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European SolO probe ready to take on audacious mission

A UK-assembled European spacecraft aims to take the closest ever pictures and movies of the Sun.

Nasa astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir in all-women spacewalk

Two female astronauts made history as they replaced a power unit on the International Space Station.

Satellites to monitor whale strandings from space

Scientists are developing the techniques to spot mass stranding events from orbit.

Nasa unveils new spacesuit for next Moon landing

The agency reveals a prototype for a lunar surface spacesuit to fit all shapes and sizes.

How plastic bags were supposed to help save the planet

Family of inventor says they were designed to be reused to stop trees from being destroyed.

Climate change: Boris Johnson to chair new committee

A committee is set up to push climate action but critics point to delay on environment policy.

Human 'mini-brains' slow at developing among primates

Researchers grow brains in a lab and discover that human neurons develop more slowly than those of other primates.

Southwest Atlantic humpback whales on recovery path

The population first ravaged by commercial whalers in the 1900s is almost back to where it was.

Brexit hits UK science funding and workforce

The first figures emerge demonstrating that Brexit uncertainty has adversely affected UK research.

Why scientists are ‘listening’ to the Matterhorn

Sparked by an unexpected rockfall, researchers placed sensors on the mountain to monitor the site.

Egypt archaeologists find 20 ancient coffins near Luxor

The coffins, whose decorations are still visible, were uncovered at a Theban necropolis near Luxor.

Prince William calls for climate change action on glacier visit

The Duke of Cambridge calls for more education and awareness during a visit to northern Pakistan.

Unmanned ship to go on 400-year-old journey across the Atlantic

UK-based team to chart unprecedented waters with fully autonomous sea journey.

What's in the government's new environment bill?

Environmentalists welcome parts of the new law, but others say the government is going backwards.

Extinction Rebellion protests continue in London despite ban

The group says it has taken steps towards legal action over the restriction of protests in London.

Bloodhound diary: South African trials get under way

The team behind the Bloodhound supersonic car is in Northern Cape to start running the vehicle.

Why this woman hates to hear about 'big bad wolf'

The leashed beasts may look like large powerful dogs, but they still have the wild heart of a wolf.

The Russian who could have been first to Moon

Alexei Leonov, who died on Friday, could have been the first human to land on the Moon.

Yikes! Fox and rodent battle is top wildlife photo

A shot of a predator-prey confrontation wins the 2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

Microplastics: Seeking the 'plastic score' of the food on our plates

Microplastics are everywhere, but how worried should we be? Scientists are on a mission to find out more.

Hundreds of temperature records broken over summer

Nearly 400 all-time high temperature records were broken over the summer.

'Ozone hole vigilance still required'

It may be the smallest ozone hole in three decades but scientists are warning against complacency.

Nasa Mars 2020 Mission's MiMi Aung on women in space

At 16, MiMi Aung travelled alone to the US for an education. Now she's a project lead on Nasa's Mars mission.

Why a brainless yellow 'blob' that can learn is mystifying scientists

A yellow organism, which looks like fungus but acts like an animal, has gone on display at a Paris zoo.

Could cricket and worm burgers help save the planet?

Insects are being touted as an eco-friendly protein source, but do bug burgers pass the taste test?

Plastic-free Penzance: The UK's most eco-friendly town?

Where businesses cut down on plastic, fishermen collect litter and students march about the climate.

How do you breathe less pollution on school run?

Going on foot, by bike or by car? Three Sheffield families took part in a test to find out.

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Nasa Mars 2020 Mission's MiMi Aung on women in space

At 16, MiMi Aung travelled alone to the US for an education. Now she's a project lead on Nasa's Mars mission.

How plastic bags were supposed to help save the planet

Family of inventor says they were designed to be reused to stop trees from being destroyed.

Why a brainless yellow 'blob' that can learn is mystifying scientists

A yellow organism, which looks like fungus but acts like an animal, has gone on display at a Paris zoo.

Could cricket and worm burgers help save the planet?

Insects are being touted as an eco-friendly protein source, but do bug burgers pass the taste test?

Plastic-free Penzance: The UK's most eco-friendly town?

Where businesses cut down on plastic, fishermen collect litter and students march about the climate.

How do you breathe less pollution on school run?

Going on foot, by bike or by car? Three Sheffield families took part in a test to find out.

How the Great Barrier Reef was saved in the 1960s

The conservationists who campaigned to prevent mining and oil drilling on Australia's coral reef.

How Misha the Bristol polar bear changed zoos forever

The Russian circus polar bear brought to live at Bristol Zoo who helped change zoos.

Goshawks: The rare bird of prey returns to the New Forest

The number of rare goshawks in the New Forest has doubled in the last eight years.

Nobel Prize: how do they pick the winners?

The Nobel Prizes are amongst the most prestigious awards in a variety of fields, so how do you win one?

Transhumanism: How far would you go for a body upgrade?

Meet the "transhumanists" who are pushing the boundaries of technology to implant chips and more into their bodies.

Hampshire farmers join Extinction Rebellion climate protest

They want to highlight the fact they are one of the industries worst affected by climate change.

The Himalayan village that confiscates single-use plastics

This tiny Himalayan village has shunned single-use plastics – the impact is too serious for them.

Herculaneum scroll: Shining a light on 2,000-year-old secrets

Scientists in Oxfordshire are trying to decipher scrolls buried when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD79.

Evacuating Australia's drought-affected fish

To prevent another summer of mass fish deaths, authorities have launched a painstaking operation.

Extinction Rebellion 'lose control of fake blood hose'

Climate change activists sprayed fake blood outside the Treasury - but the jet was too powerful.

'Giant bird table' at Rhossili, Gower helps save species

With a warning hundreds of wildlife species are at risk in Wales, one Gower farm is helping conservation.

Vladimir Putin criticises Greta Thunberg's UN speech on climate change

Russian president Vladimir Putin said there was a need to be "realistic" about renewable energy.

David Attenborough: Save Sussex's magical kelp forests

Kelp forests are an important marine environment but are being destroyed by changing fishing methods.

The Displaced: Climate change in Vietnam 'destroying family life'

Vietnam is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change - we meet the families on the front lines.

Parisians fight climate change with a surprising weapon

An initiative in Paris is trying to persuade restaurants to turn food waste into compost.

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