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Major deltas 'could be drowned'

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:02
Sea-level rise and river engineering "spell disaster" for many of the world's river deltas, say scientists.

What makes different years warmer or colder?

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 07:03
What makes temperatures vary from year to year?

Osborne: UK lead role in Mars mission

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 06:39
Among the commitments to science funding in his Autumn Statement, Chancellor George Osborne says the UK will play the "lead role" in Europe's 2018 Mars rover programme.

Medieval city 'detected' with no dig

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:34
A detailed plan of a medieval city near Salisbury in Wiltshire is produced by experts without the need for a single archaeological dig.

Meat consumption risks climate goals

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 02:58
An "awareness gap" among consumers about the impact of the livestock sector threatens to undermine efforts to curb climate change, a report warns.

Warmest year on record predicted

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 20:14
This year could be the UK's warmest as measured by the world's oldest temperature record over almost 250 years, say researchers.

Europe to press ahead on new rocket

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 19:33
Research ministers approve the development of a new Ariane rocket for Europe, with pledges of 5.924bn euros for space programmes.

VIDEO: Controversial DNA test comes to UK

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 18:39
A personal DNA test that has sparked controversy in the US launches in the UK.

Does rampant AI threaten humanity?

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 09:03
Are we really at risk of smart machines killing us off?

Richard III DNA: Infidelity surprise

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 08:11
Analysis of Richard III's DNA has thrown up surprising evidence of infidelity somewhere in his family tree.

Hawking: AI could end human race

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 05:02
Prof Stephen Hawking, one of the world's leading scientists, warns that artificial intelligence "could spell the end of the human race".

Controversial DNA test comes to UK

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 03:24
A personal DNA test that has sparked controversy in the US has launched in the UK.

HIV evolving 'into milder form'

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 13:41
HIV is evolving to become less deadly and less infectious as it spends more time infecting people, according to a major scientific study.

Climate talks open as world heats up

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 08:21
Delegates are set to meet in Peru to try and agree a negotiating text for a new global climate deal to be signed at the end of 2015.

Scientists make enzymes from scratch

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 08:17
Experts say they have achieved a scientific milestone - creating enzymes out of artificial genetic material that they made in their lab.

US footballers 'show brain changes'

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 22:00
After one season of playing American football, some teenagers appear to show changes in their brains even when they did not suffer concussion, a small study suggests.

VIDEO: Scientific posts could go at Kew

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 01:49
More than 50 science jobs at Kew gardens could go

VIDEO: New threat to humpback whales?

Sat, 11/29/2014 - 23:28
Once hunted to near extinction, the humpback whales of the Canadian Pacific are back in larger numbers, and the government has downgraded their status from "threatened" to that "of special concern".

Graphene promise for body armour

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 02:44
The "wonder material" graphene could be used to make bulletproof armour, new research suggests.

VIDEO: Grey squirrels 'should be culled'

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 00:15
The government is reviewing the way grey squirrels numbers are managed in England, and is assessing whether more needs to be done to control numbers.