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Hope for threatened 'little tiger cat'

Habitat fragmentation is a bigger threat to Chile's wildcat than human persecution, say conservationists.

Nasa removes US astronaut from ISS mission

Jeanette Epps would have been the first African-American astronaut on the space station crew.

Scapa Flow microplastics levels 'similar to Forth and Clyde'

Researchers at Heriot-Watt University took more than 100 sediment samples from 13 Orkney beaches.

2017 'warmest year without El Niño'

Even with no natural climate boost, last year was the second or third hottest on record.

Mystery deepens over mass die-off of antelopes

A mass die-off of antelopes in Kazakhstan was triggered by environmental factors, scientists believe.

Moustached monkey is separate species

A monkey from Ethiopia and Sudan with a distinctive "handlebar moustache" has been identified as a distinct species.

ICEYE's 'suitcase space radar' returns first image

Finnish start-up ICEYE releases a "first light" picture from its novel radar satellite.

Chemistry 'Van Gogh' could help with cancer

Scientists capture "incredible" images of instructions contained in DNA being read

Most new cars must be electric by 2030, ministers told

Three-fifths of new cars must be electric by 2030 to meet climate change targets, ministers are told.

UK firm contracts to service satellites

Effective Space says it will launch "space drones" to prolong the life of telecommunications satellites in orbit.

Dolphin diet study gives conservation clues

Wild dolphins burn up to 33,000 calories a day, say researchers - equivalent to about 60 salmon portions.

Hubble scores unique close-up view of distant galaxy

The Hubble telescope has scored an unprecedented close-up view of one of the Universe's oldest galaxies.

Black Death 'spread by humans not rats'

Human body lice, rather than rat fleas, spread plague during the Black Death, a study simulating the outbreak suggests.

Jordan urged to end animal mistreatment at Petra site

Donkeys, horses and camels are beaten and forced to carry tourists in extreme heat, a group says.

Female engineers set for success

The UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe, at less than 10%.

UK satellite to make movies from space

The spacecraft paves the way to a constellation collecting full-colour, hi-def video of Earth.

Huge oil spill left after burning tanker sinks off China

Fuel from the Sanchi has spread over more than 100 sq km and could badly damage marine life.

Citizen science bags five-planet haul

Astronomy enthusiasts help to confirm the existence of a five-planet system orbiting a far-off star.

Mount Mayon: Philippines volcano spews out lava

Volcanologists say a "hazardous explosion" could be imminent, as thousands flee the area around Mount Mayon in the Philippines.

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.

How flowering plants conquered the world

Scientists solve Darwin's "abominable mystery": How flowers rapidly evolved and spread across the globe.

Huge black hole blasts out 'double burp'

A massive black hole is seen to eject streams of high-energy particles after bingeing on hot gas.

Paris, London

A partnership between Imperial College London and a major French agency will keep access to European research funding.

Crunch question

Insects are often portrayed as a sustainable superfood - and many are delicious.

Hot topic

Can a series of scorching summers be blamed on climate change, and what do they tell us?

Check your pollution

Enter your postcode to see what the air quality is like where you are living in Britain.

How green are the Tories?

Theresa May's environment policy pledge is the latest step in the party's journey on the issue.

Thirsty city

With water usage and droughts across the globe rising, the race is on to manage water more efficiently.

Kitchen welfare

In Switzerland, lobsters must now be stunned before being boiled - but do they really feel pain?

Whale people

A glimpse into the life the Inupiat, an indigenous community in Alaska.

Back from the brink

Heavily armed and highly trained anti-poaching patrols have helped the population's recovery.

Busy year for storms

Was the remarkable 2017 hurricane season the worst ever? And did climate change play any part?

'Job done'

World land-speed record-holder Andy Green reflects on the past 12 months' achievements in developing the Bloodhound supersonic car.

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Mount Mayon: Philippines volcano spews out lava

Volcanologists say a "hazardous explosion" could be imminent, as thousands flee the area around Mount Mayon in the Philippines.

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.

Pizza night aboard the International Space Station

Crew members aboard the International Space Station are treated to a special meal.

Schoolgirl invents low-cost lead detecting device

Gitanjali Rao's device uses carbon nanotubes to detect the presence of lead in water.

What is a 'supermoon'?

Tom Kerrs from the Royal Observatory explains the phenomenon that causes the moon to look larger and brighter.

Nasa footage shows lightning from ISS

Nasa releases footage captured over China, Korea and Japan of "lightning, city lights and fishing boats".

Caesar's invasion site 'found': Is this where the Romans landed?

Archaeologists believe they may have uncovered the first evidence of Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain.

