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Last updated on  July 26th, 2016

Solar Impulse completes historic round-the-world trip: Click here

The Solar Impulse becomes the first aircraft to circle the globe powered by the sun after landing in Abu Dhabi on the last leg of its journey.


Dutch men confirmed as world's tallest: Click here

When it comes to height, Dutch men and Latvian women tower over all other nationalities, a new study reveals.


Sri Lanka prime minister: Mangroves curb climate threat: Click here

On World Mangrove Day, Sri Lanka's prime minister says mangroves' ability to swiftly absorb carbon make them vital in the fight to curb climate change.


Rare bog butterfly flutters back from brink: Click here

A small bog in Lancashire is once again home to a rare species of butterfly, for the first time in 100 years.


Drought 'shuts down Amazon carbon sink': Click here

A recent drought shut down the Amazon Basin's carbon sink by killing trees and slowing trees' growth rates, a first-of-its-kind study shows.


Tigers maul two women at Beijing wildlife park: Click here

Tigers at a wildlife park in Beijing have killed one woman and injured another after the pair left their vehicle, Chinese media reports say.


Super-hard metal 'four times tougher than titanium': Click here

A super-hard metal is made in the laboratory by melting together titanium and gold.


Wild birds 'come when called' to help hunt honey: Click here

Honey hunters in Mozambique rely on the help of honeyguide birds - and a new study reveals their two-way communication.


Sunburned dolphin spotted in Moray Firth: Click here

A dolphin that was sunburned while stranded out of water on mudflats for 24 hours in May appears to be recovering from its injuries.


Brain map carves cortex into twice as many areas: Click here

A brain map built up from scans of more than 400 individuals has carved the "cortex" into 180 different compartments, including 97 new ones.


Vast asteroid created 'Man in Moon's eye' crater: Click here

One of the biggest craters on the Moon's surface was created by an asteroid more than 250km across, a study suggests.


UK lab animal numbers holding steady: Click here

New figures show that animal experiments in UK labs are continuing at an almost identical rate to recent years.


Infrastructure 'still faces flood risk': Click here

Britain's roads, bridges, railways, hospitals, electricity, gas, water and internet remain at risk from floods, a government review will soon concede.


South Africa's great white sharks 'facing extinction': Click here

South Africa's great white shark population is heading for possible extinction‚ after a rapid decline in numbers, say researchers.


Twycross Zoo begins great ape heart disease study: Click here

Twycross Zoo and the University of Nottingham are to look into why great apes are susceptible to heart disease.


Google uses AI to save on electricity from data centres: Click here

Its artificial intelligence division, DeepMind, has cut Google's data centres' energy consumption by 15%, using a machine-learning algorithm.


UK scientists speak about Brexit pain: Click here

BBC News speaks to UK researchers already feeling the effects of Brexit on their research.


Scots offshore wind 'pretty much dead', former minister claims: Click here

A former UK energy minister claims the offshore wind industry in Scotland is "pretty much dead" after a legal challenge to four projects.


Cuckoos count cost of shortcut home, say scientists: Click here

The cuckoo is in decline in the UK, and its migratory habits may be to blame, according to a study of tagged birds.


Hottest June ever recorded worldwide - NOAA: Click here

Last month was the hottest ever June worldwide, and the 14th straight month that global heat records have been broken, scientists say.


Storage device writes information atom-by-atom: Click here

The quest for storage devices that pack ever more information into a small space has reached a new limit, with memory that writes information atom-by-atom.


Farming and forestry can deliver food security, says UN: Click here

Improving co-operation between nations' farming and forestry sectors will help reduce deforestation and improve food security, a UN report suggests.


Navy sonar broke whale protection laws, says US court: Click here

A US appeals court has ruled that sonar approved for use by the US Navy broke marine laws.


Ancient barley DNA gives insight into crop development: Click here

An international group of scientists have analysed the DNA of 6,000 year old barley, showing that it is remarkably similar to modern day varieties.


Solar Impulse completes historic round-the-world trip: Click here

The first round-the-world solar powered flight has been completed.


Telecopes: A giant leap for Africa: Click here

Currently under construction, the MeerKAT telescope in South Africa is establishing its role in scientific research.


June 2016 'hottest worldwide in modern history': Click here

June 2016 was the hottest June worldwide in modern history - marking the 14th month in a row that global temperature records have been broken


Cuckoo migration 'now more perilous': Click here

Britain has lost more than 70 percent of its cuckoos in the last 25 years, but tiny tracking devices fitted to some of the birds may have solved the mystery of their decline.


Brexit 'damaging science', UK academies warn: Click here

An open letter to the government from UK academies representing science, medicine and engineering warns that Brexit is already harming science.


Cuckoo decline finally mapped: Click here

Forty-two tiny tracking devices fitted to cuckoos in the UK may have solved the mystery of the birds' decline.


F1 tech behind 'flying' boat's cup bid: Click here

Could F1 and aeronautical tech help Sir Ben Ainslie's 'flying' catamaran win the America's Cup?


Mercury 13: Click here

In the early 60s, 13 women undertook secret tests at Nasa to see if they could become astronauts.


Dolly's sisters: Click here

Scientists are studying Dolly the sheep's "siblings" in order to study the health of cloned animals.


1,000mph car: Click here

Andy Green says the Bloodhound 1,000mph supersonic car project has to file a mountain of paperwork before it can go racing in South Africa next year.


Unfounded fear?: Click here

Radiation levels in the Pacific are almost back to their pre-Fukushima levels (except around Fukishima itself), and are expected to have fully recovered by 2020.