, writes Alastair Leithead.

Great White demystified

Shark diving is helping tourists improve their perception about the largest predatory fish in the world.

What lies beneath

Winning photos from the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition

Rocket man

Elon Musk just launched the world's most powerful rocket. It's only a fraction of what he's up to.

Stephen Hawking: A life in pictures

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

Stephen Hawking dies: Scientist's most memorable quotes

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

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Footage of first polar bear cub born in UK in 25 years

The "confident and curious" cub was born at Highland Wildlife Park in Kincraig, Scotland.

Stephen Hawking on God, artificial intelligence and mankind's future

Listen to five thought-provoking perspectives from world renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, who has died at the age of 76.

Stephen Hawking's three great contributions to science

The physicist will be remembered mainly for three things, says fellow scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock.

Stephen Hawking: Scientist in the public eye

From meeting presidents to popes, we look back at some of Professor Hawking's most notable public appearances.

Hawking's daughter: 'You could ask dad any question'

Lucy Hawking describes her famous scientist father being asked - what happens if you fall into a black hole?

Stephen Hawking: Five things you may not know

From being diagnosed with a life-threatening disease at 21 to experiencing zero-gravity.

Stephen Hawking: Colleagues reflect on scientist's brilliance

Colleagues of the visionary physicist Stephen Hawking say he left a unique legacy.

Professor Stephen Hawking's greatest wish

The physicist, who has died aged 76, had motor neurone disease.

How to stop birds smashing into windows

The city that decided to stop birds crashing into buildings.

Microplastics are 'littering' riverbeds

The BBC's Victoria Gill looks under the microscope to discover the microplastics lurking in our waters.

Week-old baby western lowland gorilla in Congo

Rare footage of a baby, critically endangered western lowland gorilla was taken in Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park, Congo.

Five ways to break up with plastic

From boar hair toothbrushes to beeswax food wrap, here's how you can dump the disposable plastics.

Penguins pose for selfie in Antarctica

Two Emperor penguins stumbled across a camera that was left by an Australian Antarctic explorer.

Red squirrels boosted by pine martens

Red squirrel numbers in Scotland are being boosted by the activity of pine martens.

Largest population of penguins found in Antarctic Peninsula

Over 1.5m penguins, the largest population on the Antarctic Peninsula, has been found on the Danger Islands.

World's first 'plastic-free' aisle opens in Netherlands

Consumers don't have to pay an additional price for getting their food in environment friendly packaging.

Swarm of starlings causes 'roadblock' in Norfolk

The birds were captured at about 14:30 GMT on Wednesday at Flitcham, near King's Lynn.

Storm Emma: Weather causes accident and strands trains

Storm Emma combined with snow has been causing havoc across the UK.

Blizzard survival skills: Building a snow hole

In the Cairngorms National Park Jo Whalley learns what to do if you become lost in a blizzard.

Is the UK winning the graphene race?

The scientist who won the Nobel Prize for his work with graphene worries about research funding.

Moon to get 4G mobile network

Vodafone and Nokia lay out plans to put a 4G mobile network on the Moon in 2019.

Seal pups rescued in winter storms released back to wild

The pups were separated from their mother during storms at the end of last year.

Animal antibiotics reduced in bid to tackle superbugs

Vets and medical staff teaming up to reduce antibiotic use on farms.

Baby Belle, the hand-reared rhino

Belle needed treatment for an injured leg and is Cotswold Wildlife Park's first hand-reared white rhino calf.

The Bornean orangutans clinging on to survival

More than 100,000 of the animals have been killed since 1999.

Scientists have developed a lung probe that finds infections

The probe provides access deep inside a patient’s lung, which means doctors will be able to diagnose lung conditions much quicker and more accurately.

Woburn Safari Park: Elephant Tarli survives deadly virus

Tarli, an endangered Asian elephant, has beaten the odds to overcome an Ebola-like virus.

Antarctic iceberg expedition set to reveal hidden realm

Footage shows the iceberg scientists hope will reveal an Antarctic realm hidden for thousands of years.

Nigeria's soil-free salad farm

The entrepreneur growing greens in shipping containers.

The barren desert preparing astronauts for life on Mars

Researchers have created a simulation of the red planet with the hope humans will one day live there.

