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PM will pay to have 'full association' with EU research

The Prime Minister makes the strongest commitment yet to "fully associate" the UK with the EU's £24bn research programme post-Brexit.

'Permanent' interstellar visitor found

An asteroid from beyond our Solar System has been orbiting near Jupiter for billions of years, scientists say.

China launch will prep for Moon landing

China has launched a relay satellite to prepare for a Moon rover mission planned for later in the year.

Seeds of hope: The gardens springing up in refugee camps

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

UK's clean car goal 'not ambitious enough'

An industry expert says petrol and diesel cars should be banned by 2030 or 2035, not 2040.

'Shocking' human impact reported on world's protected areas

One third of the world's protected lands are being degraded by human activities, says a new study.

Madagascar emerges as whale shark hotspot

The endangered whale shark has been hiding in plain sight off Madagascar, say scientists.

Scientists detect oxygen legacy of first stars

The very first stars to shine in the Universe left a tell-tale trace in a far-distant galaxy.

How physics gender gap starts in the classroom

Some progress has been made in encouraging girls to study A-level physics, but not enough, says report.

UK referred to Europe's top court over air pollution

Britain is being taken to the European Court of Justice over persistent breaches of pollution limits.

Fracking planning laws should be relaxed say ministers

Critics say it will be as easy to get the go-ahead to do a test drill as it is for a home conservatory.

Bee crisis: EU court backs near-total neonicotinoids ban

Three insecticides blamed for bee colony collapses will be restricted to greenhouses.

Mysterious rise in emissions of ozone-damaging chemical

Researchers discover an unexplained rise in a compound that is highly destructive to the ozone layer.

1,600 IT workers and engineers denied UK visas

More than 1,600 IT specialists and engineers offered jobs in the UK were denied visas between last December and March, BBC News has learned.

Copy of BepiColombo Mercury mission goes on display

London's Science Museum unveils a replica of the probe Europe will send to the inner-most planet.

Switzerland to vote on pesticide ban 'in 3 years'

Campaigners force a referendum on the future use of synthetic pesticides in Switzerland.

Stephen Hawking thanksgiving service public ballot closes

More than 27,000 people applied for 1,000 public places at the scientist's Westminster Abbey service.

Delay for Bloodhound supersonic car's high-speed trials

Testing of the 1,000mph car is pushed back ahead of next year's attempt on the land speed record.

Dinosaur parenting: How the 'chickens from hell' nested

Dinosaurs may have used a unique nesting strategy to prevent their eggs from being crushed.

MPs criticise government clean energy policies

Two parliamentary committees say ill-thought out policies have driven down clean energy investment.

'Feel good' factor not CO2 boosts global forest expansion

Forests are increasing around the world because of rising incomes and national wellbeing say researchers.

UK ups the ante on Galileo sat-nav project

London warns Brussels that it is prepared to block Galileo technologies from leaving the UK.

'Memory transplant' achieved in snails

Memories are transferred from one snail to another in a laboratory.

A baby elephant surprised zoo keepers

A baby elephant surprised zoo keepers after being born to a mum whose pregnancy they thought had failed.

Kilauea: What happens when lava meets the sea

BBC correspondent Chris Buckler explains what happens when lava flow meets the sea.

Could illegal mines in Ghana lead to an increase in chocolate prices?

There's a warning that cocoa plantations in Ghana are being turned into illegal gold mines.

The 'day spa' for pregnant sharks

Visit the 'day spa' where pregnant dusky sharks treat themselves to a warm bath

Hedgehogs: Thousands sign petition over rat trap threat

Hedgehog lovers are worried that a rat trap, licensed by the government in England, could harm their spiky friends.

'Oldest' turtle, 80, returns to Blackpool after 15 years

The giant green sea turtle is thought to be oldest of its kind in captivity in the UK.

Hawaii's Volcano Kilauea spews out 'ballistic blocks'

But projectile boulders are not the only hazard facing islanders near the erupting Kilauea volcano.

Stephen Hawking service: Possibility of time travellers 'can't be excluded'

Anyone born in the next 20 years is eligible to apply for a seat at the Westminster Abbey service.

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.

Ebola's return

It is unrealistic to think Ebola will ever be eradicated, but it is now easier to prevent a crisis.

Planetary insights

Illustrator and planetary scientist James Tuttle Keane explains the significance of Nasa's new mission.

Sea giants do battle

As demand for natural gas continues to surge, huge extraction vessels are about to go into action.

'Soul destroying'

The eco-friendly hobbyists trying to stem the rising tide of plastic in the seas.

Solar sailing

How can you create public transport in the jungle without polluting it? The isolated Achuar peoples of Ecuador have created an ingenious solution.

