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Obama bans oil drilling 'permanently' in millions of acres of ocean

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 22:35
Barack Obama has permanently banned offshore drilling in the "vast majority" of northern US waters.

Brain's party noise filter revealed by recordings

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 08:40
Direct recordings have revealed what happens in our brains as we make sense of speech in a noisy environment, scientists say.

Brexit uncertainty 'corrosive' for science

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 02:58
Uncertainty over the nature of the UK's future relationship with the EU is having a "corrosive" effect on science.

Prostate cancer laser treatment 'truly transformative'

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 00:59
Surgeons describe a new treatment for early stage prostate cancer as "truly transformative".

Laser helps unlock antimatter secrets

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 11:16
Scientists at Cern have found a new way to unlock the secrets of antimatter.

'Casper octopod under threat from deep sea mining'

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 11:14
A deep sea octopod, dubbed Casper after the film ghost, may be at risk from mining, scientists say.

Iron 'jet stream' detected in Earth's outer core

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 09:56
Scientists say Earth's outer core contains a kind of "jet stream" - a fast-flowing river of liquid iron that is surging westwards under Alaska and Siberia.

Prehistoric porridge? First pots for plant cooking found

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 08:49
Prehistoric pottery shows plants and grains were cooked as early as 10,000 years ago.

China finds new love for wildlife films

Sun, 12/18/2016 - 16:20
British-Chinese cameraman Jacky Poon is one of a few professionals documenting endangered animals in China.

'Phone seismometers' prove their worth

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 17:12
An app that turns a smartphone into an earthquake detector helps citizens monitor tremors.

UK fishing industry 'will need EU market access' post Brexit

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 17:06
The UK fishing industry will need continued access to EU markets post-Brexit, a Lords report warns.

Mexico bid to save world's smallest vaquita porpoise

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 04:01
Mexican authorities try to save the world's smallest porpoise by seizing illegal fishing nets.

Road-free areas need better protection, study says

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 17:38
A global map of areas without roads shows large tracts of wilderness remain unprotected.

A walk through a laser-scanned forest

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 16:02
Why scientists are weighing the rainforests with lasers.

Antarctic 'pole of ignorance' finally addressed

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 14:01
European scientists have flown instruments back and forth across the South Pole to map its hidden depths.

Earth’s driest desert once had lakes

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 10:02
The Atacama Desert - the driest desert on Earth - may once have had lakes and wetlands, scientists report.

Former Nasa chief scientist says access to federal data is critical

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 09:55
Limiting access to federal research would do an "enormous disservice" to the US and the world according to former Nasa chief scientist.

Pegasus rocket launches from underside of plane

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 08:05
Small satellites, meant to detect wind speed in stormy weather, blast off over Cape Canaveral on an air-launched rocket.

EU's Galileo satellite system goes live after 17 years

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 05:39
Europe launches its long-delayed Galileo satellite system, aiming to be the world's most accurate.

Babies made from three people approved in UK

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 03:28
Babies made from two women and one man win approval from the UK's fertility regulator.