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Big Antarctic iceberg edges out to sea

The near-6,000 sq km block of ice known as A-68 looks finally to be on the move.

Neanderthal brains 'grew more slowly'

A new study shows that Neanderthal brains developed more slowly than ours.

Plant-eating dinosaurs 'strayed from veggie diet'

The idea of plant-eating dinosaurs having a strict vegetarian diet is called into question.

Birds 'churring' is a sign isles' shipwreck rats dying out

The call of storm petrels are recorded for the first time on islands where rats came ashore from shipwrecks.

New antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains

It will enter clinical trials to prevent and treat the infection next year.

Ancient DNA sheds light on African history

DNA from ancient remains is used to reconstruct thousands of years of population history in Africa.

UK strikes research deal with US in run-up to Brexit

The UK and US reach an agreement that aims to allow freer movement of research equipment and scientists.

Owls hold secret to ageless ears

Barn owls keep their acute sense of hearing into old age, scientists have discovered.

UK scientists edit DNA of human embryos

Understanding the first moments of life could lead to better IVF and explain why women miscarry.

Neolithic Orkney rivalries detailed in new study

Rivalries in Orkney more than 4,500 years ago led to competition between communities, according to new research.

Paris climate aim 'still achievable'

The ambitious goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C is still within reach, a study indicates.

Size matters when it comes to extinction risk

The biggest and the smallest of the world's fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles are most at risk of dying out.

Rhino horn smuggled as jewellery

Rhino horn is being processed into bangles, beads and bracelets, a charity's investigation reveals.

Snow leopard no longer 'endangered'

The conservation status of the elusive snow leopard is downgraded from "endangered" to "vulnerable".

Paris climate deal: US denies it will stay in accord

Reports say the US will no longer withdraw from the Paris deal or will change its approach.

Cassini: Probe incinerates on entry to Saturn

The US-led Cassini space probe reaches a spectacular climax, burning up in Saturn's atmosphere.

Why are there so many berries this year?

Berries are appearing early this year - and promise to last much longer than usual, according to experts.

Belfast scientists design flexible organic battery

Queen's University scientists design a flexible long-life battery that could be used in pacemakers.

Badger culling gets go-ahead in 11 new areas of England

A vaccination programme to stop the spread of bovine tuberculosis is also restarting.

Man-of-war spotted along coast in Cornwall and Wales

The RNLI closed Perranporth beach to swimmers because of large numbers of jellyfish-like creatures.

Row over AI that 'identifies gay faces'

Researchers and LGBT groups clash over facial recognition tech that supposedly spots gay people.

Bats 'tricked' into flying into buildings

Scientists warn of potential hazards from modern structures with large expanses of glass or mirrors.

How business is driving the new space race

Why firms are spending millions to beat each other into orbit

'We are planning weekly rocket launches'

The small satellite industry is the fastest growing part of the space sector "and they all require launch" says Rocket Lab boss Peter Beck.

Sir David Attenborough on his hunt for the Kimodo Dragon

Sir David Attenborough spoke to the BBC about Zoo Quest, the environment and the planet's future.

Horsey seal injured by flying ring 'making recovery'

Volunteers came to the aid of a seal after its neck was trapped within a plastic flying ring.

The man trying to save bats' lives

Meet Dr Matt Zeale who is leading a team of conservationists tracking the rare barbastrelle bat.

Henry the hippo reunites with his baby Fiona

A happy ending for a family of hippos.

Tackling the canine obesity crisis

Why, in the mission to improve the health of man's best friend, scientists say greedy Labradors are at the head of the pack.

Orchid gives up the secrets of its success

Science is laying bare the secrets of orchids, one of the biggest families of flowering plant.

Bright sparks

The fast-growing US solar industry is at odds with itself - and the decision may be left to Trump.

DNA dogma

Evolutionary biologist Matthew Cobb unpicks a lecture that, sixty years ago, set the course for the genetic revolution.

'What I saw'

In this photo essay, photographer Clayton Conn shares his experience of the Mexico City earthquake.

Outwitted

How tiny creatures with small brains outwit us so easily.

Moving on up

The people of the Guna Yala archipelago, off the Panama coast, may be among the first island communities to leave their homes and move onshore.

Down on the body farm

Would British forensic science benefit from having its own outdoor laboratory to study human decomposition?

Life after Earth

In September 1991, eight scientists sealed themselves inside a giant greenhouse for two years. Linda Leigh was one of them.

Flood capital

The reasons why the fourth-largest city in the US has become its flood capital.

Poisonous progress

The arguments nearly a century ago over the use of leaded petrol.

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How business is driving the new space race

Why firms are spending millions to beat each other into orbit

'We are planning weekly rocket launches'

The small satellite industry is the fastest growing part of the space sector "and they all require launch" says Rocket Lab boss Peter Beck.

Sir David Attenborough on his hunt for the Kimodo Dragon

Sir David Attenborough spoke to the BBC about Zoo Quest, the environment and the planet's future.

Horsey seal injured by flying ring 'making recovery'

Volunteers came to the aid of a seal after its neck was trapped within a plastic flying ring.

The man trying to save bats' lives

Meet Dr Matt Zeale who is leading a team of conservationists tracking the rare barbastrelle bat.

Henry the hippo reunites with his baby Fiona

A happy ending for a family of hippos.

Koala 'hitches' ride under car wheel arch

She survived a 16km (10-mile) car journey, clinging to the axle of a four-wheel drive near Adelaide.

'Long live Cassini': Nasa scientists say farewell

The chief scientists who worked on the spacecraft react after it plunged into Saturn’s atmosphere.

