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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.

Three person IVF plans 'progress'
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:35:39 GMT

A public review into the three person IVF technique has been broadly supportive, says the Department of Health.

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.

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.

Boom in satellite ship tracking
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:21:21 GMT

The demand for ship identification and tracking data acquired by satellites is growing rapidly.

EC 'confident' in brain project
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:45:30 GMT

The European Commission has responded to criticism of its billion-euro Human Brain Project, declaring confidence that objections will be satisfied.

'Shoved' sea eagle chick flies nest
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:28:16 GMT

A sea eagle chick, featured on BBC Springwatch, which was seen being pushed out of the nest by an intruder eagle successfully flies the nest.

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.

Public asked to count UK butterflies
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:34:47 GMT

Conservationists call on the public to help survey the state of Britain's countryside by counting butterflies.

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.

'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.

Stand-off in brain project debate
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:09:11 GMT

After leaders of the billion-euro Human Brain Project hit back at critics, six top neuroscientists have expressed "dismay" at their public response.

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.

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.

Diamond crushed to Saturn's extremes
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:21:11 GMT

Diamond, nature's hardest material, has been crushed to record extremes using the "world's biggest laser".

Clark promises continuity on science
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:21:42 GMT

New science minister Greg Clark says his brief is to continue the "excellent work" of his predecessor David Willetts.

Hawking: 'I support Assisted Dying'
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:10:54 GMT

The scientist Prof Stephen Hawking has said he supports a Bill to legalise assisted dying, ahead of a debate in the House of Lords.

Night vision fighter helmet unveiled
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:28:59 GMT

A new helmet that allows pilots to see in the dark via an integrated night vision camera is unveiled at the Farnborough Airshow.

Rosetta's target is 'double' comet
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:35:17 GMT

Europe's Rosetta probe acquires some sensational new images of its comet quarry, showing what appears to be two distinct parts in contact with each other.

Aids can be 'under control by 2030'
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:23:25 GMT

The Aids epidemic can be brought under control by 2030, according to a report by the United Nations Aids agency.

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.

NZ fights 'plague' of stoats and rats
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:03:43 GMT

New Zealand approves mass poisoning to protect native wildlife.

Dolphin attacks on bay porpoises
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:06:13 GMT

Dolphin attacks on porpoises in Cardigan Bay leave marine scientists scratching their heads.

55 dead sharks on beach 'horrific'
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:23:07 GMT

A marine biologist says the "horrific" sight of 55 sharks washed up on a Gower beach may be the result of trawling.

China 'admits' trading in tiger skins
Sat, 12 Jul 2014 16:20:25 GMT

China has publicly admitted permitting the trade in skins from captive tigers, an international convention to protect endangered species hears.

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.

Sea turtle migrates 2,472 miles
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:01:01 GMT

A green sea turtle migrated a staggering 3,979 km (2,472 miles) in a year, according to Swansea University researchers.

Jellyfish set for record numbers
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:00:55 GMT

Wales is hailed as a jellyfish "hotspot" by researchers who say they could hit record numbers this summer.

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: 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.

VIDEO: Troubled Glasgow tower reopens
Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:07:57 GMT

The Glasgow Science Centre tower has reopened to the public after being closed for almost four years.

AUDIO: How to count butterflies for science
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:00:13 GMT

Sir David Attenborough has urged the public to look for butterflies as part of the Big Butterfly Count

VIDEO: Europa and the hunt for alien life
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:35:16 GMT

The search for life on other planets has long inspired science fiction novelists and Nasa missions but could one of Jupiter's moons, Europa, provide proof?

VIDEO: Westwood: No mandate for fracking
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:15:24 GMT

Nearly half of the British people do not know what fracking is, says Vivienne Westwood in a personal film

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

UK Climate Secretary travels world in hope of paving way for emissions deal

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

The young medic who discovered 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

One of Britain's rarest butterflies is given a new home

VIDEO: The whalebone sculptor
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:24:19 GMT

The man making art from the bones of ocean giants

Wild bees disappear across the UK
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:56:24 GMT

Does disappearance of wild honeybees matter?

Spaceport Britain: 'No challenge is insurmountable'
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:10:29 GMT

Can we really have a spaceport in Britain by 2018?

How much science in new Planet of the Apes film?
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:49:29 GMT

Is there any science behind Planet of the Apes?

Bloodhound Diary: Sitting pretty
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 05:43:42 GMT

Designing the inside of a 1,000mph car

All aboard: China's railway dream
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:04:22 GMT

Is China revolutionising high-speed rail travel?

LHC scientists to search for 'fifth force of Nature'
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:35:55 GMT

Is the Higgs boson made up of other particles?