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Beavers should be resident in Scotland says the National Trust as it announces its support for reintroduction projects.
Solar plane needs weather on its side for week-long Pacific flight
The first round-the-world solar-powered flight, known as the Solar Impulse Two, is hoping to make the next and most difficult leg of its journey.
Renowned mathematician John Nash, subject of the film A Beautiful Mind, dies in a New Jersey taxi crash with his wife.
How to clean a room before building a Mars rover
Can California learn to live with drought?
Breeding a new plant to save coffee from extinction
Purring spiders use leaves as microphones and speakers to transmit their purring courtship song to a female, scientists find.
The element that made the modern era gleam
Professor David Siveter from the University of Leicester explains how a 425 million year-old parasite was frozen in time at a site in Herefordshire.
Dogs may have been domesticated much earlier than previously though, Swedish researchers suggest.
Researchers discover the 425-million-year-old remains of a new species of parasite - still clamped to the host animal it invaded.
Thousands of species of the ocean's tiniest organisms are revealed in a series of studies.
Satellites have recorded a big sudden change in the behaviour of glaciers on the Antarctica Peninsula, according to a UK-based team.
Clean-up crews are working around the clock as investigators look into how tens of thousands of gallons of oil spewed into the sea off Santa Barbara.
Swedish researchers say that dogs may have been domesticated much earlier than some studies suggest.
New research reveals that a girl buried 3,400 years ago in Denmark who became one of the country's best-known Bronze Age relics was probably born in Germany.
Romania gripped by tensions over illegal logging
The Large Hadron Collider is smashing protons at the highest energy ever attempted - but they are only test collisions, as the LHC continues to gear up its second run.
The UK strawberry industry is expected to smash its sales record this year by £50m.