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IPCC debates 'most important' report
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:34:14 GMT

Scientists and government officials are meeting in Copenhagen to edit a report on the causes, impact and solutions to global warming.

New species of frog in urban jungle
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:36:06 GMT

Scientists confirm that a frog found living in New York City wetlands is a new species.

Rocket makers probe US explosion
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:27:46 GMT

The builders of an unmanned supply rocket which exploded on the way to the International Space Station have vowed to find the cause of the failure.

Koala chlamydia vaccine raises hope
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:59:34 GMT

Australian scientists say they have successfully tested a vaccine aimed at protecting wild koalas from chlamydia.

Key to sounding charismatic revealed
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:09:15 GMT

An innate ability some people have to manipulate their vocal frequency could be the key to sounding charismatic, according to new research.

Salt destroying fertile land - UN
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 01:05:28 GMT

About 2,000 hectares of fertile land are lost each day due to damage caused by salt, according to a UN analysis.

Giant tortoise 'miraculous' recovery
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:16:16 GMT

A new study confirms that giant tortoise numbers on one of the Galapagos Islands have bounced back thanks to captive breeding.

Met Office supercomputer confirmed
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:41:21 GMT

Plans are unveiled for a £97m supercomputer which will boost the Met Office's computing capacity by 13 times, improving weather forecasting and climate modelling.

Google developing a cancer detector
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:35:15 GMT

Google is attempting to diagnose cancers, heart attack risks and other ailments with a system that combines nanoparticles and a wrist-worn sensor.

Two genes linked with violent crime
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:00:21 GMT

Two genes are associated with repeat violent offenders, according to a genetic analysis of almost 900 criminals in Finland.

Protection plan 'will not save reef'
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:49:58 GMT

Australia's Academy of Science says a government draft plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef will not prevent its decline.

Population controls 'not effective'
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:50:19 GMT

Attempts to restrict population growth will not solve global sustainability issues in the short term, new research says.

Paper test can detect Ebola strains
Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:51:11 GMT

DNA-programmed blotting paper could soon be giving doctors a simple disease test that will reveal an infection in 30 minutes for just a few pence.

Eyeball link to Alzheimer's studied
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:20:23 GMT

A new £1.1m study led from Dundee University is to investigate whether eye tests can provide an "early warning" of Alzheimer's disease.

Swan numbers show 'alarming crash'
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:38:36 GMT

The UK's smallest and rarest swan suffers an "alarming crash in numbers", the Gloucestershire-based Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust says.

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.

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.

Have there been lions in London since 1210?
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:24:58 GMT

The capital's three remaining lionesses are being temporarily relocated to Bedfordshire.

Piece of Australia found in Vanuatu
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22:53:31 GMT

A fragment of ancient Australia is found under Vanuatu in the South Pacific, raising new questions about how continents are formed.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'Tree of the Year' shortlist issued
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:29:51 GMT

The 10 trees to make the final of England's "Tree of the Year" competition are announced.

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.

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.

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.

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: Russia's 39,000-year-old mammoth
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:05:36 GMT

A 39,000 year-old baby mammoth named Yuka has been put in display in central Moscow making it the best preserved mammoth in palaeontology.

VIDEO: Moment unmanned rocket explodes
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:44:24 GMT

An unmanned cargo rocket has exploded seconds after lifting off from a commercial launch pad in Virginia.

VIDEO: 1000C lava reaches homes in Hawaii
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:53:50 GMT

A lava flow from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island is now drawing close to homes.

VIDEO: App aims to identify bird songs
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:46:53 GMT

A mobile phone app that recognises which species of bird is singing is being developed by a researcher at Queen Mary University in London.

VIDEO: Wild flowers targeted by thieves
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:53:03 GMT

Conservationists are warning that some of Britain's endangered plants are being put under even greater threat, because thieves are stealing them to order.

VIDEO: New supercomputer for Met Office
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:13:16 GMT

Funding has been confirmed for a £97m supercomputer to improve the Met Office's weather forecasting and climate modelling.

VIDEO: Record skydive from edge of space
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 06:36:18 GMT

Google executive Alan Eustace has broken the world altitude record for a parachute jump by leaping from 135,890 feet (41,419 metres) beating Felix Baumgartner's record.

VIDEO: Two by two? How to move 1,700 animals
Sun, 26 Oct 2014 10:54:20 GMT

Wetheriggs Animal Rescue Centre in Cumbria move their 1700 animals to a new home County Durham.

In pictures: Relics found in Mexico
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:18:15 GMT

Ancient Mexican city yields 50,000 treasures

How will future city signs look?
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:29:06 GMT

How jetpacks and driverless cars will change the cityscape

VIDEO: The island disappearing into the sea
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 01:44:28 GMT

The story of two families and one fragile Louisiana wetland

The high-stakes world of rare-plant theft
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:30:23 GMT

The high-stakes world of botanical crime

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

Can science explain the flocking habits of starlings?

10 things you may not know about laughter
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:15:19 GMT

10 things you may not have known about being amused

Bloodhound Diary: Putting it all together
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:42:27 GMT

Into the assembly of the world's fastest car

Australia green firms hit by cut
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:04:54 GMT

Australia's green energy firms hit by target cuts

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

Stags, starlings and more turn out for Autumnwatch

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

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

Different paths taken by Bristol and Glasgow

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

Footage reveals wild chimps on night-time crop raids