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Straw bale houses go on sale

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 18:08
The first straw bale houses in the UK to be sold on the open market go up for sale in Bristol.

Supersonic dreams hit by climate change

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 16:04
What passenger planes will look like in future

VIDEO: New satellite warns of solar storms

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 01:07
A new deep space satellite will give quicker and more accurate notice about approaching solar storms.

VIDEO: Why sheep could be fitted with WiFi

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 00:57
A team of researchers in North Wales are planning to connect sheep to the internet.

'Low awareness' about wildlife trade

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 23:59
Front-line transport workers largely lack awareness on how criminal networks disguise illegal wildlife products, a summit hears.

VIDEO: Island home for red squirrels

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 09:54
Mersea Island is the only place in the east of England where red squirrels are living wild.

Wild birds 'may spread flu virus'

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 20:02
Migratory birds may be spreading viruses that cause bird flu around the world, say scientists.

Ceres gets bigger in the viewfinder

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 10:34
The American space agency's (Nasa) Dawn satellite returns its latest images of Ceres as it approaches orbit insertion on 6 March.

Relocated chimps learn local grunts

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 09:08
Chimpanzees can change their grunts to communicate with new companions, according to a study of captive animals moved from the Netherlands to Scotland.

Planck puts new date on first stars

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:15
Scientists working on Europe’s Planck satellite say the first stars lit up the Universe more than 100 million years later than was previously thought.

Galapagos alert over stranded ship

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 06:36
Ecuador announces a state of emergency in the Galapagos after a ship with hazardous materials ran aground, threatening the islands' ecosystem.

New Horizons mission eyes Pluto

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 01:00
The New Horizons probe returns new pictures of the dwarf planet Pluto and its largest moon, Charon.

The world's most-trafficked mammal - and the scaliest

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 16:35
On the trail of the world's most trafficked animal

Flood insurance scheme 'wasteful'

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 16:05
Insurance for at-risk families costs other households too much, says report.

VIDEO: Manatees escape cold in Florida waters

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 15:13
A group of around 300 manatees have gathered in warmer waters in the Crystal river in Florida to get away from the cold.

Ancient climate 'backs predictions'

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 10:00
Records of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere millions of years ago support current predictions on the likely future course of climate change, say scientists.

Deer DNA helps poacher prosecution

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 04:24
DNA from an illegally shot and killed red deer has been used for the first time in the UK to help prosecute a poacher.

Ebola nurse infection 'down to visor'

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 02:34
The UK nurse Pauline Cafferkey probably caught Ebola by wearing a visor instead of goggles while treating patients, an investigation has concluded.

Biggest rodent 'fought with teeth'

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 20:30
Based on a study of its skull, scientists say that an extinct one-tonne relative of the guinea pig probably used its 30cm incisors like tusks.

VIDEO: Rhino fossil found on Norfolk beach

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 16:06
A fossil of a rhino skull has been found on West Runton beach in Norfolk .