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Signal may be from first 'exomoon'

Astronomers have discovered an object that could be the first known moon located beyond the Solar System.

Diesel and petrol car ban: Clean air strategy 'not enough'

The clean air strategy should include a scrappage scheme and clean air zones, campaigners say.

On a mission to Mars (with Hawaii stopover)

Researchers living near the active Hawaiian Volcano Mauna Loa are simulating what it's like to "live" on Mars.

Time, not material goods, 'raises happiness'

Contentment comes from paying others to take on chores such as cleaning and cooking, a study says.

China set to launch an 'unhackable' internet communication

China might not have the lead in research but its application of secure networks is leading the way.

South African child 'virtually cured' of HIV

The nine-year-old has no active HIV in the body after catching the infection at birth.

High risk of 'unprecedented' winter downpours - Met Office

A new analysis suggests there's a greater chance of the heavy rain that led to extensive flooding in 2014.

World's first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland

The revolutionary technology allows wind power to be harvested in waters too deep for current turbines.

Electricity shake-up could save consumers 'up to £40bn'

New rules will encourage UK consumers to generate and store their own power, ministers say.

Fukushima disaster: Robot finds possible melted nuclear fuel

An underwater robot spotted the lava-like rocks inside a reactor of Japan's destroyed nuclear plant.

Farm subsidies 'must be earned' - Michael Gove

Environment Secretary Michael Gove plans to pay farmers for protecting the environment and creating rural jobs.

New Mexico boy trips over 1.2 million year old fossil

A 10-year-old boy's stumble unearthed a prehistoric skull, which he then got the chance to help excavate.

Elephant seals 'recognise vocal rhythm'

Male elephant seals recognise the rhythm of one another's voices, researchers say.

Poaching pushes pangolin closer to extinction

Pangolins in the forests of Africa are at risk of being pushed to extinction like their Asian relatives.

Moon dust bag sold for $1.8m at New York auction

The bag was used by astronaut Neil Armstrong to collect the first ever samples of the Moon in 1969.

Why dogs are friendly - it's written in their genes

Being friendly is in dogs' nature and could be key to how they were domesticated from wolves.

Australia human history 'rewritten by rock find'

Research shows Aboriginal people entered Australia up to 18,000 years earlier than thought.

Passers-by rescue dolphin on Weymouth beach

People wade into the water to help save a dolphin which was stranded close to the shore

Lapland zoo polar bears enjoy snow gift

Christmas has come early for Lapland zoo polar bears with snow in July.

World's first floating offshore wind farm in Scotland.

Each wind turbine is taller than Big Ben and the farm can power 20,000 homes.

Scientist describes life on the ice in Greenland

Glacial microbiologist Dr Joe Cook is in Greenland to examine the effect of algae on melting ice.

Greenland ice sheet: How do you go the toilet?

There's one question the BBC's science editor keeps being asked about life on the ice.

Astronaut shares 'burrito of awesomeness' aurora video

Nasa's Jack Fischer gives his take on this aurora time-lapse from the International Space Station.

Vegan advert claiming 'Humane milk is a myth' cleared by ASA

Complaints from the dairy industry are dismissed as vegan group's advert is given the green light.

Mighty T. rex 'walked rather than sprinted'

New research suggests the dinosaur could go no faster than a very brisk walking pace.

Newquay is go!

World Land Speed record holder Andy Green looks forward to the first, low-speed runs of the Bloodhound supersonic car.

Zoo keepers

Galaxy Zoo is one of the most successful citizen science projects ever conceived. We look back at what it's achieved over 10 years.

Fusion wait

We will have to wait until the second half of the century for fusion reactors to start generating electricity, experts have announced.

Sprouting wings

We're all used to ants sprouting wings and taking to the air during summer, but is there really such a thing as a "flying ant day"?

'Beam me up, Scotty'

Chinese scientists have "teleported" a photon particle to a satellite - could humans be next?

Splitting the atom

The government is about to set out its position on membership of Europe's nuclear regulator after Brexit.

DNA data

Could an effort to gather genetic data from its population of one billion people help India take the lead in advanced healthcare?

Ribbiting stuff

The huge diversity of frogs we see today is mainly a consequence of the asteroid strike that killed off the dinosaurs, a study suggests.

Desert wall?

Science reporter Victoria Gill joins researchers in Arizona to find out how President Trump's wall could affect endangered desert wildlife.

Dino domination

A million-year-long period of volcanic activity led to the rise of the dinosaurs, a study suggests.

Quantum leap

Chinese scientists say their experimental Micius spacecraft paves the way for a new kind of internet.

Saving big cats

Amy Dickman has had some close shaves with big cats and humans while working with cheetahs and lions.

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Passers-by rescue dolphin on Weymouth beach

People wade into the water to help save a dolphin which was stranded close to the shore

Lapland zoo polar bears enjoy snow gift

Christmas has come early for Lapland zoo polar bears with snow in July.

World's first floating offshore wind farm in Scotland.

Each wind turbine is taller than Big Ben and the farm can power 20,000 homes.

Scientist describes life on the ice in Greenland

Glacial microbiologist Dr Joe Cook is in Greenland to examine the effect of algae on melting ice.

