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Cowboy 'trick rope physics' revealed
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:20:47 GMT
A French scientist has unravelled a formula for trick roping, made famous in Western movies, to teach himself how to lasso like a cowboy.
Tree storm damage 'worst since 1987'
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:52:48 GMT
This winter's extreme winds caused the biggest loss of trees in in more than 20 years, according to the National Trust.
Careless farming 'adding to floods'
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 02:24:27 GMT
The UK government is discussing new rules to stop farmers contributing to flooding through poor land management.
Teenage elephant mums 'are fitter'
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 02:29:52 GMT
Elephants that give birth as teenagers die younger, but are fitter than mothers that delay, scientists say.
Malaria 'spreading to new altitudes'
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 01:13:24 GMT
Warmer temperatures are causing malaria to spread in the African and South American highlands, traditionally havens from the disease, scientists say.
'Carbon bubble' threatens markets
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 07:45:11 GMT
The world's financial markets could be creating a "carbon bubble" by overvaluing the fossil fuel assets of large companies.
Great white shark's epic ocean trek
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:26:25 GMT
A great white is about to make history as the first of its species to be seen crossing from one side of the Atlantic to the other.
Immune upgrade gives 'HIV shielding'
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:55:06 GMT
Doctors have upgraded the immune system of 12 patients with HIV to help shield it from the virus's onslaught.
Clue to earthquake lightning mystery
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 03:33:58 GMT
Mysterious lightning flashes that appear to precede earthquakes could be sparked by movements in the ground below, scientists say.
Nuclear submarine to get new core
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:08:52 GMT
HMS Vanguard is to be refuelled at a cost of £120m after low levels of radioactivity were discovered in the cooling waters of a submarine test reactor.
Satellites track turtle 'lost years'
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 07:43:54 GMT
Scientists using satellite tracking finally have some data on where very young loggerhead turtles go once they leave Florida and the Gulf of Mexico.
Shale gas estimate revised upwards
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 01:38:28 GMT
Cuadrilla's shale gas resource is far bigger than previously thought, according to a geologist with the company.
Ferocious dino was European giant
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 22:03:02 GMT
Portuguese scientists identify a dinosaur that may have been the largest predator ever to roam across the European landmass.
Schoolboy creates nuclear fusion
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:36:40 GMT
A 13-year-old schoolboy creates nuclear fusion in a Lancashire school.
New magnetic material discovered
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:02:28 GMT
A highly sensitive magnetic material that could transform computer hard drives and energy storage devices has been discovered.
Italy acts to stop Pompeii collapse
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:23:07 GMT
The Italian government will unblock 2m euros (£1.6m) in emergency funding to save the ancient city of Pompeii, after rain caused walls to collapse.
Fishy molecule 'sets depth limit'
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 01:24:01 GMT
Scientists say it is unlikely that any fish can survive in the oceans deeper than about 8,200m.
Angry people 'risking heart attacks'
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 01:31:17 GMT
Anger may trigger a heart attack or stroke, with a "danger window" of about two hours following an outburst, say researchers.
Doctors aim to grow ears from fat
Sun, 02 Mar 2014 00:17:38 GMT
Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London are aiming to reconstruct people's faces with stem cells taken from their fat.
Rare prehistoric rock art found
Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:20:06 GMT
A rare example of a type of prehistoric rock art, that could be 5,000 years old, is uncovered in the Highlands.
Amazon trees 'live fast, die young'
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:48:05 GMT
A "live fast, die young" life history strategy could have played a key role leading to the high tree diversity in the Amazon, scientists suggest.
New bird family discovered in Asia
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 01:40:16 GMT
A unique family of birds containing just one species has been discovered by researchers.
Snake eats crocodile after battle
Mon, 03 Mar 2014 08:34:05 GMT
A snake wins a lengthy battle with a crocodile in northern Queensland, wrestling it, constricting it and then finally eating it.
'Fewer crops' now feeding the world
Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:24:43 GMT
Fewer crop species are feeding the world than 50 years ago, raising concerns about the resilience and nutritional value of the global food system, a study says.
