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Changing environment influenced human evolution
New evidence from Kenya suggests that local climate change drove early human innovation.
Stephen Hawking: Tributes pour in for 'inspirational' physicist
Scientists, politicians and celebrities say the physicist's death leaves an "intellectual vacuum".
MPs warn of 'poisonous air' emergency costing £20bn a year
Petrol and diesel cars must be phased out earlier than the 2040 target, Commons committees say.
War on plastic may do more harm than good, warns think tank
A think tank warns of the risk of unintended consequences from the current concern over plastics.
Rising carbon dioxide levels impair coral growth
A new study shows that the atmospheric carbon levels projected by 2060 will affect coral reefs.
Humans 'thrived' after historic Mount Toba eruption
Early humans may have flourished after the largest volcanic eruption in history, according to new research.
Why sharks like it hot - but not too hot
Scientists have calculated the water temperature at which tiger sharks are most active and abundant.
Microplastics are 'littering' riverbeds
Microplastic particles contaminate the riverbeds throughout the UK, research suggests.
UK 'space drones' look to Proton rocket ride
UK-headquartered start-up Effective Space aims to put up its first satellite servicing "drones" in 2020.
Feed the birds, but be aware of risks, say wildlife experts
Wild birds may catch and spread diseases as they gather to feed in gardens, say scientists.
What happens when AI meets robotics?
Researchers in Texas aim to create robots that can cope with our messy world.
Sir John Sulston human genome pioneer dies
Sir John Sulston, a key figure in the race to decode the human genome, has died at the age of 75.
Alien atmospheres recreated on Earth
Research shows that planets orbiting distant stars may be surprisingly colourful.
Ministers question 'latte levy' on cups
The government says it is better for coffee shops to offer discounts to those who bring their own cups.
X-ray probe to save Mary Rose cannonballs
Researchers are using powerful X-rays to look inside cannonballs found on the famous Tudor ship, the Mary Rose.
Planet Jupiter's winds run deep
Nasa's Juno mission begins to unravel the mysteries of the gas giant's interior structure.
Amelia Earhart: Island bones 'likely' belonged to famed pilot
A new study claims the remains discovered on a Pacific island are a 99% match with the explorer.
Climate change 'impacts women more than men'
Women are disproportionately affected by the impacts of changing weather patterns, studies show.
Hawking's warnings: His predictions
How Stephen Hawking used his recognition to highlight challenges and existential threats for humanity.
The science that made him famous
From black holes boiling themselves out of existence to equations describing the entire history of the Universe.
The book that made him a star
A short history of A Brief History of Time - Hawking's blockbuster.
Science mourns Stephen Hawking
Tributes highlight his breakthrough research as well as his personality and inspiration to millions.
Footage of first polar bear cub born in UK in 25 years
The "confident and curious" cub was born at Highland Wildlife Park in Kincraig, Scotland.
Stephen Hawking on God, artificial intelligence and mankind's future
Listen to five thought-provoking perspectives from world renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, who has died at the age of 76.
Stephen Hawking's three great contributions to science
The physicist will be remembered mainly for three things, says fellow scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock.
Stephen Hawking: Scientist in the public eye
From meeting presidents to popes, we look back at some of Professor Hawking's most notable public appearances.
Hawking's daughter: 'You could ask dad any question'
Lucy Hawking describes her famous scientist father being asked - what happens if you fall into a black hole?
Stephen Hawking: Five things you may not know
From being diagnosed with a life-threatening disease at 21 to experiencing zero-gravity.
'Boaty McBoatface' sub survives ice mission
The nation's favourite yellow submarine returns safely after a dangerous dive in the Antarctic.
Archaeopteryx flew like a pheasant, say scientists
The famous winged dinosaur Archaeopteryx, once thought of as the first bird, could fly, research shows.
Glorious mud
Meet the "mudlarkers" looking for archaeological artefacts along the banks of the Thames.
Adapt or die
In the first of our Future of Work series, we look at how new tech could change our working lives.
Rotten ideas
As the fight against plastic pollution gains momentum, firms are tackling the issue in different ways.
Obituary: Stephen Hawking
Despite a crippling illness, Stephen Hawking became one of the most respected scientists of his age.
Nerve agents
A nerve agent was used to poison a Russian former spy and his daughter. What are they and what do they do?
Recycling gum
A British designer wants used gum recycled into useful objects - also leading to cleaner streets.
Sound of speed
The Bloodhound supersonic car will produce a huge amount of noise when it starts running later this year.
Fast charge
A breakthrough in materials technology could see fast-charging supercapacitors rival lithium-ion batteries.
Water stress
A report has said the south Indian city is likely to run out of water - but is this really the case?
Lassa fever
Since the beginning of the year, Nigeria has been gripped by an outbreak of the deadly Lassa fever.
Body hack
The body-hackers who believe chips under the skin could replace keys and wallets in future.
Scarcer snow?
In the UK, there is evidence to suggest that snowfall has decreased over the past few decades. Worldwide, it's a more complicated picture.
Wot, no signal?
Billions of people still have no access to mobile services, but nano-satellites could change this.
Burn or bury
Since China refused last month to accept any more foreign waste for recycling, the UK is facing a challenge disposing of its plastic waste.
Nile conflict
A new dam on the river Nile could trigger the world's first war about water, writes Alastair Leithead.
Great White demystified
Shark diving is helping tourists improve their perception about the largest predatory fish in the world.
What lies beneath
Winning photos from the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition
Rocket man
Elon Musk just launched the world's most powerful rocket. It's only a fraction of what he's up to.
Stephen Hawking: A life in pictures
The physicist, who battled motor neurone disease for most of his life, has died at the age of 76.
Stephen Hawking dies: Scientist's most memorable quotes
Remembering some of the key theories and quotes of the world renowned physicist, who has died.