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VIDEO: 'Hopes are high' to save NZ whales

posted: 15 Feb 2015

Hopes are high that over 60 stranded pilot whales have survived after they were refloated by whale conservation workers and volunteers.

Doctors store 1,600 hearts for study

posted: 15 Feb 2015

Doctors have stored more than one and a half thousand beating human hearts in digital form on a computer.

Thousand hearts in big data study

posted: 14 Feb 2015

Doctors have stored more than one and a half thousand beating human hearts in digital form on a computer.

Collider hopes for a 'super' restart

posted: 14 Feb 2015

When Large Hadron Collider fires up again after its upgrade, scientists will be hoping to find a new particle they say could "rock the world".

'Next Pinatubo' a test of geoengineering

posted: 14 Feb 2015

Scientists who study geoengineering say Earth's next major volcanic eruption will be a good test of whether the intervention technique might help mitigate global warming.

'Next Pinatubo' to test geoengineering

posted: 14 Feb 2015

Scientists who study geoengineering say Earth's next major volcanic eruption could signal whether the technique might help mitigate global warming.

Camera seeks dark energy clues

posted: 14 Feb 2015

California scientists have given details of a telescope camera they are assembling to study "dark energy".

VIDEO: UK leaders unite on climate change

posted: 14 Feb 2015

The UK's political leaders have pledged to work together to combat climate change, whatever the election result.

Synthetic vaccine sought for polio

posted: 14 Feb 2015

An international team of scientists is to try to develop a wholly artificial vaccine to finally eradicate polio.

How to get a date using data

posted: 13 Feb 2015

Could an algorithm help you find true love?

Drone to scan for ancient Amazonia

posted: 13 Feb 2015

Scientists are to scan the Amazon forest with a drone-mounted laser to look for evidence of occupation by ancient civilisations.

Party leaders in climate commitment

posted: 13 Feb 2015

The UK's three main political leaders make a pledge to work together to combat climate change, whatever the election result.

VIDEO: Time-lapse: Five years of the Sun

posted: 13 Feb 2015

Space agency Nasa has released a time-lapse video showing the Sun over period of nearly five years - capturing one frame every eight hours.

VIDEO: What is the digital 'Dark Age'?

posted: 13 Feb 2015

Millions of us routinely upload photos and other personal information onto the internet, believing it will stay safe and be easily accessible.

VIDEO: What should we say to aliens?

posted: 13 Feb 2015

After Scientists said that they want to send messages to aliens - BBC World viewers have their say on what they would tell extraterrestrial life.

VIDEO: Net pioneer warns of digital 'Dark Age'

posted: 13 Feb 2015

Our digital data, such as photos and documents, could be lost forever if we are unable to find ways of preserving old formats while new technologies take hold.

UN agrees draft text for Paris

posted: 13 Feb 2015

UN climate talks in Geneva have ended with agreement on a draft text for a new climate agreement to be discussed in Paris in December.

VIDEO: Ultrasound glimpse of pygmy hippo baby

posted: 13 Feb 2015

Ultrasound images of a baby pygmy hippopotamus kicking inside its mother's womb have been released by Melbourne Zoo.

Gannet colony 'is world's largest'

posted: 13 Feb 2015

The Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth now has the world's largest colony of gannets following a count by experts.

UN agrees negotiating text for Paris

posted: 13 Feb 2015

Global climate talks in Geneva have ended with agreement on a formal negotiating text for the climate summit in Paris in December.

Rock gannet colony is world largest

posted: 13 Feb 2015

The Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth now has the world's largest colony of gannets following a count by experts.

Vint Cerf warns of digital Dark Age

posted: 13 Feb 2015

Vint Cerf, a "father of the internet", says a way needs to be found to stop all our images and documents being lost in time because of technological obsolescence.

'I'm close to a one-way ticket to Mars'

posted: 13 Feb 2015

Why this 24-year-old wants a one-way trip

Scientists urged to seek alien contact

posted: 13 Feb 2015

Scientists at a US conference in say the time has come to try actively to make contact with intelligent life on other worlds.

