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VIDEO: Mexico introduces circus animals ban

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 00:36
The Mexican authorities have introduced a new law banning certain animals - among them tigers, elephants and zebras - from performing in circuses.

Tiger-tagging app to boost tracking

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 00:13
A new iPad app is asking users to "tag" tigers in images gathered from the internet, to help researchers with counting and tracking the animals.

VIDEO: Solar plane flies over India

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 21:33
A solar plane started the third leg of its round-the-world journey on Wednesday as it took off from the western Indian city of Ahmedabad.

VIDEO: Northern Lights glow in UK's night sky

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 21:30
The Northern Lights - or Aurora Borealis - have been creating a fabulous show across large parts of the Northern Hemisphere.

Mercury pollution risk to Arctic gull

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 20:00
Mercury pollution has risen nearly 50-fold in the feathers of a gull that feeds and breeds in the Arctic, say scientists.

Shark eDNA results eagerly awaited

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 19:59
Conservationists eagerly await the results of a UK study investigating whether it is possible to track endangered shark species via environmental DNA.

VIDEO: The art of the spacewalk

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 15:48
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC has created an exhibit about the unique images and objects that brought us the first close up photos of space.

Aldrin sends message from Stonehenge

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 12:39
Buzz Aldrin, the second man to step foot on the moon, has sent a 'message to the Red Planet' from Stonehenge.

Best views of Mercury's icy craters

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 09:10
Scientists obtain the most detailed views yet of ice deposits inside the permanently shadowed craters at Mercury's north pole.

'Terminator' printer 'grows' objects

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 06:52
A new method of 3D printing that uses light and oxygen to 'grow' solid objects was inspired by the Terminator 2 film.

Remembering 'wipes similar memories'

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 05:06
Using brain scans, neuroscientists describe how recalling a particular memory can cause us to forget a related one.

VIDEO: Hedgehog numbers in huge decline

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 01:02
The UK's first large-scale hedgehog sanctuary opens in Solihull as conservationists warn the number of hedgehogs in the UK has dropped dramatically.

Rosetta comet wind mystery 'solved'

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 00:57
Scientists from the Rosetta mission may have solved the puzzle of features on Comet 67P that look like they were produced by wind.

New lunar crater named after Earhart

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 00:49
Scientists discover a large crater on the Earth-facing side of the Moon - the first detection of its kind in at least a century.

Penguin waddle put to the test

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 22:03
Scientists are trying to work out how and why the penguin's waddle evolved.

North Sea 'may bring wind power boon'

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 20:26
The East of England could become a hub for trade in renewable energy with Scandinavia if the proper rules are in place, says an expert.

Farmers 'bear brunt of disasters'

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 18:39
Farmers in developing nations bear a 'major brunt' of natural disasters yet only receive a small percentage of post-disaster aid, says a UN report.

UK's first big hedgehog sanctuary

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 18:33
The first large-scale hedgehog sanctuary in the UK, covering some 90 hectares, is being opened in Solihull, West Midlands.

VIDEO: Why do penguins waddle?

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 17:13
Scientists are trying to work out how and why the penguin's waddle evolved.

Dancing in the dark: The search for the 'missing Universe'

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 14:16
Large Hadron Collider goes after dark matter