First images of unexplored deep sea
Mon, 03 Mar 2014 00:08:43 GMT
An expedition to the previously unexplored New Hebrides trench in the Pacific has revealed that giant eels and crustaceans teem thousands of metres beneath the waves.
Tesco criticised over tuna brand
Sun, 02 Mar 2014 01:02:35 GMT
Environmental campaigners Greenpeace accuse supermarket chain Tesco of stocking a brand of tuna that is caught in a way that can harm other wildlife.
Badger culls were 'ineffective'
Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:17:38 GMT
Analysis of last year's pilot badger culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire has concluded they were ineffective and inhumane, the BBC understands.
Storm fears for iconic seabirds
Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:37:07 GMT
Record numbers of malnourished seabirds are being washed up on beaches following storms, say experts.
Call to reverse tail docking ban
Wed, 26 Feb 2014 00:55:58 GMT
Gamekeepers in Scotland stepping up their campaign to end the ban on the docking of working dogs' tails.
VIDEO: Restoring peat bogs to prevent floods
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13:23:53 GMT
Roger Harrabin looks how the Exmoor peat bogs are being restored to help soak up water – preventing it running off into rivers and causing flooding further downstream.
VIDEO: Australia's 'Big Dry' a mounting crisis
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 11:06:48 GMT
Emergency relief is being provided for drought-hit famers in eastern Australia, as Phil Mercer reports.
VIDEO: Astronauts' tribute to Gravity film
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:14:02 GMT
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station send congratulations to the producers of Gravity for their Oscars success
VIDEO: The physics of lasso tricks slowed down
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:03:05 GMT
Two classic cowboy rope tricks in super-slow motion.
VIDEO: Arctic summit starts in London
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 23:10:26 GMT
Oil, mining and shipping companies are debating the Arctic's business and geopolitical future at a two-day summit in London.
AUDIO: Somerset homes remain flooded
Mon, 03 Mar 2014 07:33:01 GMT
Somerset farm owner James Winslade discusses the lasting effects of recent flooding.
VIDEO: Seabirds suffer impact of storms
Sun, 02 Mar 2014 07:39:14 GMT
Recent storms brought crashing waves, gales and flooding to Britain's coastline and it is now believed they could also have had a significant impact on our seabird population.
VIDEO: Large crack appears on top of cliff
Thu, 27 Feb 2014 20:00:24 GMT
A 30ft (9m) crack appears along the cliff top at Birling Gap in East Sussex.
The sounds of the universe
Sat, 08 Mar 2014 00:05:20 GMT
What are the strangest sounds in the universe?
Taking the war out of global warming
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 02:29:20 GMT
Are climate “sceptics” ready to accept more of the science?
Costly plan to reduce Somerset floods
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15:38:47 GMT
Protecting Somerset Levels to cost tens of millions
How France is disposing of its nuclear waste
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 14:11:19 GMT
Could UK emulate France's approach to nuclear waste disposal?
How to become a penguin keeper
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 01:01:09 GMT
Life as a penguin keeper in New Zealand
Rise of the human exoskeletons
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 09:47:43 GMT
How wearable robots are becoming a reality
Artificial heart patient dies
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 13:23:27 GMT
Where next for artificial hearts after death of French patient?
Busting the myths of animal sleep
Mon, 03 Mar 2014 01:34:38 GMT
How much do you really know about animal sleep?
How does a snake eat a crocodile?
Mon, 03 Mar 2014 13:02:54 GMT
A snake swallows a crocodile.... then what happens?
An Australian hero's story of survival
Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:20:00 GMT
A hero’s astonishing 500km trek to safety
Loving pets v loving animals
Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:46:36 GMT
Is caring for pets harmful to wildlife?
Frolick and Yap to solve climate change?
Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:59:58 GMT
Could developing countries' laws fix climate change?
Hidden history found beneath Alcatraz
Thu, 27 Feb 2014 01:48:20 GMT
Uncovering what lies beneath the world’s most notorious prison
UK ready to destroy chemical weapons
Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:52:08 GMT
UK site set to destroy Syria's chemical weapons
Longest aircraft unveiled in UK
Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:52:45 GMT
How the world's longest aircraft was built
Lotus F1 Team looks to tech to win
Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:20:30 GMT
Harnessing technology in quest for F1 trophies
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