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Court halts Obama's key climate plan
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 01:38:44 GMT

President Obama's plans to regulate emissions of carbon dioxide from US power plants are stalled by the Supreme Court.

Climate change 'to make flights longer'
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:29:53 GMT

Flights from the UK to the US could take longer due to the changes in the climate, according to a new study.

Horses recognise human emotions
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 02:14:57 GMT

Horses discriminate between happy and angry human facial expressions, according to research.

Bacteria 'see' like tiny eyeballs
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:59:56 GMT

Biologists discover how bacteria sense light and move towards it: the entire single-cell organism focuses light like a tiny eyeball.

Water rights 'threaten Spanish wetland'
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 00:16:50 GMT

One of Europe's most important wetland areas is under threat say environmentalists as Spain and Catalonia argue about the future of the Ebro river.

India 'meteorite death' to be probed
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 06:03:30 GMT

Indian scientists have been asked to examine claims that a man died after being hit by a meteorite in southern Vellore city.

Mutant sperm-factories spread in testes
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:46:30 GMT

Mutant sperm-factories spread in men's testicles as they age to increase the risk of children with genetic diseases, researchers have shown.

'Wrong type of trees' boost warming
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:44:03 GMT

Scientists say replacing broadleaved species with conifers over the past two centuries has increased global temperatures.

Sixth man on Moon Edgar Mitchell dies
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 11:24:42 GMT

US astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who was the sixth man to walk on the Moon and had an "epiphany" in space, dies at the age of 85.

Bears hibernate 'with bacterial help'
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 08:05:48 GMT

A Swedish study suggests that changes in the gut flora of brown bears help them to cope with the weird metabolic demands of hibernation.

Spread of bee disease 'largely manmade'
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 02:16:21 GMT

The global honeybee trade is driving a pandemic that threatens hives and wild bees, according to a study.

New tarantula named after Johnny Cash
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 22:03:43 GMT

Among 14 newly described species of tarantula is Aphonopelma johnnycashi, which lives near Folsom Prison in California.

New rainforests boost carbon capture
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 23:01:30 GMT

Secondary rainforests - if allowed to flourish in the right conditions - can absorb 11 times as much carbon as old-growth rainforests, a study shows.

Colombia warns on Zika baby risk
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 18:45:46 GMT

Health officials in Colombia are warning that as many as 600 babies could be born with microcephaly this year.

Flashes of light may stop jet lag
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:45:08 GMT

Exposure to short flashes of light at night could help travellers adjust to new time zones and avoid jet lag, according to scientists.

Sea lion found in San Diego restaurant
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:07:19 GMT

A hungry sea lion pup is rescued after finding its way into a restaurant in the US city of San Diego.

Paris deal could 'displace millions'
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 01:44:33 GMT

A global deal to limit emissions of carbon dioxide could make millions of forest dwellers homeless, according to a new analysis.

Mystery of 'sock of the deep' solved
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 18:07:28 GMT

A decades-long mystery of a deep-sea creature that resembles a discarded purple sock has been solved, scientists say.

Luxembourg to support space mining
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 10:12:17 GMT

The Luxembourg government has signalled its intention to get behind the 'next industrial revolution' - the mining of asteroids in space.

VIDEO: Meet the mysterious deep-sea 'sock'
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 18:07:22 GMT

The mystery of a deep-sea creature that resembles a discarded purple sock has been solved, scientists report.

VIDEO: WHO warns Zika could infect millions
Thu, 28 Jan 2016 23:07:14 GMT

The World Health Organisation has convened an emergency committee to discuss the spread of the Zika virus, which has been linked to thousands of birth defects in Latin America.

VIDEO: Copying the brain's origami using gel
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 17:43:59 GMT

Scientists replicate how the human brain folds using a 3D model made out of gel, and computer simulations.

VIDEO: Bite by bite: Shark eats shark
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:16:44 GMT

A female sand tiger shark has slowly eaten a smaller male shark in a Seoul aquarium, bite by bite

VIDEO: Chris Packham on polecat comeback
Thu, 28 Jan 2016 17:00:05 GMT

Polecats, which were almost wiped out in Britain in the last century, have made a remarkable recovery. Naturalist Chris Packham explains.

VIDEO: Inside Russia's new space port
Thu, 28 Jan 2016 04:08:36 GMT

Work is nearing completion on building Russia's new Vostochny space port, designed to replace the Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan.

VIDEO: Penguin diary: Charting a year in the life
Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:23:30 GMT

Victoria Gill joins a team of scientists as they set up remote cameras to observe penguin colonies in the Antarctic.

VIDEO: 'Ninja eagle' kicks like a mule
Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:02:21 GMT

UK researchers measure the power in the strike of the secretary bird, which hunts by kicking.

Dating dispute over 'oldest Koran'
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 01:25:54 GMT

Carbon dating row over 'oldest Koran'

Caves reveal Australia wasteland's secret past
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 03:06:52 GMT

Caves reveal a desert's rainforest past

Winning photos from beautiful gardens
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:11:15 GMT

What is the most beautiful garden photo of the year?

Are humans driving evolution in animals?
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 00:18:13 GMT

Is human activity driving evolution in animals?

Stephen Hawking’s second Reith Lecture: Annotated transcript
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 09:13:45 GMT

More on black holes, from Stephen Hawking's second Reith Lecture

Bloodhound Diary: How fast is your car?
Sun, 31 Jan 2016 23:49:32 GMT

The challenge of setting a mini land speed record