Primitive human 'lived much more recently'

Homo naledi could be from just 200,000 years ago, not three million, a study suggests.

Posted on: 25 April 2017 | 3:46 pm

Cassini set for first Saturn gap plunge

The probe will be out of radio contact as it dives in between the planet's rings and cloudtops.

Posted on: 25 April 2017 | 3:19 pm

Premature lambs kept alive in 'plastic bag' womb

Scientists were able to keep premature lambs alive for a month using an artificial "plastic bag" womb.

Posted on: 25 April 2017 | 12:14 pm

Family tree of dogs reveals secret history of canines

The largest family tree of dog ever assembled shows how dogs evolved into more than 150 modern breeds.

Posted on: 25 April 2017 | 11:16 am

Iceberg 'doodles' trace climate history

Scientists publish a new atlas of the poles, detailing the sometimes strange shapes on the ocean floor.

Posted on: 25 April 2017 | 6:42 am

Why does this rhino have 24-hour security?

Sudan is a the northern white rhino, and the last chance for the survival of his species.

Posted on: 25 April 2017 | 6:25 am

'World's oldest fungus' raises evolution questions

Fossils found in rock from beneath the sea may be the oldest known fungi by one to two billion years.

Posted on: 25 April 2017 | 1:59 am

Can plastic roads help save the planet?

A start-up company is persuading local councils in the UK to turn local plastic waste into roads.

Posted on: 24 April 2017 | 7:11 pm

Brexit university ‘brain drain’ warning

Academic staff from EU countries should be urgently guaranteed a right to stay, say MPs.

Posted on: 24 April 2017 | 6:54 pm

Machine learning

Many people are unsure about what machine learning is, but the chances are they are using it every day.

Posted on: 24 April 2017 | 6:52 pm

Plastic-eating caterpillar could munch waste, scientists say

A caterpillar that munches on plastic bags could hold the key to tackling plastic waste, say scientists.

Posted on: 24 April 2017 | 1:06 pm

Trump calls record-breaking astronaut Peggy Whitson

'Better you than me,' jokes US president as astronaut Peggy Whitson reveals drinking recycled urine.

Posted on: 24 April 2017 | 12:13 pm

Government seeks clear air plan delay

The UK government may face legal action after seeking to delay publishing its plan to tackle air pollution until after the general election.

Posted on: 24 April 2017 | 11:52 am

Munch inspired by 'screaming clouds'

A new theory may explain the background to one of the most famous works of art ever produced.

Posted on: 24 April 2017 | 9:37 am

Ex-child soldier wins environment prize

An ex-child soldier who has spent years risking his life to fight illegal mining and wildlife poaching in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been given a prestigious award that honours 'environmental defenders' around the world.

Posted on: 23 April 2017 | 10:50 pm

Road verges 'last refuge' for plants - conservation charity

Roadsides are often littered with rubbish and weeds but they are havens for rare flowers.

Posted on: 23 April 2017 | 6:50 pm

Aurora photographers find new night sky lights and call them Steve

Steve is a "remarkably common" gas ribbon in the upper atmosphere.

Posted on: 23 April 2017 | 9:58 am

Kuki Gallmann shot and wounded at Kenya conservation park

Kuki Gallmann, author of I Dreamed of Africa, is flown to hospital after an ambush.

Posted on: 23 April 2017 | 5:54 am

March for Science: Rallies worldwide to protest against political interference

Thousands of scientists demonstrate in cities around the world against an "assault on facts".

Posted on: 22 April 2017 | 4:51 pm

Government has failed to act on air pollution, says Labour

Labour says it would introduce legislation to tackle the "public health emergency" if in power.

Posted on: 22 April 2017 | 9:19 am

The village that made itself hedgehog friendly

Hedgehogs, nursed back to health in an animal sanctuary, are released in the village of Burton Fleming, East Yorkshire.

Posted on: 22 April 2017 | 4:20 am

Cassini probe heads towards Saturn 'grand finale'

The Cassini satellite puts itself on a trajectory that will take it to destruction in September.

Posted on: 22 April 2017 | 3:59 am

Amur leopards will be off-show to visitors at Scottish park

The Amur leopards are to be kept off-show in the hope they raise cubs that can be released into the wild.

Posted on: 21 April 2017 | 5:36 am

Circular runways

The engineer who proposed circular runways answers critics in defence of his radical design for airports.

Posted on: 20 April 2017 | 7:29 pm

Birth of last baby orca in captivity filmed at SeaWorld

Killer whale Takara was already pregnant when the end of the breeding programme was announced.

Posted on: 20 April 2017 | 6:43 pm