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Study queries non-hazardous plastic

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 03:12
Researchers question the non-hazardous ranking of plastic, saying its environmental impacts are not subject to the same level of scrutiny as other pollutants.

Super-rat history extracted from DNA

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 02:58
Scientists piece together the history of a group of extinct Caribbean rats, some of which grew to the size of cats.

Climate change: Paris 'last chance'

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 18:20
Climate scientists are calling on world leaders to sign up to an eight-point plan of action at landmark talks in Paris.

In pictures: Nigeria's frog kebabs

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 17:06
'They're tastier than fish'

VIDEO: Cheers as Solar Impulse lands in Nanjing

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 15:40
Solar Impulse has landed safely in Nanjing in the east of China, much to the delight of its mission control team.

Solar plane arrives in Nanjing

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 08:32
The round-the-world, fuel-free aeroplane, Solar Impulse, arrives in Nanjing to prepare for an epic Pacific crossing.

'Tame HIV' used to cure disease

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 08:09
The lives of six boys with a deadly genetic disease have been transformed by a pioneering treatment to correct errors in their DNA, say doctors.

New mass extinction event identified

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 07:45
An international team of researchers proposes adding an extra mass extinction to the current list of five.

Ceres' bright spots back in view

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 03:13
The mysterious bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres are back in view.

Champagne from 1840 shipwreck tested

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 00:45
Bottles of champagne salvaged from a 170-year-old shipwreck have been analysed in the lab

VIDEO: Sumatran rhino in need of a mate

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 16:01
The Borneo Rhino Alliance are trying to find a suitable mate for a Sumatran rhino.

Rosetta's comet throws out big jet

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 06:18
Europe's Rosetta probe catches its comet quarry in the act of producing a huge jet of gas and dust.

VIDEO: New glass frog has translucent skin

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 23:41
A new species of glass frog has been found in the Talamanca mountains of Costa Rica.

Diver wins environmental award

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 21:46
A diver from the Isle of Arran in Scotland wins one of the world's most prestigious environmental awards.

Is it safe for Sherpas to go back to Everest?

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 19:02
Is it safe for Sherpas to go back to Everest?

Turning Ethiopia's desert green

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 17:45
A land remembered for famine is slowly turned green

Cuban endangered crocs return home

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 17:10
Sweden sends Cuba the offspring of endangered crocodiles given by Fidel Castro to a Russian cosmonaut in the 1970s.

UK monitoring French nuclear issue

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 08:01
Britain's nuclear safety regulator says it expects lessons to be learned from problems with a French reactor that is very similar to one planned in the UK.

VIDEO: Sperm whale filmed 'doing laps'

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 04:16
A sperm whale surprises scientists carrying our research in the Gulf of Mexico as it circulates their equipment.

'Eternal' camera takes endless snaps

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 06:13
A camera powered by the light it uses to take pictures has been invented by American scientists.