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VIDEO: Will your favourite beach fail new test?

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 06:06
Dozens of British beaches and lakes are at risk of failing to meet tougher European water quality standards this summer.

Warm-blooded fish traps its own heat

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 04:05
The deep-water opah becomes the first fish known to regulate its own temperature, using heat from its flapping fins to warm its heart and brain.

VIDEO: Wheelchair user to cross Pennine Trail

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 03:17
Roy Taylor will cross 68 miles of the Trans Pennine Trail in his wheelchair to help raise money to "get rid of obstacles" to give the disabled greater access to the countryside.

Massive conger eel close to record

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 00:50
A massive eel caught by fishermen off the coast of Devon narrowly misses the British record.

More beaches face quality failures

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 19:34
A record number of England's beaches are at risk of failing to meet EU water quality standards this year, the Environment Agency warns.

Why do we sleep?

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 16:33
New research gives an insight into why we drop off

Galaxies die by slow 'strangulation'

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 07:36
A study suggests that when most galaxies stop forming stars, this death is a slow process that gradually chokes them of the necessary cool gases.

VIDEO: 'Simple shaving cut could kill you'

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 06:32
Economist Jim O'Neill, the head of a UK government-appointed team looking at the impact of superbugs, tells Victoria Derbyshire the antibiotics crisis could cost millions of lives.

Robotic tentacle targets surgery

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 04:07
Engineers construct a surgical arm inspired by the humble octopus, with a tube of coffee granules playing a key role in its action.

Brightman postpones space trip

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 00:30
British soprano Sarah Brightman calls off her trip to the International Space Station citing "personal family reasons".

$2bn antibiotic research fund urged

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 00:26
The global pharmaceutical industry is being called on to pay for a $2bn innovation fund to revitalise research into antibiotics.

VIDEO: Push to revitalise antibiotics research

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 23:07
The global pharmaceutical industry is being called on to pay for a $2bn (£1.3bn) innovation fund to revitalise research into antibiotics.

VIDEO: A look around a large container ship

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 16:45
The biggest British registered container ship has arrived in Southampton, as part of its maiden voyage.

Donut-shaped 'compass' in fly brain

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 14:01
Neuroscientists observe compass-like activity sweeping around a dense ring of cells inside the brain of fruit flies.

Prince Charles urged badger cull

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 13:34
Prince Charles asked the Blair government to consider the culling of badgers, historic documents reveal.

Top panel to give EU science advice

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 06:11
A high level group of scientists is to be recruited to provide independent advice to the European Commission, replacing the former role of the chief scientific advisor.

Probe spies Pluto's faint moons

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 05:36
The New Horizons probe, heading for its historic flyby of Pluto in July, has now caught sight of all the known faint moons of the dwarf planet.

Quake heightens Nepal landslide concern

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 03:06
New Nepal quake heightens future risk

Space agency targets 'tick disease'

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 02:40
The European Space Agency gives financial backing to a Scottish project to use an app to map tick hotspots and tackle Lyme disease.

Rescue resumes after Nepal quake

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:36
Rescue work resumes after the latest deadly earthquake in Nepal, after thousands of scared residents spent the night in the open.