Google’s secretive drone delivery project could include a component designed to store packages securely. A patent filed Tuesday in the United States (...)

2015 was the warmest year since modern record-keeping began in 1880, according to a new analysis by Nasa - 15 of the 16 warmest years on record have now occurred since 2001. Photograph: Scientific Visualization Studio/Goddard Space Flight Center

Global temperatures are continuing to rise, with 2015 down as the hottest year since records began in 1880. Last year’s temperature rise shattered th(...)

British astronaut Tim Peake is shown during his first spacewalk at the International Space Station in this Nasa image. Peake became the first astronaut representing Britain to walk in space when he left the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday to fix a power station problem. Photograph: Nasa/Handout via Reuters.

British astronaut Tim Peake has said he will never forget his “exhilarating” first walk in space as he posted a selfie of the feat. Major Peake tweet(...)

An artist’s impression of the probe Philae separating from Rosetta and descending to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

From chasing comets and planets to testing tech for measuring ripples in space-time, this year is gearing up to be another stellar year for space res(...)

Big Ben strikes in the new year on January 1st in London – or is it? Photograph: Getty Images

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Lough Feeagh, where the surface water  temperature rose at a rate of 0.35 degrees per decade between 1985 and 2009

The world’s lakes are warming more rapidly than the oceans or the atmosphere, according to new research which includes data from the Marine Institut(...)

Britain’s astronaut Tim Peake says goodbye to his sons before boarding the   310-tonne ‘Soyuz’ rocket that would launch him into orbit. Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images

Britain’s first European Space Agency astronaut, Tim Peake, has blasted off on a six-month mission to the International Space Station from the Baikonu(...)

Photographers take pictures as Russia’s Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 46/47 crew of Britain’s astronaut Tim Peake, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and US astronaut Tim Kopra blasts off from the launch pad in Kazakhstan. Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images

Major Tim Peake has blasted off into orbit on board the Soyuz space capsule on his way to becoming the first British astronaut to join the crew of the(...)

Participants in the Red Lines protest for climate justice on Saturday in Paris, December 12th, 2015.  Photograph: William Hederman

On the stroke of noon on Saturday, in Paris, we emerged from the Metro into a sea of noise, energy and euphoria at the Red Lines protest on Avenue de (...)

Greenpeace activists demonstrate at the entrance to the Volkswagen  plant in Wolfsburg, central Germany, in November. Photograph: Peter Steffen/AFP/Getty Images

When the world’s second biggest car maker suffers, as it admits itself, the worst tribulations of its 78-year history, then you know that something bi(...)