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A record number of England's beaches are at risk of failing to meet EU water quality standards this year, the Environment Agency warns.
New research gives an insight into why we drop off
A study suggests that when most galaxies stop forming stars, this death is a slow process that gradually chokes them of the necessary cool gases.
Economist Jim O'Neill, the head of a UK government-appointed team looking at the impact of superbugs, tells Victoria Derbyshire the antibiotics crisis could cost millions of lives.
Engineers construct a surgical arm inspired by the humble octopus, with a tube of coffee granules playing a key role in its action.
British soprano Sarah Brightman calls off her trip to the International Space Station citing "personal family reasons".
The global pharmaceutical industry is being called on to pay for a $2bn innovation fund to revitalise research into antibiotics.
The global pharmaceutical industry is being called on to pay for a $2bn (£1.3bn) innovation fund to revitalise research into antibiotics.
The biggest British registered container ship has arrived in Southampton, as part of its maiden voyage.
Neuroscientists observe compass-like activity sweeping around a dense ring of cells inside the brain of fruit flies.
Prince Charles asked the Blair government to consider the culling of badgers, historic documents reveal.
A high level group of scientists is to be recruited to provide independent advice to the European Commission, replacing the former role of the chief scientific advisor.
The New Horizons probe, heading for its historic flyby of Pluto in July, has now caught sight of all the known faint moons of the dwarf planet.
New Nepal quake heightens future risk
The European Space Agency gives financial backing to a Scottish project to use an app to map tick hotspots and tackle Lyme disease.
Rescue work resumes after the latest deadly earthquake in Nepal, after thousands of scared residents spent the night in the open.
Is surviving on 20-minute naps bad for you?
Russia delays for about a month the return of three astronauts on the International Space Station after the recent failure of its supply spaceship.
Dozens die as a new earthquake of magnitude 7.3 strikes Nepal, two weeks after a devastating tremor killed more than 8,000.
The El Nino event, which can drive droughts and flooding, is under way in the tropical Pacific, say scientists.