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Obama vetoes oil pipeline bill

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 13:33
US President Barack Obama vetoes a bill that would have approved construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, White House officials say.

US sea level rise 'very unusual'

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:45
Sea levels along the northeast coast of the US rose dramatically during 2009-2010 in an event scientists describe as "very unusual".

VIDEO: Global sinkholes explained - in 60 secs

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:45
A brief look at some of the biggest sinkholes in recent history.

UN climate head Pachauri resigns

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:31
The head of the United Nations climate change panel, Rajendra Pachauri, steps down amid sexual harassment allegations he denies.

VIDEO: Finger on the pulse of bionic research

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 00:11
Scientists at the University of Newcastle are using microchips as fine as human hair to produce a prosthetic hand.

Rats 'not main cause of Black Death'

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 18:02
Gerbils from Asia rather than black rats were responsible for repeated outbreaks of the bubonic plague in Europe, a study suggests.

Bionic research project gets £1.4m

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 17:33
A new generation of bionic limbs could be the result of research being led by scientists at Newcastle University.

Kew announces new science plans

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 15:36
Kew Gardens, which is facing an annual £5m budget deficit, announces its new science strategy.

Call for global single-use syringes

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 02:04
Smart syringes that can be used only once should be used for injections, the World Health Organization has announced.

Healthy dose of hope for one-use syringes

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 22:03
Could a new "auto-disable" syringe help stem HIV outbreaks?

VIDEO: 'Supertides' to hit UK coastline

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 00:25
The biggest high tides in two decades are expected to hit parts of the UK coast this morning, which could see coastal flooding in areas.

VIDEO: ISS spacewalk prepares for tourists

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 19:14
Two astronauts spend six hours installing new cabling on the outside of the International Space Station.

Black hole's blast stunts stars

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:22
The winds blasted out by supermassive black holes at the centre of galaxies are strong enough to slow the birth of new stars, astronomers reveal.

Google-backed genetic test approved

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:05
A Californian start-up will be allowed to advertise a mail order DNA test that screens for a rare genetic condition.

Evolution 'favours big sea beasts'

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 17:02
A major survey finds that marine animals have been getting bigger, on average, since the Cambrian period - and not by chance.

The farmer's son who filmed a snow leopard

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 14:12
A farmer's son sacrificed his sheep to film a leopard

Doubt over 'cannibal seal' theory

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 11:58
The National Trust urges caution over a report suggesting cannibalistic seals may be to blame for a spate of seal pup deaths in Norfolk.

VIDEO: Rare Amur tigers filmed in China

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 07:08
Rare video footage of wild Amur tigers in China has been captured in the Wangqing Nature Reserve.

VIDEO: Should killer whales stay in parks?

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 02:04
The debate continues over whether killer whales should be kept in captivity in theme parks.

Forgotten fossil is a new species

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 17:07
A forgotten museum specimen mistaken for a plaster copy is found to be the fossilised remains of a new species of ancient reptile.