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Olive tree disease spreads in Italy

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 07:46
Italy must step up efforts to contain a bacterial disease blighting olive trees in the southern province of Lecce, EU officials warn.

Alien plants 'no threat' to UK flora

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 05:52
A study suggests that non-native plant species do not pose a risk to native flora, as widely assumed, because negative impacts are limited to localised areas.

VIDEO: Solar 'could provide 4% of UK electricity'

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 03:35
Solar power could provide up to 4% of the UK's electricity by the end of the decade, the government has said.

Big rise in solar energy use predicted

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 23:26
Solar energy could provide up to 4% of the UK's electricity by the end of the decade, the government forecasts.

'Monster salamanders' in mass grave

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 18:31
Scientists report a new species of giant amphibian after digging up multiple fossils from an ancient, dried-up lake where hundreds of the beasts probably died.

Australia finds 'huge asteroid impact'

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 17:23
Scientists in central Australia discover what they say is a 400km-wide underground asteroid crater - the largest impact area ever found.

Being comfortable in robotics' uncanny valley

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 16:09
The capability of the latest intelligent robots is forcing us to address how far we want these machines integrated into our lives.

VIDEO: How robotic hand uses bio-signals

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 15:01
David Shukman looks at work being done at the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, as the government pushes for more investment and co-operation in the field.

EC funds switch 'good for science'

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:21
Taking money out of Europe's research budget for a special economic stimulus plan will end up boosting science, claims Research Commissioner Carlos Moedas.

Gold in faeces 'worth millions'

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:07
US researchers are investigating ways to extract the gold and precious metals from human faeces.

Flower-friendly farms 'boost bees'

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 09:00
Planting farmland with strips of flowers can boost the number of wild bumblebees, but rarer species need special attention, a study has confirmed.

National Trust in climate change plea

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 03:36
The National Trust says climate change is the "biggest threat" to the land it protects, as the charity unveils a 10-year plan to help the environment.

VIDEO: Does your pet have 'separation anxiety'?

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 02:39
Vets are warning that a growing number of dogs and other pets are suffering from separation anxiety as peoples' working habits change.

The hunters breaking an Ebola ban on bushmeat

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 01:07
Meet the hunters ignoring the Ebola bushmeat ban

Seminal geology map rediscovered

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 21:16
One of William Smith's original 1815 geological maps of England, Wales and part of Scotland is re-discovered in time to celebrate the 200th anniversary of its making.

The beast of the Danube

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 18:46
The fish that can grow as big as a man and live for 30 years

Climate change 'big threat to China'

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 04:10
Climate change could harm crop yields and the environment in China, says the country's top meteorologist, in a rare official admission.

'Water man of India' bags top prize

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 08:44
An Indian campaigner who brought water to 1,000 villages using ancient methods wins a prize known as the "Nobel Prize for water".

VIDEO: Orangutan rescued from chicken coop

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 07:32
Budi, a baby orangutan who was rescued after being kept for months in a chicken cage in West Borneo, has made a remarkable recovery.

LHC restart 'not before Wednesday'

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 20:07
The second run of the Large Hadron Collider is set to ramp up this week but beams will not go 'full circle' before Wednesday, say scientists at Cern.