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Lift-off for Scotland: Sutherland to host first UK spaceport

The UK Space Agency backs Scotland's north coast as the place to launch satellites to orbit.

Arundel road scheme 'could harm ancient woodland'

Road builders planning a bypass in Sussex have been urged to find a way that doesn't cause damage to ancient woodland.

Nation's botanical treasures to go on display

From Darwin's potato to the man who saved the daffodil. Pictures tell the story of the nation's plants.

Sir David Attenborough launches 'Boaty' polar ship

The hull of the ship, which the public wanted to call Boaty McBoatface, is launched into the Mersey.

Horse sense: Happiest equines love to snort, says study

Snorting in horses is linked to a 'positive internal state', say scientists, and could improve animal welfare.

Iceman's last meal was high-fat, high-calorie feast

Mountain goat, red deer, cereal grains and a toxic fern: What our ancestors ate 5,000 years ago.

Whale killing: Iceland accused of slaughtering rare whale

Campaigners say that what appears to be a rare blue whale has been killed by Icelandic whalers.

Source of cosmic 'ghost' particle revealed

Researchers believe a galactic "monster" is a source of cosmic neutrinos detected on Earth.

Brexit 'could damage UK environment'

MPs demand legislation to ensure the government delivers on post-Brexit air pollution promises

Survey: Half of young people want electric cars

Young drivers increasingly want to buy electric cars - but myths are still deterring older drivers, survey shows.

Killing rats could save coral reefs

Threatened reefs can be protected by eradicating destructive rats on tropical islands, scientists say.

Earliest evidence of humans outside Africa

Scientists say they've probably found the earliest evidence of a human presence outside Africa.

'We can build a real time machine'

Travelling in time might sound like fantasy, but some physicists think it might really be possible.

Heatwave uncovers submerged history

Weeks of dry weather cause water levels at Spelga Dam to drop, exposing a hidden history.

Ancient bones reveal forgotten history of whales

Old whale bones suggest the origins of whale hunting may go back to the days of the Roman Empire.

On board the flying lab testing UK wildfire smoke

Victoria Gill joins scientists trying to find out how wildfires affect the air we breathe.

Major sewage pollution incidents increase

Rivers overall are getting cleaner, but water firms still need to do better, the Environment Agency says.

'Sir David Attenborough' ready for big splash

The UK's new £200m polar research ship is on the slipway ready to go in the River Mersey.

Israeli space probe to land on Moon in 2019

It will be the first privately-funded space probe to land on the lunar surface.

Krill companies limit Antarctic fishing

The overwhelming majority of krill companies are to stop fishing in vast areas of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Ozone hole mystery: China insulating chemical said to be source of rise

A banned chemical used to make household insulation is implicated in damage to the ozone layer.

Attenborough launches 'Boaty McBoatface' polar ship

Sir David Attenborough has launched the hull of the UK's newest polar ship, which is named after him.

Longleat prepares for arrival vulnerable Southern Koalas

It's hoped a breeding programme will help maintain numbers of the vulnerable species.

Sir David Attenborough polar ship: Here's an inside peek

There's even space for a coffee shop, sauna and gym on the £200m vessel.

America's secret Cold War nuclear test films released

Scientists declassify films showing atmospheric nuclear tests conducted during the Cold War.

Paddleboarders highlight plastic pollution on Mallorca trip

Catherine Friend and Valerie Bisbal are the first people to circumnavigate Mallorca on paddleboards.

Swarms of moon jellyfish like 'oil slick' off Ceredigion coast

Dolphin spotters on a boat trip were surrounded by thousands of jellyfish near New Quay harbour.

Fossil of 'first giant' dinosaur discovered in Argentina

Discovery of "first giant" shows how and when dinosaurs grew to such massive proportions.

Legal EU ivory sales 'condemn elephants'

Campaigners find many legally sold antique ivory trinkets in Europe come from recently killed elephants.

Meet the nuns helping save a sacred species from extinction

The axolotl - a salamander unique to Mexico - has almost been wiped out by pollution and over-fishing.

Curious camera

A new exhibition reappraises the work of Harry Burton, who photographed the decade-long Tutankhamun excavation.

Nowhere to hide

Europe's Sentinel satellite tasked with tracking dirty air maps the major emissions of sulphur dioxide.

Exomoons: On the hunt for distant worlds

Distant moons may be the most plentiful habitats in the galaxy

Science to chew on

Scientists fail to find a koala cuteness gene but DNA may lead to a vaccine for chlamydia in the iconic marsupial.

Wood Wide Web

Plants share resources using an underground network called the "Wood Wide Web".

Ocean crowd

Turning the 4,000 live-aboard yachts around the world into a research fleet.

Reality Check

It's often said that butterflies are dying out in the UK, but do the statistics back this up?

Deeply dippy

Dippy the diplodocus is proving a huge draw on its UK-wide tour. Why are some people so fascinated with dinosaurs?

Hot air

As demand for air conditioning goes through the roof, what are the implications for our planet?

Big cat spat

The US has more captive tigers than the rest of the world has wild ones. Why?

Human planet

Scientists Simon Lewis and Mark Maslin believe humans are not on an inevitable course to self-destruction.

Top hat

With the first 500mph runs now pushed back to mid-2019, there is more time to prepare the world's first supersonic car.

