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'Cyborg' bacteria deliver green fuel source from sunlight


Scientists create bacteria covered in tiny solar panels that generate a potential new fuel from the Sun.

'Hero' of Paris climate agreement dies


Former Marshall Islands minister Tony De Brum, who played a key role in securing the Paris pact passes away aged 72.

Solar eclipse 2017: Americans gaze at sky spectacular


Skywatchers in the US are treated to a spectacular coast-to-coast eclipse.

RRS Sir David Attenborough's stern on the move


A section of the UK's new polar research ship will get an early taste of the sea this week.

Chile rejects iron mine to protect penguins


Ministers said plans to extract iron near a penguin reserve lacked sufficient environmental guarantees.

The algae that terraformed Earth


A planetary takeover by ocean algae 650 million years ago was the kick that transformed life on Earth.

Freeze-dried dung gives clue to Asian elephant stress


Indian scientists say they can monitor the physiological health of elephants by analysing their dung.

Fracking: Shale rock professor says UK gas reserves 'hyped'


UK shale deposits were formed 55 million years too late to trap large amounts of gas, a professor warns.

Radioactive 'pooh sticks' trace carbon's ocean journey


Scientists trace nuclear waste from Sellafield over 15,000km to Bermuda to see how the ocean transports carbon.

'Frankenstein dinosaur' mystery solved


A dinosaur that seemed to be an evolutionary mishmash turns out to have a key place in history.

'Donald Trump forest' climate change project gains momentum


Campaigners plan to plant enough trees to counteract the climate impact of the US President.

Plants 'hijacked' to make polio vaccine


A breakthrough could lead to easier, faster and cheaper vaccines.

Scotland's largest solar farm gets green light


Elgin Energy is granted planning permission for a 20MW project near Urquhart in Moray

Record-sized data centre planned inside Arctic Circle


The facility in the north of Norway will take advantage of cheap energy and the cool air.

Cassini skims Saturn's atmosphere


Cassini is on its final five full orbits of Saturn, getting close enough to directly "taste" its gases.

Italy official defends killing rare bear after man mauled


A rare female brown bear had to be shot in the Italian Alps as it threatened humans, a governor says.

Fish sauced? Goldfish turn to alcohol to survive icy winters


Researchers uncover the evolved ability of goldfish to generate alcohol when deprived of oxygen.

Anger over 'untrue' climate change claims


Scientists respond furiously to claims about climate change made in a BBC radio interview.

'Impressive' Perseid meteor shower seen over UK


A display of hundreds of shooting stars has been captured by stargazers from across the UK.

GM pigs take step to being organ donors


Pigs have been freed of viruses that stop them being viable organ donors.

Giant dinosaur slims down... a bit


Scientists revise their estimate of the bulk of a colossal titanosaur, but not by much.

Climate change has shifted the timing of European floods


In different parts of Europe, rivers are flooding earlier or later because of rising temperatures, say scientists.

Exposure to oil sends birds off course


Even light exposure to oil from disasters like the Deep Water Horizon oil spill makes flying more difficult for birds.

Cannibals engraved bones of the dead


The prehistoric cannibals of southern England marked up the bones of the people they ate.

'Unusual' Greenland wildfires linked to peat


New images have been released of wildfires that continue to burn close to the Greenland ice sheet.

First 'winged' mammals flew over dinosaurs


Fossils of the first "winged" mammals, from 160 million years ago, are discovered in China.

Penguin feathers record migration route


Scientists study the chemistry of penguin plumage to track the birds' movements.

Pioneering type 1 diabetes therapy safe


One day, the immunotherapy could free patients from daily insulin injections.

'Dodgy' greenhouse gas data threatens Paris accord


There are huge uncertainties in greenhouse gas totals due to inaccurate data, the BBC finds.

Chantek, the orangutan who used sign language, dies at 39


Chantek could also clean his room, make and use tools and learn the route to a restaurant.

Burning policy puts pressure on recycling targets


A rash of new incinerators could make it impossible for the UK to meet future recycling targets.

New grass snake identified in the UK


There are now four species of wild snake native to the UK, not three as scientists first thought.

Extreme weather 'could kill up to 152,000 a year' in Europe by 2100


Weather-related deaths could surge by 2100 if nothing is done to curb climate change, scientists say.

Emojis help software spot emotion and sarcasm


The algorithm learned to recognise sarcasm, allowing it to spot hate speech faster than humans.

Fewer cars not cleaner ones key to tackling air quality


Plans to promote electric vehicles in the UK are not enough tackle air pollution says leading adviser.

Australia Zoo asks public to name white koala joey


Australia Zoo has asked the public to name a white koala joey.

Solar eclipse: Watch it happen


The US witnesses the spectacular effects of its first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in 100 years.

Solar eclipse: See it in 60 seconds


A Nasa telescope captures the total solar eclipse as it passes over the western US state of Oregon.

How to watch a total solar eclipse: Tips from the Faroe Islands


Ahead of Monday's eclipse in the US, here are four tips from the Faroe Islands, which experienced one in 2015.

The winners and losers of Mexico's wind power boom


In 'windy' La Ventosa, a village 700km from Mexico City, residents are renting out their land for wind farms.

Total solar eclipse: Meet Sharon and Billy Hahs


Now Sharon and Billy Hahs are preparing for one in their own backyard.

Scientists discover a new flower of Shetland


The Shetland Monkeyflower has a bigger flower with a wider throat than its ancestors.

James Webb: Telescope's giant origami shield takes shape


The size of a tennis court, it will shield the vision of the biggest space telescope ever built.

Climate crusader Gore takes up arms again


BBC environment analyst Roger Harrabin reviews Al Gore's climate movie sequel.

High view


BBC correspondent James Cook views the total eclipse from 40,000ft above the Pacific Ocean.

Majestic archipelago


The Galapagos Conservation Trust has announced the winners in its annual photographic competition.

Not just stars


The shortlisted images in this year's Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year have now been selected.

Summer song


How field crickets are being brought back from the brink of extinction by a unique conservation project.

Newquay is go!


World Land Speed record holder Andy Green looks forward to the first, low-speed runs of the Bloodhound supersonic car.

Zoo keepers


Galaxy Zoo is one of the most successful citizen science projects ever conceived. We look back at what it's achieved over 10 years.

Fusion wait


We will have to wait until the second half of the century for fusion reactors to start generating electricity, experts have announced.

Sprouting wings


We're all used to ants sprouting wings and taking to the air during summer, but is there really such a thing as a "flying ant day"?

'Beam me up, Scotty'


Chinese scientists have "teleported" a photon particle to a satellite - could humans be next?