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Space agency targets 'tick disease'

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 02:40
The European Space Agency gives financial backing to a Scottish project to use an app to map tick hotspots and tackle Lyme disease.

Rescue resumes after Nepal quake

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:36
Rescue work resumes after the latest deadly earthquake in Nepal, after thousands of scared residents spent the night in the open.

Is surviving on 20-minute naps bad for you?

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 19:25
Is surviving on 20-minute naps bad for you?

Russia delays ISS astronauts' return

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 14:51
Russia delays for about a month the return of three astronauts on the International Space Station after the recent failure of its supply spaceship.

Dozens die in fresh Nepal quake

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 12:37
Dozens die as a new earthquake of magnitude 7.3 strikes Nepal, two weeks after a devastating tremor killed more than 8,000.

'Substantial' El Nino event predicted

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 08:46
The El Nino event, which can drive droughts and flooding, is under way in the tropical Pacific, say scientists.

Unsettled Earth continues to rattle Nepal

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 04:56
What triggered Nepal's second big quake?

Sri Lanka first to protect mangroves

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 00:45
Sri Lanka becomes the first nation to comprehensively protect all of its mangrove forests, using a model that conservationists hope other nations will adopt.

VIDEO: Could the water vole become extinct?

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 23:53
The water vole once populated our riverbanks and waterways in the UK, but in the last 15 years water vole numbers have halved, brining them to the brink of extinction.

Trounced by a brain-training octogenarian

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 16:04
Trounced by a brain-training octogenarian

Shell gets US Arctic oil approval

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 14:06
Royal Dutch Shell wins approval from the US Department of Interior to explore for oil in the Arctic.

Sentinel to measure ocean height

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 11:31
The sixth Sentinel in Europe's ambitious new multi-billion-euro Earth-observation project is contracted from industry.

VIDEO: Goldfish under knife for third time

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 10:36
A goldfish has gone under the knife for a third time for a 45-minute operation to remove multiple tumours from around its eye and back.

Jo Johnson is new science minister

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 09:52
Jo Johnson, the brother of London Mayor Boris Johnson, is to be the new Minister for Universities and Science.

Best view yet of Ceres' spots

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 09:38
The fascinating bright spots on the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres are shown to be a clutch of many smaller dots in new, higher resolution images.

Rudd's 'green light' as Climate Secretary

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 06:21
Green groups and low-carbon firms have welcomed the appointment of Amber Rudd as new head of the energy and climate department, DECC.

Cameron completing cabinet reshuffle

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 05:58
David Cameron is appointing his new cabinet with Amber Rudd, John Whittingdale and Sajid Javid among those promoted - but there's no job for Boris Johnson.

70 million animal mummies: Egypt’s dark secret

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 16:44
Why did Ancient Egyptians mummify animals in their millions?

Animal mummy 'scandal' revealed

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 16:39
A scanning project suggests that about a third of Ancient Egypt's animal mummies are empty.

Dazzled by Australia's precious opals

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 14:34
Already legally defined as Australia's "National Gemstone", the country's precious opals are punting for a new international designation - that of Global Heritage Stone Resource.