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US approves GM salmon for food

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 07:43
US regulators have given the go-ahead to genetically modified salmon, making it the first GM animal destined for human consumption.

UK science 'needs single funding body'

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 06:12
A government-commissioned review says UK science funding should be determined by a single independent agency, and overseen perhaps by the chancellor himself.

World on cusp of 'post-antibiotic era'

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 06:12
Bacteria are now resistant to drugs of last resort meaning the world is on the cusp of a "post-antibiotic era", warn scientists.

VIDEO: Tasmanian devils reintroduced to wild

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 00:50
A group of Tasmanian Devils are being reintroduced to their natural habitat in Tasmania as part of a plan designed to save the carnivorous marsupials from a cancer threatening them with extinction.

Neon pony paint 'could save hundreds'

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 16:42
Reflective paint, which could "save hundreds" of Dartmoor's livestock from being killed by vehicles, is put on ponies after an initial trial is deemed a success.

Big ice melt scenarios 'not plausible'

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 11:36
Scientists say the contribution of a melting Antarctica to sea level rise this century will be significant and challenging, but that some nightmare scenarios are just not realistic.

Pesticide exposure 'harms pollination'

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 10:59
Bees exposed to widely-used nicotine-like pesticides are not as good at pollinating crops, according to a study.

UK's coal plants to close by 2025

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 05:10
The UK's remaining coal-fired power stations will be shut by 2025, energy secretary Amber Rudd proposes.

Lethal amphibian disease killed off

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 02:15
For the first time, researchers eliminate a devastating amphibian fungal disease in a population of toads.

Bees and pesticides 'missing link'

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 17:17
A new study sheds light on unanswered questions about the risks of pesticides to bees.

Brain wrinkle linked to hallucinations

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 09:41
Scientists say a particular fold at the front of the brain tends to be shorter in those schizophrenia patients who experience hallucinations.

Earth's underground water quantified

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 03:06
A new calculation fixes the total amount of groundwater on the planet, held in rock and soil below our feet, at 23 million cubic km.

Fewer corncrakes counted in Scotland

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 02:14
Wet and cold spring and summer weather is blamed for one of Scotland's rarest breeding birds having a poor season.

'Alarming trend' of dung beetle decline

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 00:11
Some of the UK's dung beetle species are becoming scarcer and could even face extinction, according to scientists gathering information on the insects.

Fuels threaten health of refugees

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 16:58
The "huge dependency" of refugees on wood and charcoal-based fuels has horrific consequences on refugees' health, a report has warned.

'High impacts' from stronger El Nino

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 06:38
This year's El Niño weather event is expected to gain in strength before the end of this year according to the latest research.

Mystery ancestral 'tribe' revealed

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 03:56
Geneticists have detected a fourth ancestral "tribe" which contributed to the modern European gene pool.

Bloodhound Diary: Getting 'ready to roll'

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 03:37
The sequence for firing up a supersonic car

Fishermen rescue humpback whale

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 01:29
A humpback whale is freed by fishermen from a buoy and rope that were attached to lobster pots.

Experimenter movie's shock tactics

Sun, 11/15/2015 - 17:57
Actor Peter Sarsgaard talks about his challenging new movie Experimenter about the 1961 electric shock experiment that stunned the world.