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App set to map the oceans' plankton

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 00:51
A study calls on the world’s sailors and seafarers to help map the oceans’ phytoplankton, microscopic plants that form the bedrock of marine food chains.

VIDEO: Japanese astronaut takes ISS command

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 19:30
Koichi Wakata is the first Japanese astronaut in history to take up the post of commander on the International Space Station

Campaign to help save juniper plants

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 18:09
A campaign is launched to help track juniper numbers across Scotland as figures show the plant could be nearing extinction.

New threat to ozone layer identified

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 11:09
Scientists identify four new man-made gases that are contributing to the depletion of the ozone layer.

Sniffing out cancer with electronic noses

Sat, 03/08/2014 - 19:47
Animals and electronic noses could transform diagnosis

Great Walls 'could stop tornadoes'

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 20:27
Building gigantic walls across the US could protect Tornado Alley "forever", a physicist says, though critics say the idea is unworkable.

The sounds of the universe

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 17:05
What are the strangest sounds in the universe?

VIDEO: Restoring peat bogs to prevent floods

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 06:23
Roger Harrabin looks how the Exmoor peat bogs are being restored to help soak up water – preventing it running off into rivers and causing flooding further downstream.

Tree storm damage 'worst since 1987'

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 02:52
This winter's extreme winds caused the biggest loss of trees in in more than 20 years, according to the National Trust.

Teenage elephant mums 'are fitter'

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 19:29
Elephants that give birth as teenagers die younger, but are fitter than mothers that delay, scientists say.

Taking the war out of global warming

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 19:29
Are climate “sceptics” ready to accept more of the science?

'Careless farming adding to floods'

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 19:24
The UK government is discussing new rules to stop farmers contributing to flooding through poor land management.

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.