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UK's new highest mountain in Antarctic

BBC

Scientists re-measure the tallest mountains in the Antarctic territory claimed by Britain.

Sunday, Dec 10

13

Australian town driven batty by flying foxes

BBC / News

Residents of an Australian town are being overwhelmed by thousands of flying foxes.

02

Collecting in the clouds

BBC / Science

Collecting in the clouds: Remembering the British plant-hunters who diced with death to discover plants

Plastic planet

BBC

More and more waste plastic is ending up in our oceans. How big is the problem and why is plastic such a threat?

Saturday, Dec 9

The 'Godfather of Coral' who's still diving at 72

www.bbc.co.uk

Charlie Veron's been diving for 50 years and has discovered more than 20% of the world's coral species

Thursday, Dec 7

22

Narwhal escape: Whales freeze and flee when frightened

BBC / Science

Narwhals show a "costly" response to threats, raising concerns over how they will respond to increased human contact.

20

US firm picks UK for weather satellites

BBC / Science

Orbital Micro Systems' demonstration weather satellite should pave the way for a network in the sky.

14

Researchers find 'oldest ever eye' in fossil

BBC / Science

The remains of the extinct sea creature include an early form of the eye seen in many of today's animals.

Wednesday, Dec 6

23

Farthest monster black hole found

BBC / Science

Astronomers discover the most distant "supermassive" black hole known to science.

22

A closer look at '3.67m-year-old' skeleton

www.bbc.co.uk

It took 20 years to excavate, clean and put together Little Foot, found in caves north of Johannesburg.

20

Google's 'superhuman' DeepMind AI claims chess crown

BBC / Technology

An algorithm developed by the DeepMind team claims victory against a world-beating AI chess program.

15

UN signals 'end' of throwaway plastic

BBC / Science

The end of the era of throwaway plastic has been signalled by UN environment ministers meeting in Kenya.

14

Little Foot skeleton unveiled in South Africa

BBC / Africa

One of the oldest and most complete skeletons of our ancestors is unveiled in South Africa.

Tuesday, Dec 5

UN commits to stop ocean plastic waste

BBC / Science

Nations will resolve to end plastic pollution in our seas, but their agreement has no timetable.

Hinkley Point's Cardiff Bay toxic mud claim 'alarmist'

BBC / Science

300,000 tonnes of mud from Hinkley Point C is due to be dumped in the sea off Cardiff Bay.

12

Space station crew enjoy pizza night

BBC

Crew members aboard the International Space Station are treated to a special meal.

10

Australia's frog count: App calls on citizen scientists

BBC / Science

Scientists hope the public will help them record the sounds of the amphibians via an app.

09

IUCN Red List: Wild crops listed as threatened

BBC / Science

Wild relatives of modern crops deemed crucial for food security are threatened with extinction.

02

How UK's birds are being affected by a changing climate

BBC / Science

Migratory birds are arriving in the UK earlier each spring and leaving later each autumn, a study shows.

Ocean plastic a 'planetary crisis' - UN

BBC / Science

Life in the seas risks irreparable damage from the ever-increasing tide of plastic waste, the UN's head of oceans has warned.

Monday, Dec 4

12

Skywatchers share their 'supermoon' photos

BBC / Science

Skywatchers have enjoyed spectacular views of the Moon appearing larger and brighter in the sky.

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What is a 'supermoon'?

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Tom Kerrs from the Royal Observatory explains the phenomenon that causes the moon to look larger and brighter.

02

Schoolgirl invents low-cost lead detecting device

BBC / News

Gitanjali Rao's device uses carbon nanotubes to detect the presence of lead in water.

Saturday, Dec 2

15

Chief vet defends support of larger hen cages

BBC / Science

On Twitter, Nigel Gibbens says the pens are a "necessary defence" against bird flu.

02

The other Dodo

BBC / Science

In the middle of the 18th Century, a large flightless bird became extinct on an Indian Ocean island.

Friday, Dec 1

19

Gravity signals rapidly show true size of giant quakes

BBC / Science

Researchers develop a new speedy approach to estimate the true size of very large earthquakes.

14

New Sentinel satellite tracks dirty air

BBC / Science

A UK-Dutch-built Earth observing spacecraft shows its promise with some stunning images of pollution.

09

Kenya meeting to tackle plastic pollution

BBC / Science

A plan to drastically cut plastic pollution of the oceans may be agreed at a UN summit.

02

Unesco adds Sir Isaac Newton's papers to world register

www.bbc.co.uk

Sir Isaac Newton's papers and personal accounts are added to a Unesco register of globally important documents.

Thursday, Nov 30

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Fossilised eggs shed light on reign of pterosaurs

BBC / Science

A collection of 200 eggs gives new insights into the development of the extinct flying reptiles.