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VIDEO: 'How I snapped weasel on bird photo'

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 14:29
The amateur photographer who took a picture of a weasel on the back of a woodpecker mid-flight says it is "almost a dream".

Weasel rides on woodpecker's back

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 06:33
The weasel riding on the back of a woodpecker

VIDEO: Weasel on bird photo 'extraordinary'

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 06:10
Wildlife expert and BBC presenter Lucy Cooke explains what an extraordinary feat it was to have captured a weasel riding on the back of a green woodpecker.

New Higgs detection 'closes circle’

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 06:01
Physicists have detected a version of the Higgs Boson in a superconductor, but say this cannot substitute for the work of the LHC.

Ministers issue spaceport shortlist

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 04:35
Six aerodromes remain on the list to become the UK's first commercial spaceport.

Scientists produce TB-resistant cows

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 04:00
Researchers in China produce a herd of genetically engineered cows that are better able to ward off bovine TB.

Rosetta catches its own shadow

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 02:13
The Rosetta satellite sees its own shadow in the highest resolution image it has so far taken of Comet 67P.

Coffee linked to 'cleaner' arteries

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 17:08
Drinking a few cups of coffee a day may help people avoid clogged arteries - a known risk factor for heart disease - South Korean researchers believe.

Lucky Earth survived cosmic pinball

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 17:00
How Earth survived through violent times

Bright spotlight on Ceres mission

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 14:39
As Nasa's Dawn satellite prepares to enter into orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres, scientists say they are excited to learn more about the two bright spots on its surface.

DNA documents ancient mass migration

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 10:29
DNA analysis has revealed evidence for a massive migration into the heartland of Europe 4,500 years ago.

UK to pioneer lagoon power plants

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 10:09
Plans to generate electricity from the world's first series of tidal lagoons are unveiled in the UK, with sites proposed in Wales, Somerset and Cumbria.

Bloodhound car begins to take shape

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 10:04
Good progress is being made on construction of the world's fastest car - the Bloodhound supersonic vehicle, which aims to run at over 1,000mph.

SpaceX launches electric satellites

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 06:33
US rocket company SpaceX performs a dual-launch of all-electric satellites - what is expected to become a big trend in future spacecraft design and deployment.

Signs of spring 'shifting' in trees

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 03:54
Scientists say climate change will lead to a shift in the timing of when trees come into leaf in British woodlands.

VIDEO: Baby orangutans need new mum

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 02:47
Staff are hoping two Sumatran orangutans will find new mothers at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset.

VIDEO: How tidal lagoon power plants work

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 00:57
The BBC's Roger Harrabin has been to the site of one of six tidal lagoons planned in the UK to see how it would work.

Google camera zips along rainforest

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 23:55
Google flew one of its Street View cameras down a zip wire in the Amazon rainforest to capture new images of the forest canopies.

First tree seeds for Doomsday vault

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 18:39
The Svalbard "Doomsday" seed vault, which protects the world's food crops, accepts its first consignment of seeds from forest tree species.

How do you solve a problem like the 'Beefalo'?

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 17:26
The hybrid animal causing havoc in the Grand Canyon