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Light pollution alters bat behaviour
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:50:05 GMT
Light pollution is having an impact on the regeneration of tropical rainforests because it disrupts the behaviour of seed dispersing bats, a study suggests.
Transatlantic great white 'pregnant'
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:37:08 GMT
The first great white shark seen to cross the Atlantic may be pregnant, the head of the expedition tracking her says.
Elephants recognise human voices
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 23:40:14 GMT
Elephants are able to work out ethnicity, gender and age from the sound of a human voice, according to a study.
UK joins 'super-microscope' project
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 01:00:24 GMT
The UK government is to allocate up to £185m on three international science projects including a 'super-microscope' in Sweden.
MoD 'to lose' environment powers
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:05:15 GMT
The Ministry of Defence will lose powers for environmental regulation on radioactivity in Scotland, under Scottish government plans.
Skull fragments reveal new crocodile
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 08:13:42 GMT
Two fossilised fragments from a crocodile skull found on the Isle of Wight indicate the discovery of a new species, researchers say.
'Withdraw' major stem cell findings
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:40:51 GMT
A Japanese scientist behind a seemingly groundbreaking stem cell study says the findings should be withdrawn amid doubts over its quality.
New threat to ozone layer identified
Sun, 09 Mar 2014 18:09:01 GMT
Scientists identify four new man-made gases that are contributing to the depletion of the ozone layer.
App set to map the oceans' plankton
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:51:26 GMT
A study calls on the world’s sailors and seafarers to help map the oceans’ phytoplankton, microscopic plants that form the bedrock of marine food chains.
Great Walls 'could stop tornadoes'
Sat, 08 Mar 2014 03:27:49 GMT
Building gigantic walls across the US could protect Tornado Alley "forever", a physicist says, though critics say the idea is unworkable.
Tree storm damage 'worst since 1987'
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:52:48 GMT
This winter's extreme winds caused the biggest loss of trees in in more than 20 years, according to the National Trust.
Teenage elephant mums 'are fitter'
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 02:29:52 GMT
Elephants that give birth as teenagers die younger, but are fitter than mothers that delay, scientists say.
'Careless farming adding to floods'
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 02:24:27 GMT
The UK government is discussing new rules to stop farmers contributing to flooding through poor land management.
Malaria 'spreading to new altitudes'
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 01:13:24 GMT
Warmer temperatures are causing malaria to spread in the African and South American highlands, traditionally havens from the disease, scientists say.
Cowboy 'trick rope physics' revealed
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:20:47 GMT
A French scientist has unravelled a formula for trick roping, made famous in Western movies, to teach himself how to lasso like a cowboy.
Ferocious dino was European giant
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 22:03:02 GMT
Portuguese scientists identify a dinosaur that may have been the largest predator ever to roam across the European landmass.
Great white shark's epic ocean trek
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:26:25 GMT
A great white is about to make history as the first of its species to be seen crossing from one side of the Atlantic to the other.
Immune upgrade gives 'HIV shielding'
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:55:06 GMT
Doctors have upgraded the immune system of 12 patients with HIV to help shield it from the virus's onslaught.
Clue to earthquake lightning mystery
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 03:33:58 GMT
Mysterious lightning flashes that appear to precede earthquakes could be sparked by movements in the ground below, scientists say.
Nuclear submarine to get new core
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:08:52 GMT
HMS Vanguard is to be refuelled at a cost of £120m after low levels of radioactivity were discovered in the cooling waters of a submarine test reactor.
New magnetic material discovered
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:02:28 GMT
A highly sensitive magnetic material that could transform computer hard drives and energy storage devices has been discovered.
Italy acts to stop Pompeii collapse
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:23:07 GMT
The Italian government will unblock 2m euros (£1.6m) in emergency funding to save the ancient city of Pompeii, after rain caused walls to collapse.
Satellites track turtle 'lost years'
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 07:43:54 GMT
Scientists using satellite tracking finally have some data on where very young loggerhead turtles go once they leave Florida and the Gulf of Mexico.
Shale gas estimate revised upwards
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 01:38:28 GMT
Cuadrilla's shale gas resource is far bigger than previously thought, according to a geologist with the company.
Amazon trees 'live fast, die young'
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:48:05 GMT
A "live fast, die young" life history strategy could have played a key role leading to the high tree diversity in the Amazon, scientists suggest.
