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Who is the 'Ivory Queen'?

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 01:13
The woman accused of leading one of Africa's biggest smuggling rings

Island holds red squirrel leprosy study

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 16:22
A study to find out how a form of leprosy is affecting the UK's threatened red squirrels is to be carried out on Dorset's Brownsea Island.

The cave divers who went back for their friends

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 16:00
The cave divers who went back for their dead friends

Crowds flock to car-free Champs Elysees

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 10:42
Thousands of people have take advantage of a move by the authorities in Paris to close the famous Champs Elysees thoroughfare to traffic.

Tributes paid to Attenborough at 90

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 08:24
Tributes are paid to renowned naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough as he turns 90.

Tourists asked to fight wildlife trade

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 16:33
Conservationists have launched a global campaign asking the public to use a smartphone app to help tackle the illegal trade in wildlife.

Fossils shed light on 'bizarre' reptile

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 16:05
Scientists say new fossils found in China are of a crocodile-like creature that was the first known plant-eating marine reptile.

Global sleeping patterns revealed

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 16:02
The world's sleeping patterns have been revealed by scientists analysing data collected from an app.

VIDEO: 'Boaty' ship takes Attenborough's name

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 07:37
The UK's new state-of-the-art polar research ship will be named after Sir David Attenborough, despite the title "Boaty McBoatface" previously topping a public vote.

VIDEO: Celebrating Attenborough at 90

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 03:32
A quick look at some of the best moments of the beloved broadcaster and naturalist.

'Boaty' ship named after Attenborough

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 03:32
The UK's new polar research ship is to be named RRS Sir David Attenborough, despite Boaty McBoatface previously topping a public vote.

The hunt for natural antibacterials

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 00:20
Welsh scientists are on the hunt for alternative antibacterials

SpaceX records another rocket landing

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 00:16
US company SpaceX makes another successful landing of a rocket booster after launching a satellite to orbit.

Space radar to assess Europe's historic sites

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 09:36
A satellite radar project is under way to assess the geological hazards facing the 400-plus European monuments and sites on the Unesco World Heritage List.

MPs to review 'Boaty' naming process

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 09:09
MPs want to examine the process that has been used to find a name for the UK's new polar research ship - a vessel the public wants to call Boaty McBoatface.

Shower gel plastic beads may face ban

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 08:57
The UK's Environment Minister promises action to cut pollution from facial scrubs and body washes.

'Perfect storm' boosted Alberta fires

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 08:04
The El Niño weather phenomenon and ongoing climate change have both contributed to the devastating Alberta wildfires, according to experts.

Exercise 'outweighs air pollution harm'

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 02:33
The health benefits of cycling and walking outweigh the negative effects of air pollution, a UK study suggests.

Crocodile eyes are built for lurking

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 15:01
Scientists in Australia discover how crocodiles' eyes are adapted to lurking at the water surface to watch and wait for prey.

Embryo study shows 'life's first steps'

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 10:04
Scientists have developed a technique to grow human embryos in the lab past the point they normally implant in the womb.