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VIDEO: Russian cosmonauts go on spacewalk

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 14:01
Two Russian cosmonauts set off on a spacewalk from the International Space Station (ISS) to launch a nano-satellite.

Rare birds attempt to nest in UK

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 13:44
Two rare birds usually found in the Mediterranean region are spotted building a nest at a nature reserve in Lincolnshire.

Iceland raises volcano alert level

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:06
The risk of an eruption at Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano has increased, as well as the risk level to the aviation industry, meteorologists say.

Elephant deaths reach tipping point

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:01
Africa's elephants have reached a tipping point, where more are being killed each year by poachers than are being born, a study suggests.

Vanishing canyon has 50 years left

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 04:20
A gorge in Taiwan, cut through rocks raised by a 1999 earthquake, is disappearing at an unprecedented rate, along with geological evidence.

AUDIO: Jupiter and Venus light up morning sky

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 03:38
The two brightest planets, Jupiter and Venus, are currently aligned in the sky, forming a spectacular "double star" in their closest conjunction since 2000.

How safe is eating meat?

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 16:28
Doctor puts a high-meat diet to the test

River turtle mothers 'talk' to young

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 16:02
Amazon river turtles communicate with their hatchlings and with one another using vocalisations, recordings reveal.

Richard III 'drank a bottle a day'

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 05:18
Research into Richard III's bones and teeth reveals the last Plantagenet king drank about a bottle of wine a day in the last years of his reign.

'Doctor of chocolate' post on offer

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 04:22
Sweet-toothed scientists can apply for a "multidisciplinary PhD on chocolate" at the University of Cambridge.

SeaWorld to redesign its whale tank

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 03:27
The US marine park SeaWorld is to build a new killer whale enclosure as criticism grows over how the park handles the animals.

Beetles' whiteness understood

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 02:36
Scientists discover the secret behind the super-white shells of some beetles.

AUDIO: Is 'the thieving magpie' just a myth?

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:33
New research suggests that the idea of "the thieving magpie" being attracted to shiny objects may be a myth.

Maths helps find climate-proof crops

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 17:36
Researchers are developing mathematical models to help identify genetic material that could improve food crops' resilience to climate change.

Magpies 'don't steal shiny objects'

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 17:35
Science dispels the popular myth that magpies like to steal shiny objects for their nests.

The village 'washed on to the map'

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 17:10
Why villagers think Boscastle floods were a good thing

How much gold can we get from mobile phones?

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 16:34
How much of the gold we need can we get from recycled phones?

VIDEO: Dolphins squeal with delight

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 09:25
A study of trained dolphins has suggested that the marine mammals use express pleasure with squeals of delight.

Record high for university places

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:41
A record number of students have had their university places confirmed, figures from admissions body Ucas show.

Mosaic image reveals Martian glory

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 05:58
Scientists in Germany have pieced together a stunning mosaic image of the Martian surface.