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Last feed update: Thursday April 19th, 2018 06:38:12 AM

National Trust needs to be 'radical'

Thursday April 19th, 2018 11:57:02 PM
The new director-general of the National Trust says the charity needs to reach out to people in urban areas.

Closing gender gap in physics 'will take generations'

Friday April 20th, 2018 12:40:07 AM
The gender gap in science subjects like physics is likely to persist for hundreds of years, study suggests.

Bajau people 'evolved bigger spleens' for free-diving

Thursday April 19th, 2018 06:49:14 PM
In an example of human natural selection, Asia's Bajau people have evolved bigger spleens for diving.

Last of the wild asses back from the brink

Wednesday April 18th, 2018 10:50:21 PM
Wild equines are being reintroduced to the grasslands of Kazakhstan where they once roamed in large numbers.

Planet-hunter launches from Florida

Thursday April 19th, 2018 12:22:45 AM
The US space agency's Tess satellite lifts off on a mission to find thousands of new worlds.

Plastic straw and cotton bud ban proposed

Thursday April 19th, 2018 01:51:11 PM
Plan for a ban in England is announced as Commonwealth leaders are urged to tackle plastic waste.

100 Women: 'Record number' of Nepalese women climbing Everest this season

Wednesday April 18th, 2018 10:55:23 PM
A record number of Nepalese women are climbing Mount Everest this spring season, officials tell the BBC.

Heatwaves 'cook' Great Barrier Reef corals

Wednesday April 18th, 2018 05:12:38 PM
Recurring spells of ocean warming impact the diversity of coral reef communities.

Keeping livers 'alive' boosts transplant success, trial finds

Wednesday April 18th, 2018 04:59:29 PM
The alternative to ice involves pumping livers with blood, nutrients and medicines while in a machine.

Meteorite diamonds 'came from lost planet'

Wednesday April 18th, 2018 12:34:05 PM
The space rock that exploded in 2008 seems to have come from the early Solar System.

Will China beat the world to nuclear fusion and clean energy?

Wednesday April 18th, 2018 12:53:47 AM
China's nuclear fusion research might put the country at the fore of future clean energy solutions.

Bialowieza forest: Poland broke EU law by logging

Tuesday April 17th, 2018 09:52:34 AM
Poland violated EU law by ordering large-scale logging in Bialowieza forest, Europe's top court says.

Costa Coffee vows 'cup recycling revolution'

Wednesday April 18th, 2018 08:03:11 AM
The UK's biggest coffee chain says it will recycle as many disposable cups as it sells by 2020.

The first person on Mars 'should be a woman'

Tuesday April 17th, 2018 01:02:20 AM
A senior Nasa engineer has said the first person to set foot on Mars should be a woman.

Recycling hope for plastic-hungry enzyme

Monday April 16th, 2018 07:46:49 PM
Science created a 'wonder material' in plastic; now nature is helping to unmake it.

Nasa's Tess: Planet-hunting satellite lifts off

Thursday April 19th, 2018 08:42:05 AM
Nasa's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (Tess) searches for new planets.

UK weather: Why this isn't a heatwave... yet

Thursday April 19th, 2018 08:02:44 PM
People across the UK have been enjoying unusually warm weather, but when can we call it a heatwave?

Blue Planet: Plankton named after David Attenborough series

Wednesday April 18th, 2018 12:26:10 AM
Scientists at University College London (UCL) decide to honour Sir David Attenborough and the team.

Porpoise plucked from shallow waters

Tuesday April 17th, 2018 04:03:00 PM
The young female porpoise had become stranded at Grange burn near to Grangemouth.

Kids ask Nasa astronaut about going to space

Tuesday April 17th, 2018 09:46:10 AM
Karen Nyberg, who's been to space twice, answers questions from primary school children.

Nasa's Tess planet-hunter: What stars sound like

Monday April 16th, 2018 04:58:48 PM
UK astronomer Bill Chaplin demonstrates the "sounds" that stars make and why this is useful to know.

Nazi legacy found in Norwegian trees

Wednesday April 11th, 2018 12:22:56 PM
The chemical fog used to hide the Tirpitz battleship in WWII stunted the growth of trees.

Belgrade's 'tiny head' Gagarin statue causes dismay

Monday April 9th, 2018 01:36:05 PM
Serbian social media users mock city's tribute to the first man in space.

Poison project

Thursday April 19th, 2018 04:00:13 PM
Scientist Vladimir Uglev has no doubt the agent that poisoned the Skripals was made in Russia.

Reality Check

Tuesday April 17th, 2018 12:01:57 AM
It's not as easy to recycle your takeaway coffee cup as people may have thought.

