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US rocket explodes during launch

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 06:06
An unmanned rocket bound for the International Space Station has exploded during its launch from the US state of Virginia.

VIDEO: The island disappearing into the sea

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 18:44
The story of two families and one fragile Louisiana wetland

Salt destroying fertile land - UN

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 18:05
About 2,000 hectares of fertile land are lost each day due to damage caused by salt, according to a UN analysis.

VIDEO: 1000C lava reaches homes in Hawaii

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 16:53
A lava flow from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island is now drawing close to homes.

VIDEO: Moment unmanned rocket explodes

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 16:44
An unmanned cargo rocket has exploded seconds after lifting off from a commercial launch pad in Virginia.

Giant tortoise 'miraculous' recovery

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:16
A new study confirms that giant tortoise numbers on one of the Galapagos Islands have bounced back thanks to captive breeding.

Google developing a cancer detector

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:35
Google is attempting to diagnose cancers, heart attack risks and other ailments with a system that combines nanoparticles and a wrist-worn sensor.

VIDEO: App aims to identify bird songs

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 08:46
A mobile phone app that recognises which species of bird is singing is being developed by a researcher at Queen Mary University in London.

Two genes linked with violent crime

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 02:00
Two genes are associated with repeat violent offenders, according to a genetic analysis of almost 900 criminals in Finland.

VIDEO: New supercomputer for Met Office

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 01:13
Funding has been confirmed for a £97m supercomputer to improve the Met Office's weather forecasting and climate modelling.

VIDEO: Wild flowers targeted by thieves

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 00:53
Conservationists are warning that some of Britain's endangered plants are being put under even greater threat, because thieves are stealing them to order.

Met Office supercomputer confirmed

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 00:41
Plans are unveiled for a £97m supercomputer which will boost the Met Office's computing capacity by 13 times, improving weather forecasting and climate modelling.

Protection plan 'will not save reef'

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 22:49
Australia's Academy of Science says a government draft plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef will not prevent its decline.

The high-stakes world of rare-plant theft

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 17:30
The high-stakes world of botanical crime

Piece of Australia found in Vanuatu

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 15:53
A fragment of ancient Australia is found under Vanuatu in the South Pacific, raising new questions about how continents are formed.

Population controls 'not effective'

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 14:50
Attempts to restrict population growth will not solve global sustainability issues in the short term, new research says.

Swan numbers show 'alarming crash'

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 10:38
The UK's smallest and rarest swan suffers an "alarming crash in numbers", the Gloucestershire-based Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust says.

'Tree of the Year' shortlist issued

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 04:29
The 10 trees to make the final of England's "Tree of the Year" competition are announced.

Bloodhound Diary: Putting it all together

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 01:42
Into the assembly of the world's fastest car

Eyeball link to Alzheimer's studied

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 17:20
A new £1.1m study led from Dundee University is to investigate whether eye tests can provide an "early warning" of Alzheimer's disease.