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Europe expands Galileo network
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:51:32 GMT

Europe puts up the first "full operational capability" spacecraft in the Galileo satellite network - its version of the American GPS system.

Urban areas are hives for wild bees
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 23:31:41 GMT

A study finds a "considerable richness" of bee species in urban habitats, suggesting cities could help maintain healthy populations of the vital pollinators.

Warming 'pause' may last until 2025
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:45:33 GMT

The hiatus in the rise in global temperatures is being caused by the Atlantic Ocean and could last another 10 years, say researchers.

Stench of decay turns coral away
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:44:24 GMT

Baby coral and fish can smell the difference between good and bad reefs, say marine ecologists.

Hints of elusive early stars found
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:33:26 GMT

Astronomers may have discovered the chemical signature of one of the Universe's earliest stars.

Curiosity drill test cut short
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:20:26 GMT

Nasa's Curiosity rover looks to examine another sample of Martian rock, but its drill test in a slab dubbed "Bonanza King" fails to complete properly.

US Ebola patients out of hospital
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:19:00 GMT

One of the US aid workers who recovered from the Ebola virus says he is "thrilled to be alive" as he and another patient are discharged from hospital.

Rosetta's 10-billion-tonne comet
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:06:18 GMT

Scientists determine the comet being followed by Europe's Rosetta spacecraft to have a mass of 10 billion tonnes.

Seals 'brought TB to the Americas'
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:54:43 GMT

Marine mammals brought tuberculosis to the Americas before the Europeans arrived, a study suggests.

Earliest evidence of snail-eating
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:00:06 GMT

Palaeolithic humans in Spain began eating snails 10,000 years earlier than their Mediterranean neighbours, a study reveals.

Aircraft to have 'human-like skin'
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:40:00 GMT

A British defence firm is working on technology that will give aircraft a "skin" of sensors, allowing it to feel in a similar way to humans.

New dates rewrite Neanderthal story
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:20:47 GMT

A new study suggests that modern humans and Neanderthals co-existed in Europe 10 times longer than previously thought.

Four white lion cubs born in Germany
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:23:40 GMT

Four rare white lion cubs - three males and one female - are born at a circus on tour in eastern Germany.

Darwin's barnacles found in Denmark
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:20:36 GMT

A gift from the world-famous naturalist is to go on display in Copenhagen.

Tree-hugging snakes put safety first
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:32:32 GMT

For the first time, biologists measure the force applied by climbing snakes and find that they squeeze up to five times harder than necessary.

Elephant deaths reach tipping point
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:01:07 GMT

Africa's elephants have reached a tipping point, where more are being killed each year by poachers than are being born, a study suggests.

Vanishing canyon has 50 years left
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:20:52 GMT

A gorge in Taiwan, cut through rocks raised by a 1999 earthquake, is disappearing at an unprecedented rate, along with geological evidence.

Camouflage sheet inspired by octopus
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:23:25 GMT

Basing their work on the techniques used by octopuses and cuttlefish, US engineers have produced a flexible, colour-changing material.

Richard III 'drank a bottle a day'
Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:18:17 GMT

Research into Richard III's bones and teeth reveals the last Plantagenet king drank about a bottle of wine a day in the last years of his reign.

Beetles' whiteness understood
Sat, 16 Aug 2014 09:36:44 GMT

Scientists discover the secret behind the super-white shells of some beetles.

Greenland ice sheet losses double
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:01:24 GMT

A new assessment from Europe's CryoSat spacecraft shows Greenland to be losing about 375 cu km of ice each year.

'Growth drives UK flooding problems'
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:54:25 GMT

Part of the UK's problem with flooding is self-imposed, according to new research.

Iceland raises volcano alert level
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:06:56 GMT

The risk of an eruption at Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano has increased, as well as the risk level to the aviation industry, meteorologists say.

Magpies 'don't steal shiny objects'
Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:35:14 GMT

Science dispels the popular myth that magpies like to steal shiny objects for their nests.

