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Science chief warns on acid oceans
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:18:50 GMT

The UK's chief scientist says the oceans face a serious and growing risk from man-made carbon emissions.

EU leaders agree CO2 emissions cut
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:59:54 GMT

The EU agrees what it calls "the world's most ambitious" deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030, overcoming deep divisions.

Google boss sets new skydive record
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:35:51 GMT

Google executive Alan Eustace breaks the world altitude record for a parachute jump set two years ago by Felix Baumgartner.

First transplant of 'dead' heart
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:00:25 GMT

Surgeons in Australia say they have performed the first heart transplant using a "dead heart".

Sci-fi short promotes comet mission
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:15:30 GMT

The European Space Agency releases a short sci-fi movie to promote its audacious bid to land on a comet next month.

North America experiences eclipse
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:09:55 GMT

Skywatchers in North America are treated to the final eclipse of the year.

Legal fight begins to save beavers
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:48:16 GMT

Campaigners start legal action to prevent the government from capturing a family of wild beavers.

Turtles tracked on swimming frenzy
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:26:38 GMT

Small tags stuck to the undersides of baby loggerhead turtles are used to follow the animals' frenetic first hours.

Monster shark 'kept whales in check'
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:23:19 GMT

The extinction of the biggest shark known to science may have triggered whales to grow to their current hefty sizes, a study suggests.

Farmland birds show rapid decline
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:39:14 GMT

Farmland birds are at their lowest levels since records began, according to government figures.

DNA yields secrets of human pioneer
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:06:04 GMT

DNA analysis of a 45,000-year-old human has helped scientists pinpoint when our ancestors interbred with Neanderthals.

Significant Bronze Age pottery find
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:55:25 GMT

A significant Bronze Age pottery find is made during an archaeological dig on the east side of Lewis, in Scotland.

Mystery of giant arm dinosaur solved
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:31:16 GMT

Two dinosaur skeletons have been unearthed in Mongolia, solving a mystery that has baffled palaeontologists for 50 years.

Slumbering lions win top photo prize
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:24:49 GMT

A black and white image of lions resting on a rock outcrop in the Serengeti has won the 2014 Wildlife Photographer of the Year award.

Wind farms outstrip nuclear power
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:07:59 GMT

The UK's wind farms generated more power than its nuclear power stations on Tuesday, the National Grid says.

Roman gums 'healthier than ours'
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:45:08 GMT

People living in Roman Britain had healthier gums than their modern-day descendants, a feat of archaeological dentistry shows.

The Queen sends her first tweet
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:51:47 GMT

The Queen sends her first tweet to launch the London Science Museum's ambitious new Information Age gallery.

Physics reveals how nature sparkles
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:15:57 GMT

Researchers reveal that the same physical mechanism is behind many of nature's most dazzling shines.

Gladiators were 'mostly vegetarian'
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:39:27 GMT

Roman gladiators had a diet that was mostly vegetarian, according to an analysis of bones from a graveyard where the fighters were buried.

Sex emerged in ancient Scottish lake
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:17:58 GMT

The first animals to copulate were small fish that lived 385 million years ago in what is now Scotland, a study suggests.

Man walks again after transplant
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:31:50 GMT

A paralysed man becomes the first in the world to walk again following a pioneering therapy which involved transplanting cells from his nose into his severed spinal cord.

Mysterious US space plane returns
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:15:42 GMT

An unmanned US military plane on a secretive two-year mission in space has returned to Earth in California.

Audi claims self-drive speed record
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:29:19 GMT

Audi says one of its self-drive test cars topped 149mph (240km/h) at a race track in Germany, beating a human-driven version.

Pesticide bans 'could hit UK crops'
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:19:57 GMT

The EU's decision to ban the use of some pesticides could threaten UK crops, increase food prices and hit farmers' profits, a report claims.

Europe 'will fail to protect climate'
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:05:35 GMT

IPCC expert says EU's plan consigns future leaders to “extraordinary and unprecedented” CO2 cuts.

