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Solar plane begins Pacific crossing

Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg begins his bid to cross the Pacific, from China to Hawaii, in the zero-fuel Solar Impulse aeroplane.

Strong earthquake strikes off Japan

A powerful undersea earthquake south of Japan shakes buildings in the capital Tokyo and is felt across the country.

Drones take whale survey to the sky

Scientists are using drones to monitor gray whales of the coast of California.

Barrier Reef spared 'danger' listing

The Great Barrier Reef should not go on the World Heritage danger list, according to a United Nations draft report.

Alloy bounces back 10 million times

Engineers produce a "shape memory alloy" that can pop back into shape more than 10 million times, shattering previous records for this type of material.

Black hole seen 'playing billiards'

A series of images captures two vast blobs of plasma, shot out by a black hole, cannoning into each other in a nearly light-speed cosmic collision.

Earliest evidence of human violence

A human skull from a deep cave in northern Spain shows evidence of a lethal violent attack 430,000 years ago, a study shows.

'New species' of ancient human found

A new species of ancient human has been unearthed in the Afar region of Ethiopia, scientists report.

Food bug 'found in 73% of chickens'

Nearly three-quarters of fresh shop-bought chickens test positive for food poisoning bug campylobacter in year-long study.

Robots adapt to damage in seconds

Researchers develop a system that adapts to damage in less than a minute, paving the way for robots in the home.

Mice in space develop thin skin

A study of three mice that spent 91 days on the International Space Station finds abnormalities in their skin.

Crowd size estimated with phone data

A study tests the idea that large crowds can be counted using data from mobile phone usage and Twitter.

'Man-eating tiger' to stay in zoo

A court in India's Rajasthan state rejects a plea to release a tiger who has been branded a killer and caged.

Big Bang show creates $4m scholarship

The cast and creators of TV comedy The Big Bang Theory create a scholarship fund for low-income science students.

Nepal seeks expert advice on tourism

Tourism operators in earthquake-hit Nepal seek guidance from international experts on which areas can be declared safe for trekking and mountaineering.

Ramakrishnan to lead Royal Society

Nobel-winning structural biologist Venki Ramakrishnan is elected to become the next president of the Royal Society.

Tiger-tagging app to boost tracking

A new iPad app is asking users to "tag" tigers in images gathered from the internet, to help researchers with counting and tracking the animals.

Europe drops asteroid sampling idea

Europe will not be mounting a sample-return mission to an asteroid, having rejected the MarcoPolo concept at the third time of asking.

Ministers challenged over CO2 cuts

The UK government’s claim that the country leads the world in cuts of carbon emissions is challenged by researchers at Leeds University.

Huge marine reserve for Pitcairn

The UK government is to establish the largest marine reserve in the world around the Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific.

Mercury pollution risk to Arctic gull

Mercury pollution has risen nearly 50-fold in the feathers of a gull that feeds and breeds in the Arctic, say scientists.

Tidal lagoon 'negotiations open'

Negotiations are opening on a £1bn tidal lagoon scheme in Swansea as the chancellor gives his Budget speech in the House of Commons.

VIDEO: Take-off for Solar Impulse 2

Solar Impulse, a plane powered entirely by the sun, takes off on the final and most difficult leg of its mission to fly a solar plane around the world from China to Hawaii.

VIDEO: 'New species' of ancient human unearthed

A new species of ancient human has been unearthed in the deserts of Ethiopia, after 3,500,000 years.

VIDEO: Why the Common Dolphin is becoming more common

The BBC's John Maguire joins a scientific expedition that is studying the Common Dolphin population off the west coast of Scotland, and trying to find out why, until recently, it was quite a rare sight.

VIDEO: Where does Crossrail waste earth go?

The BBC's Andrew Bomford finds out where the millions of tonnes of earth go that have been excavated during the cross rail project.

VIDEO: Solar plane pilot: 'Weather risk too big'

The planned flight of the sun powered plane, Solar Impulse 2, has been postponed.

VIDEO: How an ancient parasite was frozen in time

Professor David Siveter from the University of Leicester explains how a 425 million year-old parasite was frozen in time at a site in Herefordshire.

VIDEO: Dog evolution 'earlier than thought'

Dogs may have been domesticated much earlier than previously though, Swedish researchers suggest.

VIDEO: Inuit challenge to EU seal ban

The Inuit people of Greenland are challenging an EU ban on seal hunting and the trade in seal meat and skins, arguing it has "crashed" the Inuits' economy.


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