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Kilogram gets a new definition

Scientists take the massive decision to change the definition of the kilogram.

Greenland ice sheet hides huge 'impact crater'

Scientists find evidence that an iron asteroid slammed into the Earth deep inside the Arctic Circle.

Climate change: Worries over CO2 emissions from intensifying wildfires

Rising numbers of extreme wildfires could result in a significant increase in CO₂ emissions, scientists have warned.

Exoplanet discovered around neighbouring star

Astronomers have discovered a planet around one of the closest stars to our Sun.

Climate change: Report says 'cut lamb and beef'

The number of sheep and cattle in the UK should be reduced to help combat climate change, a report says.

'Conservation successes' bring hope for mountain gorilla

Mountain gorilla: Conservation efforts appear to be paying off for large, charismatic animals.

South Pole: Rock 'hotspot' causes ice sheet to sag

A large area of warm rock is melting the base of the Antarctic Ice Sheet at the South Pole.

Climate change: Heatwaves 'halve' male insect fertility

A study of beetles could explain global decline in insects - and how heat can damage male fertility.

Badger culling has 'modest' effect in cutting cattle TB

An independent scientific review says badger culling can have a modest effect in reducing cattle TB.

Mystery monkey: history of unique Xenothrix fossil revealed

A now-extinct monkey from Jamaica had South American roots, according to new DNA evidence.

Can listening to bees help save them - and us?

Scientists hope artificial intelligence will gives us more insights into bee health and behaviour.

No 'flushable' wet wipes tested so far pass water industry tests

They say wet wipes don't break down and so cause sewage blockages which cost millions to put right.

Climate change protests leads to '22 arrests' over blockade

The chained-together demonstrators are blockading the government energy department in London.

Badger cull: Vets accuse ministers of 'barefaced lies'

Campaigners accuse the government of telling "bare faced lies" about the effectiveness of badger culls.

EU moves to protect large carnivores

Farmers will receive 100% compensation for any damages caused by bears, wolves and other wild carnivores.

ExoMars: Life-detecting robot to be sent to Oxia Planum

The joint Europe-Russia mission to the Red Planet in 2020 will investigate an ancient water-altered terrain.

Antarctic: Nasa shares close-up photos of big PIG iceberg

Scientists get a decent look at the large new iceberg that's broken away from Pine Island Glacier.

Climate Change: Arctic 'no safe harbour' for breeding birds

Climate change could be behind declines in birds that lay their eggs on Arctic shores, a study says.

Keystone XL Pipeline: US judge orders halt on construction

Trump administration "discarded" facts about climate change when it approved the Keystone XL, says judge.

Sutherland spaceport project to move to next stage

The backers of the proposed satellite launch site are to hold further discussion with those who live in the area.

Sir David Attenborough lends voice to Netflix's Our Planet series

The documentary will "showcase the planet's most precious species and fragile habitats", Netflix said.

Finland: Where second-hand comes first

As concern grows about climate change and resources, is it time to re-use more of our junk?

Stephen Hawking personal effects fetch £1.8m at auction

A copy of the physicist's signed PhD thesis sells for £584,750, nearly four times the guide price.

Climate change: Bug covered 'bionic mushroom' generates clean energy

Mushrooms for lunch inspire scientists to try to generate electricity from a fungus covered in bacteria.

'Oldest animal painting' discovered in Borneo

The earliest known painting of an animal has been identified in a cave on the island of Borneo.

Northern white rhino: New hopes for IVF rescue

A new study raises hopes of saving one of the last animals of its kind - the northern white rhino.

Metop weather satellite launches into orbit

Europe sends up a front-line weather satellite containing components made over a decade ago.

Ozone: The Earth's protective shield is repairing

The ozone layer is finally healing from damage humans have caused, according to the United Nations.

Oldest cave painting of an animal discovered in Borneo

Scientists spent several days trekking through rural Borneo to find the 40,000-year-old artwork.

Morbid exhibits of UCL's Pathology Museum

Christa Larwood visits the UCL Pathology Museum usually reserved for the eyes of medical students.

How to save trees from extinction

The world is losing plants at an unprecedented rate with around one in five thought to be at risk of extinction. The race is on to store back-up copies in seed banks.

The explosive science behind fireworks

Fireworks: how do they work and the science that behind them

Brecon project gives water vole a fighting chance

A Powys captive breeding project aims to give water voles a fighting chance of a revival.

