Virgin spacecraft crash kills pilot

At least one person is dead and another injured after Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism craft crashes in California.

Posted by on 31 October 2014 | 4:43 pm

IPCC keen to avoid old ghosts

Climate talks stalked by spectre of the past

Posted by on 31 October 2014 | 11:09 am

VIDEO: Baby pandas wrestle with their keeper

A breeder in China's Chendgu province was trying to give these two baby pandas medicine instead of their usual bamboo leaves- and they were having none of it.

Posted by on 31 October 2014 | 7:23 am

Rockets 'destroy chemical weapons'

A team has developed micro-sized rockets, powered by seawater, that can neutralise chemical and biological weapons.

Posted by on 31 October 2014 | 7:22 am

Newt flesh fungus 'brought by pets'

A skin-eating fungus threatens salamanders and newts across Europe, and probably arrived on pet amphibians imported from Asia.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 9:00 pm

WW2 technology 'Plan B' for GPS

Technology developed during World War Two is to be used as a back-up for GPS in ports across England and Scotland.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 8:10 pm

VIDEO: Lab for world’s worst animal viruses

A look around a new lab at Pirbright Institute in Surrey, where the world’s most contagious livestock viruses will be kept.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 7:10 pm

Low oxygen 'delayed life on Earth'

Animals took so long to evolve and thrive on Earth because of incredibly low levels of oxygen during a period more than a billion years ago, scientists say.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 1:04 pm

Why scratching 'intensifies itching'

Scratching an itch releases serotonin, which paradoxically makes you more itchy, research suggests.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 12:14 pm

IPCC debates 'most important' report

Scientists and government officials are meeting in Copenhagen to edit a report on the causes, impact and solutions to global warming.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 8:34 am

Rocket makers probe US explosion

The builders of an unmanned supply rocket which exploded on the way to the International Space Station have vowed to find the cause of the failure.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 7:27 am

Is the traditional metal key becoming obsolete?

Keys are 4,000 years old but are their days numbered?

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 7:26 am

New species of frog in urban jungle

Scientists confirm that a frog found living in New York City wetlands is a new species.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 9:36 pm

How will future city signs look?

How jetpacks and driverless cars will change the cityscape

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 7:29 pm

In pictures: Relics found in Mexico

Ancient Mexican city yields 50,000 treasures

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 7:18 pm

Koala chlamydia vaccine raises hope

Australian scientists say they have successfully tested a vaccine aimed at protecting wild koalas from chlamydia.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 5:59 pm

Key to sounding charismatic revealed

An innate ability some people have to manipulate their vocal frequency could be the key to sounding charismatic, according to new research.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 2:09 pm

VIDEO: Russia's 39,000-year-old mammoth

A 39,000 year-old baby mammoth named Yuka has been put in display in central Moscow making it the best preserved mammoth in palaeontology.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 10:05 am

VIDEO: The island disappearing into the sea

The story of two families and one fragile Louisiana wetland

Posted by on 28 October 2014 | 8:44 pm

Salt destroying fertile land - UN

About 2,000 hectares of fertile land are lost each day due to damage caused by salt, according to a UN analysis.

Posted by on 28 October 2014 | 8:05 pm

VIDEO: 1000C lava reaches homes in Hawaii

A lava flow from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island is now drawing close to homes.

Posted by on 28 October 2014 | 6:53 pm

VIDEO: Moment unmanned rocket explodes

An unmanned cargo rocket has exploded seconds after lifting off from a commercial launch pad in Virginia.

Posted by on 28 October 2014 | 6:44 pm

Giant tortoise 'miraculous' recovery

A new study confirms that giant tortoise numbers on one of the Galapagos Islands have bounced back thanks to captive breeding.

Posted by on 28 October 2014 | 2:16 pm

Google developing a cancer detector

Google is attempting to diagnose cancers, heart attack risks and other ailments with a system that combines nanoparticles and a wrist-worn sensor.

Posted by on 28 October 2014 | 12:35 pm

VIDEO: App aims to identify bird songs

A mobile phone app that recognises which species of bird is singing is being developed by a researcher at Queen Mary University in London.

Posted by on 28 October 2014 | 10:46 am