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Politicians 'cowardly' over science

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 15:22
Sir Paul Nurse, president of the Royal Society, says politicians often show a "total lack of leadership" in ignoring scientific findings.

Climate needs low-energy urban areas

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 07:19
A global study of 274 cities helps shed light on energy consumption in urban areas and what can be done to make future urbanisation more energy efficient.

Loft insulation 'aids bird decline'

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 04:49
Homeowners insulating their lofts may be contributing to a decline in sparrows and house martins in the UK, according to the British Trust for Ornithology.

EU changes rules on GM crop-growing

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 04:20
The EU gives states more decision-making powers on genetically modified (GM) crops, which are highly restricted in Europe.

VIDEO: Detroit Motor Show: Go big or green?

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 03:34
The lowering cost of fuel means that large trucks and SUVs have become more popular despite the abundance of green cars now available, as Samira Hussain reports.

VIDEO: Marine conservation zones on the rise

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 01:19
The BBC's Danny Savage reports on plans to protect more offshore seabeds in England, which would see new areas given the status of 'marine conservation zone'.

Computers 'good judge of character'

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 17:57
Computers can be better at predicting our personality than friends and family, an experiment with tens of thousands of volunteers suggests.

Regular naps are 'key to learning'

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 17:54
Regular and lengthy naps are the key to memory and learning in early life, say scientists.

VIDEO: Elephant goes on rampage in Thai park

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 07:27
An elephant in Thailand is caught on camera as it goes on the rampage in Thailand.

SpaceX capsule docks with ISS

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 05:28
The privately built Dragon capsule has docked with the International Space Station carrying a much needed cargo of supplies.

New species of marine reptile found

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 04:54
A new species of marine reptile that lived about 170 million years ago is identified from fossils found on the Isle of Skye.

Rare shark birth captured on camera

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 03:23
Divers capture what they believe to be the first photograph ever taken of the live birth of an oceanic shark.

In search of a personalised diet

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 18:18
Do obese people have slower metabolisms?

Should tourists be banned from Antarctica?

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 16:09
Should tourists be banned from visiting the Antarctic?

SpaceX rocket test ends in crash

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 02:35
US company SpaceX says its experiment to bring part of its Falcon rocket down to a soft landing on a floating sea platform did not work - but its cargo mission to the space station remains on track.

Unusual number of UK flowers bloom

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 09:57
Botanists have been stunned by the results of their annual hunt for plants in flower on New Year’s Day.

Disease 'major threat' to EU olives

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:23
A virulent pathogen that starves and can kill olive trees poses a serious threat to EU olive production, experts warn.

'Bent time' tips pulsar out of view

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:12
One of deep space's spinning "lighthouses" fades from view as it warps space-time, tilting its radio beams away from Earth.

'Planet' Pluto comes into view

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:15
The little world is finally about to come into view

Saturn pinpointed to within one mile

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 02:44
Astronomers measure Saturn’s position with unprecedented accuracy thanks to a continent-wide radio telescope.