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Baby orangutans rescued from Thai taxi

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 11:54
Two baby orangutans have been rescued from the back of a taxi in Thailand.

Madagascar’s wide-eyed wanderers

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 17:42
Threatened by habitat loss and hunting, Madagascar's lemurs, a critically endangered species, are finding refuge in a private sanctuary.

Amazing science

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 15:28
From the first direct evidence for black holes, to a rocky planet circling a neighbouring star, 2016 was packed with amazing science stories.

Japan cancels failed $9bn Monju nuclear reactor

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 04:09
Japan scraps a 22-year-old experimental nuclear reactor that has cost $9bn but barely ever worked.

Baby gorilla moves in with new mother at Bristol Zoo

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 03:14
A hand-reared baby gorilla which was born 10 months ago has moved in with a surrogate mother.

Obama bans oil drilling 'permanently' in millions of acres of ocean

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 23:35
Barack Obama has permanently banned offshore drilling in the "vast majority" of northern US waters.

Brain's party noise filter revealed by recordings

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 09:40
Direct recordings have revealed what happens in our brains as we make sense of speech in a noisy environment, scientists say.

Brexit uncertainty 'corrosive' for science

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 03:58
Uncertainty over the nature of the UK's future relationship with the EU is having a "corrosive" effect on science.

Prostate cancer laser treatment 'truly transformative'

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 01:59
Surgeons describe a new treatment for early stage prostate cancer as "truly transformative".

Laser helps unlock antimatter secrets

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 12:16
Scientists at Cern have found a new way to unlock the secrets of antimatter.

'Casper octopod under threat from deep sea mining'

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 12:14
A deep sea octopod, dubbed Casper after the film ghost, may be at risk from mining, scientists say.

Iron 'jet stream' detected in Earth's outer core

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 10:56
Scientists say Earth's outer core contains a kind of "jet stream" - a fast-flowing river of liquid iron that is surging westwards under Alaska and Siberia.

Prehistoric porridge? First pots for plant cooking found

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 09:49
Prehistoric pottery shows plants and grains were cooked as early as 10,000 years ago.

China finds new love for wildlife films

Sun, 12/18/2016 - 17:20
British-Chinese cameraman Jacky Poon is one of a few professionals documenting endangered animals in China.

'Phone seismometers' prove their worth

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 18:12
An app that turns a smartphone into an earthquake detector helps citizens monitor tremors.

UK fishing industry 'will need EU market access' post Brexit

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 18:06
The UK fishing industry will need continued access to EU markets post-Brexit, a Lords report warns.

Mexico bid to save world's smallest vaquita porpoise

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 05:01
Mexican authorities try to save the world's smallest porpoise by seizing illegal fishing nets.

Road-free areas need better protection, study says

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 18:38
A global map of areas without roads shows large tracts of wilderness remain unprotected.

A walk through a laser-scanned forest

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 17:02
Why scientists are weighing the rainforests with lasers.

Antarctic 'pole of ignorance' finally addressed

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 15:01
European scientists have flown instruments back and forth across the South Pole to map its hidden depths.