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Fossil fuels to hamper carbon dating

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 04:25
Growing emissions from the burning of fossil fuels are threatening the effectiveness of radiocarbon dating say scientists.

VIDEO: Campaign to preserve Armstrong spacesuit

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 21:21
Cathy Lewis, space suit curator at the Air and Space Museum in Washington, explains why a campaign is under way to raise $500,000 to help safeguard the spacesuit worn by Neil Armstrong.

Cool summer sees Arctic ice increase

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 17:13
Researchers say the Arctic is highly sensitive to changes in summer temperatures as ice rebound continued through 2014.

The beautiful creatures with a deadly streak

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 16:14
The beautiful creatures with a deadly streak

VIDEO: Battling deadly disease in wombats

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 12:50
Australia's wombats are under threat from a painful and fatal skin disease known as mange.

Philae comet lander falls silent

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 09:17
The Philae comet lander has fallen silent, according to scientists working on the European Rosetta mission.

Fishing boats become data platforms

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 07:52
Fishermen in South-West England turn their boats into "massive data platforms" for a citizen science study to measure plankton levels off the UK coast.

VIDEO: Hawking backs huge search for aliens

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 05:54
Prof Stephen Hawking has launched a new effort to answer the question of whether there is life elsewhere in space.

Hawking backs new search for aliens

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 04:15
Prof Stephen Hawking launches a new effort to answer the question of whether there is life elsewhere in space.

VIDEO: Horn's-eye view from Rhino-cam

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 22:31
A British team has developed a system to help protect wild rhinos, which could be extinct within the next ten years, because they are hunted by poachers for their lucrative horns.

The 'phallic' clam America sells to China

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 13:41
The bizarre clam America sells to China

New Horizons: Why bother exploring the Solar System?

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 16:33
Why bother exploring the Solar System?

Probe zooms into Pluto's plains

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 11:29
The American space agency's New Horizons probe returns further images of Pluto that include a view of the dwarf planet's strange icy plains.

A shift towards ‘one nation science’

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 18:35
New science minister takes a hard look at funding research

'Massive leap' wins engineer award

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 16:13
An Edinburgh company has won the UK's top engineering prize for its digital hydraulic power system.

Councils 'may lose wind farm cash'

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 16:10
Scottish councils may lose out on more than £44m of income over the next 20 years if changes are made to wind farm subsidies, according to a trade body.

How mosquitoes zero in on hot bodies

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 15:46
New research suggests that mosquitoes track down something to bite using a sequence of three cues: smell, then sight, and finally heat.

Polar bears fail to adapt to warming

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 11:31
Polar bears are unable to adapt their behaviour to cope with the food losses associated with warmer summers in the Arctic.

Arctic deal bans North Pole fishing

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:55
The US and Russia are among five countries to sign a deal to prevent commercial fishing in the melting Arctic sea ice near the North Pole.

GM moths 'can curb pest invasion'

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:37
A genetically modified moth could help curb a major pest of vegetable crops around the world, research suggests.