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Rocket rumbles give volcanic insights


Scientists install sensors at the Kennedy Space Center that would normally be used to monitor volcanoes.

Heinz Wolff, Great Egg Race presenter and scientist, dies


The renowned scientist behind BBC Two's The Great Egg Race died on Friday, his family says.

California fires: Sentinel satellite tracks wildfire smoke plume


Europe's new Sentinel-5P satellite captures a dramatic image of the smoke billowing away from wildfires.

Star system has record eight exoplanets


Nasa finds a distant star circled by eight planets, equal to the complement in our own Solar System.

60 million-year-old meteorite impact found on Skye


Geologists made the discovery while exploring volcanic rocks near Broadford.

Sumatran rhino 'hanging on by a thread'


A genetic study shows the decline of one of the rarest mammals on Earth began during the last Ice Age.

Neonicotinoids at 'chronic levels' in UK rivers, study finds


Neonicotinoids have increasingly been linked to problems in bee populations.

How Greenland would look without its ice sheet


Scientists stitch together decades of survey data to reveal a hidden world of mountains and canyons.

Hurricane Harvey rainfall 'weighed 127bn tonnes'


Scientists established how much rain fell by measuring how much the Earth compressed during the storm.

Sea reptile fossil gives clues to life in ancient oceans


A new fossil is shedding light on the marine reptiles that swam at the time of the dinosaurs.

Warmer Arctic is the 'new normal'


The reliably frozen Arctic is history, say scientists who warn of an unprecedented rate of warming.

Nasa's New Horizons probe strikes distant gold


New observations suggest America's Pluto probe will see more than one object on its next flyby.

Jupiter Great Red Spot has deep roots


Nasa's Juno probe begins to unlock the workings of the mighty storm that has raged on Jupiter for over 150 years.

Interstellar asteroid checked for alien technology


A project searching for life in the cosmos will scan the first interstellar asteroid for signs of alien technology.

Climate change: Trump will bring US back into Paris deal - Macron


But the French leader says he will not agree to a demand that America's terms should be negotiated.

'Worrying alarm call' for world's birds on brink of extinction


Seabirds such as the kittiwake are being pushed to the brink of extinction, say conservationists.

Pacific 'baby island' is natural lab to study Mars


A newly emerged volcanic island will help trace the Red Planet's water history and the search for life.

Golden eagle migration out of sync with climate change


Adult golden eagles are unable to shift the timing of their migration, a North American study shows

Geminid meteor shower dazzles over northern hemisphere


If you missed the annual Geminid meteor shower, cameras captured the celestial display over China.

Last chance to save the 'panda of the sea' from extinction


A last-ditch effort to save the world's rarest marine mammal from extinction has been launched.

The world's youngest island


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


Residents of an Australian town are being overwhelmed by thousands of flying foxes.

The 'Godfather of Coral' who's still diving at 72


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


It took 20 years to excavate, clean and put together Little Foot, found in caves north of Johannesburg.

Dracula ticks in amber tell ancient blood-sucking tale


Feathered dinosaurs were covered in ticks just like modern animals, according to fossil evidence.

Narwhal escape: Whales freeze and flee when frightened


Narwhals show a "costly" response to threats, raising concerns over how they will respond to increased human contact.

Botanical exploits: How British plant hunters served science


Collecting in the clouds: Remembering the British plant-hunters who diced with death to discover plants

'Face of climate change'?


Images of a starving Canadian bear go viral - but all may not be as it appears.

Plastic planet


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


In the middle of the 18th Century, a large flightless bird became extinct on an Indian Ocean island.

Off and running


World land-speed record-holder Andy Green describes the performance of his new new car - Bloodhound SSC.

Looking for cures


The biohacker movement wants to cure disease without the help of government or big companies

Press print


The Swedish hi-tech firm at the forefront of using 3D printing to create human ears, noses and other body parts.