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'Rivers of acid' in Zambian villages

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 16:36
The villagers taking on a copper mine over polluted water

DNA cracks puzzle of Basque origins

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 13:06
DNA from ancient remains appears to have solved the puzzle of one of Europe's most enigmatic peoples: the Basques.

Orbital 'peg in the hole' tests works

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 09:28
European astronaut Andreas Mogensen remotely operates a robot on Earth while flying aboard the International Space Station.

'Biggest' Stonehenge site uncovered

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 09:14
Huge stones found buried near Stonehenge were part of a ritual site built on an "extraordinary scale" and unique in the world, researchers say.

Motion capture animates animals

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 09:00
Motion capture technology is improving the biomechanical accuracy of animals, particularly horses, in films and gaming.

'Decisive year' for world's forestry

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 06:50
The world's forests face a 'decisive year' as nations prepare to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals and gather for key climate talks.

VIDEO: Hidden monument 'a unique find'

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 01:25
Archaeologists discover at least 100 standing stones buried at a site just a few kilometres from Stonehenge.

VIDEO: 'Superhenge' found by researchers

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 22:45
Archaeologists have discovered at least a hundred stone monoliths near Stonehenge, buried just a metre beneath the ground.

VIDEO: Underwater living experiment revisited

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 02:22
Revisiting the story of the divers who experimented with living at the bottom of Plymouth Sound in the Glaucus pod 50 years ago.

VIDEO: Rwanda ceremony for mountain gorillas

Sat, 09/05/2015 - 21:40
A ceremony has taken place in Rwanda, where 24 baby mountain gorillas have been given new names.

'Snail's pace' row at climate talks

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 13:27
UN climate officials have reacted sharply to criticism that the talks to land a new global deal are going at a "snail's pace".

Gravity quest set to go into orbit

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 07:33
Lisa Pathfinder is a fundamental physics experiment that will test the technology needed to detect gravitational waves - what are sometimes referred to as ripples in the curvature of space-time.

Hinkley Point nuclear plant delayed

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 03:48
Energy giant EDF has admitted that construction of Britain's first new nuclear power plant in decades has been delayed.

Hints of compromise at climate talks

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 00:10
Rich nations at UN climate talks are said to be edging towards a compromise on the thorny issue of loss and damage.

Science and maths 'vital for adults'

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 17:27
Adults who lack basic science and maths skills risk being "bamboozled" and making bad decisions, according to a leading scientist.

Frosty relations over future of the Arctic

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 16:59
US and Russia at odds over the Arctic

Chris the sheep 'sets new record'

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 22:47
An overgrown sheep dubbed Chris, found wandering near Australia's capital, sets an unofficial world record for the heaviest fleece.

Earth's trees number 'three trillion'

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 20:31
A new report says there are three trillion trees on Earth, eight times as many as the previous best estimate.

Emissions 'far above' 2C target

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 15:29
Researchers say that global efforts to cut carbon are far short of what's needed to avert dangerous climate change.

Starfish-killing robot ready to test

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 08:38
An autonomous starfish-killing robot will be ready for field trials on the Great Barrier Reef this month, researchers say.