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Sea giants need urgent protection

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 17:48
The great predators of Britain's seas need protection from over-fishing, pollution, boat traffic and marine development, a report says.

How robo-penguins aid research

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 17:31
Remote controlled cars, some disguised as penguins, help researchers to study animals without stressing them, say scientists.

Plan for bee-friendly roads and rail

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 17:30
The government has made an agreement with landowners including Network Rail and the Highways Agency to restore bee-friendly habitat throughout England.

VIDEO: David Shukman: Who discovered Ebola?

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 17:12
When a blue thermos flask sent from Zaire arrived at a lab in Antwerp in September 1976, no one knew that the blood samples inside would contain the worlds first glimpse of Ebola.

Descent tool probed in Virgin crash

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 15:11
US officials say a descent safety device on the crashed Virgin Galactic spacecraft deployed early during Friday's fatal test flight.

Coating makes batteries child-safe

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 13:43
Engineers produce child-safe batteries that could prevent thousands of injuries, because a special insulating layer makes them safe to swallow.

Could lasers move space junk?

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 09:10
Laser experts head an Australian space industry boom

Wind farm shares to be sold to locals

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 08:12
People could be offered the chance to buy shares in local wind farms, solar farms and hydro power stations under new industry guidelines.

VIDEO: UK strawberries still grow in November

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 06:21
Ideal growing conditions means British fruit farmers are still harvesting strawberries into November.

VIDEO: Where is England's Tree of the Year?

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 05:38
The Woodland Trust asks for votes to choose England's first Tree of the Year to compete in a Europe-wide contest.

Virgin Galactic descent 'feathers' activated early

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 03:16
Safety board gives early details of fatal Virgin crash

VIDEO: Slowing device 'deployed too early'

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 02:12
A safety device on the Virgin Galactic spacecraft that crashed on Friday deployed early during the fatal test flight, US investigators say.

Virgin defends space safety record

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 22:17
Virgin Galactic insists safety has always been central to its operations, following the crash of its experimental spacecraft in the US on Friday.

VIDEO: Fossil fuels 'must go by 2100' - IPCC

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 10:47
The unrestricted use of fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100, if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, a UN-backed expert panel says.

Fossil fuels must go by 2100 - IPCC

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 08:34
The unrestricted use of fossil fuels must end soon if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, according to scientists on a UN-backed panel.

Virgin crash probe 'may take a year'

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 00:38
The investigation into the Virgin Galactic spacecraft crash in California could take about 12 months, the US transport safety chief says.

Virgin crash investigation under way

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 19:47
US investigators begin an inquiry into why a Virgin Galactic space rocket crashed on a test flight, killing a pilot.

Sound design for rhino breeding

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 05:49
Researchers in the US investigate whether the hum and rumble of urban life is what makes rhinos reluctant to breed in captivity.

Space project will go on - Branson

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 00:48
Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson vows to continue his space tourism venture despite the SpaceShipTwo craft crashing in the US, killing a pilot.

Wannabe is 'catchiest hit single'

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 18:33
Results from a citizen science online experiment suggests that the Spice Girls' Wannabe is the UK's catchiest hit single.