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Dinosaurs' extinction 'bad luck'
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:21:49 GMT

Dinosaurs might have survived if the asteroid that wiped them out had hit the Earth a few million years later or earlier, a new study suggests.

California hit by raging wildfires
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:30:42 GMT

Two fast-moving fires in California destroy 10 homes and force the evacuation of hundreds more, as a man dies in a lightning strike in Los Angeles.

Wildlife loss link to child slavery
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:17:53 GMT

New research suggests that the global reduction in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery.

Gecko sex satellite 'not responding'
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:48:42 GMT

A Russian satellite containing geckos could plummet to earth if control is not regained, according to reports.

'Fluffy' dinosaurs were widespread
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:19:11 GMT

A discovery of 150 million year old fossils in Siberia indicates that feathers were much more widespread among dinosaurs than previously thought.

Mobile test illuminates risk taking
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:09:54 GMT

Specially designed mobile games can help scientists answer important questions about cognition, a team finds.

Africa 'needs green revolution'
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:20:04 GMT

Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a Chatham House report.

Call for end to 'throwaway society'
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:05:10 GMT

A ban on sending leftover food to landfill is needed to move away from a 'throwaway society', say MPs.

Government to end nuclear waste veto
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:26:33 GMT

The UK government wants to scrap a community veto which allows local politicians to block a future £12bn nuclear waste repository.

Carbon concerns over wood burning
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:58:56 GMT

Burning wood to fuel power stations can create as many harmful carbon emissions as burning coal, according to a government report.

Rosetta's comet seen in close-up
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:11:22 GMT

Europe's Rosetta probe has acquired new images of the comet it is chasing through space.

Nasa seeks aid with Earth-Mars links
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:33:24 GMT

Nasa is asking for help to get data back from future science missions orbiting Mars or roaming its surface.

Genetic clues to age of first period
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:09:28 GMT

The timing of when a girl reaches puberty is controlled by hundreds of genes, say scientists.

Dogs 'hardwired' to be jealous wags
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:09:59 GMT

Jealousy is not just part of the human condition, a study suggests, it appears to be hard wired into the brains of dogs too.

Fur seals feel climate impacts
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:52:50 GMT

Changes in the Antarctic climate are showing up in the fur seal population, say scientists who have studied the animals for 30 years on the British Overseas Territory of South Georgia.

Voyage to unlock Arctic secrets
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:21:46 GMT

A crew of sailors is embarking on a pioneering citizen science expedition through the Northwest Passage between Canada and Greenland.

EU sets 30% energy savings target
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:52:08 GMT

Members of the European Union will have to boost their energy efficiency by 30% by 2030, according to the European Commission.

Secret of sandstone shapes revealed
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:23:45 GMT

Geologists discover that the stress applied by gravity is what controls the shape of dramatic sandstone landmarks.

Four-winged dinosaur found in China
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:56:17 GMT

The largest ever four-winged dinosaur has been discovered in China, with remarkably long feathers on its hindwings and tail.

Kepler sees world with distant orbit
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:04:54 GMT

The Kepler Space Telescope has spotted a distant world with the longest year of any planet in the mission's inventory.

Aids researchers on crashed plane
Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:10:53 GMT

At least six passengers on the Malaysia Airlines plane were heading to a major international Aids conference in Australia.

UK space shot's tribute to Newton
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:41:33 GMT

British astronaut Tim Peake has picked "Principia" to be the name of his mission into space next year.

'Biological pacemaker' tested in lab
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 02:49:26 GMT

Grow-your-own pacemakers are a step closer to reality, after pioneering experiments in pigs.

Rosetta heads for 'space duck'
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:17:43 GMT

Europe's mission to land on a comet was always going to be difficult, but the pictures released this week of the giant ice ball illustrate just how daunting the task will be.

Scientists develop robotic fingers
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:06:53 GMT

A group of MIT scientists announces the development of supplementary fingers controlled by sensors attached to the human hand.

Beef's greater environment burden
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:08:53 GMT

A new study says the production of beef is around 10 times more damaging to the environment than any other form of livestock.

Seals 'feed' at offshore wind farms
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:07:25 GMT

Some seals prefer to forage for food at offshore wind farms, UK study suggests.

