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BBC News - Science & Environment

BBC News - Science & Environment

SpaceX launch completes Iridium satellite refresh

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 17:16:45 GMT

The $3bn refurbishment of the original sat-phone network will help transform air-traffic surveillance.

Cern plans even larger hadron collider for physics search

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:01:16 GMT

The Future Circular Collider could be Europe's 20bn successor to the existing Large Hadron Collider.

How dynamite became a million dollar idea

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 00:09:43 GMT

The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how dynamite became a million dollar idea.

Signals from space: Five theories on what they are

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 15:50:11 GMT

Mysterious cosmic signals have been picked up. What are they and where do they come from?

Mysterious radio signals from deep space detected

Wed, 09 Jan 2019 18:11:28 GMT

A telescope picks up bursts of radio waves from a distant galaxy, shedding light on an astrophysical puzzle.

Climate change: 'Right to repair' gathers force

Wed, 09 Jan 2019 00:34:27 GMT

EU and US states are to introduce laws helping people to mend appliances that break down.

Recycling: Where is the plastic waste mountain?

Tue, 01 Jan 2019 00:49:30 GMT

A year ago China imposed a ban on waste imports, so what's happened to the UK's plastic?

Ella Kissi-Debrah 'pollution' death: Backing for new inquest

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 14:30:48 GMT

Nine-year-old Ella died from asthma but her family believe air pollution caused her health to fail.

Ancient roots

Sun, 30 Dec 2018 05:10:39 GMT

Aryans are not the earliest or only source of Indian civilisation, suggests new research on genetic ancestry.

South Africa sniffer dog intercepts 116kg of rhino horn

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 18:03:16 GMT

The haul, worth more than $1.3m (1m), is one of the largest seized in South Africa in recent years.

Watch how air pollution moves across Europe

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 13:26:10 GMT

See an animation showing the concentration and movement of nitrogen dioxide through the atmosphere.

Concerns over increase in toxic brine from desalination plants

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 15:39:53 GMT

Operations to extract fresh water from the sea are now producing 50% more of this salty effluent than expected.

Wood burners and open fires face restrictions in new clean air plan

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 00:34:33 GMT

Ministers hail the UK's "world leading" pollution plan, but green groups call it a missed opportunity.

Anak Krakatau: Finnish radar satellite eyes tsunami volcano

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 14:05:36 GMT

The innovative ICEYE radar spacecraft views the changing shape of the collapsed volcano.

The 210ft fatberg lurking in Sidmouth sewer

Tue, 08 Jan 2019 10:54:38 GMT

Take a look at the 210ft (64m) mass of congealed fat and rubbish clogging up Sidmouth's sewers.

Chang'e-4: China Moon probes take snaps of each other

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 13:23:12 GMT

A Chinese rover and static lander put on the far side of the Moon take pictures of each other.

Incredible 'sea monster' skull revealed in 3D

Mon, 07 Jan 2019 13:55:30 GMT

Face-to-face with the marine reptile that swam the ancient seas 200 million years ago.

World's 'loneliest' frog gets a date

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:02:40 GMT

Scientists find a Juliet for water frog, Romeo, once thought to be the last of his kind in the world.

The women fighting fast fashion waste

Sun, 13 Jan 2019 00:02:06 GMT

Claire and Emily run a hub that empowers people to turn their old clothes into new ones.

James Watson: Scientist loses titles after claims over race

Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:28:26 GMT

Nobel Prize-winning scientist James Watson has repeated remarks about race and intelligence.

Giant hi-tech tomato glasshouse set to produce millions of the fruit

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 17:07:43 GMT

The facility is set to produce 150 million tomatoes a year, helped by red LED lights and bees.

Wooden clothes?

Wed, 19 Dec 2018 00:15:39 GMT

A university in Finland has invented a process to turn waste wood into material for clothing.

Tsunami clues

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:01:13 GMT

Scientists are getting closer to understanding the damaging tsunami that struck Sulawesi in September.

China in space

Thu, 03 Jan 2019 15:06:25 GMT

China has successfully landed on the far side of the moon, but that is not the limit of its ambitions.

Moon motivation

Fri, 04 Jan 2019 00:03:10 GMT

What China's Chang'e-4 mission could tell us about the far side of the Moon.

The rough with the smooth

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:10:21 GMT

The UK claims to be a leader in climate change - but is it?

Cool laser

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 21:14:28 GMT

One of the most powerful Earth observation tools ever put in orbit is now gathering data about the planet.

Guardian switches to potato starch wrapping

Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:17:52 GMT

Readers, who pressed for the change, can compost or put the new packaging in their food waste bin.

World's loneliest frog finds a possible mate

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:45:21 GMT

The world's loneliest frog, known as Romeo, finds friends (and a possible date) after water frogs found in the wild.

China's Moon mission sees first seeds sprout

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:08:01 GMT

The seeds, inside a sealed container, are the first plants ever grown on the Moon's surface.

World's coffee under threat, say experts

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 00:41:21 GMT

Of 124 coffees in the world, we only drink two, but we need to protect all of them, say scientists.

Spektr-R: Russia's only space telescope 'not responding'

Sat, 12 Jan 2019 12:17:12 GMT

Spektr-R has stopped receiving commands from Earth, Russian astrophysicists say.

Mathematician Sir Michael Atiyah dies aged 89

Sat, 12 Jan 2019 12:38:02 GMT

The former Cambridge professor had received the highest honour in his subject - a Fields Medal.

Giant ice disc appears in Presumpscot River, Westbrook

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:00:33 GMT

The approximately 91m (298ft) wide frozen slab formed naturally and has been slowly spinning.