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Last updated on  December 6th, 2016

Caesarean births 'affecting human evolution': Click here

The regular use of Caesarean sections is having an impact on human evolution, say scientists.


Scottish fossils tell story of first life on land: Click here

Fossils of possibly the earliest backboned four-legged animals to walk have been found in Scotland.


Tim Peake spacecraft will arrive in UK in 2017: Click here

The UK has bought the capsule which sent Tim Peake into space and returned him to Earth.


Corporate growth still driving deforestation, CDP shows: Click here

Although progress is being made, up to US $906bn of company turnover is still tied to global deforestation, an assessment suggests.


Robot aircraft take to British skies: Click here

Robot aircraft are to be tested in UK airspace to help refine systems that control autonomous planes.


Europe presses ahead with Mars rover: Click here

European research ministers meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland, emphatically reaffirm their commitment to putting a robot rover on Mars in 2021.


Last winter's flooding 'most extreme on record' in UK: Click here

Flooding across parts of the UK last winter was the most extreme on record, experts say.


Sutton Hoo bitumen links Syria with Anglo-Saxon England: Click here

Analysis of black organic fragments found in the Sutton Hoo boat burial reveals they are bitumen from Syria.


Four major cities move to ban diesel vehicles by 2025: Click here

The leaders of four major global cities say they will stop the use of all diesel powered cars and trucks by the middle of the next decade.


Trump's environment plans could spark opposition: Click here

Proposals by the Trump administration to roll back US environmental regulations are likely to foment opposition, say analysts.


Space station supply craft 'burned up': Click here

The Russian space agency confirms the loss of an unmanned cargo ship heading for the International Space Station.


Buzz Aldrin 'in good spirits' after South Pole evacuation: Click here

Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the Moon, is evacuated from the South Pole after falling ill.


'Diet is global food policy's elephant in the room': Click here

Global food policy needs to shift way from focusing on feeding people enough calories to nourishing people, say leading food experts.


Europe space ministers meet to decide Mars rover plan: Click here

Europe’s research ministers are meeting to decide whether to try to land a robot rover on Mars.


Private plan to send Moon rover to Apollo 17 site: Click here

A proposed private space mission is planning to visit Apollo 17's landing site on the Moon.


Earth warming to climate tipping point, warns study: Click here

A warming world will release vast amounts of soil carbon into the atmosphere, which in turn risks triggering dangerous climate change, scientists warn.


Europe ministers debate space future: Click here

Europe's research ministers negotiate over funding for the space station and a rover that would land on Mars to search for life.


Curbing immigration spells 'disaster' for science: Click here

The President of the UK's Royal Society warns that onerous restrictions on immigration of scientists would spell "disaster" for the UK economy


Saturn mission approaches tour finale: Click here

The Cassini spacecraft is beginning the end phases of its mission to Saturn that will eventually see it disposed of in the giant planet's atmosphere.


EU energy use to fall by 30% under new efficiency plans for 2030: Click here

New proposals from the European Commission see binding targets for energy efficiency as key method of curbing carbon.


'Predator of the deep' or gentle giant?: Click here

The giant manta ray could be a "predator of the deep" preying on other fish, say scientists.


Arctic sea-ice struggles to build volume: Click here

Data shows the volume of Arctic sea-ice is heading for a record-equalling low for the month of November.


Platypus venom paves way to possible diabetes treatment: Click here

Australian researchers say platypus venom could pave the way for new type 2 diabetes treatments.


Mars probe returns first pictures: Click here

The new satellite that Europe and Russia put in orbit at Mars on 19 October has sent back its first images of the planet.


Rare Antarctic beetle find delights: Click here

Scientists have made a rare find: a new species of beetle from Antarctica.


Astronaut eye problems blamed on spinal fluid: Click here

Scientists might have found the root cause of vision problems that affect some astronauts.


Japan Fukushima nuclear plant 'clean-up costs double': Click here

Japan estimates the cost of dealing with the Fukushima nuclear disaster has doubled, reports say.


Great Barrier Reef suffered worst bleaching on record in 2016, report finds: Click here

This year saw the worst-ever destruction of coral on the Great Barrier Reef, a new study finds.


Europe's science ministers to decide on ExoMars rover: Click here

European research ministers will be asked for just over €400m (£345m) to put a rover on Mars in 2021 when they meet next week in Switzerland.


Flood spending decisions 'perverse', Green Alliance says: Click here

England spends nearly four times more on activities that may cause flooding than it invests to combat flooding, a think tank says.


Bumper load of new viruses identified: Click here

Scientists looking into invertebrate animals discover nearly 1,500 new viruses - the largest number documented in any one study.


Heathrow third runway 'to breach climate change laws': Click here

Plans to expand Heathrow Airport are set to breach the government’s climate change laws, advisers warn.


Seasonal wetlands face uncertain future: Click here

Ephemeral wetlands are poorly understood habitats and are being lost to future generations as a result of poor land-use practices, warn scientists.


Alligator snapping turtle's great escape: Click here

A huge alligator snapping turtle got stuck in a blocked drain pipe in Houston, Texas.


Hunter Mitchell raised thousands of dollars to save Osita the rhino.: Click here

Hunter Mitchell raised thousands of dollars to save Osita the rhino.


Croatian scientists 'find 30 new species in caves': Click here

Scientists say they have discovered 30 new species of animal in subterranean caves, following a two-year search.


Time to take out the space trash: Click here

Scientists are warning there’s now so much space debris in low-Earth orbit that action needs to be taken.


Thanksgiving: What US astronauts will be eating in space: Click here

Nasa astronaut Shane Kimbrough has been showing off the specialties he'll be preparing for the crew's Thanksgiving meal aboard the ISS this year.


Peggy Whitson: Blast off to the ISS for oldest woman in space: Click here

Astronaut Peggy Whitson has lifted off into space for her third mission to the International Space Station.


Bletchley Park: 'Codebreakers school' planned for site: Click here

Historic codebreaking site Bletchley Park could be turned into a cyberdefence training college.


Mayan 'nesting doll pyramid' discovered in Mexico: Click here

A third structure is found within the famous Kukulkan pyramid in eastern Mexico, experts say.


Nature deficit disorder: Click here

It's become a buzzword, but what is NDD?


Machine food: Click here

The world needs to produce more food to feed a growing population, but is automation and sensor technology the answer?


After the quake: Click here

Cut off from the outside world, quake-hit Kaikoura's businesses face uncertainty but vow to hold on.


Environmental hotspot: Click here

The "Freiburg Cup", which comes with a deposit of €1, is going down well with German students.


Not so warped: Click here

From tractor beams to warp drive, sci-fi has inspired serious real-life research.