Software can decode bird songs
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:43:00 GMT

Scientists have developed a highly advanced bird song decoder, which can automatically identify the call of a vast variety of birds.

Australia votes to repeal carbon tax
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 04:50:39 GMT

Australia's Senate votes to repeal the so-called carbon tax, a levy on the biggest polluters brought in by the Labor Party.

Twitchers flock to glimpse rare bird
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:13:45 GMT

Hundreds of bird-watchers flock to the Norfolk coast in the hope of catching a rare glimpse of a migratory great knot in British waters.

Climate-sceptic charity to be split
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:02:23 GMT

A climate-sceptic group founded by former Conservative Chancellor Lord Lawson is to relaunch after a complaint about its charitable status.

Bats 'fly by polarised light'
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:43:17 GMT

Zoologists find that bats use the pattern of polarised light in the sky at sunset to help them navigate.

Two rare Amur leopards born at zoo
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:55:10 GMT

A pair of Amur leopards, which zookeepers say are on the brink of extinction, are born at Leicestershire's Twycross Zoo.

Two bee swarms hit town in one day
Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:16:52 GMT

A Powys councillor tells how she photographed two swarms of bees in Newtown on the same day.

VIDEO: Seals 'stressed' by warming seas
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:12:08 GMT

Warming seas are reducing the food supply for Antarctic seals, say researchers.

VIDEO: Drones homing in on wildlife poachers
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:34:44 GMT

Civilian drones are being tested across Africa's game reserves in a hi-tech battle with poachers threatening the continent's wildlife tourism industry.

VIDEO: Call for end to 'throwaway society'
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:57:32 GMT

MPs have called for a ban on food waste going in to landfill.

VIDEO: 'Depressed' polar bear not moving
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:40:08 GMT

Arturo, the polar bear dubbed 'the world's saddest animal', will be staying at his zoo in Argentina, despite a massive petition calling for him to be moved to a colder climate.

VIDEO: Giant python gets a health check
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:13:34 GMT

A team at Chester Zoo has given a check-up, including heart ultrasound scan to its giant reticulated python, named JF.

VIDEO: Scientists survey jellyfish after boom
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:52:59 GMT

More and more jellyfish are being spotted on the UK's coastline during the summer months, and now scientists have decided to try and find out why.

AUDIO: Warm weather boosts slug numbers
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:07:05 GMT

There has been an increase in the number of slugs in Britain's gardens due to the warm and damp weather.

VIDEO: Loris success in Sri Lanka
Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:37:35 GMT

The Loris, one of world's smallest primates is under threat through loss of habitat. Naturalist Chaminda Jayasekara runs a conservation site to protect the animals.

Tedium, tragedy and tar: The slowest drops in science
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 02:21:18 GMT

What do experiments that go on for decades actually tell us?

Row over 'bonkers' EU energy plan
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:28:08 GMT

European spat over energy savings target

Was science fair discovery stolen?
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:08:35 GMT

Scientist claims 'child prodigy' getting credit for his discovery

The ship that totally failed to change the world
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:26:13 GMT

The atomic ship that totally failed to change the world

VIDEO: Who was that man on the Moon?
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:01:36 GMT

Why the US public lost interest in lunar exploration

Do butterfly wing patterns really mimic predator eyes?
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:32:38 GMT

Do butterfly wing patterns really mimic predator eyes?

Giant python gets a health check
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:35:05 GMT

Enormous reticulated python gets annual check-up

Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:14:09 GMT

Models and concepts by famous car manufacturers

Climate change shuttle diplomacy
Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:37:35 GMT

UK Climate Secretary travels the world for emissions deal

The virus detective who discovered Ebola
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:25:44 GMT

The young medic who found the deadly Ebola bug

Pushing frontiers of deep sea exploration
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:14:38 GMT

Ocean exploration is going further than ever

The beaches where Lego keeps washing up
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:12:42 GMT

The beaches where Lego keeps washing up

Captured carbon to feed farmed fish?
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:46:17 GMT

Carbon dioxide turned into food for farmed fish

Europe's combat drone challenge
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:02:03 GMT

Europe develops advance unmanned combat planes

VIDEO: Rare blue butterflies given fresh hope
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:04:54 GMT

A rare British butterfly is given a new home