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SLS: Nasa's 'megarocket' engine test ends early

A critical engine test for Nasa's new "megarocket" - the Space Launch System (SLS) - ends early.

Climate change: 'Exceptionally hot' 2020 concludes warmest decade

The years between 2011 and 2020 were the hottest on record, and 2020 was among the warmest of all.

Electric eels work together to zap prey

The electric predators work in groups to herd and "zap" their prey in unison, scientists shocked to discover.

Government defends Cumbria coal mine green light

Climate change: Cumbria coal mine "risks making Britain a laughing stock"

Indonesia: Archaeologists find world's oldest animal cave painting

The life-sized picture of a wild pig found in a remote cave is thought to be 45,000 years old.

Honey detective work raises fears for bees

Pollinators risk running short of food as wildflowers disappear in a "green desert", experts warn.

Growing food: Call to give vegetable growers public cash

An alliance of food experts want more public funds to go towards Wales-grown produce.

Past Covid-19 infection may provide 'months of immunity'

But researchers warn there is still a risk of catching and passing the virus on to others again.

£3bn UK climate finance to be spent on supporting nature

The PM says investment is needed to protect marine life, forests and sustainable food production.

Climate change: US emissions in 2020 in biggest fall since WWII

US greenhouse gas emissions tumbled below their 1990 level last year, because of Covid-19 shutdowns.

Ocean pollutants 'have negative effect on male fertility'

Harbour porpoises exposed to PCBs had shrunken testicles, suggesting sperm and fertility effects.

UK allows emergency use of bee-harming pesticide

In 2018, the EU and UK imposed an almost-total ban because of the serious damage it could cause.

Consultation launched over gene edited food in England

The UK government launches a public consultation on using gene editing to modify livestock and crops.

Alaska: Trump opens wilderness up for oil drilling

The Trump administration pushes ahead with first oil lease sales in an Arctic wildlife refuge.

Why 2021 could be crucial for tackling climate change

This year could be a "make or break" moment in the fight against global warming.

Green body gives verdict on Boris Johnson carbon-cutting policies

The Green Alliance says there is gap between the PM's plans and what is needed to meet carbon targets.

Five ways to reduce your carbon footprint

Climate activists explain how individuals can help reduce their carbon emissions.

Nasa's Curiosity rover: 3,000 days on Mars

Three thousand days and counting: Nasa's Curiosity rover continues its extraordinary exploration of Mars.

What is Elon Musk's Starship?

Elon Musk's company SpaceX is building a vehicle that could transform space travel.

Astronaut Scott Kelly: How to survive a year in space

Record-breaking astronaut Scott Kelly talks about living in space and his desire to go back.

Space images: The best of 2020

There was stunning cosmic imagery to feast on over the past year - here's our pick of the offerings.

SLS: Crucial test for Nasa's 'mega-rocket'

Part of a giant rocket that will send humans back to the Moon has undergone a critical test.

Nasa's Mars rover and the 'seven minutes of terror'

The US space agency releases an animation to show how its Perseverance robot will land on Mars.

How South African police are tackling pangolin smugglers

The pangolin is said to be the world's most trafficked mammal. The BBC reports on a rescue operation.

Greener planes of the future... or just pretty plans?

The aerospace industry is testing models of radical looking aircraft, but will they ever make it into production?

Australia: Spectacular ‘tree of life’ found in lake

An amateur photographer’s aerial photos are gaining attention for this little known "natural wonder".

Coronavirus variants and mutations: The science explained

Scientists are racing to find out more about variants of the coronavirus that are spreading fast.

Atlantic discovery: 12 new species 'hiding in the deep'

A dozen ocean species new to science could already be threatened by climate change, scientists find.

Elon Musk's six secrets to business success

Six principles that have helped Elon Musk become the richest person on the planet.

How Ugandan Nasa scientist Catherine Nakalembe uses satellites to boost farming

Catherine Nakalembe won this year's Africa Food Prize for pioneering work using satellite images.