Plastic pollution reaching record levels in once pristine Arctic

Here's why the Arctic is no longer what you see in the pictures.

Dippy the diplodocus starts UK tour in Dorchester

The 70ft-long (21m) dinosaur replica only just squeezed into its new home in Dorset.

What's going on in a toddler's brain?

Scientists want to find out more about how very young children develop a sense of self.

Plastic bottle scheme that could help clean the oceans

As the scale of plastic pollution in the world's oceans becomes ever more apparent, could bottle deposit schemes help turn the tide?

The story of Elon Musk rocket launch

The rocket's payload is Elon Musk's own Tesla, and two of the three rocket segments have landed.

The oddities sent into space

A car, a golf ball, a pie... and other items items dispatched on cosmic journeys over the years.

Volcanic eruptions in Guatemala captured in time-lapse video

Volcan de Fuego sent ash over a mile into the sky.

Polar bears captured on collar cams

High-tech tracking collars on polar bears reveal a growing Arctic struggle, say scientists.

Space shuttle Columbia crew, who never came back

It's 15 years since disaster struck as the Columbia returned to Earth following a research mission.

The 'super blue blood Moon' across the world

Eyes around the globe have been turning to the skies to view the lunar event.

Killer whale says 'hello'

A killer whale is taught to mimic words such as "hello" and "bye bye" in a scientific experiment.

Cryonics: Your body preserved for future revival?

Arizona-based company Alcor offers cryonic preservation in the hope of reviving you in the future.

Super blue blood moon: Get ready for a rare celestial show

A very rare lunar event is due to occur on 31 January.

The make-up artist making designs with dead insects

Jasmine Ahumada, from California, attaches spiders and bees to her face to create her distinctive looks.

RSPB Minsmere winter starling murmuration

Starlings take to the skies to create a spectacular aerial ballet before settling on roost.

Edible bandages for bears' burnt paws

After two bears are injured in California wildfires, a creative solution to get them back on their feet.

App shows water refill stations to tackle plastic waste

Thousands of water stations are being installed to tackle plastic use - with users able to find them via an app.

Cloned monkeys: First primate clones are created in lab

Two monkeys named Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua have become the first primates to be cloned.

Boris Johnson: Mummy is distant ancestor

Researchers have taken two years to identify a lady who lived 230 years ago.

NTAs: David Attenborough on Blue Planet II's Impact

Sir David Attenborough's impassioned speech at the NTAs was all about protecting "our beautiful world".

Antarctica's Weddell Sea 'deserves protected status'

Scientists have called for special status to protect coral, penguins and other wildlife in Antarctica.

ISS cosmonaut does 'test flight' on a vacuum cleaner

Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov said he had many questions from people asking if it was possible.

The man risking his life to save pink dolphins

Fernando Trujillo works in dangerous areas of the Amazon to save the rare species.

Mount Mayon: Philippines volcano spews out lava

This video has been removed for rights reasons

Wallaby gives police slip on Sydney Bridge

The unusual sight of a wallaby bounding across the Sydney Harbour Bridge has surprised early-morning motorists.

'Floating on air' after surgeons remove 19kg tumour

Watch surgeons as they remove a 19.5kg tumour from a woman's body.

Baby Panda Yuan Meng makes debut in France

The first panda ever born in France has gone on display to the public.

Cloned Newmarket dachshund expecting puppies

Minnie Winnie was created by science after her owner won a competition.

Smallest cat in world: Footage of rare animal

They weigh about 1kg and their eyes are six times more powerful than ours.

A plastic-free high street by 2042?

Many high street stores use plastic to protect their fruit and vegetables.

Polar explorer Ben Saunders shares his top tips

Ben Saunders has led 13 expeditions since 2001 and has walked around 4,000 miles in skis.

The Birmingham high street that cut air pollution

Local residents take part in a day-long experiment to cut traffic and improve air quality.

A marine biologist says a humpback whale saved her from a shark

A marine biologist says a humpback whale saved her from a shark during a recent research expedition

How North Carolina's alligators are surviving the cold snap

The reptiles employ a clever trick when the water they live in freezes over

Pioneer astronaut John Young dies

US astronaut John Young, who flew to the moon twice and commanded the first ever space shuttle mission, has died aged 87, Nasa said.