Cassini: Saturn 'death dive' spacecraft in numbers

Cassini's about to crash into Saturn, but here's what it's achieved over the last two decades.

Why scientists are so excited about Saturn's icy moon Enceladus

Scientists explain how they discovered a water ocean beneath the ice shell of Saturn's moon Enceladus.

Forty years of space photography

David Malin has spent four decades photographing space. Now retired, he has held a competition to inspire other astrophotographers.

How Cassini probe reached Saturn

It took seven years for the US-European mission to get to the ringed planet, launching in 1997.

Oil spill off coast of Greece 'environmental disaster'

Emergency crews have begun an oil spill clean-up after an oil tanker sank close to the island of Salamis.

Hurricane Irma: Eye of the storm passes Hispaniola

The International Space Station and an advanced weather satellite capture the deadly hurricane over Earth.

Building a new world inside a giant greenhouse

In September 1991, eight scientists sealed themselves inside a giant greenhouse for two years. Linda Leigh was one of them.

Meteor bursting into flames caught on camera.

A home security camera caught the moment a meteor over Canada burst into flames.

Voyager 1 at 40: Scientists 'amazed' 1970s space probe still works

The Voyager 1 space probe was launched 40 years ago and continues to send back data from interstellar space.

Lentils: 'First UK commercial crop' harvested

A supplier is working with farms in Hertfordshire, Hampshire, Suffolk, Sussex and Wiltshire.

Scientists and astronauts join forces to create world's deepest coral farm

Scientists from Florida International University have teamed up with Nasa to create the world's deepest coral farm in an effort to tackle the decline of coral reefs.

How to create a digital copy of dinosaur fossils

Palaeontologists are turning to technology to preserve dinosaur fossils.

ISS crew return to Earth

The three-person crew of Peggy Whitson, Jack Fischer and Fyodor Yurchikhin have landed safely in Kazakhstan.

Multiple waterspouts spotted in Sochi

Footage of a number of waterspouts in Russia has emerged.

New research reveals why is yawning so contagious

New research sheds light on why yawns are so contagious.

The animals rescued from war zones

Vet Amir Khalil goes into conflict areas to save the zoo animals left behind.

Otter 'social learning' observed in Anglia Ruskin University study

Researchers observe smooth-coated otters watching and learning from each other.

The scientists watching stars being born

This is the largest radio telescope on Earth, 5,000m up in the Atacama Desert. It can see stars and planets being born millions of light-years away.

Alan Titchmarsh hits out at road-widening scheme

Proposals to expand the A3 at a junction with the M25 could mean the loss of 500 trees at the Royal Horticultural Society Garden Wisley.

Rare double waterspout caught on camera

The sight, off the coast of Florida's Anna Maria Island, was filmed on Thursday afternoon.

Will fairy tale Białowieża forest survive Poland’s fight with the EU?

Campaigners in Poland are worried about the future of one of Europe's last primeval forests, as the Polish government defies an EU order to stop logging there.

Invasive rhododendrons damage woodland environment

New study shows invasive rhododendrons damage woodland environment but are not poisoning the soil

Australia Zoo asks public to name white koala joey

Australia Zoo has asked the public to name a white koala joey.

Solar eclipse: Watch it happen

The US witnesses the spectacular effects of its first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in 100 years.

Solar eclipse: See it in 60 seconds

A Nasa telescope captures the total solar eclipse as it passes over the western US state of Oregon.

How to watch a total solar eclipse: Tips from the Faroe Islands

Ahead of Monday's eclipse in the US, here are four tips from the Faroe Islands, which experienced one in 2015.

The winners and losers of Mexico's wind power boom

In 'windy' La Ventosa, a village 700km from Mexico City, residents are renting out their land for wind farms.

Total solar eclipse: Meet Sharon and Billy Hahs

Now Sharon and Billy Hahs are preparing for one in their own backyard.

A licence to kill bear cubs?

Trump is once again allowing hunters in Alaska to shoot bear cubs and hibernating bears, but is this as bad as it sounds?

Chimps can play rock-paper-scissors

Japanese researchers have taught chimps the rules of rock-paper-scissors.

Pen Hadow sets sail for North Pole as Arctic ice melts

Can 10 men and a dog, led by British explorer Pen Hadow, become the first to sail to the North Pole?

Bats set up home inside dinosaur at Devon theme park

The lesser horseshoe bats moved in to the belly of a triceratops at the Wildlife and Dinosaur Park.

Rare white moose captured on film in Sweden

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Al Gore on the Paris agreement, Trump and climate change

The former US vice president says the US will meet its targets "in spite of Donald Trump."

Electrofishing: Saviour of the sea or fracking of the oceans?

A controversial new fishing technique is being tested in the Netherlands using electric pulses.

Seals given iron oxide orange 'makeover' in Essex coastal mud

The animals were filmed by the Essex Wildlife Trust which says the rust is harmless to them.

Foxes spotted in a Foxes fan's garden

The eight foxes have started "training" in the back garden of a family in Leicester.

Brass band on train demonstrates Doppler effect

How can a brass band and a steam train help you understand the universe?

Ziplines not pipelines: A family's treetop pipeline protest

It's ziplines versus a Sunoco pipeline in one Pennsylvania family's backyard.

Rare pine marten captured on camera in North Yorkshire

The first record of a pine marten living in Yorkshire for about 35 years

Developing sensors to help Japan's farmers

Lisa Kikuchi of SenSprout tells the BBC how she is developing soil moisture sensors to help Japan's farmers.

Blue Whale: World's largest heart on display in rare exhibition

The whale heart at Royal Ontario Museum Canada is a rare find, as blue whale carcasses usually sink.

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