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'Hoff crab' gets formal scientific name

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 16:12
A hairy Antarctic crab that was dubbed "The Hoff" when it was first found in Antarctic waters gets a formal scientific description and name.

VIDEO: Taking giraffes for a scientific walk

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 16:02
How zoo giraffes are helping veterinary scientists to find out if very long, spindly legs are a help or a hindrance for walking.

Climate change: Is the Dutch court ruling 'a game changer'?

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 10:19
Is the Dutch court ruling 'a game changer'?

Drastic action to save endangered tortoise

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 09:02
In a desperate bid to save one of the world's most endangered animals, conservationists are taking the controversial step of defacing the last survivors.

VIDEO: Hands on nature at Oxford museum

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 08:36
Oxford University Museum of Natural History has been shortlisted for the Art Fund Museum of the Year.

Netherlands ordered to cut emissions

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 05:20
A court in the Netherlands orders the government to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25% by 2020, in a class action suit launched by activists.

Ebola crisis 'harming malaria fight'

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 02:09
The Ebola epidemic in Guinea that began early last year has set back the country's fight against malaria, say experts.

EU climate chief slams UK wind policy

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 01:54
The EU's climate chief says the UK's scrapping of subsidies will make it harder to meet renewables targets and an official describes the move as "mind-boggling".

VIDEO: Racehorses still getting quicker

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 01:12
Racehorses are continuing to get quicker, a study of winning times spanning 165 years of racing indicates.

Wild beaver gives birth in England

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 18:35
A female from the first wild beaver colony in England for hundreds of years has given birth to at least two young.

Racehorses 'still getting quicker'

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 18:15
Racehorses are continuing to get quicker, a study of winning times spanning 165 years of racing indicates.

The man who keeps finding new species of shark

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 16:10
The man who keeps discovering new species

The medical conundrum of plane stowaways

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 16:07
How could someone survive at -56C with no oxygen?

US universities on symbolic visit to Iran

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 15:47
US universities make symbolic return to Iran

Bid for UK's fracking return debated

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 09:49
A bid to start the UK's first fracking operation in four years near the Lancashire coast is being examined

US invests in 'Star Wars hoverbikes'

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 08:08
'Star Wars'-style hover bikes could be coming to the US military after engineers in the UK and US struck a deal with the US Department of Defense.

'Organs-on-chips' wins design award

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 03:38
Silicon chips that mimic the function of living human organs win the Design of the Year award from the Design Museum in London.

'Radical' land reform plan unveiled

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 02:51
The Scottish government publishes "radical" proposals aimed at widening the ownership of land across the country.

VIDEO: Christopher Nolan on Interstellar science

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 21:56
Director Christopher Nolan talks about the importance of accurate science in making his film Interstellar, after a leading scientific journal calls for it to be shown in school lessons.

Call to show Interstellar in schools

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 21:55
A scientific journal calls for the film Interstellar to be shown in school science lessons.