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The man startling millions of starlings with lasers

During starling season in winter, up to four million of the birds descend on Rome, covering streets and vehicles with their droppings.

Electric eel: An Amazon predator that 'zaps' prey

Researchers working in the Amazon filmed eels gathering in packs to herd prey, then stunning them with a synchronised electric shock.

Snow storms bring deadly chaos to Japan

Japan is hit by severe snow storms, killing at least eight and bringing some regions to a standstill.

Australia: Spectacular ‘tree of life’ found in lake

An amateur photographer’s aerial photos are gaining attention for this little known "natural wonder".

Palm cockatoo: Why a unique ‘drumming’ bird is in peril

The palm cockatoo is thought to be the only bird to use tools musically to attract a mate.

Are pandemics the new normal?

After Covid-19 should we expect more pandemics in the future?

Five ways to reduce your carbon footprint

Climate activists explain how individuals can help reduce their carbon emissions.

Lookahead 2021: What's happening in the world of science?

The BBC's global science correspondent Rebecca Morelle looks at what's coming up in the next year.

The fox and the photographer: a touching friendship

A photographer with a gift for befriending wildlife has formed a close bond with a wild vixen.

Nashulai: The community trying to conserve Kenya's wildlife

The Nashulai conservancy, on the edge of the Maasai Mara, is reviving ancient practices to protect the ecosystem.

When Greta Thunberg met Margaret Atwood... on Zoom

The teenage climate activist and veteran author and environmentalist were brought together by Radio 4's Today Programme.

Coronavirus: What has Covid done for climate crisis?

Lockdowns around the world have led to record falls in CO2 emissions. But will this lead to long lasting change?

Extreme E: Lewis Hamilton and electric car racing

Lewis Hamilton isn't just the world's most successful F1 driver, he's also a key backer of a new off-road electric vehicle racing series called Extreme E.

Rags to riches for cat rescued by waste worker

A waste disposal worker rescues a cat from imminent death while sorting through rubbish at a plant in Russia.

Octopuses filmed punching fish in the Red Sea

Scientists have filmed octopuses in the Red Sea lashing out at fish during a group hunt.

The surprising science behind guide dog puppies

Caitlin was partnered with her first guide dog last year, but where do 6% of them come from?

Iceland: Town of Seydisfjordur evacuated after mudslide hits

An 11-year-old boy had no time to dress as he and his father were forced to run from their home.

Microplastics, drugs and food - how jellyfish can help us

Jellyfish are being used to develop new medicines, filters for microplastics and for food.

Prato: The Italian town turning rags into new clothes

A small Italian town has built its fortune on transforming the world's old scraps into new clothes.

Kangaroos can 'communicate' with humans, study finds

Their behaviour challenges a notion that such abilities come only from domestication, a study finds.

Geminid meteor shower dazzles night skies

Some of the best views of the annual meteor shower were above Lijiang city in southwest China.

Hurricane season 2020: Is global warming making hurricanes stronger?

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season was one of the most active on record - was it due to global warming?

Boris Johnson on climate change, mung-bean munching and creating jobs

From mung-bean munching to being the Saudi Arabia of wind power generation, here's a summary of the UK PM's climate speech.

Astronomy: 'Odd radio circles' in the sky a ‘genuine mystery’

A new high-powered telescope has discovered inexplicable ghostly circles in the sky.

Byron Bay: Why a famous Australian beach is disappearing

A change in wave patterns - the worst in decades - is "starving" sand from Byron Bay's iconic beach.

Hayabusa-2: Japan asteroid sample lands safely on Earth

Material from a space rock called Ryugu could provide an ''exciting key'' to the origins of the Solar System.

Fighting air pollution: 'Without solidarity the world will be doomed'

Nineteen-year-old Abhiir Bhalla has campaigned against air pollution in Delhi most of his life.

