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El Nino could 'disrupt food markets'

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 16:31
The El Nino event predicted for later this year has the potential to increase food prices, say climate scientists.

Oldest tools pre-date first humans

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 10:12
Stones tools that are 3.3 million years old have been unearthed pre-dating the earliest-known humans in the Homo genus.

Engineering prize names shortlist

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 07:44
Three firms working in very different fields make the 2015 shortlist for the MacRobert Award, the UK's longest-running engineering prize.

Advanced gravity hunt is green lit

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 04:14
Scientists hold a dedication ceremony to inaugurate the Advanced Ligo facilities, which will be trying to detect gravitational waves from some of the most violent events in the cosmos.

UK among worst in wildlife league

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 04:01
The UK is among the worst countries in the EU for protecting its wildlife habitats, says an official report.

Dolphin TV show suspends filming

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 03:08
Animal protection groups and marine scientists say they have successfully suspended the recording of a TV series called "Dolphins with the Stars".

Organic farming 'benefits biodiversity'

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 17:27
Organic farms act as a refuge for wild plants, offsetting the loss of biodiversity on conventional farms, a study suggests.

VIDEO: Inuit challenge to EU seal ban

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:31
The Inuit people of Greenland are challenging an EU ban on seal hunting and the trade in seal meat and skins, arguing it has "crashed" the Inuits' economy.

Whales told apart 'by their voices'

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:09
US researchers say that they can distinguish individual right whales based on the sound of their vocalisations.

Bloodhound gets tough underbelly

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 07:17
A titanium floor will protect the Bloodhound supersonic car from a maelstrom of grit when it tries to break the land speed record later this year.

Study helps ash mapping for flights

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:16
New discoveries about ash clouds could help predict where planes can safely fly following volcanic eruptions, Edinburgh researchers find.

Pi and a pint of science experiments

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 04:43
UK scientists take science lectures to the pub in the Pint of Science festival in 12 cities across the country.

VIDEO: New ways to grow food in space

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 22:10
A project will see thousands of schoolchildren experiment on seeds that have spent six months on the International Space Station.

The decline of the British front garden

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 17:58
Is the British front garden disappearing?

'Home-brewed morphine' made possible

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 17:24
Scientists have figured out how to brew morphine using the same kit used to make beer at home.

Tim Peake launches space food test

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 17:14
British astronaut Tim Peake invites schoolchildren to help him in an experiment to learn more about how to grow food in space.

Ancient stories record natural world

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 17:01
How Aboriginal legend is informing science

'Cyber-archaeology' salvages lost Iraqi art

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 16:21
Cyber-archaeology is salvaging artworks destroyed by militants

The Quiet Zone: Where mobile phones are banned

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 16:12
Where mobile phones are banned for 13,000 square miles

Citizen science project goes UK-wide

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 07:29
Open Air Laboratories (Opal), the citizen science network, is expanded and will now includes projects in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.