Magnetic water

Tuesday April 10th, 2018 09:25:01 PM
Satellites make the most detailed observations yet of the magnetism generated by moving seawater.

Past in focus

Wednesday April 11th, 2018 11:13:49 PM
Ancient DNA from human remains has helped construct a new narrative for human history.

Chemical attack

Wednesday April 18th, 2018 01:22:07 PM
Experts describe the challenges facing those investigating an alleged chemical attack in Syria.

Vanishing lake

Saturday March 31st, 2018 01:18:45 AM
It's been shrinking fast, but could a plan to divert water to one of Africa's largest lakes stop it disappearing?

2,000 days on Mars

Thursday March 22nd, 2018 09:07:39 AM
The Nasa robot this week celebrates 2,000 martian days investigating the surface of the Red Planet.

Iron test

Wednesday March 28th, 2018 09:48:36 AM
A Manchester-led team tests the detector system it will use in Antarctica to find hidden iron meteorites.

Engineering giant

Friday March 23rd, 2018 12:28:28 AM
A new museum dedicated to IK Brunel reveals the man behind the carefully cultivated public image.

Human-eye VR

Friday March 23rd, 2018 12:16:44 AM
VR has suffered from an image problem, so could very high resolution headsets be the answer?

Toxic task

Tuesday March 20th, 2018 11:12:38 AM
The organisation keeping track of the deadly chemicals held by countries around the world.

Glorious mud

Friday March 16th, 2018 06:11:50 PM
Meet the "mudlarkers" looking for archaeological artefacts along the banks of the Thames.

Adapt or die

Friday March 16th, 2018 12:01:30 AM
In the first of our Future of Work series, we look at how new tech could change our working lives.

Rare poison

Monday March 19th, 2018 01:09:40 PM
Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned by Novichok nerve agents, the PM says. So what are they?

Rotten ideas

Friday March 16th, 2018 12:21:21 AM
As the fight against plastic pollution gains momentum, firms are tackling the issue in different ways.

Obituary: Stephen Hawking

Wednesday March 14th, 2018 09:19:26 AM
Despite a crippling illness, Stephen Hawking became one of the most respected scientists of his age.

Nerve agents

Monday March 12th, 2018 05:44:08 PM
A nerve agent was used to poison a Russian former spy and his daughter. What are they and what do they do?

Recycling gum

Tuesday March 6th, 2018 12:39:41 AM
A British designer wants used gum recycled into useful objects - also leading to cleaner streets.

Sound of speed

Monday March 5th, 2018 12:38:21 PM
The Bloodhound supersonic car will produce a huge amount of noise when it starts running later this year.

Fast charge

Tuesday March 6th, 2018 12:15:29 AM
A breakthrough in materials technology could see fast-charging supercapacitors rival lithium-ion batteries.

Water stress

Tuesday March 6th, 2018 12:26:25 AM
A report has said the south Indian city is likely to run out of water - but is this really the case?

Lassa fever

Monday March 5th, 2018 12:58:50 PM
Since the beginning of the year, Nigeria has been gripped by an outbreak of the deadly Lassa fever.

Body hack

Saturday March 3rd, 2018 04:01:51 AM
The body-hackers who believe chips under the skin could replace keys and wallets in future.

Scarcer snow?

Thursday March 1st, 2018 12:34:26 AM
In the UK, there is evidence to suggest that snowfall has decreased over the past few decades. Worldwide, it's a more complicated picture.

Wot, no signal?

Friday February 23rd, 2018 10:28:19 AM
Billions of people still have no access to mobile services, but nano-satellites could change this.

Burn or bury

Tuesday February 20th, 2018 11:55:49 AM
Since China refused last month to accept any more foreign waste for recycling, the UK is facing a challenge disposing of its plastic waste.

Nile conflict

Saturday February 24th, 2018 01:38:16 AM
A new dam on the river Nile could trigger the world's first war about water, writes Alastair Leithead.

Great White demystified

Thursday February 15th, 2018 12:36:56 AM
Shark diving is helping tourists improve their perception about the largest predatory fish in the world.

What lies beneath

Thursday February 15th, 2018 01:07:49 AM
Winning photos from the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition

Rocket man

Saturday February 10th, 2018 12:38:09 AM
Elon Musk just launched the world's most powerful rocket. It's only a fraction of what he's up to.

Stephen Hawking: A life in pictures

Wednesday March 14th, 2018 11:24:37 AM
The physicist, who battled motor neurone disease for most of his life, has died at the age of 76.

Stephen Hawking dies: Scientist's most memorable quotes

Wednesday March 14th, 2018 01:06:16 PM
Remembering some of the key theories and quotes of the world renowned physicist, who has died.

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