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UN set to warn over 'dash for gas'

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 16:06
The United Nations is likely to warn governments that a "dash for gas" will not solve climate change, the BBC's Roger Harrabin reports.

VIDEO: Close-up: Sub ready to locate MH370

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 15:22
Specialists are preparing the submarine which will be used when the general location of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 plane in the Indian Ocean is identified.

VIDEO: Below deck of Syria chemical destroyer

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 14:51
Time is fast running out for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons stocks, the international body in charge of their destruction says.

Flies manoeuvre like fighter jets

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:10
New research shows that when a threat comes into view fruit flies make split-second turns reminiscent of those made by fighter jets.

Pickles increases energy policy role

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:39
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has staged a minor coup over coalition energy policy.

The 100 most distinct and rare birds

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 09:31
Scientists list the world's most distinctive and endangered birds.

VIDEO: Lucky turtle gets prosthetic fin

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 09:24
A turtle in Israel which lost two limbs has been given a designer prosthetic dorsal fin.

Challenge to Titanic sinking theory

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 02:23
UK scientists have challenged the idea that the Titanic was unlucky for sailing in a year when there were an exceptional number of icebergs in the North Atlantic.

Curbing wind energy to push up bills

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 18:15
Researchers say that plans to restrict wind farms to the seas around Britain will require significantly larger subsidies.

'Millions wasted' on flu drug

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 17:56
Hundreds of millions of pounds have been wasted on Tamiflu, a drug for flu that may work no better than paracetamol, a landmark analysis says.

'RoboClam' could anchor submarines

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 17:33
A new burrowing robot for anchoring miniature submarines has been developed, inspired by the Atlantic razor clam.

VIDEO: Global solar-powered plane unveiled

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 17:23
Secrets of the solar-powered plane set to fly around the world

A shark cull divides a nation

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 16:32
Is a shark cull the right way to deal with attacks on humans?

Between the covers of Evelyn's Sylva

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 15:58
The 1664 book that changed the landscape of Britain

Bamboo back in business for Taiwan

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:37
How Taiwan successfully regrew its bamboo industry

Map illustrates 'Russian GPS' fault

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 08:38
The General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland issue a map illustrating the effects of the outage that hit Russia's GLONASS sat-nav system.

Car fumes cut easier than UN thought

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 08:07
UN experts say they underestimated the gains carmakers have made in fuel efficiency, but a huge expected increase in global traffic may outweigh this.

Plane search grapples with poor maps

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 05:55
What's known about seafloor where MH370 may be?

AUDIO: Britain's first cloned dog is born

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 04:41
Britain's first cloned dog has been born after her owner won a competition offering the procedure for free.

Rogue peregrine targets falcon eggs

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 03:33
A rogue bird threatens to destroy the clutch of four peregrine falcon eggs being nurtured on the spire of Norwich Cathedral.