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World's oldest cat dies aged 24

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 04:03
The tortoiseshell cat Poppy was born in February 1990 and was officially recognised by Guinness World Records in May.

Malaysia swarmed by giant moths

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 00:12
Swarms of giant moths have descended upon Malaysia, invading homes and even disrupting a national football match.

Insects' underwater sex secrets

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 19:05
Scientists discover how diving beetles hang on to their mates underwater.

Don't extend statin use, say doctors

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 16:33
Proposals to extend the use of statins should be scrapped, according to a group of leading doctors and academics.

A messy 25-year-long nuclear clean-up

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 16:18
The US town still cleaning up nuclear waste 25 years on

Chile rejects hydro-electric project

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 10:47
The Chilean government has rejected a huge hydro-electric project in a beautiful part of Patagonia, in the south of the country.

GM mosquitoes may aid malaria fight

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 09:38
Scientists create new strains of malaria mosquitoes that produce 95% male offspring, and can drive a rapid population crash in the laboratory.

Crops will count for wildlife grants

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 07:45
Grants designed to protect the countryside may be controversially switched to pay England's farmers to grow beans and peas.

Small-scale badger culls 'boost TB'

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 02:46
Scientists say that culling a small number of badgers risks increasing the spread of TB infection to cattle.

New grey wolf populations found

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 00:23
Two distinct populations of grey wolves have been identified on the central coast of British Columbia in Canada, a study reveals.

Buzz surrounds citizen bee survey

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 17:01
Scientists hope UK-wide bee survey creates a buzz

MPs demand new data on pet primates

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 16:59
MPs call for urgent government action to determine how many primates are being kept as pets across the UK.

'World's smallest' pacemaker fitted

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 09:01
The world's smallest pacemaker is fitted inside the heart of a patient for the first time in England.

Computer convinces panel it is human

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 05:36
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.

AUDIO: How fist fights shaped the human face

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 04:01
Humans developed "beefy" facial features as protection during fist fights, according to scientists.

Aspirin 'not best to stop strokes'

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 03:48
Doctors are being told not to routinely prescribe aspirin for a common heart condition that increases a person's risk of stroke.

Holy sites 'may offer clues to antibiotic resistance'

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 01:51
How a Ganges festival could hold clue to drug resistance

The lost whaling station at the end of the world

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 01:29
The lost whaling station at the end of the world

Eagle flies into woman's living room

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 01:08
A woman is left "quite shocked" when an eagle flies into her living room while she is watching the French Open tennis championship.

Male faces 'evolved to take punches'

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 21:12
The faces of our male ancestors evolved certain features as a defence against fist fights, according to an argument put forward by US researchers.