'Good vibration' hand pumps boost Africa's water security

The simple up-and-down motion of hand pumps could help scientists secure a key water source for 200 million people in Africa.

Posted on: 24 February 2017 | 11:52 am

Minister to enshrine protection for research independence

The government is to enshrine into law the idea that there should be no political interference in research funding.

Posted on: 24 February 2017 | 6:28 am

Most wood energy schemes are a 'disaster' for climate change

A new report says that using wood pellets to generate low-carbon electricity is a highly flawed policy.

Posted on: 23 February 2017 | 3:47 am

'Magical thinking' on Heathrow expansion

A third runway at Heathrow can only be justified if it does not breach climate change laws, MPs say.

Posted on: 22 February 2017 | 6:15 pm

Star's seven Earth-sized worlds set record

Astronomers have discovered seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a single star - a record number.

Posted on: 22 February 2017 | 12:00 pm

Most scientists 'can't replicate studies by their peers'

Science is facing a "reproducibility crisis" as scientists fail to reproduce others' work, it is claimed.

Posted on: 22 February 2017 | 10:49 am

Plane flies along Antarctica's giant Larsen crack

New video is released of the Antarctic ice crack that promises to produce a giant berg.

Posted on: 22 February 2017 | 10:46 am

US children's hospital helps save life of baby hippo

Doctors from a children's hospital have saved the life of a premature baby hippo.

Posted on: 22 February 2017 | 2:20 am

Plastic from tyres 'major source' of ocean pollution

Particles of debris from car tyres are ending up in the ocean as "plastic soup", a conservationist group warns.

Posted on: 21 February 2017 | 10:18 pm

Meet the frog that can sit on a thumbnail

Seven new species of night frog have been discovered in India, including four miniature forms.

Posted on: 21 February 2017 | 12:19 pm

Thousands of spills at US oil and gas fracking sites

Up to 16% of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill liquids each year, according to new data.

Posted on: 21 February 2017 | 7:03 am

Lemur facial recognition tool developed

A method that can identify individual lemurs could improve the way the endangered species is tracked.

Posted on: 21 February 2017 | 6:41 am

What future for E numbers after Brexit?

How Brexit might create complications for the way food in the UK is labelled.

Posted on: 21 February 2017 | 4:28 am

Scientists 'solve' the ketchup problem

A super-slippery coating for bottles could make getting liquids out much easier, US scientists say.

Posted on: 20 February 2017 | 11:45 am

Slippery bottle solves ketchup problem

Scientists in Boston have found a way to get every last drop of ketchup out of the bottle.

Posted on: 20 February 2017 | 11:29 am

Call for brain donors

Scientists are calling for more people to donate their brains to research to help find cures for mental and psychological disorders.

Posted on: 17 February 2017 | 12:32 am

Cardiff Uni's new way of making compounds for drugs

Researchers in Cardiff develop a new "highly-efficient" method of extracting disease-fighting compounds.

Posted on: 17 February 2017 | 12:28 am

The mystery of the whoop whooping bee

Scientists think they have found the explanation behind sounds generated by bees

Posted on: 14 February 2017 | 8:51 am

New Zealand whales: Hundreds refloat on high tide at Farewell Spit

More than 200 whales stranded on a remote beach in New Zealand on Saturday have refloated themselves and returned to sea.

Posted on: 12 February 2017 | 8:16 am

Face of Orkney's St Magnus reconstructed

A facial reconstruction has been made of Orkney's St Magnus by a forensic artist to help mark the 900th anniversary of his death.

Posted on: 8 February 2017 | 3:50 am

Satisfying the thirsty

Land Speed Record holder Andy Green describes how the Typhoon jet engine in the Bloodhound supersonic car will be fed with fuel.

Posted on: 6 February 2017 | 7:26 am

Illustrious light bulbs

Once too precious to use, now too cheap to notice – the significance of the light bulb is profound.

Posted on: 5 February 2017 | 6:21 pm


The mobile phone apps that are enabling fishermen to increase their catches at the same time as helping environmentalists monitor and preserve stocks.

Posted on: 1 February 2017 | 6:06 pm

Gator aid

Texan Christy Kroboth used to have a quiet job in a dentist's surgery. Now she spends her time jumping on animals many times her size - and taping their jaws tightly shut.

Posted on: 23 January 2017 | 4:23 am

Roger Harrabin: World v Trump on climate deal?

As the new president settles in, much of the world reaffirms its commitment to the Paris agreement.

Posted on: 20 January 2017 | 6:50 pm