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Tarantulas 'turned blue eight times'
Sat, 28 Nov 2015 00:17:43 GMT

A study finds that tarantulas evolved almost exactly the same shade of vibrant blue at least eight separate times.

Catholic call to join climate marches
Sat, 28 Nov 2015 12:16:26 GMT

The Pope's senior adviser on global warming has urged Catholics all over the world to join global climate marches planned for Sunday.

Japan to resume whaling in Antarctic
Sat, 28 Nov 2015 09:32:48 GMT

Japan decides to resume hunting whales in the Antarctic after a break of more than a year despite a ruling by the International Court of Justice.

Support for climate deal 'declines'
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:35:12 GMT

A public opinion survey suggests that support for strong action on climate change has declined since 2009.

'Dangerous' lakes in Everest glacier
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 04:53:38 GMT

Lakes that have been forming near Mount Everest could threaten settlements downstream if they overflow.

Space rocket debris found off Scilly
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 19:49:17 GMT

A large chunk of what is believed to have been an unmanned American space rocket is found in the sea off the Isles of Scilly.

Minister to make fracking decision
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 07:13:59 GMT

The decision to allow shale gas drilling - or fracking - in Lancashire will be made directly by the government, it has emerged.

Ultrasound scans brain in micro 3D
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 16:37:15 GMT

Scientists use ultrasound to scan the blood vessels of an entire rat brain in microscopic 3D detail, pioneering a technique they say will improve cancer and stroke diagnosis.

Lead poisons '100,000 birds annually'
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 06:11:14 GMT

About 100,000 wetland birds are killed every year from poisoning by discarded lead ammunition, say scientists.

Europe's Mars missions are go - finally
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 22:54:38 GMT

Ten years after being formally approved, Europe's ExoMars project is at last ready to send some hardware - a satellite - to the Red Planet.

Spider web gives up DNA secrets
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 09:32:54 GMT

Spiders - and their prey - can be identified from the DNA they leave behind stuck on webs, say US scientists.

Court lifts SA rhino horn trade ban
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 12:04:20 GMT

A South Africa court lifts a ban on the domestic trade in rhino horns which was imposed by the government in 2009 to stem poaching.

Shark drones to patrol Australian coast
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 02:42:05 GMT

Drones and "smart" drum lines will be deployed to protect swimmers on New South Wales' north coast from shark attacks, the state government says.

China robot event pulls Beijing crowds
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 09:38:55 GMT

The World Robot Conference in Beijing has drawn big crowds to its showcase of "jiqiren", or "machine people".

'Good' settlement for UK science
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:19:40 GMT

The UK chancellor has said that the science budget will be protected in real terms - equating to an increase.

Private funds may restore peatlands
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:18:38 GMT

Private investors are being invited to help fund the restoration of about one half of the UK's peatlands.

2015 likely to be warmest on record
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:13:19 GMT

Temperatures across the globe are likely to break records in 2015 with readings running "well above" any previous year, scientists say.

VIDEO: Drone used to monitor food waste gases
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:50:26 GMT

An experimental drone fitted with sensors is being deployed to monitor gases rising from rubbish dumps.

VIDEO: What has Bristol achieved as 'green capital'?
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:37:12 GMT

John Maguire visited Bristol, which has been serving as Europe's official Green Capital, to see what the city has achieved in 2015.

VIDEO: Switzerland’s vanishing natural wonder
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:07:26 GMT

Striking drone footage shows the extent of the retreat of Switzerland's Rhone Glacier, as scientists warn such magisterial ice-masses will have almost vanished by the end of the century.

VIDEO: 'Lead shot is poison for hunters'
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:05:09 GMT

Why one Danish hunter campaigns against the use of lead ammunition.

VIDEO: Hunting for Einstein's missing waves
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:22:11 GMT

An experiment in Italy seeks to find Albert Einstein's last great prediction - gravitational waves.

VIDEO: Conservation's 'gadget man'
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:03:14 GMT

Meet the RSPB's 'gadget man' who builds devices to help conservation scientists gather data.

VIDEO: A brief history of climate talks
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:20:37 GMT

Rebecca Morelle reports for BBC Newsnight on the background to the upcoming summit in Paris.

VIDEO: What is Einstein's Theory of Relativity?
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:15:56 GMT

Everything you need to know about Einstein's 100-year-old Theory of General Relativity.

Eyesores or sights for sore eyes?
Sat, 28 Nov 2015 08:19:41 GMT

Should powers station cooling towers be protected?

Is there an economic case for tackling climate change?
Sat, 28 Nov 2015 02:35:36 GMT

Is there an economic case for tackling climate change?

Is this the subject with the most baffling jargon?
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 01:38:24 GMT

The strange world of enviro-jargon

Taking on Godzilla in Alaska
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 01:36:34 GMT

The Alaskan fishing village taking on 'Godzilla'

The hunt for Einstein's missing waves
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 03:55:37 GMT

The hunt for Albert Einstein's missing waves

COP21: Malawi's battle to hold on to forests
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:34:24 GMT

Renewable tech and coal power ambitions in Malawi