UK city planning advice for China
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:01:51 GMT

UK planning experts are to advise Chinese mayors on the benefits of building environmentally friendly cities.

African solar plan to power UK homes
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:33:33 GMT

Investors are seeking funding from the UK government for an ambitious plan to import solar energy generated in North Africa.

Aussie bees fight 'hive wars'
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:44:45 GMT

Bee colonies in Brisbane are waging war for months on end, according to a new study, and the victorious swarms are taking over the hives of rival species.

New disease 'killing amphibians'
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:47:06 GMT

A deadly new disease has emerged in Spain that is wiping out amphibians, scientists report.

Threatened birds of prey 'vanish'
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 18:11:14 GMT

Two of the rarest birds of prey in England, which had been satellite tagged, vanish in unexplained circumstances.

Hyenas feast at vulture restaurants
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:18:18 GMT

"Restaurants" of dead meat set up for endangered vultures also attract an undesirable clientele of hyenas and jackals, according to a six-year study.

Brazil releases 'good' mosquitoes
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:38:42 GMT

Brazilian researchers release thousands of mosquitoes infected with a bacteria that suppresses dengue fever into the environment in Rio de Janeiro.

VIDEO: Farmland birds show rapid decline
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:57:19 GMT

Farmland birds are at their lowest levels since records began, according to government figures.

VIDEO: Battle over the Great Barrier Reef
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:23:55 GMT

Expanding coal mining operations along the Queensland coast could threaten Australia's treasured Great Barrier Reef.

VIDEO: Chimps carry out night time raids
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:34:03 GMT

Wild chimps carry out night time crop raids, footage reveals, suggesting the animals are being pushed into more risky behaviour.

VIDEO: Orphan baby elephant rescued from well
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:56:16 GMT

An elephant calf has been air rescued after he fell down a well in the remote region of Milgis Lugga in Northern Kenya.

VIDEO: Charge for carrier bags in Scotland
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:22:37 GMT

A public awareness campaign is being launched to highlight the carrier-bag charge which has come into force in Scotland.

VIDEO: EU pesticide ban 'threatens crops'
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:38:35 GMT

A report published today claims that banning too many pesticides will lead to lower yields on farm, which in turn could result in an increase in food imports, and job losses

AUDIO: Are we alone in the Milky Way?
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:29:26 GMT

Prof Brian Cox muses on whether life here on Earth is unique within the Milky Way and what this might mean.

VIDEO: Origins of intercourse traced to fish
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:01:13 GMT

Scientists believe they have traced the origin of copulation to fish found in a Scottish lake 385 million years ago.

Autumnwatch returns to Leighton Moss
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:56:22 GMT

Stags, starlings and more turn out for Autumnwatch

Baffling ballet
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:20:13 GMT

Unravelling the flocking habits of starlings

Egyptian obelisk revealed anew
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:47:58 GMT

Egyptian hieroglyphs seen in a new light

Photos capture beauty of Greenland
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:05:00 GMT

Australian photographer explores Greenland's ice sheet

Search for world's smartest city
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:51:46 GMT

Two very different paths to smarter cities

Chimps filmed in 'daring' food raids
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:33:27 GMT

Footage reveals wild chimps on night-time crop raids

Hobbit find rewriting human history
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:32:06 GMT

Tiny species found a decade ago in Indonesia caused big rethink

Rosetta comet: More black swan than yellow duck
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:24:46 GMT

A fascination of comets is their blackness

Ebola: How many people have died?
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:23:28 GMT

Why we don't know how many people Ebola has killed

Life Story with David Attenborough
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:47:00 GMT

David Attenborough's new series on the journey through life

The First Spacewalk
Sun, 12 Oct 2014 23:01:49 GMT

How the first human to walk in space nearly didn't return to Earth

Ebola treatments - how far off?
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:18:17 GMT

How far away is a treatment and vaccine?

Should spy-planes fight US crime?
Sun, 12 Oct 2014 23:41:48 GMT

Hi-res surveillance system causes US controversy