Margaret Atwood

Speaking at a climate change conference in London, author Margaret Atwood supported a ban on single use plastic.

Shunning Britain

British farmers say they are facing a shortage of workers to pick fruit and vegetables as recruitment companies say they can't find enough to fill vacancies.

Moonwalkers

Read the experiences of the four surviving astronauts to have set foot on the lunar surface.

Global problem

National Geographic magazine has published some startling images of the global plastic pollution scourge.

Seeds of hope

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

Fatal confusion

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

Pump it down

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

Building back up

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

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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Attenborough launches 'Boaty McBoatface' polar ship

Sir David Attenborough has launched the hull of the UK's newest polar ship, which is named after him.

Longleat prepares for arrival vulnerable Southern Koalas

It's hoped a breeding programme will help maintain numbers of the vulnerable species.

Sir David Attenborough polar ship: Here's an inside peek

There's even space for a coffee shop, sauna and gym on the £200m vessel.

America's secret Cold War nuclear test films released

Scientists declassify films showing atmospheric nuclear tests conducted during the Cold War.

Paddleboarders highlight plastic pollution on Mallorca trip

Catherine Friend and Valerie Bisbal are the first people to circumnavigate Mallorca on paddleboards.

Swarms of moon jellyfish like 'oil slick' off Ceredigion coast

Dolphin spotters on a boat trip were surrounded by thousands of jellyfish near New Quay harbour.

Using roads to make power and toilet paper

Can we use roads to generate power, make toilet paper and help increase the bee population?

Sir David Attenborough: Getting UK polar ship ready for big day

Watch the 10,000-tonne hull of Britain's new polar ship being moved into position for launch.

What is Novichok?

Laura Foster explains how the Novichok nerve agent works and what to do if you think you've been exposed to it.

Cliff jumping: Lucky escape for boys after Llanberis rock fall

A boy who jumped off a cliff into water in Llanberis escaped injury when rocks fell in after him.

Bristol University discovers how wingless spiders fly

Bristol University has discovered how spiders fly thousands of miles

Reality Check: Fishing after Brexit - sink or swim?

BBC Reality Check looks at the government's promise of taking back control of UK fishing waters.

Ipswich coffee shop uses takeaway mugs to ditch plastic

A cafe is trying to cut its plastic waste by using donated mugs and cups to serve takeaway hot drinks.

What is a shelf cloud?

The weather system was captured at Lake Superior, Michigan, in the US.

Artist forms whale choir in North Shields

French artist Marina Rees has formed a "whale choir" to launch her new exhibition

Fish rescued as River Teme dries up in heatwave

More than 130 trout and salmon are saved after river levels plummet.

Koala chlamydia vaccine possible with DNA study

The strain is different to that found in humans, but a genome study hopes to provide clues to fight the infection.

First seal pup survey in Thames

The mammals have made a comeback and scientists are counting them to help guard them against threats.

How crows can use a vending machine

Watch how Emma the crow creates the currency required to operate a vending machine.

Fingerprint tech could help catch pangolin poachers

British scientists discover a way of taking human fingerprints off seized pangolin scales.

Plastic coffee cup waste is being cut by a simple change

A university campus has cut the use of disposable cups with a simple change.

Meet the 'forgotten' Victorian astronomer Annie Maunder

A state-of-the-art telescope is named after Annie Maunder, a Victorian pioneer of space photography.

Mirage-like dust devil swirls in Llandrindod Wells heat

The strange weather phenomenon was spotted in Powys, as temperatures soared across Wales.

The birds filling up with plastic

On a remote island in the Tasman Sea scientists are battling to save flesh-footed Shearwater chicks.

How to shop in Birmingham's plastic-free supermarket

Reusable bags, bottles and containers are the key to success for these buyers in Birmingham.

The gene-edited pigs immune to lung disease

Pigs in Scotland have had their genes altered so they are now immune to a deadly respiratory disease.

Wildfire spreads across Northern California

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes as firefighters battle the blazes.

Wolves in France: Farmers fear attacks

One mayor says children under 10 years old should not walk alone, in case of an attack.

Mountain lion kittens found living in US cave

Meet the new residents of a cave in California.

Will Norway's electric plane take off?

A battery-powered plane that could mean guilt-free travel is part of a plan to tackle climate change.

Hong Kong's fish are eating plastic - and people could be too

A lot of Hong Kong's fish contains tiny bits of plastic that could end up on your plate.

Horsefly season: How to avoid being bitten

It is horsefly season, which means all those enjoying the countryside should watch out for bites.

Ten ways to cut down on plastics at home

Author and activist Will McCallum gives us his top tips for eliminating plastics from our everyday lives.

Kilauea volcano: Molten lava meets the sea

The Kilauea volcano has been pouring lava into the ocean off Hawaii, causing a hydrochloric acid mist.

What a load of crocs!

Wade Kelly's drone captured dozens of the reptiles on camera this week, sunbathing by the Daly River in Australia.

Saiga antelopes: the Ice Age survivors now in peril

Scientists hope to save the saiga, a Central Asian antelope which survived the Ice Age, but is now in peril.

'Antarctica is my office'

Jon Tyler is an Antarctic guide, showing scientists how to survive the extreme environment.

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