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Elephants' low cancer rates explained

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 23:33
Elephants have enhanced defences against cancer that can prevent tumours forming, say scientists.

The creature with the key to immortality?

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 15:00
Does this creature hold the key to immortality?

DNA reveals 'into Africa' migration

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 14:50
A 4,500-year-old African genome reveals how our ancient ancestors moved back and forth between continents.

Shackleton medals fetch £585,000

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 11:21
A number of medals awarded to Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton raise £585,000 at a London auction.

Probe captures Pluto's 'blue sky'

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 08:35
The New Horizons mission returns its first colour image of Pluto's atmospheric hazes and shows them to have a blue tinge.

EU assesses insects-as-food risks

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 07:48
The European Food Safety Authority publishes its initial risk assessment of using insects as a source of protein for human consumption and animal feed.

Ancient horse-like foetus discovered

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 05:41
The 48-million-year-old fossilised remains of a horse foetus have been described by scientists.

Physics probe sent to spaceport

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 04:18
Europe's fundamental physics space mission, Lisa Pathfinder, arrives in French Guiana to prepare for its December Launch.

VIDEO: Mysterious ripples found on nearby star

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 04:14
New images from the European Southern Observatory have revealed mysterious ripples around a star close to Earth.

Ancient recording of core's birth

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 02:41
A reassessment of ancient rocks leads scientists to estimate that Earth's inner core started to form earlier than was previously thought, around 1.3 billion years ago.

World's corals threatened by bleaching

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 01:16
Corals worldwide are at risk from a major episode of bleaching caused by natural currents and man-made climate change, scientists warm.

VIDEO: The rare event threatening coral reefs

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 21:14
Scientists in the United States say the world's coral reefs are being attacked by a phenomenon that's only occurred twice before in recorded history.

Fuel crisis threatens Nepal's forests

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 13:38
Nepal's world-renowned community forests are threatened by a sudden rise in demand for firewood following a fuel crisis, officials say.

Novel crop launched in the UK

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 09:05
A new plant has been launched in the UK which its developers say could offer farmers a reliable and profitable crop.

The rebirth of a natural treasure

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 06:52
The rebirth of Mozambique's natural treasure

Lunar X Prize team books rocket

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 02:00
Israeli Google Lunar X Prize team, SpaceIL, signs a contract to send a lander to the Moon - the first competition group to formally lodge a launch contract.

DNA repair wins chemistry Nobel

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 01:51
The 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry is awarded for discoveries in DNA repair.

VIDEO: Juggling fruit in space for science

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 00:07
The Russian space agency releases footage of cosmonauts juggling fruit in zero gravity aboard the International Space Station.

Rare bat project gets £707k of funding

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 23:40
A project to help one of Europe's most endangered bat species is awarded £707,000 of National Lottery funding.

VIDEO: Air pollution - the 'invisible hazard'

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 15:09
Fergus Walsh examines the threat of air pollution to public health.