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Rover test: What's it like to ride a rocket to Mars?

5 hours 16 min ago
European engineers shake their Mars rover to see that it can survive the violence of a rocket launch.

Puan, oldest known Sumatran orangutan, dies in Australia

14 hours 48 min ago
Puan left an "incredible legacy" of descendants for the critically endangered species, keepers say.

Will Norway's electric plane take off?

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 03:18
A battery-powered plane that could mean guilt-free travel is part of a plan to tackle climate change.

Hot air

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 23:01
As demand for air conditioning goes through the roof, what are the implications for our planet?

How hats were placed atop the Easter Island statues

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:10
It took only small teams using ramps and ropes to cap the giant statues of Rapa Nui, a new study says.

'Dumpling-shaped' space rock comes into view

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 12:27
A Japanese space probe has been sending back images as it approaches its target, the asteroid Ryugu.

Hong Kong's fish are eating plastic - and people could be too

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 00:15
A lot of Hong Kong's fish contains tiny bits of plastic that could end up on your plate.

Horsefly season: How to avoid being bitten

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 10:19
It is horsefly season, which means all those enjoying the countryside should watch out for bites.

What a load of crocs!

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:02
Wade Kelly's drone captured dozens of the reptiles on camera this week, sunbathing by the Daly River in Australia.

Stars turn out for Stephen Hawking memorial at Westminster Abbey

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 13:51
All corners of society attend a London service to pay tribute to the great Cambridge physicist.

Work starts to upgrade Large Hadron Collider

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 12:26
Improvements to the world's biggest particle smasher are designed to uncover new physics.

Ten ways to cut down on plastics at home

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:55
Author and activist Will McCallum gives us his top tips for eliminating plastics from our everyday lives.

Kilauea volcano: Molten lava meets the sea

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:00
The Kilauea volcano has been pouring lava into the ocean off Hawaii, causing a hydrochloric acid mist.

Gene therapy reverses rat's paralysis

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 17:08
Experts say the findings could be life-changing for millions of patients.

Prehistoric frogs in amber surface after 99 million years

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 14:58
Frogs trapped in amber for 99 million years give clues to lost world. The four fossils were found in Myanmar.

Stephen Hawking's words will be beamed into space

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 13:20
The words of the renowned physicist have been set to music by composer Vangelis.

Mars Opportunity: Rover 'should ride out storm'

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 04:34
Nasa says it is concerned but hopeful that a veteran robot rover can survive a big dust storm.

Einstein's travel diaries reveal racist stereotypes

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 01:09
Xenophobic comments are found in private journals from the physicist's 1920s tour of Asia.

Antarctic ice sheets: Four things you need to know

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 23:12
With Antarctica shedding ice at an accelerating rate, here's what you need to know about continent's ice sheet.

Saiga antelopes: the Ice Age survivors now in peril

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 23:12
Scientists hope to save the saiga, a Central Asian antelope which survived the Ice Age, but is now in peril.