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Europa: Our best shot at finding alien life? After years of planning, scientists are set now to send missions to explore the ocean world of Europa. Kaikoura: 'Most complex quake ever studied' 2016's big quake in New Zealand will likely prompt a rethink about how such events are expected to behave. Fruit-shaped sensor 'can improve freshness' The sensor comes in orange, apple, banana and mango varieties and alerts to cooling problems. 'New' wave-like cloud finally wins official recognition The new clouds include the rare, wave-like asperitas, after a long campaign by skywatchers. Dinosaur crater's clue to origin of life The crater made by the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs reveals clues to the origins of life on Earth.
Major shake-up suggests dinosaurs may have 'UK origin' Scientists reclassify dinosaurs, putting British fossils at the base of their family tree. Sea otters ahead of dolphins in using tools Sea otters may have been using stone tools for thousands or even millions of years, say scientists. Fossil named after Sir David Attenborough The ancient arthropod, found in Herefordshire, joins a long list of items named after the TV legend. UK schoolboy corrects Nasa data error The A-level student noticed something odd in radiation levels from the International Space Station. Nasa 'smallsats' open up new planetary frontier Nasa plans small satellite missions, which could open up new ways of exploring the Solar System.
Genetically-modified crops have benefits - Princess Anne The Princess Royal's views in a BBC radio show appear to be at odds with those of the Prince of Wales. Tiny genetic change lets bird flu leap to humans A change in just a single 'letter' of the flu virus allows bird flu to pass to humans, according to scientists. Rosetta saw cliffs collapse on comet The comet visited by the Rosetta spacecraft is constantly being re-shaped, sometimes in dramatic fashion, a study suggests. 'Extreme and unusual' climate trends continue after record 2016 The world continues to experience extreme climate trends after a record breaking 2016, says WMO. 'Step change' needed to create more woodland Too little new woodland is being created in England, say MPs, amid warnings of a "tree planting crisis".
Princess Anne: GM crops 'have real benefits' Princess Anne has told the BBC's Farming Today she believes gene technology has important benefits to offer in terms of providing food. President jokes while signing space agency funding bill President jokes while signing space agency funding bill Why a Czech zoo is dehorning its white rhinos Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic, has taken the decision to remove the horns from its white rhinos for their safety. Secret of a sperm's success How a sperm manages to reach the fallopian tubes is clear at last, scientists say. SpaceX Dragon capsule returns to Earth The SpaceX Dragon capsule returns to Earth after its mission to the International Space Station.
Buzz Aldrin launches VR plan to get humans to Mars The second man to set foot on the Moon, launches a virtual reality movie detailing his plan to get humans to Mars. Can dolphins reveal why whales strand? Researchers in the US are working with dolphins in an effort to work out why closely related whale species in the wild strand themselves on land. How an obscure seed is helping to save the elephant A look at how the seed of a South American tree is increasingly being used as an alternative to ivory. Virtual reality could spot concussion in footballers New technology which could be used by club doctors is being trialled, a BBC investigation finds. Hans Rosling, population expert: Five last thoughts In his last BBC interview, the statistician highlighted five key ways demographics are shaping the world.
Most scientists 'can't replicate studies by their peers' Science is facing a "reproducibility crisis" as scientists fail to reproduce others' work, it is claimed. Roger Harrabin: World v Trump on climate deal? As the new president settles in, much of the world reaffirms its commitment to the Paris agreement. Crustal attraction Earth's history is recorded in the magnetisation of its hard, outer shell. Fake data threat Not all cyber-attacks are about theft, some seek to undermine the trust placed in data and documents. Paleo artist An award-winning artist brings ancient fossil discoveries to life through illustrations.
'Dispersal machines' How the toxic pests, described as "dispersal machines", are thwarting efforts to halt their advance. Hi-tech tribe How a remote community in Guyana is using cutting-edge software and equipment against deforestation. Black tide Fifty years ago, the supertanker the SS Torrey Canyon hit rocks off the coast of Cornwall, spilling more than 100,000 tonnes of crude oil. But it was the clear-up operation that led to the real environmental disaster. Captivating science The art of science - captivating scientific images from the 2017 Wellcome Image Awards.