Great Barrier Reef: Warmer seas 'turning turtles female'

Green sea turtles' gender is temperature dependent and there are now too many females.

Puppy dog eyes influence dog choice

The frequency a dog raises it's 'inner eyebrow' influences how quickly it finds a new home

Florida iguanas falling from trees

They're not dead, just chilling in cool temperatures in the US.

What a woman with a bionic hand can feel

Scientists have unveiled the first bionic hand with a sense of touch that can be worn outside the laboratory.

Taking your eyes off the motorway with VR

Fed up with motorway driving? Now you can switch to virtual reality thanks to a new driverless car from Renault.

Weather: What to expect in 2018

More hurricanes? Rising temperatures? BBC meteorologist Tomasz Schafernaker looks ahead to the year.

The gene editing tech that uses 'molecular scissors'

In 2012 a form of gene editing was discovered, it is called CRISPR Cas9. It uses "molecular scissors" to alter a very specific strand of DNA.

Large meteor spotted in skies across UK

People across Britain reported seeing a large greenish light streak across the sky on Sunday evening.

Science stories coming up in 2018

The BBC's global science correspondent, Rebecca Morelle, reveals what to watch out for in the new year.

Inventor shows how dog poo can power a street lamp

Inventor says ten bags of dog mess can provide two hours of light.

Solving a problem like waste recycling

The BBC's Dan Johnson visited a plant in Southwark to see how they're dealing with recycling build-up.

Mussel power: Bid to save rare shellfish in Wales

Young freshwater pearl mussels are being grown at a fishery in Powys

2017: A grand year in science

A look back at the best science stories of 2017.

British astronaut Helen Sharman recognised in New Year’s honours

Helen Sharman, the first Briton in space, has been recognised in the New Year's honours.

World first for dog's broken leg

A new treatment that has saved a dog's broken leg is to be tried on humans.

Does this croc found in Australian suburb belong to you?

Australian police found a crocodile strolling the streets of a Melbourne suburb on Christmas Day.

Prince Charles: 'Technology won't solve climate change'

The Prince of Wales says we need to deal with the symptoms of climate change.

Sea smoke phenomenon on Lake Superior, Minnesota

Footage captures the Christmas Day scene over Lake Superior, US.

Meet the free range reindeer that tour the UK

Free-ranging reindeer are spending time touring the UK to help children learn about them.

Mysterious lights over LA baffle onlookers

The phenomenon was visible from parts of California and Arizona - the culprit: A SpaceX rocket.

Bruce McCandless's pioneering spacewalk 'quite comfortable'

The first person to fly untethered in space, Nasa astronaut Bruce McCandless, has died.

Hidden camera captures rare pig thought extinct

Scientists have filmed one of the world's rarest, and 'ugliest', pigs in a forest in Indonesia.

Australian WW1-era submarine found after 13th search mission

The discovery of the first Allied submarine lost in World War One solves Australia's oldest naval mystery.

Why this pig could make you go vegan

This Christmas, Hope the pig will be the star of the first vegan advert to be screened across UK cinemas.

What's hiding in my dust?

Scientists have found thousands of new species living in household dust.

The scientist who paints lost worlds

Dr Julian Hume draws extinct animals with scientific accuracy

Using science to wrap oddly-shaped gifts

Dr Adam Rutherford and Dr Hannah Fry offer a scientist's guide

Sea turtle found tangled in floating cocaine bales

The US Coast Guard tries to save the animal tangled in line connecting bales of cocaine in the Pacific.

Geminid meteor shower dazzles over northern hemisphere

If you missed the annual Geminid meteor shower, cameras captured the celestial display over China.

Last chance to save the 'panda of the sea' from extinction

A last-ditch effort to save the world's rarest marine mammal from extinction has been launched.

The world's youngest island

Scientists think Hunga Tunga Hunga Ha'apai might hold clues on where to look for life on Mars.

Australian town driven batty by flying foxes

Residents of an Australian town are being overwhelmed by thousands of flying foxes.

The 'Godfather of Coral' who's still diving at 72

Charlie Veron's been diving for 50 years and has discovered more than 20% of the world's coral species

A closer look at '3.67m-year-old' skeleton

It took 20 years to excavate, clean and put together Little Foot, found in caves north of Johannesburg.

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