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VIDEO: No more Latinate plant descriptions

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 17:00
The International Botany Congress decides that Latin will no longer be the primary language for formally describing new species of plants.

Fast charges drive electric car boom

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 16:59
New charging tech drives electric car boom

Economics 'driving language loss'

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 16:58
A thriving economy can lead to the extinction of some languages, scientists believe.

The battle for anonymity on the web

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 16:22
Horizon meets the pioneer of anti-surveillance web tech

Cockatoos teach tool-making tricks

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 16:19
Cockatoos learn to make and use tools when shown by another bird, research reveals.

VIDEO: Cockatoos teach tool-making tricks

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 16:12
Cockatoos learn to make and use tools when shown by another bird, research reveals.

VIDEO: The snail farm in my spare bedroom

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 16:12
Helen Howard started a snail farm in her spare bedroom and allotment seven years ago - now she sells to restaurants and private chefs.

Meadow protection plan 'backfires'

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 16:09
A bid to safeguard endangered wildflower meadows has backfired, according to an unpublished report by the watchdog Natural England.

DNA overturns 30-year US convictions

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 15:56
Two US men who spent three decades in prison for rape and murder, one on death row, are released after new DNA evidence proves their innocence.

Monkey leaders have different brains

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:16
Neuroscientists discover that primate brains show consistent differences according to their social status

Rosetta set for 'capture' manoeuvres

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:38
The Rosetta probe is about to begin the manoeuvres that will take it properly into orbit around Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Ebola response 'lethally inadequate'

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 08:52
A global military intervention is needed to curb the largest ever Ebola outbreak, according to the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Badger vaccination scheme under way

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 06:58
A scheme to vaccinate badgers against bovine tuberculosis in a bid to tackle the disease in cattle is launched by the government.

Africa's farmers face failed seasons

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 06:12
African farmers face 'failed seasons' risk as a result of being overwhelmed by climate change, warns a status report on the continent's agriculture.

VIDEO: Is it easy for politicians being green?

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 03:57
David Cameron may have made himself a hostage to fortune when pledging to lead the greenest government ever in 2010.

Does limiting the power of appliances save energy?

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 03:20
Would banning high-power appliances actually save energy?

Sentinel system pictures Napa quake

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 02:43
First report from Europe's new quake-watcher

Russian sex geckos die in orbit

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 01:51
Five gecko lizards sent into orbit on a Russian space satellite as part of a sex experiment have all died, the Russian space agency says.

How corals stir up their world

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:57
Corals stir up the water, creating vortices that draw in nutrients and drive away waste, research reveals.

Action films 'may make you fat'

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:53
Watching action films could make you more likely than other TV programmes to pile on the pounds, according to US researchers.