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SeaWorld to redesign its whale tank

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 03:27
The US marine park SeaWorld is to build a new killer whale enclosure as criticism grows over how the park handles the animals.

Beetles' whiteness understood

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 02:36
Scientists discover the secret behind the super-white shells of some beetles.

AUDIO: Is 'the thieving magpie' just a myth?

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:33
New research suggests that the idea of "the thieving magpie" being attracted to shiny objects may be a myth.

Maths helps find climate-proof crops

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 17:36
Researchers are developing mathematical models to help identify genetic material that could improve food crops' resilience to climate change.

Magpies 'don't steal shiny objects'

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 17:35
Science dispels the popular myth that magpies like to steal shiny objects for their nests.

The village 'washed on to the map'

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 17:10
Why villagers think Boscastle floods were a good thing

How much gold can we get from mobile phones?

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 16:34
How much of the gold we need can we get from recycled phones?

VIDEO: Dolphins squeal with delight

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 09:25
A study of trained dolphins has suggested that the marine mammals use express pleasure with squeals of delight.

Record high for university places

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:41
A record number of students have had their university places confirmed, figures from admissions body Ucas show.

Mosaic image reveals Martian glory

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 05:58
Scientists in Germany have pieced together a stunning mosaic image of the Martian surface.

Smell of dollars may catch smugglers

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 04:43
A probe that sniffs the aroma of dollars is being developed to help US-Mexico border police catch smugglers.

Robot swarm shuffles into formation

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 00:27
Robot swarm builds two-dimensional shapes in lab

Silchester dig ends after 18 years

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 18:49
One of Britain's longest running archaeological digs comes to end

In pictures: Top trunks

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 18:23
The search for England's "Tree of the Year"

The 30-year-old health billionaire

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 15:40
The self-made 30-year-old health care boss who's worth $4.5bn

Exotic grains from cosmos identified

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:41
Scientists may have identified the first known dust particles from outside our Solar System, in samples returned to Earth by a Nasa space mission.

Fish poachers targeted in crackdown

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 10:09
A crackdown on fish poaching across Wales has seen 139 people prosecuted in the first four months of the year, says Natural Resources Wales.

Rosetta: Comet probe starts work

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 08:43
A week after arriving at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Europe's Rosetta probe is busy acquiring the information needed to select a landing site.

VIDEO: Two US states 'swap weather systems'

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 08:31
Unusual weather in the Western US has caused an apparent "swap" in weather systems between Arizona and Washington State.

Pesticide ban call to save bees

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 08:16
MSPs call on ministers to ban certain pesticides in a Holyrood debate on the plight of bees.