Covid priority list: When will I get the Covid vaccine?

Three Covid-19 vaccines have now been approved for use in the UK. The BBC's Laura Foster explains which groups will get it first.

Puerto Rico: The moment the Arecibo Observatory telescope collapsed

Video shows one of the world's largest telescopes at Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory crashing down.

Jonathan Van-Tam: 'We go at the speed of science'

England's Deputy Chief Medical Officer says the Astrazenica/Oxford University vaccine will not be rushed.

Sir David Attenborough: 'Our lives depend' on climate change fight

Sir David Attenborough discusses the climate crisis with the UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

Prof Van-Tam: 'We need to be properly confident the vaccine works'

Prof Jonathan Van-Tam says they need to be "properly confident" about the vaccine before social distancing rules can be relaxed.

Coronavirus: How do you vaccinate 7.7 billion people?

Five challenges of distributing a Covid-19 vaccine to billions of people.

Climate change: The woman watching the ice melt from under her feet

For thousands of years Inupaiq people have relied on the land in Alaska but now climate change is threatening their entire way of life.

Jane Fonda: 'It's much harder to be young than it is old'

As an 82-year-old Jane Fonda is still protesting - this time about climate change - and getting arrested.

Students create device to capture car tyre microplastic debris

We hear a lot about single-use plastics like bottles and packaging but tyre wear is a big problem.

ICYMI: Piano playing in surgery and Covid safety robots

A look at some of the stories you may have missed this week.

First privately owned spacecraft successfully delivers astronauts to ISS

Commander Mike Hopkins said his team had an amazing ride on the privately owned spacecraft.

Woman's Hour Power List: The women protecting our planet

This year's Woman's Hour Power List celebrates women who are helping to tackle the climate crisis.

Hurricane Iota: Giant wave smashes into San Andrés shore

Onlookers were dwarfed by the massive waves as the category five storm sweeps over the Caribbean.

Amazon rainforest: 'Paying the price for disrespecting nature'

Coronavirus is ripping through indigenous communities in the Amazon rainforest.

Hampshire doctor claims Mars ownership using lasers

Phil Davies leads a global campaign to claim ownership of the planet by improving its atmosphere.

Egypt: More than 100 intact sarcophagi unearthed near Cairo

Archaeologists opened one coffin to reveal a mummy, dating back over 2,500 years.

Bigfin squid spotted in Australia for first time

The first sighting of a Bigfin squid has been recorded in the Great Australian Bight by researchers.

US election: Why are Trump protesters saying 'stop the count' and 'count the votes'?

Trump supporters have been chanting conflicting messages in Michigan and Arizona. We look at why.

Why hundreds of parakeets visit this same terrace every day

Lakshmi Narayan Reddy's home in India attracts hundreds of the ring-necked species of parrot every day.

Bushfire koalas going back to the wild

Thousands of creatures were killed and injured in last summer's blazes on South Australia's Kangaroo Island.

Hurricane Epsilon: Surfers tackle 20ft waves in Cornwall

Strong winds and low pressure created 'extremely dangerous' conditions off the coast of Cornwall.

Nasa moon announcement: What is on the Moon?

Nasa has announced it's found an abundance of water on the Moon. But what else is up there?

RRS Sir David Attenborough departs for sea trials

The new £200m ship begins important testing and sea trials ahead of its maiden cruise in 2021.

Nasa's Osiris-Rex spacecraft successfully tags Asteroid Bennu

Nasa scientists were elated as the spacecraft successfully touched down for just a few seconds to grab rocks and dirt.

'Baby sharks' rescued in Essex after getting trapped in shallow water

"It's a fish really getting itself into somewhere that it's not designed to be," says rescue team.

Eating jellyfish: Why scientists are talking up a 'perfect food'

Amid fresh concern about overfishing, scientists say eating more jellyfish may give us benefits.

