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Harbour light 'confuses creatures'

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 18:02
Artificial lighting in harbours is luring in sea creatures that cause damage to ships, a study suggests.

Exploding batteries filmed in 3D

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 15:21
Using thermal cameras and X-rays, engineers get a detailed view of overheated lithium-ion batteries failing and exploding.

Fire breaks out near Chernobyl plant

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 14:41
Firefighters battle blaze in woods near Ukraine's disused Chernobyl nuclear plant, the site of the worst nuclear disaster in history.

Landslide fears after Nepal quakes

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 08:35
The Nepal earthquake and its aftershocks have probably triggered many landslides, scientists warn.

Amazon: 1% of trees store 50% carbon

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 08:14
About 1% of all the tree species in the Amazon rainforest account for half of the carbon locked in the region, a study estimates.

Vatican urges action on climate

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 07:54
The Vatican Science Academy urges politicians to end their "infatuation" with a form of economic growth that is ruining the Earth.

VIDEO: Polar bear settles into new Highlands home

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 06:16
Victoria the polar bear is settling into her new home in the Highlands as keepers hope they will hear the pitter patter of tiny feet if a suitor is found.

EU to limit thinnest plastic bags

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 05:55
The European Parliament votes to limit the use of plastic bags in Europe, in a drive to curb pollution.

Seat installed in supersonic car

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 05:47
Land-speed record-holder Andy Green sees the installation of the seat he will use in the 1,000mph Bloodhound Super Sonic Car.

VIDEO: New York turns lights off for birds

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 01:07
The state of New York is to turn off non-essential lights in state-run buildings to help migrating birds navigate routes in spring and autumn.

VIDEO: Chernobyl fox makes sandwich

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 12:22
A fox in Chernobyl has made a large sandwich using cold meats and bread fed to him by a radio crew in the area.

Nepal quake 'followed historic pattern'

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 09:08
Nepal's devastating magnitude-7.8 earthquake on Saturday was primed over 80 years ago by its last massive earthquake in 1934, geologists working in the region say.

Back pain link to chimpanzee spine

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 19:29
People with lower back problems are more likely to have a spine similar in shape to the chimpanzee, our closest ape ancestor.

Hidden lives of Chernobyl's wildlife

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 14:05
Scientists' camera traps offer a snapshot into the secret lives of wildlife inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

A turtle's paradise in the Caribbean

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 17:15
One island's bid to track the shy sea creatures

Hunting whales with rowing boats and spears

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 17:06
The men who hunt huge prey with rowing boats and spears

Why Nepal is so vulnerable to quakes

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 03:36
The Magnitude 7.8 Nepal earthquake has occurred in what is one of the most seismically active regions in the world.

Changing the signals on Britain's railways

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 18:57
Is there about to be a cure to 'signal failure'?

'We print people': The world of 3D portraiture

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 16:31
Mini 3D portraits - cool or just a little bit creepy?

Hastings fishermen seek 'fair share'

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 16:23
In the tightly contested seat of Hastings and Rye, it is the topic of fishing quotas that has become a key election issue