The BBC Launches Eco-Aware Lifestyle Brand BBC Planet

The BBC's about to cash in on the whole saving-the-world thing it accidentally kicked off with the last series of Planet Earth, by... selling some t-shirts and books. Eco-friendly t-shirts and books, obviously, shrinkwrapped in the type you can compost, should you bother composting. Read More >>

Pluto Is All Lit Up In This New Composite Photo

You know when you've just broken up with someone, so you post the best selfie you can find? Looks like Pluto's getting over being dropped from the planetary Cool Club by doing exactly the same. Except it's not a selfie. Planets can't take selfies. Read More >>

NASA Scientists Have a Plan to Make Pluto a Planet Again

“It’s bullshit,” Alan Stern, principle investigator of NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto, has said about the demotion of Pluto from the ranks of official planet status. Now Stern is heading up a team of NASA scientists who have proposed a new definition of planets that would do more than just reinstate the icy dwarf planet with the big heart to its former glory. Read More >>

Scientists Want You to Be a Doomed Cow in VR to Make You Sad About Burgers

Researchers thinking up ways to make people care about environmental issues think VR might be the answer, with one team of academics building a VR experience based around being a small bit of coral and seeing how you like being stuck in a gradually changing environment that's out of your control. Read More >>

2040 – The Year We Run Out of Food

A scientific model of the future of the world has some bad news for anyone under the age of about 65, suggesting that the world and comfortable modern life as we know it could collapse by the year 2040 amid apocalyptic food wars triggered by climate change. Read More >>

How to Save the Planet: An Interview With Two Iconic Scientists

What happens when two iconic scientists talk about saving our planet? Read on to find out what happened when E O Wilson and Sean Carroll — two giants in their field — sat down to discuss just that. Read More >>

Peer Into the Inside of Our Planet With This Trippy Computer Simulation

This trippy orb isn't the result of a misspent youth. Instead, it's the fruits of complex computer simulations that use the speed of seismic waves from earthquakes to visualise the existence of subterranean structures far beneath the surface of our planet. Read More >>

We’re Fiddling With Our Phones While the Planet Burns

Environmental collapse is on the way according to the latest research into the health of the planet, with four of the nine most critical planetary systems pushed past their safe levels and to the brink of no return. Read More >>

We’ve Got 1.75bn Years Left on Earth, Unless We Bollocks it up First

Scientists examining the collapse of other possibly life-supporting planets similar to Earth suggest we've got around 1.75bn years left to lounge about on this particular rock, before changes in the Sun make it impossible to live. Assuming we don't nuke/melt/burn/poison ourselves out of existence first, that is. Read More >>

Where the Hell Is the True North Pole?

The North Pole is just at the top of the Earth, right? Well, not really: there isn't really a 'top' of a sphere and, anyway, depending on how you measure things the pole can be in one of many different spots. So which one's right? Read More >>

Watch a Massive Black Hole Snack on a Planet

Over 47 million light years away, in a galaxy called NGC 4845, there's one hungry black hole. In fact, scientists have watched in awe as, soon after it stirred from dormancy, it chomped away at a planet 30 times the mass of Jupiter. Read More >>

A Map That Shows How Salty the Seas Are

Some briny deeps are brinier than others. The Atlantic Ocean has two huge "deserts" of extra-salty water, the result of little rainfall and lots of evaporation. Read More >>

Pluto Gives Astronomers the Finger as They Announce Tiniest Planet Ever Discovered

If I were Pluto, I would be really pissed off with the astronomers that just announced the tiniest planet ever discovered. It's a new planetary system called Kepler-37, which is centred around a star similar to our sun about 210 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Lyra. Read More >>

Why There’s More to Rising Sea Levels Than Melting Ice

Most simple explanations of climate change suggest that rising sea levels are a result of melting ice in the polar regions. While that's true to an extent, there's a simple piece of physics behind the rising waters that you might not have been made aware of. This video helps explain why it's thermal expansion that's the real problem—now we just need to work out how to stop it. [YouTube] Read More >>

This Is What Our Galaxy Really Looks Like, Absolutely Crammed With Planets

What you’re looking at here is an illustration showing just how many planets there really are in our humble little bit of the universe, the Milky Way. While we think our 3rd rock from the Sun is unique, actually there are billions of planets, with a minimum of 1,500 of the things within just 50 light-years of Earth alone – one of them must be ET’s home. Read More >>