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Carbon in soil vulnerable to warming

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 14:32
The huge stores of carbon locked in the world's soils are more vulnerable to rising temperatures that previously thought.

Bloodhound Diary: Three engine equation

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 04:27
The power units needed to drive a 1,000mph car

British Ebola patient discharged

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 04:07
The first British person to contract Ebola during the outbreak in West Africa has made a full recovery, after being treated in a specialist NHS unit.

VIDEO: Hydro project's giant screw fitted

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 18:58
A giant Archimedes screw is lowered into place as part of Lancashire community project to generate power.

VIDEO: No more Latinate plant descriptions

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 17:00
The International Botany Congress decides that Latin will no longer be the primary language for formally describing new species of plants.

Fast charges drive electric car boom

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 16:59
New charging tech drives electric car boom

Economics 'driving language loss'

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 16:58
A thriving economy can lead to the extinction of some languages, scientists believe.

The battle for anonymity on the web

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 16:22
Horizon meets the pioneer of anti-surveillance web tech

Cockatoos teach tool-making tricks

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 16:19
Cockatoos learn to make and use tools when shown by another bird, research reveals.

VIDEO: Cockatoos teach tool-making tricks

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 16:12
Cockatoos learn to make and use tools when shown by another bird, research reveals.

VIDEO: The snail farm in my spare bedroom

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 16:12
Helen Howard started a snail farm in her spare bedroom and allotment seven years ago - now she sells to restaurants and private chefs.

Meadow protection plan 'backfires'

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 16:09
A bid to safeguard endangered wildflower meadows has backfired, according to an unpublished report by the watchdog Natural England.

DNA overturns 30-year US convictions

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 15:56
Two US men who spent three decades in prison for rape and murder, one on death row, are released after new DNA evidence proves their innocence.

Monkey leaders have different brains

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:16
Neuroscientists discover that primate brains show consistent differences according to their social status

Rosetta set for 'capture' manoeuvres

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:38
The Rosetta probe is about to begin the manoeuvres that will take it properly into orbit around Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Ebola response 'lethally inadequate'

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 08:52
A global military intervention is needed to curb the largest ever Ebola outbreak, according to the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Badger vaccination scheme under way

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 06:58
A scheme to vaccinate badgers against bovine tuberculosis in a bid to tackle the disease in cattle is launched by the government.

Africa's farmers face failed seasons

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 06:12
African farmers face 'failed seasons' risk as a result of being overwhelmed by climate change, warns a status report on the continent's agriculture.

VIDEO: Is it easy for politicians being green?

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 03:57
David Cameron may have made himself a hostage to fortune when pledging to lead the greenest government ever in 2010.

Does limiting the power of appliances save energy?

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 03:20
Would banning high-power appliances actually save energy?