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Rocket Lab: Latest mission from New Zealand lost in flight

An Electron rocket launched from New Zealand's North Island fails in flight, destroying its satellites.

UK government takes £400m stake in satellite firm OneWeb

The UK helps rescue company from bankruptcy as part of a plan to replace the EU's Galileo sat-nav system.

Coronavirus: Testing sewage an 'easy win'

Wastewater analysis could provide localised Covid-19 test results much earlier than at present.

Hundreds of elephants found dead in Botswana

Some 350 elephant carcasses have been spotted in Botswana's Okavango Delta since May.

Phil Evans: Briton to take top weather satellite agency job

Phil Evans, formerly at the UK Met Office, will be the new director general of Eumetsat.

Boris Johnson's newt-counting claim questioned

The PM is accused of inventing an allegation that wildlife rules are holding back house-building.

Copernicus Sentinels: UK industry loses out in European satellite bids

British firms fail to win leading roles in the expansion of the Copernicus Earth observation project.

Amazon fires at 13-year high for June

This early peak indicates a potentially devastating dry season ahead - perhaps even worse than 2019.

Core of a gas planet seen for the first time

Astronomers have found a previously unseen type of object circling a distant star.

Is the hydrogen tech 'revolution' hope or hype?

Can hydrogen - a relatively clean source of fuel - help power the economy of the future?

Government plans new office to attract scientists to UK

The government says it wants to make immigration "easy and quick" for researchers and innovators.

Coronavirus: Immunity may be more widespread than tests suggest

A Swedish study found twice as many people had protective T-cells as tested positive for antibodies.

Mystery over monster star's vanishing act

A huge star has disappeared - did it become a black hole?

Coronavirus: Worst could be yet to come, WHO warns

The pandemic "is not even close to being over", the World Health Organization's chief says.

Flu virus with 'pandemic potential' found in China

The new strain, scientists say, is carried by pigs but can infect humans and requires close monitoring.

Climate change: UK could hit 40C 'regularly' by end of this century

Britain could see temperatures up to 40C every few years by 2100 if carbon emissions stay very high.

How one teaspoon of Amazon soil teems with fungal life

Scientists discover hundreds of different fungi in Amazonian soil, thought to play a vital role in nature.

Washing machines' microplastic filters 'untested'

Filters can cut ocean-bound microplastics from washing machines, but more tests are needed, study finds.

BP sells petrochemicals business to Ineos in $5bn deal

The oil giant said the move would help its transition to being a lower carbon firm.

Swansea tidal energy: Hopes of backing for Dragon Island plan

Ministers open to discussion about plans for a dragon-shaped tidal energy island off Swansea Bay.

Extra £14bn needed a year for climate, report says

A report by the Green Alliance think tank argues that extra cash is required for clean transport.

Increase car taxes to help climate, advisers say

Car taxes should be raised to help fund the battle against climate change, the government is urged.

Why is UK recycling being dumped by Turkish roadsides?

The UK sends more plastic waste to Turkey than to any other country but not all of it reaches recycling plants.

Climate change: Planting new forests 'can do more harm than good'

Large-scale tree planting to fight climate change may backfire, two new studies have found.

Greta Thunberg: Climate change 'as urgent' as coronavirus

Greta Thunberg says the world needs to treat climate change with similar urgency to Covid-19.

Nasa Mars rover: Perseverance launch pushed back again

The launch of Nasa's Mars rover Perseverance is delayed again to 30 July at the earliest.

Key questions about the Perseverance rover

We answer some common questions about the America's Perseverance rover mission to Mars.

Nasa's next Mars rover will be called Perseverance

A 13-year-old Virginia student chooses a name for the robot that will search for life on the Red Planet.

Nasa Mars 2020 Mission's MiMi Aung on women in space

At 16, MiMi Aung travelled alone to the US for an education. Now she's a project lead on Nasa's Mars mission.

Nasa's 2020 rover: Can we finally answer the big question about Mars?

The US space agency's next rover will hunt for life's traces among the rocks of the Red Planet.

Mars mission readies tiny chopper for Red Planet flight

The next US space agency robot to explore the Red Planet will carry a small helicopter with it.

Betelgeuse: Nearby 'supernova' star's dimming explained

Astronomers say big cool patches on the Betelgeuse star likely drove its surprise dimming last year.

Britain's 'blindingly cool' engineering innovation

Conceptual still-life photographer Ted Humble-Smith celebrates 50 years of world-beating technology.

'Black neutron star' discovery changes astronomy

Laser labs that detect ripples in space-time may have witnessed a new class of cosmic object.

Coronavirus: Wildlife scientists examine the great 'human pause'

Tracking wildlife before, during and after lockdown will aim to analyse the slowdown in human activity.

Black women scientists missing from textbooks, study finds

Scientists portrayed in biology textbooks are predominantly white men, according to a US study.

The virus hunter who got Covid

Professor Peter Piot, one of the world’s top infectious disease experts, was hit by Covid-19.

One-fifth of Earth's ocean floor is now mapped

This leaves four-fifths - twice the area of Mars - still to be surveyed to a modern standard.

Coronavirus: Looking for viruses in Thai bats

Thai scientists are collecting bats to find clues about the origins of viruses, including Covid-19.

Coronavirus: What is a second wave and is one coming?

What are second waves and how big a problem are they?

Coronavirus: What is the true death toll of the pandemic?

