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The tortoiseshell cat Poppy was born in February 1990 and was officially recognised by Guinness World Records in May.
Swarms of giant moths have descended upon Malaysia, invading homes and even disrupting a national football match.
Scientists discover how diving beetles hang on to their mates underwater.
Proposals to extend the use of statins should be scrapped, according to a group of leading doctors and academics.
The US town still cleaning up nuclear waste 25 years on
The Chilean government has rejected a huge hydro-electric project in a beautiful part of Patagonia, in the south of the country.
Scientists create new strains of malaria mosquitoes that produce 95% male offspring, and can drive a rapid population crash in the laboratory.
Grants designed to protect the countryside may be controversially switched to pay England's farmers to grow beans and peas.
Scientists say that culling a small number of badgers risks increasing the spread of TB infection to cattle.
Two distinct populations of grey wolves have been identified on the central coast of British Columbia in Canada, a study reveals.
Scientists hope UK-wide bee survey creates a buzz
MPs call for urgent government action to determine how many primates are being kept as pets across the UK.
The world's smallest pacemaker is fitted inside the heart of a patient for the first time in England.
A computer program called Eugene Goostman, which simulates a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy, is said to have passed the Turing test at an event organised by the University of Reading.
Humans developed "beefy" facial features as protection during fist fights, according to scientists.
Doctors are being told not to routinely prescribe aspirin for a common heart condition that increases a person's risk of stroke.
How a Ganges festival could hold clue to drug resistance
The lost whaling station at the end of the world
A woman is left "quite shocked" when an eagle flies into her living room while she is watching the French Open tennis championship.
The faces of our male ancestors evolved certain features as a defence against fist fights, according to an argument put forward by US researchers.