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Mystery of dazzling supernova solved
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:21:42 GMT

An exceptionally bright supernova that baffled scientists has been explained - its light is amplified by another galaxy acting as a "lens".

Blood 'is not from headless king'
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:07:24 GMT

An elaborately decorated gourd thought to contain the blood of French King Louis XVI may not be authentic, scientists say.

UK team to shoot for fusion record
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:38:27 GMT

The director of a UK science facility says it could set a new world record in nuclear fusion by the end of the decade.

Human skin grown in laboratory
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:37:39 GMT

Skin grown in the laboratory could replace animals in drug and cosmetics testing, according to UK scientists.

Mystery of 'ocean quacks' solved
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:01:55 GMT

The mystery of a bizarre quacking sound often heard in the Southern Ocean has finally been solved, scientists report.

Asteroid impact risks 'underplayed'
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:18:33 GMT

A visualisation showing where sizeable asteroids have hit the Earth in recent years has been released by the B612 Foundation.

Graphene 'made with kitchen blender'
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:03:27 GMT

Scientists have outlined how they managed to make the wonder material graphene using a kitchen blender.

Flood defence assessment completed
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:25:16 GMT

For the first time in its history, the Environment Agency assesses the state of all flood defences in England following 'unprecedented' winter storms.

Malta criticised for mass bird shoot
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:51:59 GMT

A leading British naturalist accuses Malta of failing to prevent large-scale illegal shooting of migratory birds by hunters.

SpaceX launches station cargo flight
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:06:02 GMT

US company SpaceX launches its latest re-supply mission to the International Space Station, sending up a Dragon freighter to rendezvous with the orbiting platform on Sunday.

Female cave insects have 'penises'
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:51:03 GMT

Female insects with 'penises' have been discovered in Brazil - the first example of an animal with sex-reversed genitalia.

US 'delays' Keystone XL decision
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:20:31 GMT

The US state department gives federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL oil pipeline before determining whether to issue a permit.

'Most Earth-like planet yet' found
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:04:42 GMT

A planet that is close in size to the Earth and that could hold water on its surface has been identified by the Kepler telescope.

Czech deer still avoid Iron Curtain
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:56:33 GMT

A new study has found that deer on the border between the Czech Republic and old West Germany still stick to their sides despite the barrier having vanished long ago.

'World's fastest' lift to be built
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:50:46 GMT

Hitachi says it will install a lift capable of reaching speeds of 72km/h (45mph) into a skyscraper in Guangzhou, southern China.

Birth of 'new Saturn moon' witnessed
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:44:31 GMT

Scientists say they have discovered what could be the birth of a new moon in the rings of Saturn.

EU Sentinel returns first images
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:23:05 GMT

The first images come back from the radar satellite launched as part of the European Union's new flagship Earth-observation project.

Artists have unique brain structure
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:35:53 GMT

Artists' brains are structurally different to non-artists in areas relating to fine motor movements and visual imagery, a study finds.

Early air points to cold, dry Mars
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:23:21 GMT

Scientists use impact craters to work out the characteristics of the air on Mars 3.6 billion years ago.

Americas see 'Blood moon' eclipse
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:34:25 GMT

Skywatchers in the Americas have caught a rare celestial show caused by the Earth's shadow falling across the Moon.

Hepatitis C trial a 'turning point'
Sat, 12 Apr 2014 05:01:41 GMT

A new treatment for hepatitis C cured 90% of patients with the infection in 12 weeks, say scientists after studies in Europe and the US.

EU green light for UK carbon project
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:12:16 GMT

A British project to capture CO2 and bury it under the North Sea looks set to receive a 300m-euro boost from the EU.

Birds choose best building materials
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:55:07 GMT

Birds learn to choose the the best building materials for their nests, rather than building from instinct, say scientists.

EU approves alien species blacklist
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:47:39 GMT

The European Parliament has approved new legislation to stem the spread of invasive species such as "killer" shrimp or Japanese knotweed.

Double whammy threatens Amazon trees
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:18:57 GMT

The combination of fire and extreme weather events could accelerate tree mortality in the Amazon, a study suggests.

Asia pollution drives Pacific storms
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:24:01 GMT

Air pollution in China and other Asian countries is having far-reaching impacts on weather patterns across the Northern Hemisphere, a study suggests.

Water quality at beaches 'excellent'
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:40:34 GMT

A record 73% of beaches in the UK have "excellent" water quality because of last summer's dry weather, says the Marine Conservation Society.

Squirrel 'supermum' stuns wardens
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:21:25 GMT

A red squirrel at a conservation centre in Norfolk stuns wardens by producing her 48th kitten in six years.

Scottish wildlife rescues up 18%
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:10:19 GMT

The Scottish SPCA's new national wildlife rescue centre released nearly 2,800 injured animals back into the wild in 2013.

Seal cull abandoned amid protests
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:59:19 GMT

A major wild salmon producer says it is giving up the culling of seals after protests at a harbour in the north east of Scotland.

VIDEO: Film features plight of African park
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:22:06 GMT

The lethal realities of life in Virunga National Park are the subject of a British documentary which has just had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

AUDIO: Migrant birds 'shot as trophies'
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:13:13 GMT

Wildlife expert Chris Packham and Sergei Golovkin from Malta's Wild Birds Regulation Unit discuss the number of illegal bird hunters operating in Malta.

VIDEO: Water voles fighting back in Sussex
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:49:35 GMT

The number of water voles has declined by a fifth in the UK since 2011, recent figures suggest. But in one small part of Sussex, the water vole is surviving as Roger Finn reports.

VIDEO: Footage of rare 'blood moon' eclipse
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:15:43 GMT

People in the Americas have been treated to a rare "blood moon" lunar eclipse. Jonathan Amos explains the science behind the colour change.

VIDEO: The end of the beard is nigh
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:05:32 GMT

The end of the beard is nigh - not according to fashion stylists, but to evolutionary biologists.

VIDEO: 'Most Earth-like planet yet' found
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:39:18 GMT

A planet that is close in size to the Earth and that could hold water on its surface has been identified by the Kepler telescope.

VIDEO: How to pack a dinosaur for a move
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:50:30 GMT

How to prep dinosaur remains for a 2,000 mile road trip

VIDEO: World 'must end dirty fuel use'
Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:50:47 GMT

A long-awaited UN report on how to curb climate change says the world must rapidly move away from carbon-intensive fuels.

'Little progress' on forest protection plan
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:12:31 GMT

Forest protection schemes make little progress

Energy storage: The key to a smarter grid
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:16:58 GMT

Can energy grids cope with demand and volatile supply?

'Friendly' drone flies on dog leash
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:01:40 GMT

Camera takes flight on a dog leash

What are the hazards facing a plane stowaway?
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:28:36 GMT

How can a person endure clinging to a plane wheel?

Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:05:43 GMT

Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?

Chlorine: From toxic chemical to household cleaner
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:26:03 GMT

The element that makes a familiar smell when mixed with urine

Fire ice: The energy of the future?
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:02:42 GMT

Could mining ice provide for all our energy needs and save the world?

Sweet or sour? Duping our taste buds
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:00:11 GMT

Would this dessert taste different on a black plate?

A 13-year-old eagle huntress in Mongolia
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:12:29 GMT

A 13-year-old catching foxes with her golden eagle

How to move a T-Rex dinosaur
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:16:49 GMT

Moving a dinosaur skeleton across the US

What was the mysterious black ring in Leamington Spa?
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:24:17 GMT

Just what is the black ring in Leamington Spa?