• 22 March 2019 Related TopicsCyclone Idai Image copyright Reuters Rescue workers are continuing the search for survivors of Cyclone Idai, which swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe last week, destroying towns and villages in its path.Hundreds of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands more have been affected by what the UN says could be "one of the worst weather-related...

  • By James Gallagher Health and science correspondent, BBC News 22 March 2019 Image copyright Oregon Health and Science University Image caption Grady aged 11 months old Scientists say they have made a significant leap towards helping boys with cancer stay fertile, thanks to a baby monkey called Grady.Cancer treatment can damage a boy's undeveloped testes and leaves a third of survivors infertile...

  • 22 March 2019 Image copyright JOHN YOUNG Image caption The 2017 re-discovery of the night parrot in South Australia is being disputed An Australian conservation group has been forced to retract published research on the discovery of an endangered bird.In 2017, ecologist John Young claimed to have found traces of the night parrot, one of the world's rarest birds, in the state of South...

  • 22 March 2019 Image copyright NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill This beautiful picture of Jupiter was assembled from three separate images acquired by Nasa's Juno spacecraft as it made another of its close passes of the gas giant.The probe has a colour camera onboard and citizen scientists are encouraged to play with the data to make their own views of the planet.This one, which is...

  • By Paul Rincon Science editor, BBC News website, The Woodlands, Texas 22 March 2019 Related TopicsLunar and Planetary Science Conference Image copyright NASA The longstanding idea that Venus is geologically dead is a "myth", scientists say. And new research may be on the verge of ending that perception forever.Hints of ongoing volcanic and tectonic activity (activity in the planet's outer shell)...

  • By Rebecca Morelle Science Correspondent, BBC News 21 March 2019 Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Rogue waves are a growing threat for the global shipping industry Rogue waves - huge swells that can appear from calm seas - are occurring less often but becoming more extreme, data from the US coast suggests.In the largest study of its kind, scientists analysed 20 years of...

  • By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News 21 March 2019 Image caption Mary Warnock: An exuberant philosopher of great intellect who lead the foundations for the widespread use of IVF The philosopher and IVF ethics pioneer Baroness Mary Warnock has died at the age of 94. She chaired a number of inquiries to inform government policy.They included a report which led to the creation of the...

  • By Navin Singh Khadka Environment correspondent, BBC World Service 21 March 2019 Image copyright Frank Bienewald Image caption Most of the dead bodies of mountaineers have appeared on the Khumbu Glacier Expedition operators are concerned at the number of climbers' bodies that are becoming exposed on Mount Everest as its glaciers melt.Nearly 300 mountaineers have died on the peak since the first...

  • By Jonathan Amos BBC Science Correspondent 21 March 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIan Warhurst: "My kids kept saying I should buy a fast car, so I bought the fastest"The Bloodhound supersonic car is back, under new management and preparing to renew its pursuit of the land speed record.The project went into administration last year, unable to secure the financing...

  • 20 March 2019 Image copyright Jan Dunbar Image caption Jan Dunbar's artist impression of the Neolithic "mortuary" Archaeologists hope to carry out a fresh dig at what they believe could be the site of a 5,500-year-old "mortuary" in Aberdeenshire.The Neolithic enclosure in what is now Aden Country Park may have been used for excarnation, the removal of flesh leaving only bones for burial.This...

  • By Victoria Gill Science correspondent, BBC News 20 March 2019 Image copyright NAtional Trust Image caption Familiar songbirds like the nuthatch may be building nests at this time of year Hopping birds seemed a thrill of pleasure to William Wordsworth, while trees' greenness was "a kind of grief" for Philip Larkin. Poets and writers have been capturing the arrival of spring for centuries. On 21...

  • By Paul Rincon Science editor, BBC News website 19 March 2019 Related TopicsLunar and Planetary Science Conference Image copyright JAXA, Uni Tokyo & collaborators Image caption The asteroid 162173 Ryugu consists of material blasted off another asteroid The asteroid being explored by the Japanese mission Hayabusa-2 is a "rubble pile" formed when rocks were blasted off a bigger asteroid and...

  • 19 March 2019 Image copyright PA Image caption Low water levels at Wayoh Reservoir near Bolton in the UK heatwave in July 2018 Within 25 years England will not have enough water to meet demand, the head of the Environment Agency is warning.The impact of climate change, combined with population growth, means the country is facing an "existential threat", Sir James Bevan told the Waterwise...

  • By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News 19 March 2019 Image copyright kishore kumar Image caption The mathematics of bubbles hold the key to some of the greatest mysteries in physics One of the highest prizes for mathematics has been awarded to Prof Karen Uhlenbeck of the University of Texas in Austin, US.Prof Uhlenbeck received the Abel Prize for her work on "minimal surfaces" such as...

  • By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News 19 March 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Prof Jocelyn Bell Burnell donated her prize money to help others follow in her footsteps The Institute of Physics is launching a bursary scheme to help female and black students to become physics researchers. The scheme is funded by one of the world's leading astronomers, Prof Dame Jocelyn...

  • By Helen Briggs BBC News, Science and Environment 19 March 2019 Image copyright SPL Hen harriers are disappearing on English grouse moors due to illegal killing, according to a scientific study.The birds of prey are one of England's rarest birds, and a protected species.Data gathered over a decade found satellite-tagged hen harriers were ten times more likely to die or vanish when they were on...

  • By Paul Rincon Science editor, BBC News website, The Woodlands, Texas 19 March 2019 Image copyright NASA/JHU-APL/SWRI Image caption Ultima Thule is the most distant object to be explored by a spacecraft Scientists are getting closer to understanding how the distant object known as Ultima Thule came to be.Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft flew by the 35km-long world on 1 January at a distance of...

  • By Helen Briggs BBC News, Science and Environment 19 March 2019 comments Image caption Scientists are racing to grow meat from pigs, chickens and cattle from cells alone British scientists have joined the race to produce meat grown in the lab rather than reared on the hoof.Scientists at the University of Bath have grown animal cells on blades of grass, in a step towards cultured meat.If the...

  • 18 March 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Plastic pollution in the world's oceans is a growing problem A dead whale that washed up in the Philippines had 40kg (88lbs) of plastic bags inside its stomach, researchers have said. Workers at D'Bone Collector Museum recovered the Cuvier's beaked whale east of Davao City earlier in March. In a Facebook post, the museum said the animal...

  • 18 March 2019 comments Image copyright ESA/CNES/ARIANESPACE UK based start-up OneWeb has secured $1.25bn (£940m) in new funding enabling it to speed up its plans to launch a global high-speed broadband network.The firm said the money meant its 2021 launch was now "inevitable".The funding comes after the company successfully launched its first satellites for the service last month.The firm...