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Last updated on  June 26th, 2016

EU referendum: UK science wakes up to new future: Click here

UK science must fight to make sure it is not an after-thought as Britain renegotiates its relationship with the EU, say research leaders.


Solar Impulse completes Atlantic crossing with landing in Seville: Click here

The zero-fuel aeroplane, Solar Impulse, lands in the southern Spanish city of Seville to complete its historic Atlantic crossing.


Scientists hungry to deliver food system paradigm shift: Click here

Eight universities across northern England join forces to form a scientific powerhouse at the launch of a five-year, £16m global food research programme.


Buenos Aires to shut scandal-prone zoo: Click here

The mayor of Buenos Aires announces his administration has taken over the running of the city's zoo after a series of scandals.


Rise of border fences hampers wildlife movements: Click here

The growth of border fences in Central and Eastern Europe in recent years is a "major threat" to wildlife, according to a new study.


Diesels more polluting below 18C, research suggests: Click here

Pollution from many popular diesel cars is much worse when it is colder than 18C outside, new research suggests.


Warmer winters play important role in EU emissions drop: Click here

Milder winters have contributed to a significant drop in greenhouse gas emissions across the EU over the past quarter of a century.


Peake: 'I would return to space in a heartbeat': Click here

Tim Peake says he would go back into space "in a heartbeat" after his six-month mission to the space station.


Iceland's fishing industry 'better off outside' EU: Click here

Iceland's fishing minister says the country would "never join the European Union" because the industry is thriving outside the bloc.


New crop varieties 'can't keep up with global warming': Click here

Temperatures around the world are rising faster than scientists can develop varieties that can cope with a warmer world, according to a new study.


How early mammals evolved night vision to escape dinos: Click here

Night-time vision evolved millions of years ago in early mammals, a study suggests.


China builds world's most powerful computer: Click here

The 93 petaflop Sunway TaihuLight in China has topped a newly published list of supercomputers.


UK astronaut Tim Peake returns to Earth: Click here

UK astronaut Tim Peake is safely back on Earth after a historic mission to the International Space Station.


Melt ponds suggest no Arctic sea-ice record this year: Click here

Arctic sea-ice may have hit a record low in May but that does not mean September will set a new minimum mark, say polar experts at Reading University, UK.


Nasa-style mission needed to map ocean floor: Click here

Ocean experts call for international action to generate the kinds of maps of global seabeds that space missions have already returned for the Moon and Mars.


Study unlocks surprising behaviour of soil bacteria: Click here

Newly sequenced genomes of soil bacteria have led to questions about how differing land management affects the organisms' behaviour, on agriculture and emissions.


UK-funded ice breaker in 'elite' Arctic tourism row: Click here

Criticism is made of the use of a UK-government-funded ice breaker to guide a luxury cruise in the Arctic, as worries grow over the environmental impact of tourists.


Tree planting at 'an all time low': Click here

Official figures released today by the Forestry Commission show that the government is falling far short of its own tree-planting targets


European Space Agency still backing Mars rover project: Click here

Member states of the European Space Agency have reaffirmed their commitment to launch a rover to Mars in 2020.


More gravitational waves detected: Click here

Scientists announce the detection at Earth of another burst of gravitational waves coming from a black hole merger.


Frog rescue: Last hope for endangered amphibian: Click here

How a shipping container became a last sanctuary for one of the world's most endangered amphibians, the mountain chicken frog.


Tim Peake: 'I saw flames outside the window': Click here

British astronaut Tim Peake describes his dramatic journey home to Earth from the International Space Station.


British astronaut Tim Peake's 'incredible experience': Click here

British astronaut Tim Peake has said he is elated to be back on earth after six months onboard the international space station.


Tim Peake: The UK astronaut's best photos and comments: Click here

Has Tim Peake got the best photo album on (and off) Earth? As his space mission comes to an end, we compile some of his best shots along with his comments.


Final handshakes in space station: Click here

British astronaut Tim Peake has boarded the spacecraft that will return him to Earth following an historic six-month mission to the space station.


Tim Peake: A look at Sokol spacesuit used for re-entry: Click here

As British astronaut Tim Peake ends his mission, BBC News takes a look at the spacesuit used for launch and re-entry.


Mars crater named after Nepal quake village Langtang: Click here

A crater on Mars is named Langtang, in tribute to one of the worst-hit villages during the 2015 Nepal earthquake.


'Last breath': Click here

In June 1997, astronauts on the Russian space station Mir faced disaster after the worst collision in the history of manned space flight.


Project re-ignited: Click here

Andy Green says a new source of funding means preparations to run the Bloodhound 1,000mph supersonic car in South Africa next year can resume.


Dead Sea drying: Click here

The Dead Sea is one of the great ecological treasures of the world but it is shrinking at an alarming rate, as Kevin Connolly reports.


Zion revisited: Click here

US scientists produce their most precise date yet for the colossal landslide that shaped the big red canyon running through what is now Zion National Park.


Tim Peake: Watch key moments from UK astronaut's mission: Click here

As UK astronaut Tim Peake comes back to Earth, BBC News has compiled some of the best Esa videos from his six-month mission.