Greenland ice sheet: How do you go the toilet?

There's one question the BBC's science editor keeps being asked about life on the ice.

Astronaut shares 'burrito of awesomeness' aurora video

Nasa's Jack Fischer gives his take on this aurora time-lapse from the International Space Station.

How the body responds to stress

We analysed how the body responds to stress - by making presenter Jordan Dunbar do a comedy performance.

The rather rude sounds of an elephant seal

Male elephant seals recognise the rhythm of one another's voices, researchers say.

Norfolk Broads python discovery mystery

A 12ft-long python found on the Norfolk Broads has still not been found.

US Republican asks Nasa if civilisation on Mars existed

A US congressman asked scientists if the Red Planet could have been occupied "thousands of years ago".

New Mexico boy trips over 1.2 million year old fossil

A 10-year-old boy's stumble unearthed a prehistoric skull, which he then got the chance to help excavate.

Black-winged stilts: Record year for UK breeding

The number fledging from the UK in 2017 is more than the total number for the previous 30 years.

Telescopes to reach nine billion light years away

New radio telescopes far more powerful than any used before aim to shed light on extra terrestrial activity.

Will wildcat lynx be reintroduced to the UK?

The wildcat could be reintroduced into the UK for the first time in 1,300 years.

Ancient underwater forest found in US

Scientists have dated the trees to a previous ice age 60,000 years ago, when sea levels were far lower.

Plastic found in remote South Pacific

A mariner says there is a "raft" of plastic debris spanning 965,000 square miles in part of the South Pacific.

The farmer helping to cut cow farts

How reducing the methane from cows is helping to fight climate change

Timelapse of museum's new star attraction

Which creature is taking the place of Dippy the dinosaur?

Do the oceans need new rules?

Why are scientists are worried about the open seas?

The robot capturing lionfish

The invasive lionfish poses a number of threats in the Atlantic Ocean – can it be stopped by a robot?

First teleportation to low-Earth orbit

China teleports first object from the ground to satellite

Stephen Hawking's daughter Lucy: 'You could ask my dad any question'

Lucy Hawking describes her famous scientist father being asked - what happens if you fall into a black hole?

Mercury mission: BepiColombo gets ready to launch

A mission to Mercury is getting closer to the launch pad.

How washing our clothes is polluting oceans

Our clothing and laundry are polluting the marine environment, UK research reveals.

Is it safe to reuse your water bottle?

The BBC's Jan Bruck has you covered.

Mesmerising video of a whale playing with dolphins

A whale appears to play with a pod of dolphins off the coast of Western Australia.

The most detailed scan of the wiring of the human brain

The brain's wiring as never seen before.

Baby pygmy hippo takes a tumble at Chile zoo debut

A two-week-old pygmy hippopotamus steps out under the care of its mum, at an animal park in Santiago.

Hawking: Climate change a 'great danger'

After President Trump withdrew from a climate agreement, Prof Hawking warns of the threat from global warming.

Male river fish show feminised traits due to chemicals flushed away

About 20 per cent of male fish in UK rivers are now showing female characteristics.

Chinese rocket launch fails one hour after lift-off

A powerful rocket, the Long March-5 Y2, failed an hour after lift-off from Hainan island.

Photographer Ryo Minemizu finds the secret world of plankton

Japanese underwater photographer Ryo Minemizu has photographed the plentiful but often ignored residents of the ocean.

How pesticides threaten bee populations

Bees are dying out in winter because of the pesticides used to protect crops.

Unleashing the power of moss to clean cities

A team of German designers has reinvented the tree to clean up urban air pollution. Using the natural power of moss, they hope to make city air safer to breathe.

Viewsnight: 'Scientific research isn't immune to sexism'

Journalist Angela Saini argues that it's easy for prejudice to affect scientific research.

What happens when you're sleep deprived?

A new study is looking at the impact of sleep on your brain power.

Yellowstone grizzly: Endangered or not?

The Yellowstone grizzlies are about to be taken off the endangered species list - after they were first added more than 40 years ago.

Splish splashing spinning gorilla

Zola has been cooling off in his favourite blue swimming pool at Dallas Zoo.

Future of energy on show in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan's Expo 2017 provides a taste of what could be the future of greener and renewable energy.

How the presence of humans can affect chimp hunting habits

Two chimp 'tribes' have developed different hunting habits in response to human presence.

Indian teen celebrates as Nasa sends satellite to space

The tiny satellite was designed by Rifath Sharrook, 18, and manufactured using a 3-D printer.

Koalas 'facing extinction' in some Australian states

The conservation group WWF is warning that koalas could be wiped out in some Australian states amid deforestation and increasing attacks by livestock.

Divided desert: Wildlife and Trump's wall

How President Trump's "great wall" on US-Mexico border could affect endangered desert wildlife.

Five robots that are changing everything

Nasa chief engineer Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu on the robots that are changing the world.

Inflatable whales used as training tool

Volunteer rescuers have been learning how to save marine creatures when they wash up on the beach.

My 25-year project to photograph the world's animals

Wildlife photographer Joel Sartore has photographed more than 6,000 contained species so far. He explains why.

