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Number of dead raptors rises to 18

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 07:14
The number of birds of prey found dead in a part of the Highlands has now risen to 18, RSPB Scotland say.

Volcanic islands merge in Pacific

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 05:59
A volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean has merged with its neighbour to form one landmass, the US space agency says.

World 'needs Plan B' on climate - UN

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 02:51
The world needs a Plan B on climate change because politicians are failing to reduce carbon emissions, according to a UN report.

Critical phase in missing matter hunt

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 00:09
Is dark matter search nearing its endgame?

Geese tests could help patients

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 22:46
A study of the world's highest-flying bird by Devon scientists may help improve treatment for heart attack and stroke victims.

Very rare Chinese robin sighted

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 16:49
Scientists make crucial new discoveries about one of the world's rarest birds, the blackthroated blue robin, with a breeding pair spotted in China.

VIDEO: US dark matter hunt at critical phase

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 15:55
The quest to find the most mysterious particles in the Universe is entering a critical phase, scientists say.

Cosmos speed-check for dark energy

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:05
Scientists produce a precise measurement of the rate at which the early Universe was expanding to try to get new insights on dark energy.

Global dip in renewables investment

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 07:25
Global investment in renewables fell during 2013, but the percentage of the world’s electricity generated by renewable sources continued to increase, a report shows.

'More bee deaths' in northern Europe

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 07:17
A new EU study shows that far more honeybees are dying in the UK and other parts of northern Europe than in the Mediterranean.

Game-changer for plane recovery hope

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 05:55
What happens next if possible plane signals are confirmed?

Living with the 'opposite of autism'

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 04:46
The joys and dangers of living with Williams Syndrome

Athlete injured after drone crash

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 04:07
Australia's air safety body is looking into reports that a triathlete has been injured by a drone falling on her.

Spider invasion prompts Mazda fix

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 03:49
Spiders crawling into the fuel tanks of Mazda cars have forced the company to issue a voluntary recall notice to apply a software fix.

VIDEO: Building the truly model city

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 00:20
MIT's 3D projections simulate a metropolis

Rare coral 'at risk from dredging'

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:00
Environmental campaigners are calling for immediate action to protect coral found off the coast near Plymouth.

The riddle of the Voynich Manuscript

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 18:39
Was mysterious manuscript forged by bookseller?

Mainframes clock up half-century

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 16:39
IBM mainframe celebrates its half-century

Bird of prey trap death condemned

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 03:59
Wildlife organisations condemn the illegal trapping of birds after a buzzard was found fatally injured in the Peak District National Park.

VIDEO: 'Your ladybirds are in the post'

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 02:21
Ladybirds are a good, natural way to combat garden pests, according to one wildlife expert.