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Middle East wars 'improve the air'

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 12:07
Armed conflict and civil disturbance in the Middle East since 2010 have had the unintended consequence of making the air cleaner.

Rare wolf pack spotted in California

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 08:54
The appearance of the five grey wolf pups and two adults could signal a return of the animals, which haven't been found in the state since 1924.

'Oldest' message in a bottle found

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 08:40
A message in a bottle that washed up more than 108 years after it was thrown into the sea may be the world's oldest, a marine association says.

One Direction's video reviewed by space expert

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 04:38
It's the first music video Niall, Liam, Louis and Harry have released without Zayn.

'Farewell' pictures of Saturn moon

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 03:40
The Cassini probe to Saturn returns its final close-up images of the Dione moon as it begins its "long goodbye".

GM trees 'strangled' by red tape

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 23:38
US researchers say it has become "virtually impossible" to plant genetically modified trees in any part of the world.

Humans are 'unique super-predator'

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:42
A new study confirms humans' status as a unique super predator, and points to ways our impacts on other species could be lessened.

July Earth's hottest month on record

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 10:13
July was the hottest month on Earth since records began in 1880, according to US scientists.

UK troops to tackle ivory poaching

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 10:06
British troops are on their way to Gabon on the west coast of Africa to tackle an increase in ivory poaching.

Mars rover takes low-angle 'selfie'

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 05:40
The US space agency has issued another of the "selfie" portraits acquired by its Curiosity rover on Mars, but this one is taken from a much lower angle.

Carbon fibres made from air

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 21:53
Chemists discover a way to take carbon dioxide from the air and make carbon nanofibres, a valuable manufacturing material.

Marine mammals thriving in Thames

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 16:24
Ten years of public sightings show that large marine mammals are regularly found in the River Thames.

VIDEO: Blue whale upstages TV presenter

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 15:33
A blue whale emerges from the ocean, just as a BBC presenter is explaining how hard they are to find.

Probe pinpoints blood clot locations

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 12:46
A new probe sticks to blood clots so they "light up" in a PET scan, and could eventually save time during treatment of stroke and related conditions.

VIDEO: Japan launches rocket bound for ISS

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 12:28
Japan has successfully launched an unmanned spacecraft bound for the International Space Station.

Hawking's speech tech released

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 10:49
Software that helps Prof Stephen Hawking to speak via a computer has been published online by Intel, the company that created it.

'Coal error' skewed China CO2 data

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 10:09
Confusion over the types of coal being burned in China's power stations means its carbon emissions have been overestimated, say researchers.

Comet impacts cook up 'soup of life'

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 03:04
New lab results show how collisions between comets and planets can make the molecules that are the essential building blocks of life.

Have we underestimated our ancestors?

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 21:34
Have we underestimated our ancestors?

Secrets of mosquito-repelling grass

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 18:06
Chemists isolate the pleasantly perfumed active chemicals in sweetgrass - a plant used by Native Americans to fend off mosquitoes.