Spiders 'do better' in cities
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:00:35 GMT

Female orb-weaving spiders grow larger and have an increased ability to reproduce when living in urban areas, a new study shows.

SeaWorld to redesign its whale tank
Sat, 16 Aug 2014 10:27:03 GMT

The US marine park SeaWorld is to build a new killer whale enclosure as criticism grows over how the park handles the animals.

Rare species found in marine study
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:22:32 GMT

Divers discover rare species of marine life such as stalked jellyfish and squat lobsters in a study of Somerset's Porlock Bay.

Osprey pair nest at nature reserve
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:53:25 GMT

A pair of rare ospreys nest at a nature reserve in Cumbria for the first time, conservationists confirm.

Drugs-bust primate given UK asylum
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:12:42 GMT

A primate confiscated during a drugs raid by police in the Maldives is flown 5,000 miles to the UK to start a new life.

VIDEO: Blast off for sat-nav satellites
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:09:57 GMT

A Soyuz rocket carrying two satellites which will make up part of a new European sat-nav system, blasts off from French Guiana.

VIDEO: Gibraltar banishes troublesome monkeys
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:19:17 GMT

Gibraltar is planning to banish some of its Barbary macaque population which have become too cheeky or aggressive

AUDIO: Is comedy a science or an art?
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:29:06 GMT

Comedians Paul McCaffrey and Tiff Stevenson discuss how comedy is created.

VIDEO: New dates rewrite Neanderthal story
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:53:34 GMT

The history of human evolution has been completely rewritten with the discovery that modern human beings and Neanderthals coexisted in Europe for much longer than previously thought.

VIDEO: Russian cosmonauts go on spacewalk
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:01:47 GMT

Two Russian cosmonauts set off on a spacewalk from the International Space Station (ISS) to launch a nano-satellite.

VIDEO: Aerials show flooded Arizona desert
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:59:51 GMT

Aerial pictures show flooding across the desert region of Phoenix, Arizona, following torrential storms.

VIDEO: Africa's elephants in net decline
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:26:46 GMT

A new study suggests the number of Africa's elephants has declined to a critical point.

AUDIO: Jupiter and Venus light up morning sky
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:38:50 GMT

The two brightest planets, Jupiter and Venus, are currently aligned in the sky, forming a spectacular "double star" in their closest conjunction since 2000.

Study creates 'virtual time travel'
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:28:38 GMT

Using virtual reality to 'go back in time'

Fence to stem human-elephant conflict
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:52:30 GMT

Sri Lanka tree barrier could prevent conflict between people and elephants

Galileo: We know where you are
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:00:43 GMT

What pinpointing positions on the planet could mean for you

Antarctic hides extreme ecosystem
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:58:56 GMT

Whole ecosystem thriving in the freezing cold of Antarctica's underbelly

Can eating meat be eco-friendly?
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:51:43 GMT

Which is the best eco option - eating beef, chicken or mussels?

The economic impact of Ebola
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:03:00 GMT

How Ebola crisis has affected West Africa's economies

VIDEO: Could this man help save the world?
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:01:14 GMT

UK man keeps eye on dangerous asteroids

Rescuers comb Japan landslide site
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:14:14 GMT

Rescuers comb through the site of Japan landslides

VIDEO: Hacker conference - behind the scenes
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:00:55 GMT

The man who can create traffic jams and other cyber-warriors

Life on Ebola front line
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:29:35 GMT

A doctor reports from the Ebola front line

How safe is eating meat?
Sun, 17 Aug 2014 23:28:10 GMT

Doctor puts a high-meat diet to the test

Robot swarm shuffles into formation
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 07:27:07 GMT

Robot swarm builds two-dimensional shapes in lab

How much gold can we get from mobile phones?
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 23:34:05 GMT

How much of the gold we need can we get from recycled phones?

A looming crisis in space?
Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:32:55 GMT

How does Ukraine crisis affect US-Russian co-operation in space?