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SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule lost after 'anomaly' during ground test

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The Crew Dragon capsule is intended to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station, but a possible explosion during a ground test may set launches back

Coal-free spells are good, but the UK is falling short of carbon goals

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Despite growth in renewable energy, the UK still uses plenty of gas – and other sectors are failing to cut emissions

Satellites are checking if boats in remote places are fishing legally

Lu, 22/04/2019 - 11:00
The Indonesian government is using tiny internet-providing satellites to check if boats in the middle of the ocean are fishing legally

Australia’s dingoes may keep feral cats in check and protect wildlife

Lu, 22/04/2019 - 10:00
Feral cats have contributed to the extinction of 20 of Australia’s native mammals, but another predator – the dingo – might stop them causing more damage

UK government directs £4.6 million to tackling illegal wildlife trade

Lu, 22/04/2019 - 02:01
Efforts to disrupt grey parrot trade in Cameroon and reduce demand for turtle products in Nicaragua are among 14 projects to win funding from the UK government

Huge dinosaur may have stood on its toes with fleshy pads for balance

Do, 21/04/2019 - 11:00
Rhoetosaurus brownie lived 170 million years ago. Despite the dinosaur weighing 24 tonnes it may have stood on its tiptoes with fleshy pads for balance

Baby boom for the kakapo, New Zealand’s critically endangered parrot

Sa, 20/04/2019 - 12:00
There are fewer than 150 adult kakapo in New Zealand, but this year’s bumper crop of almost 90 chicks renews hope that the bird can be saved from extinction

Zero-gravity robot cleaner could automatically sterilise the ISS

Ve, 19/04/2019 - 11:00
Cleaning the International Space Station is laborious work, so hygiene firm GermFalcon has made a drone that works in zero-gravity to do the job instead

How maths could fix the problems with India’s voting machines

Ve, 19/04/2019 - 11:00
The world’s biggest election is under way in India. Trust in the machines used to vote is low, but better maths could spot manipulation or errors, says Edd Gent

An interstellar rock may have hit Earth in 2014 but nobody noticed

Gi, 18/04/2019 - 17:21
In 2017 astronomers spotted the first interstellar object in our solar system, ‘Oumuamua, but our planet may have been hit by a meteor from another star in 2014

AI that spots inequality could monitor living conditions in cities

Gi, 18/04/2019 - 16:00
An algorithm that can detect inequality in cities from Google Street View images, could be used to monitor projects aimed at improving living conditions

Dog owners are more likely to get the recommended amount of exercise

Gi, 18/04/2019 - 16:00
A UK survey found that 80 per cent of dog owners get their recommended 150 minutes of physical activity a week, but just 62 per cent of people without dogs do

BBC Earth from Space: satellite images give new view on conservation

Gi, 18/04/2019 - 15:40
The BBC's new documentary, Earth from Space, explores how scientists use satellite imagery to view and understand some of nature's biggest challenges

Climate protesters want net zero carbon emissions - is it possible?

Gi, 18/04/2019 - 14:39
An increasing number of countries are declaring plans to hit net zero carbon emissions, but doing so will require technology that doesn’t yet exist

Macron’s pledge to rebuild Notre Dame in five years may be possible

Gi, 18/04/2019 - 12:11
Many have expressed dismay at the “loss” of Notre Dame following Monday’s fire, but thankfully most of the building is still intact thanks to its clever design

We must all work to avoid disputes over the care of very ill children

Gi, 18/04/2019 - 02:01
New advice will help reduce conflict between medical professionals and the parents of desperately sick children, says Mike Linney

A virus we thought was harmless to humans may worsen cystic fibrosis

Me, 17/04/2019 - 21:00
Bacteriophage viruses target microbes and not human cells – but paradoxically, they make it harder to treat bacterial infections in people with cystic fibrosis

Viewing media coverage of traumatic events may fuel long-term distress

Me, 17/04/2019 - 21:00
When a violent world event occurs, you may want to find out as much about it as possible. But exposure to media coverage may cause long-term anxiety and stress

Ancient urine reveals early prehistory of domestic sheep and goats

Me, 17/04/2019 - 21:00
Stone Age farmers living in Turkey became more reliant on domestic sheep and goats over a 1000-year period, according to a study of the animals’ preserved urine

We’ve found the first type of molecule to form after the big bang

Me, 17/04/2019 - 20:00
The first atoms fused into molecules about 400,000 years after the big bang, and now we’ve seen signs of those earliest types of molecule in a distant nebula