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Last updated on  January 17th, 2017

Concerns over first snow and common leopards found in same area: Click here

Video footage showing snow leopards and common leopards sharing the same habitat causes alarm.


Trump team moving away from supporters on climate science: Click here

The incoming Trump administration accepts far more of the research on climate change than many of their political supporters, say British scientists.


Venus wave may be Solar System's biggest: Click here

A giant wave in the atmosphere of Venus may be the biggest of its kind in the Solar System.


Gene Cernan, last man to walk on Moon, dies aged 82: Click here

US astronaut Gene Cernan, commander of Apollo 17, has died, his family and Nasa announce.


Ice crack to put UK Antarctic base in shut-down: Click here

The British Antarctic Survey is pulling all staff out of the space-age Halley base in March because of a big crack in nearby ice.


Battery with inbuilt 'fire extinguisher' developed: Click here

Flames from an exploding battery were put out in less than half a second during tests.


SpaceX returns to flight with Falcon 9 rocket launch: Click here

The US SpaceX rocket company resumes operations after a launch pad explosion in September.


Alien bird risk from pet trade: Click here

The trade in caged birds poses a risk to native species if birds manage to escape, research suggests.


Orcas reveal the origin of menopause: Click here

By studying the long lives of killer whale families, researchers say they have solved the evolutionary mystery of the menopause.


Prince Charles co-authors Ladybird climate change book: Click here

Prince Charles co-authors a book for adults in the style of the well-known children's series.


Mysterious fossils find place on the tree of life: Click here

Scientists say they have solved the mystery surrounding a sea creature that lived more than 500 million years ago.


Tidal lagoon: £1.3bn Swansea Bay project backed by review: Click here

Plans for a £1.3bn tidal lagoon off Swansea are backed in a government-commissioned review.


Warming world harming insects' reproduction, says study: Click here

A warming world is harming insects ability to reproduce, which could have long-term consequences, scientists warn.


Japanese monkey tries to mate with deer: Click here

A male Japanese monkey has been filmed trying to mount and mate with a Sika deer.


Donald Trump win 'won't sway world on climate': Click here

Targets on CO2 will continue despite a climate change sceptic becoming president, a UK minister says.


Primate tool-use: Chimpanzees make drinking sticks: Click here

Critically endangered chimpanzees in Ivory Coast craft extra-absorbent drinking sticks, researchers observe.


New candidate for 'missing element' in Earth's core: Click here

Scientists believe they have established the identity of a "missing element" in the Earth's core.


Mother-baby bonding insight revealed: Click here

Scientists say mothers hold babies on the left to help in bonding - and this is not unique to humans.


Urbanisation signal detected in evolution, study shows: Click here

Scientists discover a 'clear signal' of urbanisation in the evolution of organisms around the globe.


Huge Antarctic iceberg poised to break away: Click here

One of the 10 largest icebergs ever recorded is ready to break away from Antarctica, scientists say.


Fossil fruit from 52 million years ago revealed: Click here

Fossils of ancient plants shed light on how the family that includes crops such as potatoes evolved.


Brixton Road breaches annual air pollution limit in five days: Click here

A south London road breaches its EU annual air pollution limit for 2017 in just five days.


Forensic science standards 'at significant risk': Click here

The quality of forensic science work in England and Wales is putting the integrity of the criminal justice system at risk, the regulator warns.


Climate change: Fresh doubt over global warming 'pause': Click here

New research backs a controversial study that found there had been no slowdown in global warming.


UK military to build prototype 'laser weapon': Click here

The UK Ministry of Defence has officially awarded a £30m contract to produce a prototype laser weapon.


Polar ship's Antarctic base gets £100m upgrade: Click here

The UK's largest Antarctic research station which will be home to the ship nearly named Boaty McBoatface gets a £100m upgrade.


Drone footage shows huge Antarctic ice crack: Click here

Aerial video shows a huge ice crack which is forcing British Antarctic Survey staff to leave their base.


Last man to walk on the Moon, Gene Cernan, has died: Click here

Documentary maker reflects on the life of astronaut Gene Cernan, following his death.


SpaceX rocket successfully lifts off: Click here

SpaceX successfully launches a rocket, its first mission since an explosion in September.


'Star Wars gibbon' is new primate species: Click here

A gibbon living in the tropical forests of China is a new species of primate, scientists say.


Inside the secret lives of polar bears: Click here

A camera attached to the neck of a female polar bear shows two bears breaking through ice sheets to hunt for prey.


Blind mice have sight restored: Click here

Blind mice regain partial vision after stem cell reprogramming


'Star Wars gibbon' is new primate species: Click here

Scientists have found a new species of gibbon living in the tropical forests of south west China.


'Puppy talk' - why do we use it and do dogs respond?: Click here

Scientists decode "dog-directed speech" - and they find puppies respond but older dogs ignore it.


Obama says shift to green energy is 'irreversible' despite Trump: Click here

Renewable energy will continue to grow in the US despite the antipathy of the incoming Trump administration.


Nightmare on the pill: Click here

Millions of women have no problem with the pill but some find it shatters their mental health. Here The Debrief's Vicky Spratt describes years of depression, anxiety and panic.


Coming up: Click here

From a majestic natural spectacle to a high-octane technological thrill ride, here's our guide to the big science events of 2017.


Science selection: Click here

A selection of the best science and environment reads this year.


Amazing science: Click here

From the first direct evidence for black holes, to a rocky planet circling a neighbouring star, 2016 was packed with amazing science stories.


Guerrilla archiving: Click here

Canadian "guerrilla" archivists will help in scramble to preserve US federal climate data.


'Great' message: Click here

Land Speed Record holder Andy Green has been visiting India to share insights about the Bloodhound supersonic car.


Viral virus: Click here

British researchers are using social media to track the spread of norovirus.