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Action films 'may make you fat'

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:53
Watching action films could make you more likely than other TV programmes to pile on the pounds, according to US researchers.

Water voles end 20-year absence

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:15
Water voles end 20-year absence in Scottish Highlands

Vacuum cleaner debate hots up

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 16:33
Don't get suckered, Mr Vacuum Cleaner tells people trying to beat new EU rules.

Cave yields Neanderthal 'artwork'

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 13:41
An engraving found at a cave in Gibraltar may be the most compelling evidence yet for Neanderthal art.

African food security on the menu

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 08:55
African ministers and business leaders gather in Ethiopia to consider ways to trigger a green revolution and improve the continent's food security.

Antarctic waters 'rising faster'

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 03:16
Melting ice is fuelling sea-level rise around the coast of Antarctica, a new report finds.

VIDEO: Greenhouse gas fear over meat production

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 23:41
Global consumption of meat needs to fall to ensure future demand for food can be met and to help protect the environment, a study says.

Greenhouse gas fear over meat eating

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 20:56
New research estimates greenhouse gases from food production will go up 80% if meat and dairy consumption continues to rise at its current rate.

VIDEO: Footage of powerful solar flares

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 18:44
The US Space Agency Nasa has released new footage showing a series of powerful solar flares.

Hi-tech cars pose security risk

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 17:59
Researchers worry new cars could be vulnerable to hackers

Xenon and argon banned for athletes

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 16:53
Doping experts have yet to find an effective test to uncover athletes using the gases xenon and argon to boost performance, as a ban is introduced.

The girl with three biological parents

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 16:15
The girl with three biological parents

Iceland issues new volcano alert

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 09:17
Iceland issues an aviation alert after a fresh lava eruption from a fissure near the Bardarbunga volcano, but the warning is later lowered.

Mouse on lily tops photo competition

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 17:44
Animal nightlife - and other great images from photo contest

Iceland's volcano ash alert lifted

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:33
An eruption near Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano that briefly threatened air travel has ended, local officials say.

Scientists solve 'sliding rocks' puzzle

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:26
Scientists have finally worked out how rocks on a dry lake bed in California move across the ground.

Legal challenge to badger cull fails

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 03:29
A High Court bid to halt this year's badger culling, which will take place without independent monitoring, fails.

AUDIO: Global citizens to address climate summit

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 01:58
Five hundred global citizens frustrated at the stalemate over climate policy will learn today if they have won the chance to vent their anger at world leaders.

VIDEO: RSPCA seeks ban on monkeys as pets

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 23:08
The RSPCA is calling for a ban on keeping primates as pets after a rise in the number of calls to its cruelty and advice line concerning animals such as monkeys and marmosets.

UN seeks climate change 'Malala'

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 22:06
Five hundred people will learn tomorrow if they have won the chance to vent their frustration at world leaders over the global citizens stalemate over climate policy.