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Malaria 'spreading to new altitudes'

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 18:13
Warmer temperatures are causing malaria to spread in the African and South American highlands, traditionally havens from the disease, scientists say.

Cowboy 'trick rope physics' revealed

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 17:20
A French scientist has unravelled a formula for trick roping, made famous in Western movies, to teach himself how to lasso like a cowboy.

VIDEO: The physics of lasso tricks slowed down

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 17:03
Two classic cowboy rope tricks in super-slow motion.

Nuclear submarine to get new core

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 07:08
HMS Vanguard is to be refuelled at a cost of £120m after low levels of radioactivity were discovered in the cooling waters of a submarine test reactor.

Great white shark's epic ocean trek

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 06:26
A great white is about to make history as the first of its species to be seen crossing from one side of the Atlantic to the other.

Immune upgrade gives 'HIV shielding'

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 04:55
Doctors have upgraded the immune system of 12 patients with HIV to help shield it from the virus's onslaught.

'Carbon bubble' threatens markets

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 00:45
The world's financial markets could be creating a "carbon bubble" by overvaluing the fossil fuel assets of large companies.

Clue to earthquake lightning mystery

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:33
Mysterious lightning flashes that appear to precede earthquakes could be sparked by movements in the ground below, scientists say.

Ferocious dino was European giant

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 15:03
Portuguese scientists identify a dinosaur that may have been the largest predator ever to roam across the European landmass.

Schoolboy creates nuclear fusion

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:36
A 13-year-old schoolboy creates nuclear fusion in a Lancashire school.

Costly plan to reduce Somerset floods

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 08:38
Protecting Somerset Levels to cost tens of millions

VIDEO: Australia's 'Big Dry' a mounting crisis

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 04:06
Emergency relief is being provided for drought-hit famers in eastern Australia, as Phil Mercer reports.

Satellites track turtle 'lost years'

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 00:43
Scientists using satellite tracking finally have some data on where very young loggerhead turtles go once they leave Florida and the Gulf of Mexico.

New bird family discovered in Asia

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:40
A unique family of birds containing just one species has been discovered by researchers.

Shale gas estimate revised upwards

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:38
Cuadrilla's shale gas resource is far bigger than previously thought, according to a geologist with the company.

Silk screws used to repair fractures

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:37
Screws made from silk have been used to pin broken bones in research that could transform surgery.

How to become a penguin keeper

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:01
Life as a penguin keeper in New Zealand

VIDEO: Arctic summit starts in London

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 16:10
Oil, mining and shipping companies are debating the Arctic's business and geopolitical future at a two-day summit in London.

Italy acts to stop Pompeii collapse

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 15:23
The Italian government will unblock 2m euros (£1.6m) in emergency funding to save the ancient city of Pompeii, after rain caused walls to collapse.

Amazon trees 'live fast, die young'

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 09:48
A "live fast, die young" life history strategy could have played a key role leading to the high tree diversity in the Amazon, scientists suggest.