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VIDEO: 'Carpet of crabs' covers US beaches

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 23:03
Hundreds of thousands of tiny crabs have been washing up on Southern California's beaches, after warm ocean currents carried them closer to the shoreline than usual.

The women whom science forgot

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 16:58
The women scientists who failed to get credit

VIDEO: Pope: Global warming 'mostly man-made'

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 14:56
The Pope issued his letter on the environment on Thursday. In it he said that climate change was mostly a man-made problem.

Most kangaroos are 'left-handed'

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 14:44
Scientists report that wild kangaroos tend to favour their left hands in common tasks - the first example of non-human, species-wide "handedness".

Elephant poaching hotspots identified

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 13:54
Most illegally poached African elephant ivory can be traced back to just two areas of Africa, research shows.

DNA reignites ancient skeleton row

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 10:16
DNA tests show an ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man is related to modern Native Americans - reigniting a debate over whether his bones should be returned to local tribes and reburied.

VIDEO: Pygmy hippo calf takes first swim

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 08:47
A pygmy hippopotamus calf has taken to the water for the first time with his mother at Melbourne Zoo.

Climate-risk insurance reform urged

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 08:03
Policymakers have a "once in a generation" opportunity to reform the insurance sector to help those at risk from climate change impacts, say researchers.

Pope makes plea to save the planet

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 07:42
Pope Francis has blamed human selfishness for global warming in his long-awaited encyclical calling for action on climate change.

Early end for wind farm subsidies

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 04:52
New onshore wind farms will be excluded from a UK government subsidy scheme from 1 April 2016 - a year earlier than expected.

Happy memories 'perk up' stressed mice

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 04:28
Neuroscientists find that artificially stimulating a positive memory can cause mice to snap out of depression-like behaviour.

Building the face of a criminal from DNA

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 16:59
Scientists use genetic markers to build a criminal's face

Bitterns booming again, say experts

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 16:01
One of the UK's most threatened birds - the bittern - is returning to England and Wales, according to conservationists.

Escaped tiger kills man in Georgia

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 07:43
A tiger that killed a man and wounded another after escaping from a flooded zoo in Georgia has been shot dead, the Georgian interior ministry says.

Bioenergy 'can deliver cleaner future'

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 07:02
A global bioenergy assessment concludes that biofuels could provide up to a third of the world's transport fuel needs by the middle of the century.

Nutella spread 'damages environment'

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 03:11
France's Ecology Minister Segolene Royal urges people to stop eating Nutella because it is made with palm oil and damages the environment.

Controllers wait on Philae link

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 01:37
No new signals have been picked up from the Philae comet lander since a brief radio contact on Sunday, but controllers say this is not surprising.

VIDEO: 'Shark was biting my left arm'

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 01:11
Hunter Treschl, who survived a shark attack in North Carolina on Sunday, talks about the moment he was attacked and about losing his arm.

VIDEO: Flamingo fitted with prosthetic leg

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 20:00
A flamingo in Brazil has been fitted with a prosthetic leg.

More bee species 'must be protected'

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 17:05
Almost 80% of crop pollination by wild bees is provided by just 2% of the most common species, say scientists.