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Last updated on  October 17th, 2017
Einstein’s waves detected in star smash: Click here
Scientists detect the warping of space generated by the collision of two neutron stars.
'Big, bad wolf' image flawed - scientists: Click here
New research casts doubt on the idea that dogs are naturally more tolerant and friendly than wolves.
1,000mph 'Bloodhound' rocket car fires up: Click here
World Land Speed record holder Andy Green describes the sensation of starting up the Bloodhound supersonic car for the first time.
Penguins die in 'catastrophic' Antarctic breeding season: Click here
Only two chicks survived in a colony of 36,000 in a "catastrophic" breeding season in east Antarctica.
Nasa carbon space observatory 'watches Earth breathe': Click here
A US space agency satellite provides new insights on how CO2 is moved through Earth's atmosphere.
How do you build the next-generation internet?: Click here
What will it take to build the ultra-fast internet of the future?
DNA study provides insight into how to live longer: Click here
A year in school adds nearly a year to your life, study in Edinburgh shows.
UK-Dutch-built Sentinel launches to track air quality: Click here
Sentinel-5P lifts off from Russia to make 20 million daily observations of pollution across the globe.
Ozone layer recovery could be delayed by 30 years: Click here
Rising global emissions of some chemicals could slow the progress made in healing the ozone layer.
Clean Growth Plan could see stamp duty incentive for homeowners: Click here
The changes are part of the Clean Growth Plan to reduce the UK's greenhouse emissions.
Satellites spy Antarctic 'upside-down ice canyon': Click here
An Antarctic ice shelf is shown to have a deep gorge cut in its underside by warm ocean water.
Asteroid close approach to test warning systems: Click here
A house-sized asteroid passes close to Earth, allowing scientists to rehearse future strike threats.
Mass extinctions 'offer cautionary tale': Click here
Past mass extinctions have the potential to guide modern conservation efforts, say scientists.
'Sooty birds' reveal hidden US air pollution: Click here
Black carbon trapped in the feathers of songbirds gives new insight into historic US air quality.
New evidence on how birds took to the air: Click here
Key modifications for flight happened as early as 120 million years ago, a fossil discovery suggests.
British mission to giant A-68 berg approved: Click here
UK scientists will take a ship to explore waters exposed by a huge new iceberg in the Antarctic.
Siberian blue robin excites bird watchers in Orkney: Click here
The sighting in North Ronaldsay is believed to be the first time an adult male Siberian blue robin has been seen in the UK.
Australia's solar challenge begins: Click here
Teams from around the world are competing on solar cars in an epic transcontinental race.
Ivory trade to be banned in UK 'to protect elephants': Click here
Conservation groups welcome government proposals for a full-scale ban on sales and exports.
Pesticides linked to bee deaths found in most honey samples: Click here
A new study finds traces of neonicotinoid chemicals in 75% of honey samples from across the world.
Mike Pence wants to see astronauts return to the Moon: Click here
The US vice-president expresses the intention for America to send humans back to the lunar surface.
Neutron stars: Sound of collision recorded for first time: Click here
It's the first time this noise has ever been detected.
How this camel ended up in Norway: Click here
The Saetereng family are trying to live a sustainable lifestyle in Akkarfjord, northern Norway.
Floating bin sucking up Portsmouth Harbour's rubbish: Click here
The ‘Seabin’ can collect the equivalent of around 83,000 plastic bags a year.
Why British scientists are watching Iceland's volcanoes: Click here
A team of British scientists flies around Iceland's volcanoes to find out how to avoid future air traffic disruption.
Scraping out the London sewers by hand: Click here
Fitted with a body camera, a sewer engineer tries to remove a blockage.
Kent mussels tested for plastic contamination: Click here
Almost two thirds of mussels in the sea around Kent are contaminated with plastic particles, research has shown.
Athenia: Is this the wreck of the first British ship torpedoed in WW2?: Click here
The remains of a passenger liner torpedoed by a U-boat just hours into the war may have been found.
Butterfly swarm shows up on Denver radar system: Click here
Weather scientists first mistook the radar pattern to be birds, and turned to social media for help.
Clothed in green: Click here
We continue to buy new clothes at an incredible rate. How can manufacturers reduce fashion's environmental footprint?
Sputnik's influence: Click here
For the Soviet Union, the launch of the satellite was a triumph not just for science. but socialism.
Blue sky thinking: Click here
British scientists played a key role in developing radar, which has helped deliver safer skies.
Bali volcano: What is it like waiting for an eruption?: Click here
More than 100,000 people have fled their homes as they wait for Bali's Mount Agung to erupt.
'Virtual flu': Click here
A major citizen science project will spread virtual flu with the aim of understanding how to stop the real thing.
Bright sparks: Click here
The fast-growing US solar industry is at odds with itself - and the decision may be left to Trump.
DNA dogma: Click here
Evolutionary biologist Matthew Cobb unpicks a lecture that, sixty years ago, set the course for the genetic revolution.
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