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MH370 search faces tough next phase

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 00:01
The next part of the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 will be very challenging in places, sea-floor mapping data suggests.

Urban areas are hives for wild bees

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:31
A study finds a "considerable richness" of bee species in urban habitats, suggesting cities could help maintain healthy populations of the vital pollinators.

Europe expands Galileo network

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:51
Europe puts up the first "full operational capability" spacecraft in the Galileo satellite network - its version of the American GPS system.

VIDEO: Blast off for sat-nav satellites

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:09
A Soyuz rocket carrying two satellites which will make up part of a new European sat-nav system, blasts off from French Guiana.

Four white lion cubs born in Germany

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 05:23
Four rare white lion cubs - three males and one female - are born at a circus on tour in eastern Germany.

AUDIO: Is comedy a science or an art?

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 03:29
Comedians Paul McCaffrey and Tiff Stevenson discuss how comedy is created.

Study creates 'virtual time travel'

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 03:28
Using virtual reality to 'go back in time'

Darwin's barnacles found in Denmark

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 02:20
A gift from the world-famous naturalist is to go on display in Copenhagen.

VIDEO: Gibraltar banishes troublesome monkeys

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 22:19
Gibraltar is planning to banish some of its Barbary macaque population which have become too cheeky or aggressive

Rare species found in marine study

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 18:22
Divers discover rare species of marine life such as stalked jellyfish and squat lobsters in a study of Somerset's Porlock Bay.

Stench of decay turns coral away

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 16:44
Baby coral and fish can smell the difference between good and bad reefs, say marine ecologists.

Warming 'pause' may last until 2025

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:45
The hiatus in the rise in global temperatures is being caused by the Atlantic Ocean and could last another 10 years, say researchers.

Hints of elusive early stars found

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:33
Astronomers may have discovered the chemical signature of one of the Universe's earliest stars.

US Ebola patients out of hospital

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:19
One of the US aid workers who recovered from the Ebola virus says he is "thrilled to be alive" as he and another patient are discharged from hospital.

Curiosity drill test cut short

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:20
Nasa's Curiosity rover looks to examine another sample of Martian rock, but its drill test in a slab dubbed "Bonanza King" fails to complete properly.

Fence to stem human-elephant conflict

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:52
Sri Lanka tree barrier could prevent conflict

Aircraft to have 'human-like skin'

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:40
A British defence firm is working on technology that will give aircraft a "skin" of sensors, allowing it to feel in a similar way to humans.

Rosetta's 10-billion-tonne comet

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:06
Scientists determine the comet being followed by Europe's Rosetta spacecraft to have a mass of 10 billion tonnes.

Earliest evidence of snail-eating

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 03:00
Palaeolithic humans in Spain began eating snails 10,000 years earlier than their Mediterranean neighbours, a study reveals.

Osprey pair nest at nature reserve

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 01:53
A pair of rare ospreys nest at a nature reserve in Cumbria for the first time, conservationists confirm.