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Conservation 'failing Congo rainforests'

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 17:17
Establishing new nature reserves with strict protection measures actually fails local communities and wildlife in the Congo Basin, a report says.

Dali helps scientists crack our brain code

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 14:51
Scientists at Glasgow University establish a world first by cracking the communication code of our brains.

Solar Impulse sets off for California

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 09:36
The zero-fuel aeroplane, Solar Impulse, renews its effort to circumnavigate the globe, leaving Hawaii to fly across the Pacific Ocean to San Francisco.

Satellite maps nuclear blast aftermath

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 05:44
The ground convulsion resulting from North Korea's underground nuclear bomb test in January has been mapped by Europe's Sentinel-1a radar satellite.

Pressure grows for price on carbon

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 05:33
A group of world leaders and international finance chiefs has urged the world to rapidly expand the pricing of carbon pollution.

Chameleon's tongue gives up secrets

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 10:28
Scientists build a mathematical model that explains the secrets of the chameleon's extraordinary tongue.

LHC can be 'biggest rain meter'

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:53
The LHC is not just the world's most powerful particle accelerator, it could also be its biggest rain meter.

Concern over Brexit impact on science

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 02:55
The UK science community draws vital benefits from EU membership and could lose influence in the event of an exit, says a House of Lords report.

Scientists sniff out vehicle emissions

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 23:03
Heidelberg researchers are following vehicles through city streets, sampling their exhaust plumes to get a real-world perspective on emissions.

Volcano implicated in Maya upheaval

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 23:01
Scientists think they can now tie the disruption that hit Maya civilisation in the 6th Century to an eruption of the El Chichon volcano.

VIDEO: Baboons 'form orderly queues'

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 16:02
Baboons form a queue and wait their turn for access to a patch of food, according to researchers.

VIDEO: When will China get to Mars?

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 15:17
China is due to announce more details about a mission to Mars.

Scientists set eyes on ice moon Europa

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 04:32
European scientists are meeting in Paris to consider their best option for exploring Europa, the moon of Jupiter widely regarded as the most likely place beyond Earth to support microbial life.

VIDEO: Duck walks again on 3D printed feet

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 00:02
A duck from the US state of Wisconsin which lost both feet to frostbite has been fitted with a new pair made on a 3D printer.

Being in EU 'good for UK environment'

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 17:46
Being in the European Union benefits environmental protection in the UK, a committee of MPs says although a leading Conservative member says its arguments are flawed.

Dinosaurs 'declining' before asteroid hit

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 14:50
The dinosaurs were already in decline 50 million years before the asteroid strike that finally wiped them out, a study suggests.

Economic losses from disasters counted

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 14:44
Natural disasters around the globe have resulted in economic losses of roughly $7 trillion since 1900, according to a new calculation from scientists.

Global prize honours Cambodian activist

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 04:29
An activist's undercover work to shed light on illegal logging in Cambodia's forests has been recognised by the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize.

Gravity mission passes 'sanity check'

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 03:39
A European Space Agency effort to try to detect gravitational waves in space is not only technically feasible but compelling, a new report finds.

France 'committed' to Hinkley Point

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 16:20
The French government is "completely committed" to building the UK's Hinkley Point nuclear power plant, France's economy minister tells the BBC.