• 23 July 2019 Image copyright Oxford Archaeology East Image caption Roman finds include this jug and human remains, including six skeletons Iron Age roundhouses, Roman burials and Saxon pottery have been discovered in a "hugely important and hitherto unknown settlement".The seven month-long dig in Warboys in Cambridgeshire also uncovered "a rare example" of "early Saxon occupation mingled with...

  • 23 July 2019 Related TopicsApollo 11 Moon landing Image copyright NASA Image caption Chris Kraft: A pioneer in a pioneering field The first flight director of US space agency Nasa has died at the age of 95 - days after 50th anniversary celebrations of the first Moon landing.Chris Kraft, who joined Nasa in 1958, developed the planning and control processes for crewed space missions.He set up...

  • By Paul Rincon Science editor, BBC News website 23 July 2019 comments Related TopicsApollo 11 Moon landing Image copyright NASA Image caption Artwork: Nasa is seeking proposals for a lander to take humans to the Moon's surface Nasa has outlined more details of its plans for a landing craft that will take humans to the lunar surface.The plans call for an initial version of the lander to be built...

  • 22 July 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionScientists at the Sriharikota space station applauded the launchIndia has successfully launched its second lunar mission a week after it halted the scheduled blast-off due to a technical snag.Chandrayaan-2 was launched at 14:43 local time (09:13 GMT) from the Sriharikota space station. India's space chief said his agency had...

  • By Roger Harrabin BBC environment analyst 22 July 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Restoring peat moors degraded by farming may prove a relatively inexpensive way of tackling climate change, a report shows.Wet peat bogs store carbon that’s been sucked from the air by plants, but many bogs have been drained for farming.As drained peat dries, CO2 is produced - so in that sense peat’s...

  • 19 July 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFacebook group Bioluminescent Plankton Watch Wales has more than 6,000 members"Every splash, every jump, made the sea just light up. It won't be an experience we forget easily."Photographers and nature lovers have been watching bioluminescent plankton glowing off the Welsh coast. Bioluminescence describes the light that some...

  • 19 July 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Discarded cigarette butts can hamper plant growth, new research suggests.The study, led by Anglia Ruskin University, found the presence of butts in soil reduced the germination success and shoot length of clover by 27% and 28% respectively.For grass, germination success reduced by 10% and shoot length by 13%.An estimated 4.5 trillion butts are littered...

  • 18 July 2019 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Countries across Europe were among those to experience record temperatures in June The world experienced its hottest June on record last month, with an average temperature worldwide of 61.6F (16.4C), according to new data.The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said the average global temperature was 1.7F warmer than the...

  • 19 July 2019 Image copyright Environment Agency Image caption Local people have been commenting on social media about the dry river bed Low rainfall, blockages and diverted flows are blamed for sections of the river drying out on the border between Essex and Suffolk.The Environment Agency hopes heavy rain this weekend will provide enough water to partly re-fill the River Stour.Debris blocking...

  • 19 July 2019 Image copyright David Schwarzhans Image caption David Schwarzhans, the pilot of the sightseeing helicopter, took images of the whales Dozens of dead beached whales have been spotted by sightseers during a helicopter flight over western Iceland. The dead pilot whales were photographed during the trip on Thursday over a beach at Longufjorur.It's unclear how the mammals became beached....

  • 19 July 2019 Image copyright Butterfly Conservation The UK public has been asked to take part in the world's largest butterfly count, to see if the nation is experiencing a once-in-a-decade phenomenon.Butterfly Conservation said unusually high numbers of the painted lady butterfly had been spotted flying from Europe to the UK. They usually fly to Britain in the summer, but every 10 years...

  • 19 July 2019 Image copyright AFP Image caption Bees pollinate many essential crops and are vital for fruit-growers Large areas of central and southern Russia have seen a major decline in their bee populations in recent months. The head of the Russian beekeepers' union, Arnold Butov, said 20 regions had reported mass bee deaths. The affected regions include Bryansk and Kursk, south of Moscow, and...

  • 18 July 2019 comments Image copyright iStock / Getty Images The number of electric car models available to consumers in Europe is expected to triple by 2021, says a European environmental lobby group.The uptake of electric cars has been stalling, blamed on a lack of charging infrastructure and higher prices. Latest data shows carmakers will offer 214 electric car models in 2021, up from 60...

  • By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News 18 July 2019 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright Getty/EPA/Will Oliver Image caption Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt urged to consider the impact of a no-deal Brexit on UK research. The president of the Royal Society has warned the Tory leadership candidates that UK research could be damaged by a bad deal or no-deal Brexit.Prof Sir Venki...

  • By Victoria Gill Science reporter, BBC News 18 July 2019 comments Image copyright Chong Chen Image caption The scaly-foot snail lives only at hydrothermal vent sites A deep-sea snail, many of Europe's fungi and half the freshwater fish in Japan are just some obscure additions to a list of threatened species.The Red List, a conservation status catalogue of more than 100,000 species, is compiled...

  • By Rebecca Morelle Science correspondent, BBC News 18 July 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe sand barrier will stretch for 6km (3.7 miles) along the Norfolk coastNearly two million cubic metres of sand are being shifted to a stretch of eroding Norfolk coastline in a radical plan to save it from the sea.The 6km-long dune will protect Bacton Terminal, which...

  • 17 July 2019 Related TopicsApollo 11 Moon landing Image copyright Joanne Edwards Image caption Joanne Edwards captured this image of the Moon over Flintshire Skywatchers across the UK have witnessed a partial lunar eclipse, 50 years to the day since the US mission to put men on the Moon lifted off.The surface of Earth's satellite appeared red or dark grey at the height of the eclipse at about...

  • By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 17 July 2019 comments Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The aim of the firm is to find ways to stimulate the brain in paralysed humans to allow them to control computers NeuraLink, a company set up by Elon Musk to explore ways to connect the human brain to a computer interface, has applied to US regulators to start trialling its device on humans.The...

  • By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent 17 July 2019 comments Image copyright Getty Images Adding more ethanol to the UK's fuel mix would cut carbon by as much as taking 700,000 cars off the roads, according to a group of MPs.The All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol says the swift introduction of E10 fuel would also help the £1bn British biofuel industry.E10 is a mixture...

  • By Kevin Keane BBC Scotland's environment correspondent 16 July 2019 comments Fishermen are continuing to illegally discard dead fish back into the sea, according to a House of Lords inquiry.The inquiry looked at the impact of the ban on fishing discards six months after new rules took effect.The committee's report said the new regulations have had "little impact", but industry leaders said this...