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Moon dust bag sold for $1.8m at New York auction

3 hours 58 min ago
The bag was used by astronaut Neil Armstrong to collect the first ever samples of the Moon in 1969.

New Mexico boy trips over 1.2 million year old fossil

7 hours 19 min ago
A 10-year-old boy's stumble unearthed a prehistoric skull, which he then got the chance to help excavate.

Black-winged stilts: Record year for UK breeding

10 hours 5 min ago
The number fledging from the UK in 2017 is more than the total number for the previous 30 years.

Elephant seals 'recognise vocal rhythm'

10 hours 21 min ago
Male elephant seals recognise the rhythm of one another's voices, researchers say.

US Republican asks Nasa if civilisation on Mars existed

10 hours 37 min ago
A US congressman asked scientists if the Red Planet could have been occupied "thousands of years ago".

Poaching pushes pangolin closer to extinction

14 hours 14 min ago
Pangolins in the forests of Africa are at risk of being pushed to extinction like their Asian relatives.

Australia human history 'rewritten by rock find'

16 hours 58 min ago
Research shows Aboriginal people entered Australia up to 18,000 years earlier than thought.

Why dogs are friendly - it's written in their genes

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 00:06
Being friendly is in dogs' nature and could be key to how they were domesticated from wolves.

UK rhino eggs 'could save last northern whites'

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 17:04
A UK zoo is taking part in a radical plan to save the world's last northern white rhinos from extinction.

How did dogs become our best friends? New evidence

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 23:33
Dogs were tamed from a single wolf population between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago, a study suggests.

LISA Pathfinder: Time called on Europe's gravity probe

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 19:22
The European Space Agency turns off one of its most successful ever missions - LISA Pathfinder.

Scottish osprey chicks moved to Spain

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 12:04
The birds were collected under licence for translocation to a part of Spain where they have not bred for years.

Mighty T. rex 'walked rather than sprinted'

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 11:00
New research suggests the dinosaur could go no faster than a very brisk walking pace.

California votes to extend cap-and-trade climate law to 2030

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 10:50
Legislators vote to extend a programme that charges firms for releasing pollutants to the year 2030.

Is there such a thing as 'flying ant day'?

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 01:23
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"?

Telescopes to reach nine billion light years away

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 00:10
New radio telescopes far more powerful than any used before aim to shed light on extra terrestrial activity.

Drifting Antarctic iceberg A-68 opens up clear water

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 16:05
Satellite images show the colossal Larsen iceberg continuing to edge away from the White Continent.

Why the cheetah is a champion sprinter

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 15:07
New research reveals why bigger is not always better in the animal world when it comes to speed.

Newquay is go!

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 12:06
World Land Speed record holder Andy Green looks forward to the first, low-speed runs of the Bloodhound supersonic car.

Scientists marvel at creatures' 'precise' body clock

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 11:51
Scientists studied zooplankton found in a Scottish loch to better understand their behaviour.