Study fells cosmic inflation claim

Scientists who claimed to have found evidence for a cosmic super-expansion at the Big Bang made no such discovery, a soon-to-be published study will say.

Posted by on 30 January 2015 | 2:54 pm

Controllers banking on Philae wake-up

The European Space Agency says it will conduct no more dedicated searches for its lost comet lander, and will now wait for the probe itself to call home.

Posted by on 30 January 2015 | 8:28 am

'Cold plasma' kills off norovirus

Norovirus, the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the world, can be killed with "cold plasma", scientists report.

Posted by on 30 January 2015 | 8:03 am

Will the falling oil price undermine green energy?

What do falling oil prices mean for green energy?

Posted by on 30 January 2015 | 6:25 am

Scars reveal ageing whales' secrets

Scientists studying one of the most mysterious whale species find they form long-term alliances, sometimes lasting many years.

Posted by on 29 January 2015 | 8:28 pm

VIDEO: Giant beaked whales show their scars

The Baird's beaked whale - one of the most mysterious marine mammals - forms long-term alliances that last many years, footage reveals.

Posted by on 29 January 2015 | 6:20 pm

Chicks place low numbers on the left

Scientists in Italy find that baby chickens associate low and high numbers with left and right, respectively - suggesting they may count using a "mental number line" like humans do.

Posted by on 29 January 2015 | 1:03 pm

Diplodocus v blue whale: Who'd win?

Who'd win fantasy fight between diplodocus and blue whale?

Posted by on 29 January 2015 | 10:15 am

Shell revives Arctic drilling plans

Royal Dutch Shell revives Arctic drilling plans, despite announcing a $15bn cut in global spending and profit figures that disappointed investors.

Posted by on 29 January 2015 | 8:36 am

Climate concern 'linked to floods'

Belief in the reality of climate change has risen among the British public, partly because of the 2013 winter floods, according to a report.

Posted by on 29 January 2015 | 6:23 am

VIDEO: 'New generation' drug research plan

Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has announced a research programme to develop a new generation of medicines to treat the genetic causes of many debilitating diseases.

Posted by on 29 January 2015 | 4:26 am

Icebergs 'have sound signature'

Listening to icebergs could help to assess the extent of glacier melt, a study suggests.

Posted by on 29 January 2015 | 2:55 am

Astra Zeneca drive for genetic drugs

Astra Zeneca announces a research programme to develop a generation of medicines to treat the genetic causes of many debilitating diseases.

Posted by on 29 January 2015 | 1:00 am

Ebola virus mutating, scientists say

Scientists at the Institut Pasteur in France who are tracking the Ebola outbreak in Guinea say the virus has mutated.

Posted by on 28 January 2015 | 11:55 pm

Will the UK's gas holders be missed?

Will the UK's iconic 'gasometers' be missed?

Posted by on 28 January 2015 | 7:46 pm

'Dippy' makes way for blue whale

London's Natural History Museum is re-modelling its entrance, moving out the famous Diplodocus skeleton and moving in the bones of a blue whale.

Posted by on 28 January 2015 | 6:15 pm

Skull clue to exodus from Africa

An ancient skull discovered in Israel could shed light on the migration of modern humans out of Africa some 60,000 years ago.

Posted by on 28 January 2015 | 1:43 pm

Curiosity rover back in the groove

Nasa's Curiosity rover gets straight back to work after a software upgrade by drilling a new test hole.

Posted by on 28 January 2015 | 12:40 pm

Scottish fracking block announced

The Scottish government announces a block on planned fracking operations, pending the outcome of further inquiries.

Posted by on 28 January 2015 | 11:57 am

AI won't run amok, says Microsoft

The chief of one of Microsoft's research divisions says he does not believe artificial intelligence systems are going to run out of control, threatening humankind.

Posted by on 28 January 2015 | 8:54 am

'Mystery' beavers permitted to stay

Mystery family of beavers allowed to stay in English river

Posted by on 28 January 2015 | 8:10 am

'World can cut carbon emissions and live well'

Cutting carbon emissions can be achieved while improving living standards - but big trade-offs in land use and energy are needed, say ministers.

Posted by on 28 January 2015 | 7:15 am

VIDEO: How beavers can change our rivers

Claire Marshall looks at the impact beavers have on the environment, after a decision to allow a family of wild beavers to stay on the River Otter in Devon.

Posted by on 28 January 2015 | 5:36 am

First step towards saving rhino

Experts are pinning their hopes on in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) to save the northern white rhino from extinction.

Posted by on 28 January 2015 | 3:54 am

Kepler finds ancient solar system

An ancient solar system similar to our own is discovered by scientists at the University of Birmingham studying data from the Kepler telescope.

Posted by on 27 January 2015 | 10:06 pm