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Key to sounding charismatic revealed

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:09
An innate ability some people have to manipulate their vocal frequency could be the key to sounding charismatic, according to new research.

Have there been lions in London since 1210?

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:24
The capital's three remaining lionesses are being temporarily relocated to Bedfordshire.

VIDEO: Russia's 39,000-year-old mammoth

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:05
A 39,000 year-old baby mammoth named Yuka has been put in display in central Moscow making it the best preserved mammoth in palaeontology.

US rocket explodes during launch

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 05:06
An unmanned rocket bound for the International Space Station has exploded during its launch from the US state of Virginia.

VIDEO: The island disappearing into the sea

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 17:44
The story of two families and one fragile Louisiana wetland

Salt destroying fertile land - UN

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 17:05
About 2,000 hectares of fertile land are lost each day due to damage caused by salt, according to a UN analysis.

VIDEO: 1000C lava reaches homes in Hawaii

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 15:53
A lava flow from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island is now drawing close to homes.

VIDEO: Moment unmanned rocket explodes

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 15:44
An unmanned cargo rocket has exploded seconds after lifting off from a commercial launch pad in Virginia.

Giant tortoise 'miraculous' recovery

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:16
A new study confirms that giant tortoise numbers on one of the Galapagos Islands have bounced back thanks to captive breeding.

Google developing a cancer detector

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 09:35
Google is attempting to diagnose cancers, heart attack risks and other ailments with a system that combines nanoparticles and a wrist-worn sensor.

VIDEO: App aims to identify bird songs

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 07:46
A mobile phone app that recognises which species of bird is singing is being developed by a researcher at Queen Mary University in London.

Two genes linked with violent crime

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 01:00
Two genes are associated with repeat violent offenders, according to a genetic analysis of almost 900 criminals in Finland.

VIDEO: New supercomputer for Met Office

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 00:13
Funding has been confirmed for a £97m supercomputer to improve the Met Office's weather forecasting and climate modelling.

VIDEO: Wild flowers targeted by thieves

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 23:53
Conservationists are warning that some of Britain's endangered plants are being put under even greater threat, because thieves are stealing them to order.

Met Office supercomputer confirmed

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 23:41
Plans are unveiled for a £97m supercomputer which will boost the Met Office's computing capacity by 13 times, improving weather forecasting and climate modelling.

Protection plan 'will not save reef'

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 21:49
Australia's Academy of Science says a government draft plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef will not prevent its decline.

The high-stakes world of rare-plant theft

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 16:30
The high-stakes world of botanical crime

Piece of Australia found in Vanuatu

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 14:53
A fragment of ancient Australia is found under Vanuatu in the South Pacific, raising new questions about how continents are formed.

Population controls 'not effective'

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 13:50
Attempts to restrict population growth will not solve global sustainability issues in the short term, new research says.

Swan numbers show 'alarming crash'

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 09:38
The UK's smallest and rarest swan suffers an "alarming crash in numbers", the Gloucestershire-based Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust says.