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Kenya opens anti-poaching laboratory

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 08:44
A forensic laboratory opens in Kenya that will build up a DNA database of wild animals to help secure successful prosecutions of poachers

Rogue spacecraft burns up on re-entry

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 20:39
The Russian space agency says its out-of-control Progress spacecraft has burnt up after re-entering the Earth's atmosphere.

'US-German Moon team member' dies

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 16:19
Oscar Holderer, a member of the post-WW2 German team whose rocket took US astronauts to the Moon, dies at 95.

Facebook studies news feed balance

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 13:49
Our own choices stop us from reading ideologically challenging content more than Facebook's algorithms, according to a study by Facebook researchers.

Pirate Capt Kidd's 'treasure' found

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 13:13
Underwater explorers in Madagascar say they have found what is thought to be the treasure of notorious Scottish pirate Captain William Kidd.

VIDEO: Ants may hold key to search and rescue

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 06:49
Ant behaviour may hold the key to developing for more effective techniques for search and rescue.

CO2 levels reach monthly record

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 04:46
Global carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations have reached a new monthly record of 400 parts per million, according to scientists.

Bloodhound Diary: 'Speed bumps' on the way to 1,000mph

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 03:16
Who said building a 1,000mph car would be easy?

VIDEO: Bird poll gets Britons all in a flutter

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 01:02
The polls may close tonight in Britain's general election but there is another big vote happening to find out Britain's favourite bird.

VIDEO: The house that can rise with flood levels

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 23:41
An architect in Thailand has come up with a new type of house to combat floods - one that rises with the water levels.

Invasive ants are extreme excavators

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 19:22
Researchers reveal the secret of the success of invasive fire ants - they can excavate any type of soil.

VIDEO: How much is the sea worth?

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 16:05
As the WWF releases a report on the economic value of the world's oceans, BBC News looks at their findings, and the value of auditing nature.

Microbe is relative of complex life

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 14:45
A newly discovered microbe could help solve one of the most controversial puzzles in modern biology.

Spacecraft 'to fall back on Friday'

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 14:05
A Russian spacecraft that has been out of control since launching last week will fall back to Earth and burn up on Friday, scientists say.

VIDEO: Japan giant solar farm from the air

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 13:03
Rupert Wingfield-Hayes visits a vast solar farm in Kagoshima to see how Japan is trying to move on from nuclear power.

Tim Peake passes final Soyuz exam

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 09:41
British astronaut Tim Peake passes his final Soyuz exam, as he prepares for November's mission to the space station.

Forests 'pivotal' for food security

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 09:23
Forests can play a vital role in supplementing global food and nutrition security, as well as providing sources of income, suggest leading scientists.

SpaceX tests launch abort system

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 06:02
SpaceX puts its Dragon astronaut capsule through a practice abort - a demonstration of how the ship would cope with a pad emergency.

Election 2015: What's important for rural voters?

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 04:12
The vote of those living in the countryside is crucial in this election, but what issues are important to them?

Tornado as storms hit north Germany

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 02:09
Violent storms sweep northern Germany, triggering a tornado that hit a small town and leaving one person dead in Hamburg.