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Train owl 'Lucky' returns to wild

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:06
A tawny owl named Lucky after clinging to the front of a train for more than 300 miles is released back into the wild.

Lab cuts 'threat to human health'

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 11:28
Cuts to animal health surveillance mean Britain is at a much greater risk of outbreaks of devastating diseases such as BSE, warn experts.

Nesting storks may end 600-year wait

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 06:38
A pair of white storks nesting on a chimney in Norfolk may be the first in the UK to breed from a traditional nest for nearly 600 years.

Elver migration aided by fishermen

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 03:33
Conservationists move millions of elvers - young eels - upstream in an attempt to give them a better chance of survival.

VIDEO: Climate change: Poor most vulnerable

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:20
The impacts of climate change are likely to be "severe, pervasive and irreversible", according to a UN report.

Climate inaction catastrophic - US

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 07:39
The costs of inaction on climate change will be "catastrophic", according to US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Japan banned from Antarctic whaling

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 05:08
The UN's International Court of Justice rules that Japan must temporarily halt its whaling programme in the Antarctic.

Climate impacts 'overwhelming' - UN

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 04:35
Global warming is likely to have a "severe, pervasive and irreversible" impact, a major UN report warns.

River dredging starts on Levels

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 01:18
River dredging on the Somerset Levels starts as part of a package of measures aimed at preventing a repeat of the winter floods.

VIDEO: I'm a professor - no beard needed

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 23:39
Research from a campaign group says breaking down cultural hurdles in the classroom is necessary to get more girls interested in science and technology

Altitude sickness 'two illnesses'

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 17:10
Altitude sickness is actually two distinct illnesses according to research carried out by scientists at Edinburgh University.

Can science stop sharks attacking humans?

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 16:54
Can science stop sharks attacking humans?

'Step forward' in skin cancer fight

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 10:01
Scientists say they have taken a step forward in understanding why some people are at greater risk of skin cancer because of their family history.

Whale carcass 'cure' for rheumatism

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 03:00
Climbing inside a whale was once thought to bring relief to rheumatism sufferers, an exhibit at the Australian National Maritime Museum reveals.

Experts struggle with climate report

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 17:49
Negotiators work through the night in an effort to complete their review of a key report on the impacts of climate change.

Crossrail digs up Black Death victims

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 17:00
Skeletons unearthed by London's Crossrail are victims of the Black Death and may be part of a mass grave, forensic tests reveal.

VIDEO: Meet beatboxer who sounds like a bird

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 03:50
Beatboxer Jason Singh spoke to BBC Breakfast to explain why he is inspired by birdsong and show off his skills at imitating our feathered friends.

A Zen-like approach to flood risks

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 19:41
Can a Zen-like approach help flood-threatened countries?

Comet lander checks in with Earth

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:58
The Philae lander, which Europe hopes to put on the surface of a comet later this year, is re-activated after three years in deep-space hibernation.

Hunger games with climate change

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 18:35
Is global warming pushing affluent Japan towards a food crisis?