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Wed, 02/01/2017 - 17:06
The mobile phone apps that are enabling fishermen to increase their catches at the same time as helping environmentalists monitor and preserve stocks.

New UK science body appoints chief

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 13:26
Prof Sir Mark Walport has been appointed to head Britain's newly created science funding organisation.

Quantum computer 'construction plan' drawn up

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 13:13
Physicists have drawn up construction plans for a large-scale quantum computer.

Drilling into heart of Iceland volcano complete

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 12:23
Geologists in Iceland have drilled deeper into a volcano than ever before, reaching a depth of 4,659m.

How birds of a feather evolved together

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 11:01
Research shows how birds acquired beaks of all shapes and sizes over millions of years of evolution.

Indian children died after 'eating lychees on empty stomach'

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 09:57
Hundreds of children died due to eating the fruit on an empty stomach, research says.

Dakota pipeline: US Army to allow work on final section

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 09:01
Native Americans vow legal action as the go-ahead is given to complete the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

£1m Queen Elizabeth Prize: Digital camera tech lauded

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 06:27
The inventors of digital camera technology win the highest international prize for engineering.

New 'super yield' GM wheat trial gets go-ahead

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 03:49
A new experimental crop of genetically modified (GM) wheat will be planted this spring after the UK government gave the final go-ahead.

Rare 'lava firehose' from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 01:55
Dramatic footage shows the unusual phenomenon as lava flows through a crack in a sea cliff.

Australian scientists use soybean oil to create graphene

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 19:30
Australian researchers say their discovery could significantly lower the material's cost to produce.

Australia sharks: Campaigners call for end to nets

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 19:28
Conservationists say the nets are killing too many dolphins and turtles.

'Tuberculosis-resistant' cattle developed in China

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 18:05
Scientists in China say they have produced cloned cattle with increased resistance to bovine tuberculosis.

Meet the ex-policeman who saves seahorses

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 10:14
Paul Ferber, an ex-British policeman who lives on Koh Seh in the Gulf of Thailand, tells World Service how he catches illegal fishermen plundering Cambodia's ecosystem.

'Startling' dinosaur protein discovery

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 09:00
Ancient proteins dating back 195 million years have been found inside a dinosaur bone.

Malaria drugs fail for first time on patients in UK

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 23:00
The drug combination was unable to cure four patients, who had all visited Africa, doctors say.

Restoring native plants 'boosts pollination'

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 09:04
Removing invasive exotic plants from natural areas can act as a boost for wildlife, a study suggests.

Scientists find 'oldest human ancestor'

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 09:01
Researchers discover the earliest known ancestor of humans - and many other species.

Shark-inspired drug may help treat fibrosis, researchers say

Sun, 01/29/2017 - 21:48
Australian researchers hope an antibody found in sharks may help treat an incurable lung disease.

UK 'need not fear electricity blackouts' says ex-National Grid boss

Sun, 01/29/2017 - 18:04
The man who ran National Grid for a decade says news stories raising blackout fears should stop.