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BBC News - Science & Environment

Nasa Mars 2020: First aircraft to fly on another planet

Wed, 29 Jul 2020 23:11:57 GMT

Ingenuity is a 1.8kg (4lb) helicopter that will ride to Mars inside Nasa's Perseverance rover.


Earliest evidence for humans in the Americas

Wed, 22 Jul 2020 15:10:32 GMT

Humans settled in the Americas much earlier than previously thought, according to new finds from Mexico.


How long does it take to get to Mars - and why is it so difficult?

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 09:05:15 GMT

Summer 2020 is a popular time for missions to Mars because of the way the planets align - but how long does it take to get there?


Climate change: Coastal erosion 'to threaten more Australian homes'

Wed, 29 Jul 2020 02:11:21 GMT

See the damage done by waves and the problem will only get worse with climate change, experts say.


Adverts for large polluting cars 'should be banned'

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 07:46:27 GMT

A new campaign says the government should ban adverts for large cars like sports utility vehicles.


An underwater webcam in the port of Miami has become a lockdown sensation.

Sat, 01 Aug 2020 23:01:20 GMT

An underwater webcam in the port of Miami has become a lockdown sensation thanks to its tailless star 'Oval'.


Covid-19: Infectious coronaviruses 'circulating in bats for decades'

Wed, 29 Jul 2020 15:51:43 GMT

Research suggests a close ancestor of the coronavirus emerged in bats more than 40 years ago.


Phyllis Omido: The woman who won $12m fighting lead battery poisoners

Sat, 01 Aug 2020 00:33:26 GMT

Kenyan activist Phyllis Omido has been ignored, harassed and arrested, but she never gave up.


Iter: World's largest nuclear fusion project begins assembly

Tue, 28 Jul 2020 16:16:16 GMT

The world's biggest nuclear fusion project has entered its five-year assembly phase.


Nile dam row: Egypt fumes as Ethiopia celebrates

Wed, 29 Jul 2020 23:34:40 GMT

Concerns grow as Nile River nations fail to reach a deal on how to share the vital waters.


Key questions about the Perseverance rover

Tue, 23 Jun 2020 13:19:52 GMT

We answer some common questions about the America's Perseverance rover mission to Mars.


Coronavirus doctor's diary: How gardening could help in the fight against obesity

Sun, 02 Aug 2020 00:18:47 GMT

In Bradford, community schemes offer a novel approach to promoting healthy lifestyles.


Coronavirus: How bad will winter really be?

Mon, 27 Jul 2020 00:14:24 GMT

Could we be heading for a double whammy of flu and coronavirus?


Airbus to build 'first interplanetary cargo ship'

Wed, 29 Jul 2020 08:38:07 GMT

The European aerospace company will make a huge satellite to bring Mars rocks back to Earth.


Genetic impact of African slave trade revealed in DNA study

Fri, 24 Jul 2020 14:20:17 GMT

The consequences of rape, maltreatment, disease and racism are revealed by the findings.


Nasa SpaceX crew return: Dragon capsule splashes down

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 03:02:04 GMT

The SpaceX capsule touches down off Florida, in the first crewed US water landing in 45 years.


France to ban heated terraces in cafes and bars

Mon, 27 Jul 2020 14:29:21 GMT

The new ecology minister says outside heating or air conditioning is an "ecological aberration".


How many Mars missions have been successful?

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 09:07:20 GMT

Getting to the Red Planet is challenging, and so it working out how many have failed.


Bringing Mars back to Earth

Tue, 28 Jul 2020 23:46:55 GMT

An audacious mission to bring rock samples from Mars back to Earth is about to begin - find out more with our illustrated guide


Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Women survivors of the atomic bombs

Sun, 02 Aug 2020 21:44:16 GMT

August marks the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.


Other mammals lose out in panda conservation drive

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 16:54:58 GMT

Several carnivorous animals have almost disappeared from areas set up to protect giant pandas.


Nasa Mars rover: How Perseverance will hunt for signs of past life

Thu, 23 Jul 2020 23:18:45 GMT

If there was life on Mars, how will the US space agency's next robot rover recognise it?


Amazon region: Brazil records big increase in fires

Sun, 02 Aug 2020 03:51:48 GMT

Images from space show there were nearly 7,000 in July - a rise of 28% on the same period last year.


Covid-19: Why Hong Kong's 'third wave' is a warning

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 23:28:19 GMT

Until recently, the city was seen as a poster child in its handling of the pandemic. What went wrong?


'Once-in-a-lifetime' opportunity for more sustainable food

Wed, 29 Jul 2020 00:10:10 GMT

An independent review of the UK's food policy calls for a new green revolution.


Coronavirus: Cracking the secrets of how bats survive viruses

Wed, 22 Jul 2020 15:09:57 GMT

Bats' codes of life contain genetic clues to their "exceptional immunity", which protects them from viruses.


Stonehenge: Sarsen stones origin mystery solved

Wed, 29 Jul 2020 18:03:24 GMT

Archaeologists have pinpointed the source of the stones to an area 15 miles north of the site.


European Sentinel satellites to map global CO2 emissions

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 14:51:09 GMT

German manufacturer OHB-System signs a 445m contract to build a greenhouse gas monitoring system.


Climate change 'driving UK's extreme weather'

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 00:10:52 GMT

Last year was remarkable for high temperatures and severe swings, according to the Met Office.


Life on Mars: What do we know?

Wed, 25 Jul 2018 18:25:12 GMT

Victoria Gill takes a looks at four key moments in the search for life on the red planet.


Extinction: Quarter of UK mammals 'under threat'

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 01:25:08 GMT

Review of UK mammals finds that a quarter of native species are at "imminent threat of extinction".


Rosalind Franklin centenary: 'She would have been totally amazed'

Sat, 25 Jul 2020 08:44:53 GMT

The sister of Rosalind Franklin says she would be surprised to be a "feminist icon" 100 years on.


Coronavirus: Sewage testing for Covid-19 begins in England

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 10:21:36 GMT

Samples will be checked for signs of the virus, to get early warnings of spikes in infection levels.


Katie Mack: 'Knowing how the universe will end is freeing'

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 23:08:18 GMT

Astrophysicist Katie Mack has been researching The End of Everything.


James Lovelock: Gaia theory creator on coronavirus and turning 101

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 00:10:42 GMT

British scientist James Lovelock says population growth means something like the virus is "almost inevitable".