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VIDEO: Footage of powerful solar flares

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 18:44
The US Space Agency Nasa has released new footage showing a series of powerful solar flares.

Hi-tech cars pose security risk

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 17:59
Researchers worry new cars could be vulnerable to hackers

Xenon and argon banned for athletes

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 16:53
Doping experts have yet to find an effective test to uncover athletes using the gases xenon and argon to boost performance, as a ban is introduced.

The girl with three biological parents

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 16:15
The girl with three biological parents

Iceland issues new volcano alert

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 09:17
Iceland issues an aviation alert after a fresh lava eruption from a fissure near the Bardarbunga volcano, but the warning is later lowered.

Mouse on lily tops photo competition

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 17:44
Animal nightlife - and other great images from photo contest

Iceland's volcano ash alert lifted

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:33
An eruption near Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano that briefly threatened air travel has ended, local officials say.

Scientists solve 'sliding rocks' puzzle

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:26
Scientists have finally worked out how rocks on a dry lake bed in California move across the ground.

Legal challenge to badger cull fails

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 03:29
A High Court bid to halt this year's badger culling, which will take place without independent monitoring, fails.

AUDIO: Global citizens to address climate summit

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 01:58
Five hundred global citizens frustrated at the stalemate over climate policy will learn today if they have won the chance to vent their anger at world leaders.

VIDEO: RSPCA seeks ban on monkeys as pets

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 23:08
The RSPCA is calling for a ban on keeping primates as pets after a rise in the number of calls to its cruelty and advice line concerning animals such as monkeys and marmosets.

UN seeks climate change 'Malala'

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 22:06
Five hundred people will learn tomorrow if they have won the chance to vent their frustration at world leaders over the global citizens stalemate over climate policy.

VIDEO: 100-year-old tortoise is on the move

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 22:06
An extremely rare Galapagos tortoise thought to be 100 years old has been given a new home at a zoo in Ohio.

VIDEO: Teaching children to be engineers

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 16:02
The summer school teaching children to be young engineers

VIDEO: Scientists trial knotweed killers

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:41
Swansea University scientists are conducting the largest field trial in Europe to find new ways of killing Japanese knotweed.

DNA tells story of Arctic peopling

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:52
A study of genetic sequences sheds light on the settling of the North American Arctic, from ancient "Paleo-Eskimos" to the modern-day Inuit.

Genetic clues to spread of Ebola

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:00
Scientists have tracked the spread of Ebola in West Africa, revealing genetic clues to the course of the outbreak.

Ebola region faces UK travel ban

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:38
All but essential travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia should be avoided, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office warns British nationals.

Dead stars 'can re-ignite' and blow

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:03
Astronomers have shown that dead stars known as white dwarfs can re-ignite and explode as supernovas.

Iceland examines volcano 'cauldrons'

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:40
Scientists in Iceland say they are examining several depressions, termed 'cauldrons', near Bardarbunga volcano, which could be a sign of an eruption.