• By Roger Harrabin BBC environment analyst 17 January 2019 Related TopicsReality Check Image copyright Getty Images Nuclear is good for the environment. Nuclear is bad for the environment. Both statements are true.Why is it good? Nuclear power is planned to be a key part of the UK's energy mix.The key benefit is that it helps keep the lights on while producing hardly any of the CO2 emissions that...

  • By Helen Briggs BBC News 17 January 2019 comments Image copyright Getty Images Image caption We drink two coffees out of more than 100 types growing naturally The first full assessment of risks to the world's coffee plants shows that 60% of 124 known species are on the edge of extinction. More than 100 types of coffee tree grow naturally in forests, including two used for the coffee we...

  • By Jonathan Amos BBC Science Correspondent 17 January 2019 Image copyright Cassini Imaging Team/SSI/JPL/ESA/NASA Image caption The end phases of the mission should yield new information about Saturn's interior We're looking at Saturn at a very special time in the history of the Solar System, according to scientists. They've confirmed the planet's iconic rings are very young - no more than 100...

  • 15 January 2019 Related TopicsChina Moon mission Image copyright CLEP Image caption Cotton sprouts seen close-up under a protective cover on board the Moon lander Seeds taken up to the Moon by China's Chang'e-4 mission have sprouted, says China National Space Administration.It marks the first time any biological matter has grown on the Moon, and is being seen as a significant step towards...

  • By Helen Briggs BBC News 15 January 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRomeo (L) is to meet Juliet (R)A frog believed to be the last of his kind in the world has been granted a reprieve from solitude.Romeo, known as the world's loneliest frog, has spent 10 years in isolation at an aquarium in Bolivia.Scientists say they have found him a Juliet after an expedition to a...

  • By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News 15 January 2019 Image copyright Cern Image caption The Future Circular Collider is four times the circumference and ten times the power of the current collider Cern has published its ideas for a £20bn successor to the Large Hadron Collider, given the working name of Future Circular Collider (FCC).The Geneva based particle physics research...

  • By Jonathan Amos BBC Science Correspondent 14 January 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNitrogen dioxide air pollution 5-10 January (sequence is played twice)This is what pollution looks like on a European scale.The animation shows the concentration and movement through the atmosphere of nitrogen dioxide.NO₂ is a problem gas that is produced primarily by...

  • By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent 14 January 2019 comments Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionUK scientists estimate air pollution cuts British people's lives by an average of six monthsWood burning stoves, open fires and farms all face new restrictions as the government sets out what it calls a "world leading" plan to tackle air pollution. In their Clean Air...

  • By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent 14 January 2019 Image copyright abayliss Image caption A desalination plant in Saudi Arabia, a country that produces one-fifth of the brine in the world Desalination plants around the world are pumping out far more salt laden brine than previously believed, according to a new study.The salty effluent is a by-product of efforts to extract fresh water from...

  • 13 January 2019 Guardian readers have been opening their weekend paper to find supplements wrapped in a compostable material made from potato starch.The paper says it ditched its polythene covers after feedback from readers.Advice on the wrapping says it should not be recycled but disposed of on a compost heap or in a food waste bin.The change, which the Guardian says will increase its...

  • 13 January 2019 Image copyright EPA Image caption James Watson, seen here in 2009, apologised in 2007 after making similar remarks Nobel Prize-winning American scientist James Watson has been stripped of his honorary titles after repeating comments about race and intelligence.In a TV programme, the pioneer in DNA studies made a reference to a view that genes cause a difference on average between...

  • 12 January 2019 Image copyright STR/AFP/Getty Images Image caption The Spektr-R radio astronomy observatory was sent into space in July 2011 Russia's only space radio telescope is no longer responding to commands from Earth, officials say.Astro Space Centre chief Nikolai Kardashev said some of the Spektr-R satellite's communication systems had stopped working.But it was still transmitting...

  • By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News 12 January 2019 Image copyright Joe Atiyah One of the world's foremost mathematicians, Prof Sir Michael Atiyah, has died at the age of 89. Sir Michael, who worked at Cambridge University before he retired, made outstanding contributions to geometry and topology. Sir Michael was a recipient of the highest honour in mathematics, a Fields Medal. He...

  • By Claire Marshall BBC Environment Correspondent 11 January 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRosamund, Ella's mother, says she wants to help other families with children who are affectedThe family of a nine-year-old girl who died from asthma has been given permission to apply for a fresh inquest into her death.It comes after the government's chief lawyer heard new...

  • By Jonathan Amos BBC Science Correspondent 11 January 2019 Image copyright SpaceX Image caption This was the eighth and final launch in the refurbishment of the Iridium network Ten spacecraft have launched from California to complete the $3bn refurbishment of the original satellite phone system, Iridium. A SpaceX Falcon rocket carried the platforms aloft. They will go live in the network in the...

  • By Paul Rincon Science editor, BBC News website 11 January 2019 Image copyright CLEP Image caption An image of the rover taken with the lander's terrain camera (TCAM) A Chinese rover and lander have taken images of each other on the Moon's surface.The Chinese space agency says the spacecraft are in good working order after touching down on the lunar far side on 3 January.Also released are new...

  • By Jonathan Amos BBC Science Correspondent 10 January 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionYohann Leroy: "Quantum writes a new chapter in the satellite telecoms industry"UK engineers have completed the build of the novel Quantum satellite. The telecommunications platform will be the first fully software-defined spacecraft. Traditionally, large satellites are configured...

  • By Roger Harrabin BBC environment analyst 10 January 2019 Image copyright Yora Do you fret that your pet pooch is blamed by environmentalists for turning rainforests into poo in the park? Have no fear - you can now fatten Fido on black soldier flies instead of Brazilian beef.A pet food manufacturer now claims that 40% of its new product is made from soldier flies.It's one of many firms hoping to...

  • 10 January 2019 Image copyright SARS Image caption The rhino horns were found wrapped up in plastic South African authorities have seized 116kg (256 lbs) of illegal rhino horn being smuggled out of the country.The haul of 36 horns and horn fragments, worth about $1.3m (£1m), is believed to be one of the biggest seized in the country in recent years.Customs officials at OR Tambo airport in...

  • By Jonathan Amos BBC Science Correspondent 10 January 2019 Related TopicsIndonesia tsunamis Image copyright ICEYE Image caption The view was built from data acquired on Wednesday Here's a new view of Anak Krakatau, the collapsed Indonesian volcano that generated the 22 December tsunami that devastated local coastlines.The picture was assembled from radar images acquired on Wednesday by the...