A round-up of general science news as collated by the BBC (in the UK).

Kepler find reveals 'dawn of galaxy'

28 Jan 2015 at 4:06am
An ancient solar system similar to our own is discovered by scientists at the University of Birmingham studying data from the Kepler telescope. Read more...

Planet hosts giant ring system

27 Jan 2015 at 1:53pm
Astronomers say they have discovered a gigantic ring system around a distant planet - the first such structure discovered outside our Solar System. Read more...

Best ever view of asteroid Ceres

27 Jan 2015 at 4:44pm
The best image ever acquired of Ceres, the largest asteroid in the Solar System, is now in the hands of science. Read more...

England's environment 'in decline'

27 Jan 2015 at 2:52pm
England's natural environment is in decline and its deterioration is harming the economy, an independent advisory group warns. Read more...

Near asteroid 2004 BL86 has a moon

27 Jan 2015 at 12:32pm
Scientists who tracked the large asteroid 2004 BL86 as it passed by Earth say it has a small satellite. Read more...

Risk of extreme weather 'doubles'

26 Jan 2015 at 5:11pm
Extreme weather arising from a climate phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean will get much worse as the world warms, according to climate modelling. Read more...

'Time to link nature and wellbeing'

27 Jan 2015 at 7:46am
Scientists need to work together to capitalise on a growing body of evidence showing a link between biodiversity and human wellbeing, a US review suggests. Read more...

Obama push to expand Alaskan refuge

26 Jan 2015 at 12:55pm
President Barack Obama is to propose setting aside the majority of Alaska's national wildlife refuge as a wilderness area. Read more...

Fracking moratorium rejected by MPs

26 Jan 2015 at 8:01pm
MPs overwhelmingly reject a bid to suspend fracking for shale gas - but agree to Labour proposals to impose new conditions. Read more...

Eyes on Pluto for historic encounter

25 Jan 2015 at 11:28am
Nasa's mission to Pluto gets under way in earnest as the New Horizons probe starts taking the pictures needed for July's close fly-by. Read more...


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