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The place spacecraft go to die

Why one of the Earth's most remote places is the preferred place to dump space junk.

Alarm over decline in flying insects

Flying insects have declined by more than 75% in 30 years in German nature reserves, alarming ecologists.

Stonehenge builders 'ate food from Scotland'

Animals were transported from as far away as the north east of Scotland to the Neolithic site in Wiltshire.

A brief history of the Earth's CO2

Prof Joanna Haigh from Imperial College London explains why this gas has played a crucial role in shaping the Earth's climate.

Photo of butchered rhino wins top award

A shocking image of a dehorned black rhino makes Brent Stirton Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

'Big, bad wolf' image flawed - scientists

New research casts doubt on the idea that dogs are naturally more tolerant and friendly than wolves.

1,000mph 'Bloodhound' rocket car fires up

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

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'

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?

What will it take to build the ultra-fast internet of the future?

DNA study provides insight into how to live longer

A year in school adds nearly a year to your life, study in Edinburgh shows.

UK-Dutch-built Sentinel launches to track air quality

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

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

The changes are part of the Clean Growth Plan to reduce the UK's greenhouse emissions.

Satellites spy Antarctic 'upside-down ice canyon'

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

A house-sized asteroid passes close to Earth, allowing scientists to rehearse future strike threats.

Mass extinctions 'offer cautionary tale'

Past mass extinctions have the potential to guide modern conservation efforts, say scientists.

'Sooty birds' reveal hidden US air pollution

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

Key modifications for flight happened as early as 120 million years ago, a fossil discovery suggests.

British mission to giant A-68 berg approved

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

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

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'

Conservation groups welcome government proposals for a full-scale ban on sales and exports.

Pesticides linked to bee deaths found in most honey samples

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

The US vice-president expresses the intention for America to send humans back to the lunar surface.

Pollution hot spots around the world

What's it like to live somewhere like Beijing, where you can even see pollution with the naked eye?

Colombia vets nurse tiny spider monkey back to health

Vets in Colombia are nursing a tiny spider monkey back to health.

Neutron stars: 'Hear' the mighty cosmic collision

Scientists convert the gravitational wave signal from merging neutron stars into sound.

Puppy dog eyes are for human benefit, say scientists

Researchers investigate how dogs change their expressions in response to their owners.

How this camel ended up in Norway

The Saetereng family are trying to live a sustainable lifestyle in Akkarfjord, northern Norway.

Floating bin sucking up Portsmouth Harbour's rubbish

The ?Seabin? can collect the equivalent of around 83,000 plastic bags a year.

Athenia: Is this the wreck of the first British ship torpedoed in WW2?

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

Weather scientists first mistook the radar pattern to be birds, and turned to social media for help.

Clothed in green

We continue to buy new clothes at an incredible rate. How can manufacturers reduce fashion's environmental footprint?

Sputnik's influence

For the Soviet Union, the launch of the satellite was a triumph not just for science. but socialism.

Blue sky thinking

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?

More than 100,000 people have fled their homes as they wait for Bali's Mount Agung to erupt.

'Virtual flu'

A major citizen science project will spread virtual flu with the aim of understanding how to stop the real thing.

Bright sparks

The fast-growing US solar industry is at odds with itself - and the decision may be left to Trump.

DNA dogma

Evolutionary biologist Matthew Cobb unpicks a lecture that, sixty years ago, set the course for the genetic revolution.