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VIDEO: New dates rewrite Neanderthal story

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 15:53
The history of human evolution has been completely rewritten with the discovery that modern human beings and Neanderthals coexisted in Europe for much longer than previously thought.

Spiders 'do better' in cities

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:00
Female orb-weaving spiders grow larger and have an increased ability to reproduce when living in urban areas, a new study shows.

Antarctic hides extreme ecosystem

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:58
An ecosystem thrives in the freezing Antarctic underbelly

New dates rewrite Neanderthal story

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:20
A new study suggests that modern humans and Neanderthals co-existed in Europe 10 times longer than previously thought.

'Growth drives UK flooding problems'

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:54
Part of the UK's problem with flooding is self-imposed, according to new research.

Greenland ice sheet losses double

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:01
A new assessment from Europe's CryoSat spacecraft shows Greenland to be losing about 375 cu km of ice each year.

Life on Ebola front line

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:29
A doctor reports from the Ebola front line

VIDEO: Aerials show flooded Arizona desert

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 01:59
Aerial pictures show flooding across the desert region of Phoenix, Arizona, following torrential storms.

Can eating meat be eco-friendly?

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 19:51
Which is the best eco option - eating beef, chicken or mussels?

Tree-hugging snakes put safety first

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 16:32
For the first time, biologists measure the force applied by climbing snakes and find that they squeeze up to five times harder than necessary.

VIDEO: Could this man help save the world?

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 16:01
UK man keeps eye on dangerous asteroids

VIDEO: Hacker conference - behind the scenes

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 16:00
The man who can create traffic jams and other cyber-warriors

VIDEO: Africa's elephants in net decline

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:26
A new study suggests the number of Africa's elephants has declined to a critical point.

Drugs-bust primate given UK asylum

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:12
A primate confiscated during a drugs raid by police in the Maldives is flown 5,000 miles to the UK to start a new life.

Child's drawing 'predicts intellect'

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 04:20
A study suggests the way children draw at the age of four can be a predictor of intelligence 10 years later.

Pentagon researches hi-tech tank

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 03:31
The research arm of the US military is looking into designs for new, hi-tech tanks, focusing less on armour and more on mobility and speed.

Crocodile kills Australia fisherman

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:44
A man is killed by a giant saltwater crocodile as he fished with his wife in northern Australia - the fourth fatal attack this year.

Camouflage sheet inspired by octopus

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 15:23
Basing their work on the techniques used by octopuses and cuttlefish, US engineers have produced a flexible, colour-changing material.

VIDEO: Russian cosmonauts go on spacewalk

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 14:01
Two Russian cosmonauts set off on a spacewalk from the International Space Station (ISS) to launch a nano-satellite.

Rare birds attempt to nest in UK

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 13:44
Two rare birds usually found in the Mediterranean region are spotted building a nest at a nature reserve in Lincolnshire.