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Last updated on  December 11th, 2017
Mt Hope installed as 'UK's highest peak': Click here
Scientists re-measure the tallest mountains in the Antarctic territory claimed by Britain.
Irish DNA map reveals history's imprint: Click here
Scientists have unveiled a detailed genetic map of Ireland, revealing subtle DNA differences that may reflect historic events.
Botanical exploits: How British plant hunters served science: Click here
Collecting in the clouds: Remembering the British plant-hunters who diced with death to discover plants
Narwhal escape: Whales freeze and flee when frightened: Click here
Narwhals show a "costly" response to threats, raising concerns over how they will respond to increased human contact.
US firm picks UK for weather satellites: Click here
Orbital Micro Systems' demonstration weather satellite should pave the way for a network in the sky.
Farthest monster black hole found: Click here
Astronomers discover the most distant "supermassive" black hole known to science.
Researchers find 'oldest ever eye' in fossil: Click here
The remains of the extinct sea creature include an early form of the eye seen in many of today's animals.
Google's 'superhuman' DeepMind AI claims chess crown: Click here
An algorithm developed by the DeepMind team claims victory against a world-beating AI chess program.
Little Foot skeleton unveiled in South Africa: Click here
One of the oldest and most complete skeletons of our ancestors is unveiled in South Africa.
UN signals 'end' of throwaway plastic: Click here
The end of the era of throwaway plastic has been signalled by UN environment ministers meeting in Kenya.
IUCN Red List: Wild crops listed as threatened: Click here
Wild relatives of modern crops deemed crucial for food security are threatened with extinction.
How UK's birds are being affected by a changing climate: Click here
Migratory birds are arriving in the UK earlier each spring and leaving later each autumn, a study shows.
Hinkley Point's Cardiff Bay toxic mud claim 'alarmist': Click here
300,000 tonnes of mud from Hinkley Point C is due to be dumped in the sea off Cardiff Bay.
Australia's frog count: App calls on citizen scientists: Click here
Scientists hope the public will help them record the sounds of the amphibians via an app.
Chief vet defends support of larger hen cages: Click here
On Twitter, Nigel Gibbens says the pens are a "necessary defence" against bird flu.
The 'supermoon' celestial wonder seen across the UK: Click here
Skywatchers have enjoyed spectacular views of the Moon appearing larger and brighter in the sky.
Gravity signals rapidly show true size of giant quakes: Click here
Researchers develop a new speedy approach to estimate the true size of very large earthquakes.
New Sentinel satellite tracks dirty air: Click here
A UK-Dutch-built Earth observing spacecraft shows its promise with some stunning images of pollution.
'Zero tolerance' plan eyed for plastic pollution: Click here
A plan to drastically cut plastic pollution of the oceans may be agreed at a UN summit.
Fossilised eggs shed light on reign of pterosaurs: Click here
A collection of 200 eggs gives new insights into the development of the extinct flying reptiles.
Unesco adds Sir Isaac Newton's papers to world register: Click here
Sir Isaac Newton's papers and personal accounts are added to a Unesco register of globally important documents.
Hidden history of prehistoric women's work revealed: Click here
Prehistoric women's manual work was tougher than rowing in today's elite boat crews, say scientists.
'Unnatural' microbe can make proteins: Click here
A bacterium made with "unnatural" DNA assembles proteins - a key characteristic of a functioning organism.
Trophy hunting removes 'good genes' and raises extinction risk: Click here
Hunting animals with the biggest horns, tusks or manes could lead to extinction, according to a study.
River departed 'before Indus civilisation emergence': Click here
One of the world's earliest urban civilisations thrived in the absence of a big Himalayan river, a new study finds.
RemoveDebris: Space junk mission prepares for launch: Click here
A spacecraft that will test the best methods to clean up space debris is nearing completion.
The world's youngest island: Click here
Scientists think Hunga Tunga Hunga Ha'apai might hold clues on where to look for life on Mars.
Australian town driven batty by flying foxes: Click here
Residents of an Australian town are being overwhelmed by thousands of flying foxes.
The 'Godfather of Coral' who's still diving at 72: Click here
Charlie Veron's been diving for 50 years and has discovered more than 20% of the world's coral species
A closer look at '3.67m-year-old' skeleton: Click here
It took 20 years to excavate, clean and put together Little Foot, found in caves north of Johannesburg.
Pizza night aboard the International Space Station: Click here
Crew members aboard the International Space Station are treated to a special meal.
Schoolgirl invents low-cost lead detecting device: Click here
Gitanjali Rao's device uses carbon nanotubes to detect the presence of lead in water.
Huge weather rescue project under way: Click here
After digitising old weather data from atop Ben Nevis, citizen scientists tackle a much bigger project.
Flies more germ-laden than suspected: Click here
Flies' disease-carrying potential may be greater than previously thought, say US researchers.
Climate's magic rabbit: Pulling CO2 out of thin air: Click here
Can technology to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere really help prevent dangerous climate change?
Plastic planet: Click here
More and more waste plastic is ending up in our oceans. How big is the problem and why is plastic such a threat?
The other Dodo: Click here
In the middle of the 18th Century, a large flightless bird became extinct on an Indian Ocean island.
Off and running: Click here
World land-speed record-holder Andy Green describes the performance of his new new car - Bloodhound SSC.
Looking for cures: Click here
The biohacker movement wants to cure disease without the help of government or big companies
Press print: Click here
The Swedish hi-tech firm at the forefront of using 3D printing to create human ears, noses and other body parts.
Green planet: Click here
The United Arab Emirates' Mars research programme is turning its attention to date palm trees.
Ice ceiling: Click here
For decades, there was a ceiling not of glass but of ice, holding women back from doing research in Antarctica.
Sewing for Nasa: Click here
From the Apollo spacesuits to the Mars rovers, women behind the scenes have stitched vital spaceflight components.
Carbon case history: Click here
Prof Joanna Haigh from Imperial College London explains why this gas has played a crucial role in shaping the Earth's climate.
Rare spectacle: Click here
The Norwegian island of Kvaløya is now one of the few places in Europe to see a pod of killer whales.
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