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Piece of Australia found in Vanuatu

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 14:53
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 - 13:50
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 - 09:38
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 - 03:29
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 - 00:42
Into the assembly of the world's fastest car

Eyeball link to Alzheimer's studied

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 16:20
A new £1.1m study led from Dundee University is to investigate whether eye tests can provide an "early warning" of Alzheimer's disease.

Australia green firms hit by cut

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 16:04
Australia's green energy firms hit by target cuts

Paper test can detect Ebola strains

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 11:51
DNA-programmed blotting paper could soon be giving doctors a simple disease test that will reveal an infection in 30 minutes for just a few pence.

VIDEO: Two by two? How to move 1,700 animals

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 02:54
Wetheriggs Animal Rescue Centre in Cumbria move their 1700 animals to a new home County Durham.

10 things you may not know about laughter

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 15:15
10 things you may not have known about being amused

VIDEO: Record skydive from edge of space

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 22:36
Google executive Alan Eustace has broken the world altitude record for a parachute jump by leaping from 135,890 feet (41,419 metres) beating Felix Baumgartner's record.

Mapping and modelling murmurations

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 18:20
Can science explain the flocking habits of starlings?

Google boss sets new skydive record

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 14:35
Google executive Alan Eustace breaks the world altitude record for a parachute jump set two years ago by Felix Baumgartner.

Autumnwatch returns to Leighton Moss

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 07:56
Stags, starlings and more turn out for Autumnwatch

Sci-fi short promotes comet mission

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 07:15
The European Space Agency releases a short sci-fi movie to promote its audacious bid to land on a comet next month.

First transplant of 'dead' heart

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 04:00
Surgeons in Australia say they have performed the first heart transplant using a "dead heart".

The Queen sends her first tweet

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 02:51
The Queen sends her first tweet to launch the London Science Museum's ambitious new Information Age gallery.

Legal fight begins to save beavers

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 01:48
Campaigners start legal action to prevent the government from capturing a family of wild beavers.

EU leaders agree CO2 emissions cut

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:59
The EU agrees what it calls "the world's most ambitious" deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030, overcoming deep divisions.

North America experiences eclipse

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:09
Skywatchers in North America are treated to the final eclipse of the year.