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Chimps' strength secrets explained

The greater strength of chimpanzees, relative to humans, may have been explained by American scientists.

SpaceX completes launch and landing double bill

The US rocket company makes two launches in just over 24 hours.

Watched chimps change their hunting habits

Wild chimpanzees have changed their hunting strategies in response to being watched and followed by scientists, observations suggest.

Whale body size warning for species collapses

The shrinking size of whales over the 20th Century could help scientists detect when wildlife populations are in trouble, a study suggests.

Pandas in Berlin: Meng Meng and Jiao Qing arrive in new home

Meng Meng and Jiao Qing arrive in Germany from China ahead of a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

India genome plan could boost healthcare

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

Queen's Speech: Plan aims to secure space sector

A government plan to protect the UK's £13.7bn space industry has been laid out in the Queen's Speech.

German-UK team maintains Galileo success

OHB and SSTL will make the next eight, possibly even the next 14, satellites for Europe's GPS.

Why suitcases rock and fall over - puzzle solved

Scientists crack the problem of why two-wheeled suitcases can rock from side-to-side and turn over.

Europe selects grand gravity mission

After decades in the planning, a space mission to detect gravitational waves finally gets the go-ahead.

Hawking urges Moon landing to 'elevate humanity'

Prof Stephen Hawking has called for leading nations to send astronauts to the Moon by the end of this decade.

Volcanoes 'triggered dawn of dinosaurs'

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

How cats conquered the ancient world

The domestic cat is descended from wild cats that were tamed twice - in the Near East and then Egypt.

Brexit 'will enhance' UK wildlife laws - Gove

Any Brexit changes to the UK's wildlife laws will increase - not reduce - environmental protection, Michael Gove has pledged.

Scientists fear new EU rules may 'hide' forest carbon loss

Forestry researchers condemn attempts to change the way carbon from trees is counted in Europe.

Trump's divided desert: Wildlife at the border wall

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

Genome pioneer John Sulston enters elite club

Sir John Sulston is elevated to the Companion of Honour in the Queen’s birthday list.

China's quantum satellite in big leap

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

'Little sunfish' robot to swim in to Fukushima reactor

It'll be a tough journey - previous robots sent in to the ruined nuclear reactor didn't make it back.

Dams could 'permanently damage Amazon'

Scientists warn that hydroelectric dams in the Amazon could have a significant impact on the environment.

Air pollution plan 'unfair' on local authorities

Solving air pollution is a national not a local issue, says the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

Juncker rejects US climate deal re-negotiation

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says the EU will not re-negotiate the Paris climate agreement.

Ancient bird like 'a kangaroo-sized flying turkey'

New details on an early megapode bird that lived alongside Australia's extinct giant marsupials.

'Bottled nature' helps ease dental pain

Taking a walk along a virtual-reality beach helps ease dental patients' discomfort, a study finds.

The battle for nesting sites among the birds and the bees

Competition for nesting sites could explain why some birds and bumblebees are declining faster than others.

Bloodhound supersonic car set for October trials

The Bloodhound 1,000mph car will conduct some "slow speed" runs at Newquay airport in Cornwall.

Global hotspots for alien invasions revealed

Great Britain is in the top 10% of areas for harbouring alien species, according to a study.

The oldest living thing on Earth

Mayflies live for a day, humans live a century - if we’re lucky - but what is the oldest living organism on the planet?

3D printed bionic hands trial begins in Bristol

The hands could become available on the NHS bringing life-changing improvements for patients.

Dogs and wolves share sense of fair play

Animals take umbrage when they feel that others are getting greater rewards than they are.

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.

'Monster' rocket 'selfie' delights India

Onboard footage from the Indian space agency's 640-tonne rocket has been widely shared on Twitter.

Beaver return 'benefits environment'

A researcher says re-introducing beavers in England would help water supplies and prevent floods.

Race to the bottom

The obscure and difficult to reach tracts of the seabed being claimed in the hope they contain mineral riches.

Rehydrating the bodies

Dr Alejandro Hernández Cárdenas has developed a new technique to help identify corpses.

Fiendishly complex

World Land Speed record holder Andy Green examines how the extremes of speed and acceleration will affect the airflow around the Bloodhound supersonic car.

Trading tool

The earliest known script was a tool developed to help run the economy.

Quack science

The biological trick that allows a female mandarin duck to become a male.

Big move

The permanent reoccupation of the UK's Halley station depends on how an ice crack develops.

Sky-high wi-fi

ViaSat-2 enters the record books as the most powerful commercial broadband spacecraft ever launched.

Cold revolution

Initially invented for the printing industry, the technology has transformed the way we live and work.

Poison pill

A Canadian doctor says one short letter managed to convince doctors that opioids were safe.

Not green enough

Only three countries have not signed up to the Paris agreement - but for very different reasons.

Roadkill rescue

One of the world's worst hotspots for roadkill in Canada is helped by a project that cuts animal deaths by almost 90%.

The DNA detective

A man abandoned as a baby 61 years ago traced his family using a DNA detective. But what do they do?

Herd knowledge

As a warming climate threatens traditional food supplies in the Arctic, one rural Alaskan village is flying in hundreds of reindeer by cargo plane. James Cook went to find out why.

A creepy solution

What are the options for tackling antibiotic resistance?

Reproductive rebels

Contraception wasn’t just socially groundbreaking - it also changed the professional landscape.

Big birds

Super-sharp images from a US satellite are keeping track of remote bird-breeding sites.

Staying on course

Land Speed Record holder Andy Green describes how the Bloodhound supersonic car will drive in a straight line.

Keep out

The minefields laid in the Falkland Islands 35 years ago have been a blessing for penguins, which are not big enough to trigger explosions. But now the time has come for their home to be demined.

Big bang theory

Pioneering work that extracts information from audio of gunshots could help solve criminal cases.

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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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