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Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 16:05
Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?

VIDEO: Water voles fighting back in Sussex

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 00:49
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.

Chlorine: From toxic chemical to household cleaner

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 16:26
The element that makes a familiar smell when mixed with urine

SpaceX launches station cargo flight

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 15:06
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.

US 'delays' Keystone XL decision

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 13:20
The US state department gives federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL oil pipeline before determining whether to issue a permit.

Female cave insects have 'penises'

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 21:51
Female insects with 'penises' have been discovered in Brazil - the first example of an animal with sex-reversed genitalia.

VIDEO: 'Most Earth-like planet yet' found

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 20:39
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.

Ancient life 'frozen' by impacts

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 18:54
Ancient grasses from the Pampas of Argentina were preserved in glass when asteroids struck the area, scientists report.

'Most Earth-like planet yet' found

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:04
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.

EU green light for UK carbon project

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:12
A British project to capture CO2 and bury it under the North Sea looks set to receive a 300m-euro boost from the EU.

New London Zoo cubs in 'rude health'

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 05:15
Six months after a rare tiger cub died, London Zoo's new triplet cubs have been given a clean bill of health.

Artists have unique brain structure

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 02:35
Artists' brains are structurally different to non-artists in areas relating to fine motor movements and visual imagery, a study finds.

Female osprey returns to Lakes nest

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:40
A female osprey which produced two chicks last year returns to the same nest in the Lake District.

Fire ice: The energy of the future?

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 16:02
Could mining ice provide for all our energy needs and save the world?

Birth of 'new Saturn moon' witnessed

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 09:44
Scientists say they have discovered what could be the birth of a new moon in the rings of Saturn.

EU approves alien species blacklist

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 08:47
The European Parliament has approved new legislation to stem the spread of invasive species such as "killer" shrimp or Japanese knotweed.

Cameras capture first osprey egg

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 08:44
CCTV cameras capture the first osprey egg of the season to be laid at a reserve in the south west of Scotland.

EU Sentinel returns first images

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 07:23
The first images come back from the radar satellite launched as part of the European Union's new flagship Earth-observation project.

VIDEO: The end of the beard is nigh

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 03:05
The end of the beard is nigh - not according to fashion stylists, but to evolutionary biologists.

Beard trend 'guided by evolution'

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 02:56
The boom and bust of men's beard fashions may mirror Darwinian selection, scientists say.