Scientists urged to contact aliens

posted: 12 Feb 2015

Scientists at a US meeting have said it is now time to actively try to contact intelligent life on other worlds.

Conservation concern for UK insects

posted: 12 Feb 2015

More than 30 British insect species have been classified as in danger of extinction, due to pollution and habitat loss.

US 'at risk of mega-drought future'

posted: 12 Feb 2015

The American Southwest and Central Plains could be on course for super droughts the like of which they have not witnessed in over a 1,000 years, new research finds.

Plastic heading for oceans quantified

posted: 12 Feb 2015

About eight million tonnes of plastic waste find their way into the world's oceans each year, a new scientific assessment suggests.

Scientist: 'Try to contact aliens'

posted: 12 Feb 2015

Scientists at a US meeting have said it is now time to actively try to contact intelligent life on other worlds.

Dogs 'can spot happy human faces'

posted: 12 Feb 2015

Dogs can tell the difference between happy and angry human facial expressions, a study suggests.

VIDEO: Do dogs know a happy face?

posted: 12 Feb 2015

Dogs can tell the difference between happy and angry human facial expressions, a touch-screen study reveals.

Art and science collide to reopen Whitworth galler

posted: 12 Feb 2015

Making new art from old in a Nobel Prize winner's lab

Early results from farm bird count

posted: 12 Feb 2015

Early results from a major count of farmland birds reveal sightings of several rare species.

Ocean carbon leak 'ended Ice Age'

posted: 12 Feb 2015

Carbon dioxide escaping from the depths of the ocean heralded the end of the last Ice Age, a study suggests.

Farmland bird count comes to an end

posted: 12 Feb 2015

A major count of farmland birds has concluded with sightings of several rare species.

VIDEO: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches

posted: 11 Feb 2015

An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a space weather satellite successfully launches from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on its third attempt.

'Space weather' mission launches

posted: 11 Feb 2015

The Deep Space Climate Observatory launches from Florida on a mission to monitor both the Sun and the Earth.

Darwin finches' messy family tree

posted: 11 Feb 2015

DNA analysis reveals frequent interbreeding between Darwin's famous Galapagos finches, and uncovers a gene linked to their different beak shapes.

VIDEO: How do you save an endangered pear?

posted: 11 Feb 2015

Students at a college in Bedfordshire are trying to save an type of cooking pear, which is through have been first cultivated in the 13th century.

Europe's mini-space shuttle returns

posted: 11 Feb 2015

The European Space Agency's mini-spaceplane has splashed down in the Pacific nearly two hours after launching.

A curious British airship experiment

posted: 11 Feb 2015

The strange experiment on UK's 720ft airship

Popcorn's perfect recipe revealed

posted: 11 Feb 2015

Physicists in France work out several details of what makes popcorn pop, including the critical temperature required.

Europe's mini-space shuttle launches

posted: 11 Feb 2015

The European Space Agency launches its mini "spaceplane" demonstrator.

Urban areas 'provide haven' for bees

posted: 10 Feb 2015

Britain's urban areas are home to more types of wild bee than farmland, say researchers.

Europe's mini 'spaceplane' set to fly

posted: 10 Feb 2015

The European Space Agency is about to launch a wedge-shaped craft around the Earth to test critical technologies needed for controlled re-entry into the atmosphere.

When did Earth become Planet Oil?

posted: 10 Feb 2015

Prof Iain Stewart investigates our addiction to oil

Canyon cut by short, savage floods

posted: 10 Feb 2015

Geologists find that a huge canyon in Iceland was created by a few short days of catastrophic flooding, separated by thousands of years.

Australia in 'extinction calamity'

posted: 10 Feb 2015

The introduction of the fox and cat from Europe is having a devastating impact on native mammals in Australia, say scientists.

Australia 'extinction calamity'

posted: 10 Feb 2015

The introduction of the fox and cat from Europe is having a devastating impact on native mammals in Australia, say scientists.

'Wake-up call' to MPs on investment

posted: 10 Feb 2015

Government spending on research and innovation needs to be doubled to stop the UK falling behind other countries, say science leaders.