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Butterfly numbers drop a mystery, say experts

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 06:18
A huge drop in the number of butterflies in the UK is causing confusion among wildlife experts.

Heathrow runway 'within EU pollution laws'

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 05:40
New, independent research seen by the BBC suggests Heathrow airport could build a new runway without breaking European pollution laws.

Call for action to protect 'the lungs of the sea'

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 02:51
More than 100 scientists from 28 countries have called for global action to protect seagrass meadows, which provide food and shelter for fish, marine mammals and birds.

Baby rhino steals show in BBC interview

Sun, 10/09/2016 - 09:22
Aspinall Foundation's Port Lympne wildlife park in Kent has praised the arrival of two critically endangered black rhino calves in Tanzania.

Distinct vibrations

Sat, 10/08/2016 - 16:23
Ten years ago an earthquake detected in North Korea turned out to be the country's first ever nuclear test. Seismologist Mika McKinnon explains how scientists tell the difference.

Hurricane Matthew: Matt Drudge conspiracy comments kick up storm

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 09:53
Conservative US blogger Matt Drudge suggests warnings over Hurricane Matthew are a government conspiracy, but critics say his comments are wrong and dangerous.

Hadfield: 'You should be afraid of the dark'

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 04:13
Astronaut Chris Hadfield discusses with Sarah Montague the importance of fear.

Whale calf seen pushing stranded mother off sandbank

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 00:29
A humpback whale which was stranded on a sandbank off Australia frees itself after its calf was filmed apparently pushing her into deeper water.

Aviation industry agrees deal to cut CO2 emissions

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 22:53
A landmark deal has been struck by the aviation industry to limit greenhouse gases, but environmentalists are unimpressed.

Why are Nobel Prize winners getting older?

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 17:37
Nobel laureates are getting older in every field but one. Could it all be down to quantum mechanics?

Omega-3 oils in farmed salmon 'halve in five years'

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 14:08
Levels of beneficial omega-3 oils in farmed salmon have fallen significantly in the past five years.

Fracking in Lancashire given go-ahead by government

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 08:52
Fracking can go ahead in Lancashire, says the government, in a landmark ruling for the UK shale gas industry.

Copter cars and other visions of Africa’s future

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 08:36
Young African scientists show off their inventions, including a prototype of flying car, at an expo in the South African city of Johannesburg.

British 'sea dragon' fossils are 'new to science'

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 05:51
Scientific detective work on fossils collected in Victorian times has identified two new species of ichthyosaurs - the giant sea reptiles that swam at the time of the dinosaurs.

Volcano insight: Fifty years of eruptions revealed

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 05:47
Half a century of the planet's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes go online in a unique animated app.

50 years of volcanic eruptions in under under one minute

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 05:47
Half a century of the planet's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes go online in a unique animated app.

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano close-up

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 00:53
Footage released by the US Geological Survey has been released of the lava lake on top of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano.

Toad numbers fall by two-thirds in 30 years

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 19:01
The common toad is in decline across much of the UK, and needs better protection, say conservationists.

Eel migration study tells 'romantic' tale

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 13:04
Scientists are a step closer to solving the mystery of one of the great animal migrations - the journey of eels to the Sargasso Sea.

'Swallow the surgeon'

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 12:01
What are the potential uses for molecular machines, which have won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.