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Syrian sarin gas chemicals destroyed

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:25
The international chemical weapons watchdog says all the precursor chemicals for sarin gas removed from Syria have now been destroyed.

Hemp fibres 'better than graphene'

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 03:59
The waste fibres from hemp crops can be transformed into high-performance energy storage devices, US scientists say.

Rare turtle hatches at British zoo

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 03:47
One of the world's rarest turtles hatches at Bristol Zoo Gardens.

Great Barrier Reef outlook 'poor'

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 22:52
The outlook for Australia's Great Barrier Reef is poor despite conservation efforts, with further deterioration expected in coming years, a report says.

GM flies 'could save crops'

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:49
A type of genetically engineered fly which eventually kills itself off can be an effective method of pest control, according to new research.

Tiny pieces of gold 'boost chemo'

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:39
Infusing tiny spheres of gold into the heart of cancer cells may help boost the effectiveness of conventional treatment, according to recent research.

First female winner for maths medal

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 14:35
Iranian mathematician Prof Maryam Mirzakhani becomes the first woman to win a Fields Medal at a ceremony in Seoul, South Korea.

Smallest insect genome sequenced

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:06
The Antarctic midge has the smallest insect genome sequenced to date, scientists discover.

Greek tomb is 'important discovery'

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:08
Archaeologists who unearthed a burial site at Amphipolis in northern Greece have made an "exceptionally important find", PM Antonis Samaras says.

Untested Ebola drugs 'can be used'

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 06:06
Untested drugs can be used to treat patients infected with the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization says.

Rising economies 'ahead on climate'

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 05:16
Four of the world's emerging economies have claimed that they are far ahead of developed countries in their efforts to slow climate change.

Lion cub leads ranger to dead mother

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 03:57
A lion cub has led forest rangers to its mother's corpse in an Indian sanctuary, an act described by officials as very unusual behaviour.

Edinburgh panda 'believed pregnant'

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 03:41
Edinburgh Zoo said it 'believes' its panda Tian Tian is pregnant and may give birth at the end of the month.

Hen harriers and grouse can co-exist

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 03:05
Research carried out at Aberdeen University suggests hen harriers can co-exist with profitable grouse shooting.

Panda triplets unveiled in China

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 02:37
A zoo in southern China unveils newborn panda triplets, thought to be the world's first known surviving trio.

Sea meadows 'lost like rain forests'

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 00:12
Under sea feeding grounds for young fish are being lost at the same rate as Amazonian rain forests and could damage the fishing industry, scientists in Swansea warn.

UK satellite's view of Planet Earth

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 23:15
UK satellite captures video of Planet Earth

Liberia to receive Ebola trial drug

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 22:04
Liberia will receive an untested experimental drug, Zmapp, to treat people infected with Ebola, the government says following a request to the US.

Purest-ever silicon in quantum fix

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 17:36
Physicists make the purest silicon ever seen, solving a supply problem for research into quantum computers.

Good prospects for grouse shooting

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 17:36
The prospects for this year's grouse shooting season, which has just begun, are said to be "unusually favourable".