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AI early diagnosis could save heart and cancer patients

AI early diagnosis could save heart and cancer patients

Image copyright BBC News Image caption Sir John Bell believes that artificial intelligence can save the NHS Researchers at an Oxford hospital have developed artificial intelligence (AI) that can diagnose scans for heart disease and lung cancer. The systems will save billions of pounds by enabling the diseases to be picked up much earlier. The […]

A science news preview of 2018

From next steps in the commercial space revolution to a rocket-powered supercar, there’s much to look forward to in 2018. BBC News looks ahead to some of the biggest science and environment stories coming this year. World in motion Image copyright Akihiro Ikeshita / Jaxa Image caption Japan’s Hayabusa 2 will follow in the footsteps […]

The best science long reads of 2017 (part two)

From investigating the songbird trade in South-East Asia to hanging out with a man who keeps some very poisonous company, here’s a second festive selection of the best science and environment long reads this year. You can read part one here. Sold for a song. By Victoria Gill Lush green blankets of vegetation drape over […]

The best science long reads of 2017 (part one)

From wildlife trafficking in West Africa to visualising the internet of the future, here’s a festive selection of the best science and environment long reads published on the BBC this year. You can read part two tomorrow. The secret trade in baby chimps. By David Shukman and Sam Piranty Image caption Nemley Jr, the infant […]

Space science work recognised in New Year Honours

Space science work recognised in New Year Honours

Image copyright NASA/JPL-CALTECH Image caption Artwork: Cassini ran the narrow gap between the top of Saturn’s atmosphere and the rings A leading member of the Cassini mission to Saturn, which ended spectacularly in September 2017, has been recognised in the New Year Honours list. Prof Michele Dougherty from Imperial College, London, has become a Commander […]

Gardens under threat from ‘game changing’ plant disease

Gardens under threat from ‘game changing’ plant disease

Image copyright EPPO Image caption The pest has infected thousands of hectares of olive plantations in Italy A pest that can infect plants from lavender to cherry trees is of real and growing concern in the UK, say experts. Outbreaks of Xylella fastidiosa have caused widespread problems in Europe, wiping out entire olive groves. The […]

Failed satellite programmed with ‘wrong co-ordinates’

Failed satellite programmed with ‘wrong co-ordinates’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The rocket carrying the satellite and other equipment launched from Vostochny cosmodrome The loss of a multi-million pound weather mapping satellite was due to programming errors, the Russian deputy prime minister has said. Dmitry Rogozin said Meteor-M had been programmed for take-off from a different space station. Speaking to […]

Eight amazing science stories of 2017

Eight amazing science stories of 2017

It was a year of endings and beginnings: the plucky Cassini spacecraft’s 13-year-long mission reached its finale, while the fledgling field of gravitational wave astronomy bagged the catastrophic collision of two dead stars. BBC News looks back on eight of the biggest science and environment stories of 2017. Star crash Image copyright PA Image caption […]

‘World’s ugliest pig’ caught on camera

‘World’s ugliest pig’ caught on camera

Media captionIt had been feared the Javan warty pig had become extinct Scientists have captured the first footage in the wild of one of the world’s rarest – and ugliest – pigs. The Javan warty pig is under such threat from hunting and habitat loss that conservationists surveying its habitat believed it might already have […]

Higher temperatures linked to EU asylum figures

Higher temperatures linked to EU asylum figures

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption High temperatures that have impacted maize production have been linked to increases in numbers of EU asylum seekers Sharp increases in the numbers of those seeking asylum in the European Union have been linked to higher temperatures in agricultural regions of the world. Researchers found that when temperatures deviated […]