Polecats sightings reported in Essex

A wildlife trust has asked people to get in touch if they spot the creatures.

Jocelyn Bell Burnell doesn't mind Nobel overlook

The astrophysicist says at the time students weren't awarded Nobel Prizes.

Breakthrough in coral restoration, say researchers

Coral is growing on the Great Barrier Reef after first being grown in tanks, say researchers.

Three beavers released into the wild

The latest trio has been introduced to Knapdale Forest in Argyll, Scotland.

Footage of Earth from the International Space Station

Astronaut Randy Bresnik shares footage of a maintenance mission outside the International Space Station.

Scientists warn Lake Victoria is dying

They blame over-fishing and pollution for severely damaged fish stocks in Africa's largest freshwater lake.

How to solve the problem of space junk

A British spacecraft is trying to clean up what we send up but never bring down.

Catching fly-tippers in the act

When fly-tipping occurs on private property, it can be very costly for landowners.

Nasa timelapse paints 'most complete picture of life' to date

Scientists call the new timelapse video the "most complete global picture of life on Earth to date".

How we are losing the night

Satellite images show that artificially-lit areas are expanding around the world.

European memory champion reveals winning trick

Simon Reinhard mastered the Method of Loci to become a European memory champion.

Bosnia's silent killer: The coal industry

The Balkan country has the world's second highest death rate caused by air pollution.

Floods: How can you save your life when disaster strikes?

Floods have been a deadly staple of 2017. But how can you protect yourself against the natural disaster?

How worried should we be about melting ice caps?

As the UN climate change conference ends, BBC Science's David Shukman takes a look at melting ice caps.

The world's biggest lithium battery farm

The plant in the US state of California stores enough energy to power 20,000 homes for four hours.

Fireball in Finland sky 'probably a meteorite'

The suspected meteor shook buildings when it raced through the sky in Lapland.

Tesla shows off new truck and surprise Roadster

Tesla shows off a long awaited truck, but surprises with its new Roadster sports car.

Colombia zoo gives trafficked elephant root canal surgery

The procedure took 30 people three hours to complete. Tantor had been rescued from a ranch in Colombia.

Singapore welcomes rare blue macaw parrots

Singapore and Brazil are working together to bring two blue macaw species back from near-extinction.

Which cities could suffer as ice melts?

A forecasting tool reveals which cities will be affected as different portions of the ice sheet melt, say scientists.

'Climate change is affects everything'

People in Vunidogoloa had to move 2km (1.24m) inland, and say climate change is to blame.

Stranded orca refloated in New Zealand

Volunteers and military personnel worked together to help return the killer whale to the ocean.

Into the woods: The Japanese way to beat stress

One army veteran suffering from PTSD says Forest Bathing is helping him sleep.

Why do people still think the Earth is flat?

This social media community has come together for the first time in North Carolina to discuss their shared belief.

Singing protest at pro-coal UN event

US officials were arguing for the continued use of coal at a UN meeting in Bonn, Germany.

Rocket blasts off for ISS one day late

A small plane entering the airspace had delayed Saturday's launch from Virginia in the US.

Turning Kenya's plastic bottle waste into boats

These men in Kenya have decided to do something about the amount of plastic bottles that clog an island's beaches.

Seahorses found living in River Thames in London

Two species of seahorses are among the unexpected creatures found living in London.

What it's like spending a year in space

Far from home, with great views... the International Space Station is not your typical holiday spot.

Blue Planet II: Eel suffers toxic shock in underwater lake

Re-live the talked-about moment when an eel suffers the consequences of diving into a brine pool for food.

Tackling the toxic danger inside our cars

Pollution in a car can be worse than outside, as it traps nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and soot-like particles.

Sheep 'trained to recognise celebrities' in Cambridge University study

The animals have demonstrated the ability to recognise familiar human faces, according to a study.

The dog that orbited the Earth

The first living creature to be sent into orbit around the Earth was a Soviet stray dog called Laika. She was a pioneer of the space race.

Blue Planet II: The moment giant sharks attack crew submarine

At a depth of 750 metres, a Blue Planet II submarine was shoved by enormous sharks.

Gibbons rescued from pet trade have baby in the wild

A gibbon is the first of its species born in the wild to parents rescued from the illegal pet trade.

Human-elephant conflict destroying lives in India

Elephants are looking for food in villages in India's forests, with deadly consequences.

'I inject myself with snake venom'

Steve Ludwin has been injecting himself with venom for more than 30 years.

The giant mass of plastic waste taking over the Caribbean

The giant build-up of plastic bottles, cutlery and polystyrene plates was captured by underwater photographer Caroline Power.

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