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BBC News - Science/Nature - UK Edition 

Solar plane attempts to cross front

A solar powered plane is encountering its first weather front during its attempt to cross the Pacific Ocean.

China climate change plan unveiled

China - the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases - has announced details of its climate action plan.

Babbler bird calls 'convey meaning'

A bird can communicate by rearranging sounds into calls that convey meaning in the same way that humans use language, say scientists.

'Leap second' set to delay midnight

Midnight will come later tonight as for the first time in three years an extra second is added to the official time set by atomic clocks.

Climate change 'action needed'

The UK must take urgent action to prepare for the impacts of climate change in the UK, according to a report submitted to the government.

Solar plane passes 'no return' point

A solar-powered plane passes the "point of no return" after leaving Japan for a second attempt at a record-breaking flight across the Pacific Ocean.

Council blocks fracking application

An application to start fracking at a site in Lancashire is rejected by county councillors.

US court blocks key pollution change

The US Supreme Court blocks a key government attempt to limit pollution from the country's power plants after industry challenges the changes.

SpaceX rocket explodes after launch

An unmanned SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket breaks apart in flames after lift-off from Cape Canaveral, Florida - its first failure in 19 launches.

Call for more protection for seagrass

Seagrasses - the underwater plants that act as nursery grounds for young fish - need more protection, according to Welsh scientists.

UCL: 'Hunt will not be reinstated'

The president of University College London says that Prof Sir Tim Hunt will not be reinstated after his controversial comments about women.

UK GM wheat 'does not repel pests'

A strain of genetically modified wheat developed in the UK has failed to repel pests as intended in field trials.

'Organs-on-chips' wins design award

Silicon chips that mimic the function of living human organs win the Design of the Year award from the Design Museum in London.

Call to show Interstellar in schools

A scientific journal calls for the film Interstellar to be shown in school science lessons.

Scientists try to understand heatwave

Scientists in India and Pakistan say higher temperatures were just one factor in the recent heatwaves and other causes such as air pressure, humidity and sea breezes played a role.

Madagascar's lemurs cling to survival

The famous lemurs of Madagascar face such severe threats to their survival that none of them may be left in the wild within 25 years.

Face of bizarre sea creature revealed

One of nature's most bizarre animals - Hallucigenia - is finally revealed in its entirety after specimens in Canada reveal its missing face.

VIDEO: Leap second: What does it mean?

Midnight will come later tonight, as for the first time in three years, an extra second is added to the official time set by atomic clocks.

VIDEO: 'No going back' for Solar Impulse

A solar-powered plane has passed the "point of no return" in its second bid at making a record-breaking flight across the Pacific Ocean.

VIDEO: World's smelliest plant blooms in Edinburgh

One of the world's largest and smelliest flowers has blossomed for the first time in Scotland.

VIDEO: Sir David tells Obama how to save planet

The distinguished broadcaster and naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, has been on a visit to the White House at the personal invitation of President Obama.

VIDEO: Taking giraffes for a scientific walk

How zoo giraffes are helping veterinary scientists to find out if very long, spindly legs are a help or a hindrance for walking.

VIDEO: Hands on nature at Oxford museum

Oxford University Museum of Natural History has been shortlisted for the Art Fund Museum of the Year.

VIDEO: Racehorses still getting quicker

Racehorses are continuing to get quicker, a study of winning times spanning 165 years of racing indicates.

VIDEO: Christopher Nolan on Interstellar science

Director Christopher Nolan talks about the importance of accurate science in making his film Interstellar, after a leading scientific journal calls for it to be shown in school lessons.

Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti on life in space

Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti on life in space

Does the future of wildlife lie in captivity?

Does the future of wildlife lie in captivity?

China's carbon crunch

Charting China's climate change ambitions

In search of stag beetles

On a family hunt for the now rarely-seen stag beetle

The making of a metrosexual gorilla

The good-looking gorilla that captivated women in Japan and beyond

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