New bird family discovered in Asia
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 01:40:16 GMT
A unique family of birds containing just one species has been discovered by researchers.
Snake eats crocodile after battle
Mon, 03 Mar 2014 08:34:05 GMT
A snake wins a lengthy battle with a crocodile in northern Queensland, wrestling it, constricting it and then finally eating it.
'Fewer crops' now feeding the world
Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:24:43 GMT
Fewer crop species are feeding the world than 50 years ago, raising concerns about the resilience and nutritional value of the global food system, a study says.
Campaign to help save juniper plants
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 01:09:47 GMT
A campaign is launched to help track juniper numbers across Scotland as figures show the plant could be nearing extinction.
First images of unexplored deep sea
Mon, 03 Mar 2014 00:08:43 GMT
An expedition to the previously unexplored New Hebrides trench in the Pacific has revealed that giant eels and crustaceans teem thousands of metres beneath the waves.
Fishy molecule 'sets depth limit'
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 01:24:01 GMT
Scientists say it is unlikely that any fish can survive in the oceans deeper than about 8,200m.
VIDEO: Fukushima - three years on
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:17:06 GMT
Three years after Japan was hit by a massive earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, is the fear of radiation actually a bigger killer than radiation itself?
VIDEO: Safe space landing for torch mission
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:09:26 GMT
The two cosmonauts, Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky, and American astronaut Michael Hopkins, have landed safely after completing their Sochi Olympic torch mission.
AUDIO: Moss used as a 'biological solar panel'
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:32:44 GMT
Dr Paolo Bombelli, a biochemist at the University of Cambridge, discusses how moss was used to power a radio.
AUDIO: Great white shark heading for UK
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:51:45 GMT
A great white shark could become the first of its species to cross the Atlantic ocean.
VIDEO: A look inside the National Grid
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 08:12:33 GMT
Bang Goes The Theory returns on Monday, with a look behind the scenes at one of the most secret locations in the UK, the control room of the National Grid.
VIDEO: Restoring peat bogs to prevent floods
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13:23:53 GMT
Roger Harrabin looks how the Exmoor peat bogs are being restored to help soak up water – preventing it running off into rivers and causing flooding further downstream.
VIDEO: Japanese astronaut takes ISS command
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 02:30:28 GMT
Koichi Wakata is the first Japanese astronaut in history to take up the post of commander on the International Space Station
VIDEO: Australia's 'Big Dry' a mounting crisis
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 11:06:48 GMT
Emergency relief is being provided for drought-hit famers in eastern Australia, as Phil Mercer reports.
The sounds of the universe
Sat, 08 Mar 2014 00:05:20 GMT
What are the strangest sounds in the universe?
Sniffing out cancer with electronic noses
Sun, 09 Mar 2014 02:47:26 GMT
Animals and electronic noses may soon transform medical diagnosis
Taking the war out of global warming
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 02:29:20 GMT
Are climate “sceptics” ready to accept more of the science?
Costly plan to reduce Somerset floods
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15:38:47 GMT
Protecting Somerset Levels to cost tens of millions
How France is disposing of its nuclear waste
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 14:11:19 GMT
Could UK emulate France's approach to nuclear waste disposal?
How to become a penguin keeper
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 01:01:09 GMT
Life as a penguin keeper in New Zealand
Rise of the human exoskeletons
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 09:47:43 GMT
How wearable robots are becoming a reality
Artificial heart patient dies
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 13:23:27 GMT
Where next for artificial hearts after death of French patient?
Busting the myths of animal sleep
Mon, 03 Mar 2014 01:34:38 GMT
How much do you really know about animal sleep?
How does a snake eat a crocodile?
Mon, 03 Mar 2014 13:02:54 GMT
A snake swallows a crocodile.... then what happens?
An Australian hero's story of survival
Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:20:00 GMT
A hero’s astonishing 500km trek to safety
Loving pets v loving animals
Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:46:36 GMT
Is caring for pets harmful to wildlife?
Frolick and Yap to solve climate change?
Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:59:58 GMT
Could developing countries' laws fix climate change?
Hidden history found beneath Alcatraz
Thu, 27 Feb 2014 01:48:20 GMT
Uncovering what lies beneath the world’s most notorious prison
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