RSPB Snettisham: Knot create murmuration over The Wash

Seeing record-breaking numbers of knot take flight "should be on everybody's bucket list".

Climate change: Arctic Circle teens call for help to save their homes

Teenagers living in remote Arctic communities share their concerns about the effects of climate change.

Climate change action sidelined by Covid-19, say young activists

More than half of 18 to 24-years-old in the UK are worried that climate change has been neglected because of coronavirus.

Soyuz rocket reaches ISS in record time

The trip took just three hours and three minutes – half the usual journey time.

Glass ceilings and black holes: How history was made in the 2020 science Nobels

What this year's science Nobel Prizes showed us about the darkest mysteries of the Universe.

The young girl who swims with her pet python

Eight-year-old Inbar and her 3m pet python enjoy a swim in the pool.

Prince William launches Earthshot Prize

Over the next decade, the £50m prize fund aims to support ideas that will help repair the earth.

Giant hogweed: One man's battle against 'toxic invader'

Oskars has spent eight years trying to stop an invasive toxic weed surrounding his home in Latvia.

Are wildfires the end of the Californian dream?

As unprecedented wildfires rage across the Golden State, Californians have been bearing the brunt.

HMS Queen Elizabeth: On board the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier

For the first time, both British and American jets launch off HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Storm Alex: Buildings, roads and bridges destroyed in southern France

Powerful Storm Alex has brought destructive winds, rain, flooding and landslides to southern France.

'Do you like spiders?' - Royal children quiz Sir David Attenborough

From monkeys to spiders - Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis ask about the natural world.

Covid-19: Funding crisis threatens zoo conservation

As Covid-19 threatens conservation work, Whipsnade Zoo is hoping for rhino breeding success.

Great Barrier Reef: Uncovering the secrets of Australia's deep waters

Scientists explain how the biggest deep-sea study of two marine parks led to exciting discoveries.

Hydrogen-powered train makes UK maiden journey

The Hydroflex made a 25-mile round-trip in Warwickshire, reaching speeds of up to 50 mph.

Two beluga whales have their first swim in their new open water sanctuary

Little White and Little Grey were in captivity in a park in China but now live in waters in Iceland.

‘We’ve overrun the planet’ - Attenborough

BBC Breakfast spoke to Sir David Attenborough ahead of his new documentary A Life on Our Planet.

Biodiversity: Boris Johnson signs United Nations pledge to tackle problem

PM Boris Johnson signs a UN pledge, saying UK government "absolutely committed" to global problem.

Mine-detecting rat receives prestigious gold medal

Mine-detecting rat, Magawa, has sniffed out dozens of landmines and unexploded munitions in Cambodia.

What maths is involved in stirring a cup of tea?

A professor has won £2.3m for applying complex maths to simple situations - like stirring tea.

Siberia landscape scarred by climate change

Scientists are warning about the consequences of vast swathes of ground thawing in Siberia.

Climate Change: Is the movement diverse enough?

Too white? Too middle class? Activist Fatima explores the climate change movement's diversity.

Ship with no crew to sail across the Atlantic

A full-size, crewless research ship is to make one of the world's first autonomous transatlantic voyages.

Saving Cumbria's plastic-lined river

The River Keekle was lined 20 years ago to protect it from pollution but the plastic became the problem.

Attenborough and the special moment fuelling his hope

Sir David Attenborough and the mountain gorillas that have won the fight against extinction.

Jane Fonda: 'Climate activism saved me from depression'

Hollywood star Jane Fonda has written a book about how people can get involved in climate change activism.

Coronavirus: What is the R number and why does it matter?

Experts keep discussing the value of R, but what is it and why does it matter?

Australian flying foxes 'among Earth's most mobile mammals'

Australian species roam over massive distances and help the land recover from fire, research finds.

'Super bacteria' survive for three years outside space station

Scientists are stunned that bacteria attached to the outside of the International Space Station survived for three years.

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