Airlander 10: World's longest aircraft hits highest altitude

The world's longest aircraft reached its highest altitude on its fourth test flight.

Bee swarm swamps car in Hull

The owner of the vehicle said her family had all been stung by the 20,000 strong swarm.

Rare black-tailed godwits released into wild at Welney

The 25 endangered black-tailed godwits were hand-reared to ensure their survival.

Rare water vole colony filmed by a Tesco supermarket

A wildlife blogger captures unique footage of the endangered mammals living in a Shropshire brook.

Mass death of fish in US river

Thousands of dying and dead fish were found in a river leading to the Gulf of Mexico.

A goat's dream job?

Mangers of Prospect Park in New York are happy with their new employee.

British ice station on the move

The Halley VI Research Station was moved more than 20km across the ice sheet.

Objective truth ‘only hope' of democracy

Neil deGrasse Tyson challenges the treatment of science in the Trump administration

'Oldest Homo sapiens' found

Fossils of five early humans have been found in North Africa that show Homo sapiens emerged at least 100,000 years earlier than previously recognised.

The benefits of beavers

They can be controversial, but scientists say beavers are good for the environment and biodiversity.

How did early ejector seats work?

Nearly seven decades ago, Jo Lancaster became one of the first pilots to eject from a plane in an emergency.

'World won't laugh any more'

President Trump says pulling out of Paris climate deal will stop world laughing at the US.

Paris climate deal: Macron pledges to 'make planet great again'

Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from climate agreement is criticised by the French president.

Paris climate deal: Buildings 'go green' in protest

Buildings around the world are lit green after the US withdraws from the Paris climate agreement.

'Faceless' fish, last seen in 1873, found off Australia

The unique deep-sea fish was last spotted back in 1873.

The Last Animals - fighting to save animals from extinction

Kate Brooks' documentary focuses on individuals trying to save animals from extinction.

Southern lights dance across skies of Australia and New Zealand

Pictures from across Australia and New Zealand show the Southern Lights in the night sky.

Wingsuit pilot Fraser Corsan 'breaks speed record'

A British man is thought to have broken the World Record for greatest peak speed flown in a wingsuit.

Bangalore water woes: India's Silicon Valley dries up

Drought, excessive construction and a water cartel are all adding to Bangalore's woes.

Harambe: A year from gorilla death which sparked numerous memes

Social media users target Cincinnati Zoo on the anniversary of Harambe's killing.

Can fish skin help treat burns?

Doctors in Brazil are experimenting with a new treatment for burns by using fish skin.

Endangered turtle set free in Florida

Antibiotics and vitamins helped the injured loggerhead sea turtle back to health in Marathon, in the Florida Keys.

The moment a sea lion pulls a girl under water

Experts warn against getting too close to wild animals after a sea lion pulls a young girl under water.

Two dead whales at Felixstowe and Orford

One is up a river estuary, the other is awaiting removal from a beach.

Mesmerising lava flows from Kilauea volcano in Hawaii

Look but don't touch as it tumbles down the Pulama Pali slope in Hawaii.

First high-energy proton beam machine 'great for UK'

A key component of the UK's first high-energy proton beam machine is delivered to its new home in Newport.

Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary's first Humboldt penguin chick in decade

A Humboldt penguin chick has hatched at a sea life sanctuary for the first time in more than a decade.

2017 Whitley Gold Award winner: 'Fish loved me but people didn't'

Zafer Kizilkaya's work saved a Turkish community. His fish conservation model's now widely adopted.

Rare 'lefty' snail left on the shelf

Rare left coiled snail, Jeremy, has been rejected by potential mates and is now stuck in a love triangle.

Recycling nightmares - but can packaging be improved?

Much of the packaging we put in the recycling bin ends up in landfills, but a design competition backed by Prince Charles is aiming to tackle the issue.

Sesame project opens in Jordan

Meet the scientist behind one of the biggest science projects in the Middle East.

Killer whales swim past Orkney fishing boat

A pod of orcas make several close passes of a fishing boat off the coast of Orkney.

Turning goats into water: A solution for the desert

How an entrepreneur is bringing water to the deserts of Pakistan by using goats as currency.

Swansea uni studies Wales' waves and tides with 30m tank

Swansea University researchers are using the models to understand how best to use tidal power.

Iguana chase wins Bafta for Planet Earth II

The iguana chase won Planet Earth II the Bafta for Must-See Moment.

Could these mini reactors replicate the power of the Sun?

Tokamak Energy thinks its mini fusion generators will allow the company to test ideas faster than their competitors.

Chomsky: Republicans 'dangerous' on climate

Noam Chomsky argues the Republican Party is the most dangerous organisation in human history.

X-37B space plane returns after two-year secret mission

What was the US Air Force's X-37B doing during its almost two years in orbit?

The world's largest artificial sun

Scientists in Germany have invented an indoor sun.

Orangutan rescued after two years in box in Indonesia

Watch the moment a young ape is freed after two years locked away in a wooden cage in Indonesia.

Rare Russian tiger returns to the wild

Amur tigers were nearly driven to extinction, but conservation work in Russia is helping them bouncing back slowly.

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