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Last updated on  October 28th, 2016

World's largest marine protected area declared in Antarctica: Click here

After years of international negotiations, Ross Sea in Antarctica will become the world's largest marine protected area.

Images reveal crashed Mars lander: Click here

The site where Europe's Mars lander crashed this month is revealed in new images.

Gut instinct drives battery boost: Click here

Scientists have designed a new prototype battery that mimics the structure of the human intestines.

World wildlife 'falls by 58% in 40 years': Click here

Global wildlife populations have fallen by 58% since 1970, according to a biodiversity report.

King's favourite fish to make comeback in River Severn project: Click here

A scheme that aims to re-establish one of King Henry III's favourite fish in the River Severn is given nearly £20m in funding.

Dish to listen for ET around strange star: Click here

A $100m initiative to listen for radio signals from aliens is targeting a star with an unusual dimming pattern.

Parrot fossil unearthed in Siberia: Click here

A parrot fossil has been discovered in Siberia - the furthest north these birds have ever been found.

HIV Patient Zero cleared by science: Click here

One of the most demonised patients in history - Gaetan Dugas - has been convincingly cleared of reports he spread HIV to the US, say scientists.

Prince of Wales joins soil boosting project: Click here

The Prince of Wales is joining an Anglo-French initiative to improve the condition of the world's soils.

Mosquito army released in Zika fight in Brazil & Colombia: Click here

Scientists are planning to release millions of modified mosquitoes in urban areas of Brazil and Colombia, in an effort to tackle Zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses.

Saturn's weird hexagon changes colour: Click here

The mysterious hexagon at Saturn's northern pole has changed colour from blue to gold, scientists have said.

'Super-parenting' improves children's autism: Click here

Training mums and dads as "super parents" can dramatically improve a child's autism, a study shows.

Tributes to Scottish scientist who died in Antarctica snowmobile accident: Click here

The family of a scientist who died in Antarctica in a snowmobile accident pay tribute to him.

Renewable energy capacity overtakes coal: Click here

The International Energy Agency says that the world's capacity to generate electricity from renewable sources has now overtaken coal.

CO2 levels mark 'new era' in the world's changing climate: Click here

2016 is likely to be the first year in recorded history in which levels of CO2 in the atmosphere remain above the symbolically important threshold of 400 parts per million.

Snow leopards: Numbers decline due to 'retaliation': Click here

Hundreds of snow leopards are being poached in retaliation for livestock losses every year across the high mountain ranges of Asia, says a new report.

Schiaparelli: Mars probe 'crash site identified': Click here

The gouge in the ground probably made by Europe's Schiaparelli probe as it hit the surface of Mars on Wednesday has been imaged by an American satellite.

UN Habitat III summit aims to shape future urban living: Click here

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon tells the world's mayors they face making 'tough decisions' to ensure future generations live in a safe and sustainable urban world.

Giant dinosaurs 'crossed continents': Click here

Some of the giants of the dinosaur family may have arisen in South America and crossed over Antarctica to Australia about 100 million years ago, new fossil evidence suggests.

Schiaparelli Mars probe's parachute 'jettisoned too early': Click here

Europe's Schiaparelli lander did not behave as expected as it headed down to the surface of Mars on Wednesday, data shows.

New project to measure UK air pollution from the air: Click here

Scientists have carried out their first test flight of a project to measure UK air pollution from the air.

Wet wipes flushed down toilet block drains says water firms: Click here

Millions of pounds are being spent unblocking drains all because of wet wipes being flushed down the toilet.

Drone captures rare whale footage: Click here

Canadian scientists use drones to capture rare whale footage in the Arctic.

Jo Johnson and Martyn Poliakoff perform scientific test: Click here

Science Minister Jo Johnson and Prof Martyn Poliakoff mix politics and science to look at carbon dioxide and the acidification of oceans.

How our brains become 'disembodied': Click here

Scientists in Italy have discovered how our brains can be tricked into feeling disembodied from our own limbs.

What is ExoMars and what is it doing?: Click here

BBC science reporter Victoria Gill explains what the European mission to Mars is hoping to find out.

Flying squirrel numbers soar in Helsinki: Click here

The furry rodents are thriving in the city's forests, researchers say.

You are not watching a live feed from space: Click here

Misleading "live" video from the International Space Station stuns the internet.

Resilient life: Click here

Scientists begin examining rocks drilled from the crater dug out of Earth's crust by the asteroid impact that killed off the dinosaurs.

Dragon in the tank: Click here

Land Speed Record holder Andy Green reflects on the partnership the Bloodhound supersonic car project has forged with Chinese auto group Geely.

Station state: Click here

A group of Vienna-based scientists is working on plans to create a pacifist nation state, called Asgardia, in space.

Key figures: Click here

Tom Feilden explains why maths and computing may now hold the key to a career in medicine and biology

Distinct vibrations: Click here

Ten years ago an earthquake detected in North Korea turned out to be the country's first ever nuclear test. Seismologist Mika McKinnon explains how scientists tell the difference.

'Swallow the surgeon': Click here

What are the potential uses for molecular machines, which have won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Chasing the Sun: Click here

Astronomer Annie Maunder achieved many firsts in her lifetime, but her story has slipped from history.

Thriving sector: Click here

Monday's successful launch of eight satellites into space proves India's commercial space programme is booming, writes Yogita Limaye.

Nelly the enemy?: Click here

As the Cites conference on endangered species meets in Johannesburg, Matt McGrath travelled to Zambia to hear the voices of people with first-hand experience of conflicts between humans and wildlife.

Grand Canyon in blue: Click here

President Barack Obama has created the first underwater national monument off the US east coast, protecting a vast ecosystem of canyons and extinct volcanoes. It is home to thousands of rare species, but is also a source of controversy.

Science snaps: Click here

Fifteen stunning images from the Royal Photographic Society's International Images for Science competition

Numbers game: Click here

Insights into the data behind the football industry, both real and simulated, from the brains behind Football Manager.

Water wars: Click here

TS Sudhir explains why violence has broken out in India's technology hub Bangalore over a long-running dispute about water.

History of flooding: Click here

Written in the sediments of north-west England's lakes is a record of extreme flood events - information that can inform future flood preparedness.

A surgeon's downfall: Click here

Ground-breaking work on synthetic organ transplants made Paolo Macchiarini one of the most famous doctors in the world. Now his reputation lies in tatters.

Animal secrets: Click here

Specially designed tags that act as 'daily diaries' are revealing previously unknown animal behaviours.

Fair game?: Click here

Lion hunting in South Africa is a big business, but some groups seem are shooting "canned meat" - animals bred in captivity just to be hunted, the BBC's Alastair Leithead reports.

Fracking fight: Click here

Grace Livingstone talks to members of Mapuche indigenous communities living near a fracking site in Argentina about their concerns for their health and their environment.