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Heather Couper: Broadcaster and astronomer dies at 70

3 hours 14 min ago
She appeared on TV shows ranging from Blue Peter to The Sky At Night, as well as documentaries.

Climate change: Fertiliser could be used to power ocean-going ships

11 hours 45 min ago
Ammonia, the key ingredient of fertiliser, can be burned in ships’ engines in place of polluting diesel.

How overseas stag parties are hurting the environment

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 00:20
About half the flights young men take each year are for stag dos - and that generates a lot of emissions.

Locust swarms: South Sudan latest to be hit by invasion

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 17:37
The ravenous pests have devoured crops and pasture threatening a food crisis in East Africa.

Neanderthal 'skeleton' is first found in a decade

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 15:21
Researchers describe the first "articulated" remains of a Neanderthal to be discovered in a decade.

Nasa's 2020 rover: Can we finally answer the big question about Mars?

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 15:00
The US space agency's next rover will hunt for life's traces among the rocks of the Red Planet.

Coronavirus: Largest study suggests elderly and sick are most at risk

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 11:20
The deadliness of the virus advances progressively with the age of the patient, research suggests.

British radio antenna arrives at space station

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 09:11
The UK's first industrial contribution to the orbiting platform will improve its communication links.

Andrew Sabisky: No 10 adviser resigns over alleged race comments

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 08:53
Andrew Sabisky said that he wanted to help the government, "not be a distraction".

Jeff Bezos: World's richest man pledges $10bn to fight climate change

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 19:14
The Amazon boss and world's richest man gives 8% of his fortune to fight the planet's "biggest threat".

No 10 refuses to condemn adviser's remarks

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 18:01
Labour calls for Andrew Sabisky to be sacked over reported comments on race and eugenics.

Open University scientists testing 'Moon dust' for water

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 11:52
Scientists at the Open University are studying minerals collected during the 1969 Moon landings.

German firms Bayer and BASF fight $265m US fine over weedkiller

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 11:05
Bayer and BASF are told to pay huge damages to a Missouri peach-grower.

Met Office forecasters set for 'billion pound' supercomputer

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 04:03
A new supercomputer is to be built by 2022 to improve the accuracy of weather forecasting.

Human compost funerals 'better for environment'

Sun, 02/16/2020 - 19:03
A US firm claims the service it offers saves more than a tonne of carbon, after a pilot study.

EU research head optimistic on post-Brexit future

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 16:04
The future scientific relationship is the European Research Council's biggest challenge, new head says.

Astronomers want public funds for intelligent life search

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 00:07
Astronomers want more public funds to help search for intelligent life elsewhere in the universe.

Sex robots may cause psychological damage

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 00:04
US researchers call for more regulation around the sale of sex robots with artificial intelligence.

Wildfire smoke may cause life-long harm

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 19:00
Smoke from wildfires may have long-term health effects, according to US research on juvenile monkeys.

'Ghost' human ancestor discovered in West Africa

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 18:21
Mysterious archaic hominins may have interbred with early humans in West Africa, scientists say.