Poison project

Scientist Vladimir Uglev has no doubt the agent that poisoned the Skripals was made in Russia.

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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A baby elephant surprised zoo keepers

A baby elephant surprised zoo keepers after being born to a mum whose pregnancy they thought had failed.

Kilauea: What happens when lava meets the sea

BBC correspondent Chris Buckler explains what happens when lava flow meets the sea.

Could illegal mines in Ghana lead to an increase in chocolate prices?

There's a warning that cocoa plantations in Ghana are being turned into illegal gold mines.

The 'day spa' for pregnant sharks

Visit the 'day spa' where pregnant dusky sharks treat themselves to a warm bath

Hedgehogs: Thousands sign petition over rat trap threat

Hedgehog lovers are worried that a rat trap, licensed by the government in England, could harm their spiky friends.

'Oldest' turtle, 80, returns to Blackpool after 15 years

The giant green sea turtle is thought to be oldest of its kind in captivity in the UK.

Red tide: Electric blue waves wash California shore

Glowing blue algae have transformed California's coast.

Volcano erupts at end of man's garden

This Hawaii resident had a surprise when he returned home after fleeing the Kilauea eruption.

Indonesian EcoBricks: A new approach in its plastics 'war'

The boss of an Indonesian food factory is encouraging his community to creatively reuse plastic waste.

Spider trained to jump on demand

This is a regal jumping spider, and there are no prizes for guessing what it's good at.

Lava swallows car in Hawaii

The Kilauea volcano in Hawaii started erupting on 3 May and has so far destroyed 26 homes.

The coffee cup which can be recycled in existing systems

A recyclable coffee cup could help replace the 2.5 billion disposable cups binned each year.

Nasa's InSight rocket takes off for Mars

The US space agency has launched its latest mission, heading for the interior of the Red Planet.

The UK's biggest outdoor tulip crop grown in Norfolk

The millions of flowers have created a blaze of colour on the Norfolk landscape, but they're destined to meet a violent end.

Kew Gardens will reopen the world's largest Victorian glasshouse

The Temperate House at Kew Gardens, which was built in 1863, is home to some of the world's rarest plants.

This is what coral reefs sound like

Sounds from the Great Barrier Reef have got quieter over the past five years.

Meet YouTube's plastic-free vloggers

Kim and Amanda are dedicated to educating women about plastic-free reusable period products.

Solar plant built at site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster

How solar power is giving the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster a new beginning.

Rescued bald eagle released into the wild in Canada

The female bird of prey was given a traditional Native American farewell in Canada.

Mesmerising footage shows lava lake overflow in Hawaii

Lava has risen above the crater floor in Hawaii's Kilauea volcano for the first time since 2016.

The robot helping to deliver water in rural India

The customised robot is part of a study looking at how technology can help those in rural areas.

Macron to US Congress: 'There is no Planet B'

The French president received more than one standing ovation in his remarks to Congress on climate change.

Fancy a French farm for free?

This Brittany farm could be available to someone who will preserve its traditional methods.

How to revive drowsy bees

A vet gives advice on how to assist dehydrated bumblebees emerging from hibernation.

'Exploding ant' species found in South East Asia

The newly discovered canopy-dwelling ants are nicknamed after their bizarre defensive behaviour.

Why I live in a plastic bottle castle

The man building a four-storey castle out of recycled plastic bottles.

Nasa engineer: Three facts about landing on Mars

A Nasa flight analyst explains three things you need to know about going to Mars.

The best and worst space films, according to Nasa

The best and worst space films, according to Nasa

ExoMars: Getting ready to drive on the Red Planet

Engineers finish assembly of the test model for Europe's ExoMars rover mission.

Stella McCartney: Fashion is swamping our planet

Designer Stella McCartney says fashion is a medieval industry, which produces a huge amount of waste.

Nasa's Tess: Planet-hunting satellite lifts off

Nasa's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (Tess) searches for new planets.

UK weather: Why this isn't a heatwave... yet

People across the UK have been enjoying unusually warm weather, but when can we call it a heatwave?

Blue Planet: Plankton named after David Attenborough series

Scientists at University College London (UCL) decide to honour Sir David Attenborough and the team.

Porpoise plucked from shallow waters

The young female porpoise had become stranded at Grange burn near to Grangemouth.

Kids ask Nasa astronaut about going to space

Karen Nyberg, who's been to space twice, answers questions from primary school children.

Nasa's Tess planet-hunter: What stars sound like

UK astronomer Bill Chaplin demonstrates the "sounds" that stars make and why this is useful to know.

Gorilla Calaya gives birth at Smithsonian National Zoo

Calaya, the western lowland gorilla, gave birth at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC.

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