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Go wild to protect food security

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 10:03
More needs to be done to ensure the genetic diversity of wild relatives of key food crops are conserved to ensure future food security, a study warns.

VIDEO: Cheetah cubs born in rare c-section

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 09:48
Five cheetah cubs are in critical care after being born in rare caesarean section procedure

Earliest evidence of humans in Ireland

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 07:30
A bear bone found in a cave may push back dates for the earliest human settlement of Ireland by 2,500 years.

'Boaty McBoatface' name may be overruled

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 04:32
Lord West, former First Sea Lord, says he hopes experts will not choose to call a new polar research ship Boaty McBoatface, after the name tops a public poll.

Tasmania forest logging bid dropped

Sun, 03/20/2016 - 02:57
The Australian and Tasmanian authorities abandon their campaign to allow logging in the Tasmanian Wilderness, a World Heritage site.

Giant web probes spider sensation

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 17:26
In an Oregon laboratory, a two-metre spider web made of aluminium and rope is beginning to unlock how orb weavers pinpoint struggling prey.

VIDEO: Bald eagle hatches in Washington DC

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 12:43
A camera has captured the hatching of bald eagles in Washington DC.

VIDEO: Ben Nevis: How high now?

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 10:37
High-tech GPS equipment means it is not just the height of Ben Nevis that is being reassessed.

Hedge-eating caterpillar tops pest list

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 04:02
A very hungry caterpillar that devours box plants - a staple of formal English gardens - is named "top pest" of 2015 by the UK's Royal Horticultural Society.

VIDEO: Visiting one of Africa's biggest solar farms

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 02:16
How one of Africa's biggest solar farms could help South Africa solve its energy crisis.

Sperm bunch up when fluid is gloopy

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 18:57
Physicists studying the motion of sperm discover that the little swimmers flock together in tight groups if the surrounding fluid is "viscoelastic".

How extinct humans left their mark on us

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 18:49
Most of us share 2-4% of DNA with Neanderthals; some have genes from Denisovans; but their genetic mark has vanished in some stretches of genetic code.

Ben Nevis gains a metre thanks to GPS

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 17:58
Ben Nevis, Britain's tallest mountain, is re-measured by Ordnance Survey and is now officially put at 1,345m high - a metre taller than before.

SeaWorld to stop breeding orcas

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 08:33
US theme park operator SeaWorld says it is ending its controversial orca breeding programme, after facing criticism over alleged poor treatment of its captive orcas.

Hubble telescope spies 'land of giants'

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 08:07
Astronomers use the Hubble Space Telescope to investigate a clutch of monster stars on the edge of our Milky Way Galaxy.

Meteor sighting reports across Britain

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 06:32
A meteor has been sighted above Britain in the early hours with witnesses describing seeing a green flash.

Tick disease dog 'lucky to be alive'

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 05:42
A dog owner says her pet is "lucky to be alive" after contracting a deadly tick-borne disease that is expected to spread around the UK.

Nefertiti hunt 'finds organic material'

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 04:14
A search for pharaonic Queen Nefertiti's resting place finds possible "organic material" inside spaces behind walls in Tutankhamun's tomb, Egypt says.

Supercomputer copies human blood flow

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 18:04
Physicists say a supercomputer simulation of blood flow around the entire human body is showing promise, based on an experimental test.

Name sought for new UK polar ship

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 18:03
The public are being asked to name the UK's new polar research ship, which will begin operations in 2019.