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Europeans drawn from three 'tribes'

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:46
Most present-day Europeans are a mixture of three ancient populations, according to a major study published in the journal Nature.

Ebola global security threat - Obama

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:12
US President Barack Obama calls the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a threat to security worldwide while announcing a larger US role, including 3,000 troops, to help fight the virus.

Richard III death injuries revealed

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 02:29
King Richard III was probably killed by two blows to the head during a "sustained attack", according to new research.

Ebola vaccine trial begins

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 23:04
A trial of an experimental vaccine against the Ebola virus is to begin in Oxford.

Inky prints show state of hedgehogs

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 18:30
Hedgehogs are more thinly spread in the UK than previously believed, a study using ink pads to record their paw prints reveals.

Better mobility key for clean cities

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 18:29
Effective urban transit systems can encourage people out of their cars and provide a cost-effective way to tackle climate change, a report suggests.

Chin strap turns chewing into power

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 18:27
Engineers build a chin strap that harnesses the energy produced by jaw movements, and could one day power hearing aids or bluetooth earpieces.

VIDEO: Examining a rare colossal squid

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:18
Scientists have had the extremely rare chance to examine an intact colossal squid after it was accidentally caught in the Antarctic, as Mauricio Olmedo-Perez reports

Five bugs that lurk in changing rooms

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:25
Five bugs that lurk in changing rooms

The freedivers who swim with whales

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:16
The freedivers risking their lives to swim with whales

VIDEO: Lasers deliver brighter 3D films

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:16
BBC Click looks at a new laser projector that promises to deliver brighter and clearer pictures.

VIDEO: Leonardo DiCaprio's UN climate role

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 15:08
The Hollywood actor, Leonardo diCaprio, has been appointed as a United Nations representative on climate change.

Nasa picks astronaut ship designs

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 13:42
The US space agency picks the companies it hopes can take the country's astronauts back into space - a capability lost when the shuttles retired in 2011.

UN calls for $1bn to fight Ebola

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:12
The UN says it needs $1bn to fight the West Africa Ebola outbreak, described as "unparalleled in modern times", as experts warn time is running out.

VIDEO: Rare colossal squid defrosted

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 09:06
Scientists in New Zealand have thawed and started to examine a rare colossal squid caught in a fisherman's net.

VIDEO: Hurricane Odile stuns Mexico resorts

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 00:10
Hurricane Odile causes devastation in the beach resorts of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, triggering looting in some areas.

Climate change remedies 'affordable'

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 22:57
A global commission says the extra costs of tackling climate change will be 'modest', but doing nothing could put the world economy at risk.

VIDEO: Haiti's disease-fighting eco toilet

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 22:29
Poor sanitation has caused serious health problems in Haiti - but could a special eco toilet improve the situation?

Red card for 'greenest' government

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 18:44
The government is failing to reduce air pollution, protect biodiversity and prevent flooding, a cross-party body of MPs says.

VIDEO: 'Audacious' comet landing site chosen

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 16:45
Europe's Rosetta mission, which aims to land on a 4km-wide comet later this year, identifies what it thinks is the safest place to touch down.