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VIDEO: When bees swarm, 'who you gonna call?'

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 16:13
When bees swarm urban areas, the DC Beekeepers Alliance keeps both humans and bees safe. The BBC spoke to beekeepers and city dwellers who found an unexpected common bond over buzzing bees.

Growing pains of China's water needs

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 08:54
China's scarce water supply is being wasted as crops grown in water-stressed provinces are exported to rainfall-rich areas, a study reports.

Phones carry bacterial 'fingerprint'

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 04:11
More than 80% of the most common bacteria present on fingers end up on the screens of smartphones, according to a study.

Pesticide toll 'impossible to deny'

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 19:16
Scientists say the evidence is 'conclusive' that neonicotinoids are causing significant damage to a wide range of beneficial species.

Your pictures: Mighty minibeasts

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 19:08
Your pictures celebrating National Insect Week

Badger advice 'wilfully' ignored

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 12:34
A senior government adviser has described coalition plans to change the way the pilot badger culls are assessed as "an abuse" of the scientific method.

Cave given world heritage status

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 08:59
A prehistoric cave in southern France featuring 1,000 drawings dating back to 36,000 years ago, is inscribed on Unesco's World Heritage list.

AUDIO: New award to show importance of maths

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 05:03
Entrepreneur Yuri Milner and author Rob Eastaway discuss the Breakthrough Prize Foundation's new mathematics award.

Forests 'fundamental' to well-being

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 03:28
A senior official describes the world's forests as "fundamental" to human well-being as the UN publishes its State of the World's Forests report.

'Biggest prize in science' announced

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 00:43
British theorist is first recipient of new prize for maths

How girls can make the best welders

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 17:27
What it's like to be a female engineering apprentice

Clue in moon's 'Magic Island' puzzle

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 10:00
Scientists outline their best explanations for a mysterious feature dubbed the "Magic Island", which has been seen on Saturn's moon Titan.

Springwatch boosts Minsmere numbers

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 02:22
The Suffolk nature reserve which hosted BBC Springwatch this year says it has experienced a 50% increase in visitor numbers.

Marine conservation 'too slow' - MPs

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 23:57
The development of conservation areas to protect the seas around the UK has been too slow, a group of MPs says.

US sets up honey bee task force

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 15:55
The White House has announced a federal strategy to understand why honey bees are dying off and produce a plan to stop their decline.

Swarm mission makes magnetic maps

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 04:04
Europe's new Swarm space mission starts making maps of Earth's magnetic field with its high-precision instruments.

Kandinsky salad 'tastes better'

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 20:05
Presenting food like a work of art rather than arranging it neatly or piled on a plate adds to the flavour, say scientists.

VIDEO: Mountain blasted to build telescope

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 18:05
The top of a 3,000m-high (10,000ft) mountain in Chile has been blown up to make way for the world's largest optical and infrared telescope.

Why everyone wants a piece of Antarctica

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 16:54
Why everyone wants a piece of the Antarctic continent

Worms live longer when starved

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 16:44
Tiny nematode worms "stop ageing" when they are starved and can go on to live twice as long as normal, a new study shows.