Global hunger for soybeans 'destroying Brazil's Cerrado savanna'

Brazil's highly biodiverse Cerrado is being destroyed for soybean production, conservationists say.

InSight: The jeopardy of landing on Mars

Nasa releases a video describing the perilous landing its InSight Mars probe will face later this month.

New £50 note will feature a British scientist

The Bank of England asks the public to nominate worthy candidates to feature on the new banknote.

'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 1.5C

Colourful dynasty

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

'Miniature suns'

Is much-heralded nuclear fusion finally ready to fulfil its promise of abundant energy for all?

Dr persistence

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

Living laboratories

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

Red Planet

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

Delhi air

Some popular ways Indians try to beat air pollution - but do they really work?

Catching plastic

Microplastics have swamped our ecosystem. Can tech help prevent them entering our water systems?

Whale watching

UK scientists demonstrate the practicality of identifying and counting whales from orbit.

Who knew?

As Palau bans sunscreen to protect coral reefs, we look at other products causing environmental damage.

Nature in the lens

Two snub-nosed monkeys sitting on a stone is the top shot at Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018.

Big thaw

Melting Arctic sea ice may be about to open up the Northwest Passage to cargo shipping.

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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Oldest cave painting of an animal discovered in Borneo

Scientists spent several days trekking through rural Borneo to find the 40,000-year-old artwork.

Morbid exhibits of UCL's Pathology Museum

Christa Larwood visits the UCL Pathology Museum usually reserved for the eyes of medical students.

How to save trees from extinction

The world is losing plants at an unprecedented rate with around one in five thought to be at risk of extinction. The race is on to store back-up copies in seed banks.

The explosive science behind fireworks

Fireworks: how do they work and the science that behind them

Brecon project gives water vole a fighting chance

A Powys captive breeding project aims to give water voles a fighting chance of a revival.

Global hunger for soybeans 'destroying Brazil's Cerrado savanna'

Brazil's highly biodiverse Cerrado is being destroyed for soybean production, conservationists say.

Potholes: Why do we have so many of them?

The chancellor says councils in England will get an extra £420m in his Budget to fix potholes.

HS2 construction: Moving the remains of 40,000 people

Work begins to exhume thousands of skeletons to make way for HS2 construction.

Illegally smuggled chimp safely rehomed in Dorset

Naree was illegally smuggled to Thailand and forced to perform in a circus.

'Headless chicken sea monster' filmed swimming off East Antarctica

A deep-sea swimming sea cucumber has been filmed in the Southern Ocean off East Antarctica for the first time.

Poralia rufescens jellyfish spotted off coast of California

The Poralia rufescens is swimming off the coast of southern California in the Pacific Ocean.

Why is this African village letting mosquitoes in?

The genetically modified insects are part of a project which aims to tackle malaria in Africa.

BepiColombo: Mercury space mission to help us understand Earth

BepiColombo mission could shed light on space weather and history of our planet

New Forest brothers show off UK's biggest ever pumpkin

Twin brothers have been showing off the biggest pumpkin ever to have been grown indoors in the UK.

Can a cooker help save the rainforest?

The solar-powered cooker that uses an alternative to charcoal.

Europe's new koalas arrive at Longleat from Austalia

Five southern koalas have been flown from Australia to the UK to create a back-up population.

Herefordshire firm launches biodegradable crisp packet

The manufacturer says the bags once disposed have a six-month lifespan.

The children living on the frontline of climate change

The frightening impact of global warming is seen in drawings by schoolchildren in Vietnam's Mekong Delta.

Chicken nuggets grown in a lab

Can chicken nuggets grown in a lab actually taste like... well... chicken? The BBC's James Cook put JUST's chicken to the test.

Supersonic Bloodhound hits cash roadblock

The project to race a car at more than 1,000mph runs into a financial roadblock, with the company behind the venture going into administration.

Puffin patrol: The children saving Iceland's pufflings

Puffin populations are struggling, but some young volunteers are coming to their rescue.

Soyuz crew back to Earth after malfunction

A capsule carrying two crew members on a Russian Soyuz rocket that malfunctioned has landed safely.

BBC helps bust Nepal chimp smuggling

A BBC investigation exposing the scale of chimpanzee trafficking last year has helped police in Nepal uncover a smuggling operation.

Whale calf rescued from shark net near Australian coast

It look two hours to free the new-born humpback whale, off Australia's Gold Coast.

Climate change: What would you be prepared to do?

Here are five things we can do to help prevent global temperatures rising more than 1.5C.

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