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VIDEO: Orphan baby elephant rescued from well

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 06:56
An elephant calf has been air rescued after he fell down a well in the remote region of Milgis Lugga in Northern Kenya.

Slumbering lions win top photo prize

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 16:24
A black and white image of lions resting on a rock outcrop in the Serengeti has won the 2014 Wildlife Photographer of the Year award.

Physics reveals how nature sparkles

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 16:15
Researchers reveal that the same physical mechanism is behind many of nature's most dazzling shines.

Wind farms outstrip nuclear power

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 15:07
The UK's wind farms generated more power than its nuclear power stations on Tuesday, the National Grid says.

Ebola serum for Africa 'in weeks'

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 14:59
Treatments to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa should become available in the coming weeks and months, says the World Health Organization.

Tractor beam breaks distance record

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 06:40
Scientists have turned a laser into a reversible "tractor beam" that can repel or attract objects.

Students build Oculus Moon robot

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 06:26
US team develop a robot that can send back live pictures from the Moon as part of attempt to win Google's Lunar X-Prize.

Audi claims self-drive speed record

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 04:29
Audi says one of its self-drive test cars topped 149mph (240km/h) at a race track in Germany, beating a human-driven version.

Pesticide bans 'could hit UK crops'

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 04:19
The EU's decision to ban the use of some pesticides could threaten UK crops, increase food prices and hit farmers' profits, a report claims.

Aussie bees fight 'hive wars'

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 02:44
Bee colonies in Brisbane are waging war for months on end, according to a new study, and the victorious swarms are taking over the hives of rival species.

VIDEO: EU pesticide ban 'threatens crops'

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 22:38
A report published today claims that banning too many pesticides will lead to lower yields on farm, which in turn could result in an increase in food imports, and job losses

Man walks again after transplant

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 20:31
A paralysed man becomes the first in the world to walk again following a pioneering therapy which involved transplanting cells from his nose into his severed spinal cord.

Life Story with David Attenborough

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 16:47
David Attenborough's new series on the journey through life

Hobbit find rewriting human history

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 15:32
Tiny species found a decade ago in Indonesia caused big rethink

VIDEO: Charge for carrier bags in Scotland

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:22
A public awareness campaign is being launched to highlight the carrier-bag charge which has come into force in Scotland.

VIDEO: Origins of intercourse traced to fish

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:01
Scientists believe they have traced the origin of copulation to fish found in a Scottish lake 385 million years ago.

Solar farms 'blight on landscape'

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 04:12
Environment Secretary Liz Truss says large-scale solar farms are "ugly" as she confirms plans to cut a taxpayer subsidy for the schemes.

Europe 'will fail to protect climate'

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 03:05
IPCC expert says EU's plan consigns future leaders to “extraordinary and unprecedented” CO2 cuts.

AUDIO: Are we alone in the Milky Way?

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 02:29
Prof Brian Cox muses on whether life here on Earth is unique within the Milky Way and what this might mean.

AUDIO: Scientists study ancient comet

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 01:52
A recently discovered comet has flown past Mars, giving scientists a unique chance to study an object from the farthest reaches of the Solar System.