Far more people have died during the coronavirus pandemic than official Covid-19 data can account for

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Meet the socially distant robot scientist

While the research labs have been locked down, one robotic scientist has continued experimenting 24/7.

Why is UK recycling being dumped by Turkish roadsides?

The UK sends more plastic waste to Turkey than to any other country but not all of it reaches recycling plants.

Electric plane's 'milestone' first UK test flight at Cranfield

The six-seater is powered by hydrogen and is said to be Europe's largest emission-free aircraft.

Coronavirus: Looking for viruses in Thai bats

Thai scientists are collecting bats to find clues about the origins of viruses, including Covid-19.

Coronavirus: Social tree climbing 'boosts mental health'

A Hampshire company that teaches tree climbing has seen a surge in interest as lockdown eases.

What has Greta Thunberg been doing in lockdown?

The Swedish environmental activist spoke to the BBC about how she's been spending the last few months.

How honeybees perform queen duets

Scientists have decoded honeybee queens' "tooting and quacking" duets in the hive.

Birdwatcher, 14, making the most of lockdown wildlife

Indy Kiemel Green, 14, says youngsters do not see wildlife as something 'cool'.

Climate Basics: CO2 explained

CO2 is at the heart of our changing climate. Here's why.

Coronavirus: 'My beach will survive', says Italian grandad

Italian beach resorts are gearing up for a Covid-secure 2020 season, which is welcome news for one owner.

Coronavirus: Hunting for future killer viruses

Scientists are gathering data on how new diseases emerge in the hope of identifying future pandemics.

UK zoos at risk of closure

The Covid crisis is putting the survival of one of the UK's largest zoos at risk.

Norway landslide: Buildings swept away in Alta disaster

Watch as land continues to collapse during the rescue effort.

Asian hornet: UK beekeepers on lookout for bee-eater

The bee-eating Asian hornet has already reached the Channel Islands and beekeepers fear it could soon reach the UK mainland.

SpaceX Nasa Mission: Astronauts welcomed to the space station

Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken have floated into the International Space Station.

SpaceX Nasa Mission: Astronaut capsule docks with ISS

Nasa astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken have successfully docked with the ISS after 19 hours in orbit.

SpaceX launch: Nasa astronauts blast off to the International Space Station

Two astronauts launched into orbit for historic mission to the International Space Station.

When Covid-19 hit, zookeeper Caitlin Henderson ended up in lockdown with 70 spiders

When Covid-19 hit, zookeeper Caitlin Henderson ended up in lockdown with 70 spiders.

SpaceX launch: What is SpaceX and why is it going to the ISS?

Ahead of the launch of the Crew Dragon mission, the BBC explains what SpaceX actually does.

How to find a meteorite in Antarctica

Justin Rowlatt joins a team of scientists looking for small space rocks in Antarctica.

How bumble bees trick plants into flowering early

It's the first time scientists have observed this behaviour, which bees do when pollen is scarce.

'Sharks everywhere': Angler films feeding frenzy in Australia

An Australian fisherman says he was stunned to come across dozens of sharks feeding in shallow waters.

Night at the museum: Man breaks into dinosaur exhibit, taking selfies

An international student broke into Australia's oldest museum, taking selfies with the exhibits.

Meet the people who could change the way we live

The UK’s first climate assembly is holding its final sessions this weekend.

Wild horse rescued from bog in Alberta

A group of volunteers found the animal stuck in mud in the foothills of Alberta, Canada.

Coronavirus: The ski resort saving snow for next season

The Finnish ski resort that had the best snowfall in years, and won't let it go to waste.

Coronavirus: Fifty million plastic pieces sifted from beach in lockdown

Artist Rob Arnold is spending his lockdown sifting 40 sacks of beach litter in Cornwall.

Norfolk Island morepork owls: Major breakthrough for rare species

Two fledglings may have safeguarded the future of the Norfolk Island morepork owl.

Coronavirus: Five natural beauties to see on your daily exercise

With the lockdown prompting people to change their habits, many may be taking more notice of nature.

Coronavirus and climate change a ‘double crisis’

Many activists have had to stop their usual work due to the pandemic. Here's how they're responding.

What happens to microplastics in the ocean?

Analysis, led from the University of Manchester, counted up to 1.9 million plastic pieces per square metre.

'Angry' alligator visits US family's home

The reptile, known locally as Big George ambled onto a property on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Nepal earthquake: Surviving a deadly Everest avalanche

Footage shows the terrifying moment climbers were engulfed by snow in 2015.

Colombia: Saving rare species in jungles once protected by war

Botanists from Kew are combing the forests of Colombia for new species threatened with extinction since peace accords were signed.

Tree kangaroos: How a joey in Australia is helping save his wild cousins

How a joey in an Australian zoo is helping his wild cousins in Papua New Guinea.

Coronavirus: Smog pollution in Delhi vanishes

The Indian capital is one of the most polluted cities but in lockdown the skies are strikingly clear.

Chernobyl: When fire hits a post-nuclear wilderness

Wildfires inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone in Ukraine have had a significant impact on what has become a unique conservation area.

Coronavirus: Should I wear a mask to stop the virus?

The BBC's Laura Foster looks at the science about when and where we should wear face masks.

Coronavirus: The wildlife species enjoying lockdown

As the UK enters it fourth week of lockdown, conservationists say they've seen some hidden benefits.

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