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Despite dissent, MPs have endorsed the findings of a UN climate panel that says humans are the dominant cause of global warming.
Birds' eggs show adaptations in pigment concentration and thickness to allow the right amount of sun for embryos, scientists say.
Scientists have identified a part of the brain that may help us predict when things are about to go wrong and could play a part in depression.
Fifty years of endangered primate data goes online
Marine experts have said a dolphin spotted in the River Severn in Gloucestershire will make its own way back to the sea.
UK scientists model the physical attributes that underpin our social judgements about strangers.
Government guidance that fracking licences can only be issued for beauty spots in "exceptional circumstances" receives a mixed response from campaigners.
The risks of walking in the English countryside
Fears recede over the fate of a Russian space satellite carrying gecko lizards as part of a sex experiment, after ground control restores contact.
Dinosaurs might have survived if the asteroid that wiped them out had hit the Earth a few million years later or earlier, a new study suggests.
Two fast-moving fires in California destroy 10 homes and force the evacuation of hundreds more, as a man dies in a lightning strike in Los Angeles.
What do long term experiments actually tell us?
Has a 'child prodigy' taken credit for a discovery?
A Russian satellite containing geckos could plummet to earth if control is not regained, according to reports.
Specially designed mobile games can help scientists answer important questions about cognition, a team finds.
The atomic ship that totally failed to change the world
Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a Chatham House report.
A discovery of 150 million year old fossils in Siberia indicates that feathers were much more widespread among dinosaurs than previously thought.
New research suggests that the global reduction in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery.
MPs have called for a ban on food waste going in to landfill.