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BBC News - Science/Nature - UK Edition 

Philae comet landing 'all a blur'

An image has been released that shows the hairy moment that the Philae comet lander bounced back into space.

'Vast store' of world's oldest water

The world's oldest water, which is locked deep within the Earth's crust, is present at a far greater volume than was thought, scientists report.

Festival lights viewed from space

Satellites view how Christmas in the US and Ramadan in the Middle East brighten the globe.

Sentinel tracks continued Napa slip

The creeping movement of the ground in California's Napa Valley, following its August earthquake, has been observed from space.

Ministers unveil science strategy

The UK government has formally unveiled its strategy for science and innovation.

Methane 'belches' detected on Mars

Nasa's Curiosity rover has detected "belches" of methane gas on Mars - a gas that could hint at past or even present life on the planet.

Squirrels are 'climate culprit'

Arctic ground squirrels could play a greater role in climate change than was previously thought, research suggests.

California's water woes quantified

Scientists assess the scale of the epic California drought and say it will require more than 40 cubic km of water to return the US state to normal.

Experts race to save white rhino

An international team of experts is engaged in a last ditch effort to save the northern white rhino from extinction.

Life from 'deepest drill' revealed

Tiny microbes uncovered by the deepest-ever marine drilling expedition are analysed by scientists to see how they can survive under the seabed.

Cosmic bangs 'common on Earth'

Scientists shed light on the energetic emission of radiation that occurs in thunderstorms.

Peat is Amazon's carbon superstore

Satellite data reveals that the most dense stores of carbon in Amazonia is not above ground in trees but below ground in peatlands.

Arctic sea ice volume holds up

Two cool summers in a row have now allowed the pack ice in the Arctic to increase and then hold on to a good deal of its volume.

Denmark lays claim to North Pole

Denmark makes a claim to the UN, arguing the area around the North Pole is linked to the continental shelf of Greenland, its autonomous territory.

Deal reached at UN climate talks

UN member states reach agreement on how countries should tackle climate change, after differences cause talks to overrun by two days.

Booming bitterns show big bird boost

Somerset is home to England's largest bittern population, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds says.

Alcatraz escapees 'may have survived'

Three prisoners who escaped from the US island prison Alcatraz in 1962 may have made it to land alive, a new study suggests.

Selfie-help for conservation areas

Images uploaded to social media websites hold valuable data that could be used to help protect or manage natural spaces, a study suggests.

Even in colour, Comet 67P is grey

The first colour image from the Rosetta spacecraft shows that Comet 67P is even more dark and monochrome than expected.

Top 10 physics breakthroughs listed

Landing on a comet, laser fusion and a working tractor beam are among the physics breakthroughs of the year, as chosen by a leading magazine.

Spider-style sensor for vibrations

By copying organs found in spiders’ legs, engineers build a sensor that can detect tiny vibrations, including speech and blood flow.

Comets 'not source of Earth's water'

Data from Europe's Rosetta probe suggest that water on Earth may not have come from comets, scientists conclude.

Anti-pollution laws at risk in EU

The EU may scrap plans for legislation on air pollution and waste in a drive to boost the economy.

Greenpeace sorry for Nazca stunt

Activists apologise for any "moral offence" that Greenpeace has caused, after a publicity stunt on the ancient Nazca lines in Peru.

NSW declares foxes pests not pets

Foxes are officially declared a pest in New South Wales but there is concern people are keeping them as pets.

Electric eels 'remotely control prey'

Electric eels' high-voltage strikes can actively control the muscles of the fish they hunt, research reveals.

Threatened birds of prey 'vanish'

Two of the rarest birds of prey in England, which had been satellite tagged, vanish in unexplained circumstances.

Hyenas feast at vulture restaurants

"Restaurants" of dead meat set up for endangered vultures also attract an undesirable clientele of hyenas and jackals, according to a six-year study.

Brazil releases 'good' mosquitoes

Brazilian researchers release thousands of mosquitoes infected with a bacteria that suppresses dengue fever into the environment in Rio de Janeiro.

VIDEO: Up close with world's largest vessel

An enormous vessel is being built to collect and liquefy gas at sea for the first time.


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