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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.

Deal expected on EU climate cuts
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:20:37 GMT

A plan to cut CO2 by 40% from 1990 levels is likely to be agreed by EU leaders despite the threat of a veto from Poland.

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.

Significant Bronze Age pottery find
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:55:25 GMT

A significant Bronze Age pottery find is made during an archaeological dig on the east side of Lewis, in Scotland.

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.

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.

Tractor beam breaks distance record
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:40:57 GMT

Scientists have turned a laser into a reversible "tractor beam" that can repel or attract objects.

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.

Man walks again after transplant
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:31:50 GMT

A paralysed man becomes the first in the world to walk again following a pioneering therapy which involved transplanting cells from his nose into his severed spinal cord.

Ebola serum for Africa 'in weeks'
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:59:34 GMT

Treatments to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa should become available in the coming weeks and months, says the World Health Organization.

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.

African solar plan to power UK homes
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:33:33 GMT

Investors are seeking funding from the UK government for an ambitious plan to import solar energy generated in North Africa.

Sex emerged in ancient Scottish lake
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:17:58 GMT

The first animals to copulate were small fish that lived 385 million years ago in what is now Scotland, a study suggests.

Audi claims self-drive speed record
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:29:19 GMT

Audi says one of its self-drive test cars topped 149mph (240km/h) at a race track in Germany, beating a human-driven version.

Aussie bees fight 'hive wars'
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:44:45 GMT

Bee colonies in Brisbane are waging war for months on end, according to a new study, and the victorious swarms are taking over the hives of rival species.

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.

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.

Physics reveals how nature sparkles
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:15:57 GMT

Researchers reveal that the same physical mechanism is behind many of nature's most dazzling shines.

Mysterious US space plane returns
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:15:42 GMT

An unmanned US military plane on a secretive two-year mission in space has returned to Earth in California.

Comet Siding Spring skims past Mars
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:10:16 GMT

A recently discovered comet known as Siding Spring passes Mars, giving scientists a unique chance to study the object.

Death Star moon is 'wonky or watery'
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:04:59 GMT

The internal structure of Saturn's moon Mimas is either irregularly shaped or awash with water, according to a new study of its tell-tale wobbling movements.

Name sought for comet landing site
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:27:49 GMT

The public are being invited to name the site on a comet where a European robot will try to land on 12 November.

UK science 'losing ground' to rivals
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:28:08 GMT

Campaigners say the UK will lose its leading position in science and engineering unless current cutbacks are reversed.

Mercury's hidden water-ice revealed
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:14:25 GMT

A Nasa spacecraft has provided the first optical images of ice within permanently shadowed craters on the planet Mercury.

New disease 'killing amphibians'
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:47:06 GMT

A deadly new disease has emerged in Spain that is wiping out amphibians, scientists report.

Giant kangaroo 'walked on two feet'
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:26:37 GMT

A family of extinct kangaroos, three times bigger than living species, probably walked rather than hopped, according to a detailed study of their bones.

Carnivores 'help trees shed thorns'
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:23:54 GMT

The presence of carnivores, which control herbivore numbers, helps plants without thorny defences thrive, a study of life on the savannah reveals.

Smart meters open to hack attack
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:18:44 GMT

Smart meters widely used in Spain can be hacked to cut power bills, two security researchers find.

Plants 'absorb more CO2 than thought'
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:58:05 GMT

Global climate models under play the amount of CO2 being absorbed by plants, according to new research.

Paterson in 'lights out' warning
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:57:30 GMT

The government's energy policy will "fail to keep the lights on", the former environment secretary has said.

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: Battle over the Great Barrier Reef
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:23:55 GMT

Expanding coal mining operations along the Queensland coast could threaten Australia's treasured Great Barrier Reef.

VIDEO: Chimps carry out night time raids
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:34:03 GMT

Wild chimps carry out night time crop raids, footage reveals, suggesting the animals are being pushed into more risky behaviour.

VIDEO: Orphan baby elephant rescued from well
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:56:16 GMT

An elephant calf has been air rescued after he fell down a well in the remote region of Milgis Lugga in Northern Kenya.

VIDEO: Charge for carrier bags in Scotland
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:22:37 GMT

A public awareness campaign is being launched to highlight the carrier-bag charge which has come into force in Scotland.

VIDEO: EU pesticide ban 'threatens crops'
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:38:35 GMT

A report published today claims that banning too many pesticides will lead to lower yields on farm, which in turn could result in an increase in food imports, and job losses

AUDIO: Are we alone in the Milky Way?
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:29:26 GMT

Prof Brian Cox muses on whether life here on Earth is unique within the Milky Way and what this might mean.

VIDEO: Origins of intercourse traced to fish
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:01:13 GMT

Scientists believe they have traced the origin of copulation to fish found in a Scottish lake 385 million years ago.

VIDEO: Plastic food packaging health fears
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:28:16 GMT

BBC Inside Out examines whether health fears over plastic food packaging are justified and asks if BPA should be banned in the UK.

Photos capture beauty of Greenland
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:05:00 GMT

Australian photographer explores Greenland's ice sheet

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

Footage reveals wild chimps on night-time crop raids

Hobbit find rewriting human history
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:32:06 GMT

Tiny species found a decade ago in Indonesia caused big rethink

Rosetta comet: More black swan than yellow duck
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:24:46 GMT

A fascination of comets is their blackness

Ebola: How many people have died?
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:23:28 GMT

Why we don't know how many people Ebola has killed

Life Story with David Attenborough
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:47:00 GMT

David Attenborough's new series on the journey through life

The First Spacewalk
Sun, 12 Oct 2014 23:01:49 GMT

How the first human to walk in space nearly didn't return to Earth

Ebola treatments - how far off?
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:18:17 GMT

How far away is a treatment and vaccine?

Should spy-planes fight US crime?
Sun, 12 Oct 2014 23:41:48 GMT

Hi-res surveillance system causes US controversy

How English became language of science
Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:57:33 GMT

How the US changed the language of science

VIDEO: Ponies munch a meadow back to life
Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:20:43 GMT

Can a team of ponies munch a meadow back to life?