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The US marine park SeaWorld is to build a new killer whale enclosure as criticism grows over how the park handles the animals.
Scientists discover the secret behind the super-white shells of some beetles.
New research suggests that the idea of "the thieving magpie" being attracted to shiny objects may be a myth.
Researchers are developing mathematical models to help identify genetic material that could improve food crops' resilience to climate change.
Science dispels the popular myth that magpies like to steal shiny objects for their nests.
Why villagers think Boscastle floods were a good thing
How much of the gold we need can we get from recycled phones?
A study of trained dolphins has suggested that the marine mammals use express pleasure with squeals of delight.
A record number of students have had their university places confirmed, figures from admissions body Ucas show.
Scientists in Germany have pieced together a stunning mosaic image of the Martian surface.
A probe that sniffs the aroma of dollars is being developed to help US-Mexico border police catch smugglers.
Robot swarm builds two-dimensional shapes in lab
One of Britain's longest running archaeological digs comes to end
The search for England's "Tree of the Year"
The self-made 30-year-old health care boss who's worth $4.5bn
Scientists may have identified the first known dust particles from outside our Solar System, in samples returned to Earth by a Nasa space mission.
A crackdown on fish poaching across Wales has seen 139 people prosecuted in the first four months of the year, says Natural Resources Wales.
A week after arriving at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Europe's Rosetta probe is busy acquiring the information needed to select a landing site.
Unusual weather in the Western US has caused an apparent "swap" in weather systems between Arizona and Washington State.
MSPs call on ministers to ban certain pesticides in a Holyrood debate on the plight of bees.