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Europe's first advanced civilisation had a local origin and was not imported from outside the continent, according to a new study.
Sugar beet farmers are counting the cost of a "mystery" condition resulting in more than 50% of some crops failing.
India's tigers face extinction due to a collapse in the variety of their mating partners, say Cardiff University researchers.
A UK-based firm says it has stopped selling a drug to Arkansas because the US state had planned to use it to execute prisoners on death row.
The UK says it has agreed new laws with the European Union which include banning the dumping of unwanted fish, such as mackerel and herring.
Why do people mutilate bodies in war?
Rush to join Arctic Council reflects growing importance of the region
The Sun has unleashed the most powerful eruption - a solar flare - of 2013 so far.
European reform of the Common Agricultural Policy sees environmentalists pitched against farmers over how best to manage the continent's agricultural land.
Women live longer than men partly because their immune systems age more slowly, a study suggests.
Did the Dambusters raid really shorten World War II?
The Sun has unleashed a massive solar flare - the most powerful of 2013 so far.
British scientists are scanning the brains of 300 young people between the ages of 14 and 24 to try and understand how the brain is rewired as teenage years give way to maturity.
Two major elements in Britain's space strategy dedicated to satellites and their applications are officially unveiled in Oxfordshire.
Sea levels are rising - but how quickly?
Experts have come up with their most accurate estimate yet for the impact of melting ice sheets and glaciers on sea level.
Trying to understand the adolescent brain
US top diplomat dives into debate over melting Arctic
A sharp rise in shale oil reserves is set to turn the US into a net exporter of oil, hitting demand for supplies from the Middle East, a report says.
Scientists discuss sex, sleep, drugs and dynamite over a pint of beer at a new festival held in London, Oxford and Cambridge.