Audacious comet landing site chosen

Europe's Rosetta mission, which aims to land on a 4km-wide comet later this year, identifies what it thinks is the safest place to touch down.

Posted by on 15 September 2014 | 4:14 am

Ancient China fish 'nearly extinct'

The Chinese sturgeon, thought to have existed for more than 140 million years, is now on the brink of extinction, say local media.

Posted by on 15 September 2014 | 1:28 am

VIDEO: Mission impossible? Comet landing bid

The European Space Agency is about to announce the site on Comet 67P where the Rosetta mission will try to make a historic landing.

Posted by on 15 September 2014 | 12:47 am

Brazil builds giant Amazon tower

Construction has begun on a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon basin in Brazil to monitor climate change.

Posted by on 14 September 2014 | 4:51 pm

Ban on shark trade comes into force

In a significant step forward for shark conservation, all trade in five named species is to be regulated from today.

Posted by on 13 September 2014 | 9:52 pm

Alien species making England home

Why do terrapins live in canals?

Posted by on 13 September 2014 | 6:11 pm

Pakistan-India monsoon floods: Averting future disasters

Dams and reservoirs could mitigate South Asia floods

Posted by on 12 September 2014 | 8:22 pm

Future of Scottish science contested

What impact could Scotland vote have on research?

Posted by on 12 September 2014 | 6:21 pm

VIDEO: Formula E ready to race

Formula E is backed by some of the biggest names in the industry and on Saturday Beijing will hold the inaugural race of the season.

Posted by on 12 September 2014 | 10:17 am

Drugs 'entering waterways' through urine

As drugs pass through us, they enter the UK's waterways., leading to a startling change in the habits of wildlife.

Posted by on 12 September 2014 | 6:01 am

Progress for giant laser instrument

The Advanced Ligo instrument, a laser "ruler" built to measure the traces of gravitational waves, is progressing at amazing speed, scientists say.

Posted by on 12 September 2014 | 5:07 am

Mars probe 'inspired by lobsters'

Designers of new Mars instrument draw on nature

Posted by on 12 September 2014 | 3:35 am

Western Australia shark cull blocked

Western Australia's shark cull is to be halted after the state's environmental regulator advised against it, citing "scientific uncertainty".

Posted by on 11 September 2014 | 11:02 pm

VIDEO: People power sparking renewable energy

In a shantytown in Rio De Janeiro, a British-backed scientific initiative harnesses the energy we generate in our daily lives to light up a football pitch.

Posted by on 11 September 2014 | 7:54 pm

Brain 'still active during sleep'

The brain is still active while we sleep, say scientists, who found people were able to classify words according to their meaning during their slumber.

Posted by on 11 September 2014 | 7:31 pm

Robot could load up dishwasher

A robot unveiled today at the British Science Festival will be loading dishwashers next year, its developers claim.

Posted by on 11 September 2014 | 6:38 pm

Squeezing out water to save the future

The business of saving water for all of our futures

Posted by on 11 September 2014 | 6:22 pm

'Giant swimming dinosaur' unearthed

A giant fossil, unearthed in the Sahara desert, has given scientists an unprecedented look at Spinosaurus - the largest-known carnivorous dinosaur.

Posted by on 11 September 2014 | 1:08 pm

Rosetta comet chaser takes 'selfie'

The Rosetta spacecraft has sent a hauntingly beautiful picture of itself from deep space.

Posted by on 11 September 2014 | 7:08 am

Concussion 'breathalyser' proposed

Scientists in Birmingham are trialling new medical tests that lead to rapid, pitchside diagnosis of concussion in sport.

Posted by on 10 September 2014 | 9:30 pm

Consumers driving 'shock' tree loss

Around five football fields of tropical forest have been illegally cleared every minute between 2000 and 2012 according to a new report.

Posted by on 10 September 2014 | 7:17 pm

Amazon destruction increases again

New figures show destruction of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has risen again, with more than almost 6,000 sq km (2,315 sq miles) being cleared.

Posted by on 10 September 2014 | 7:09 pm

'Signs of recovery' in ozone layer

The ozone layer around the earth is showing its first sign of thickening after years of steady depletion, a UN team says.

Posted by on 10 September 2014 | 6:49 pm

How do you stop lava?

Can human engineering stop the flow of volcanic lava?

Posted by on 10 September 2014 | 6:09 pm

VIDEO: Ozone layer 'shows signs of recovery'

The Earth's protective ozone layer is starting to repair itself, according to a panel of United Nations scientists.

Posted by on 10 September 2014 | 5:02 pm