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Mars rover bites mountain's base

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:36
Nasa's Curiosity rover on Mars drills its first full hole since May - into a mudstone at the base of Mount Sharp in Gale Crater.

VIDEO: Flea beetles surge as bees protected

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 10:39
Farmers warn oil seed rape crops are being destroyed because of a ban on a pesticide brought in to protect bees.

AUDIO: Reward offered for missing 'rare birds'

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 04:40
A search is underway for two hen harriers which have gone missing, prompting the RSPB to offer a £1,000 reward for help in their safe recovery

African fish nourish Amazon

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 03:34
The Amazon rainforest is being fertilised by the remains of ancient fish blown in by great duststorms from Africa.

VIDEO: A tour of Dubai's eco-friendly mosque

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 01:19
Dubai has constructed the first environment friendly mosque in a region which is among the worst polluters in the world

Indian Mars probe sends first images

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 00:13
India's space agency releases its first pictures of Mars as its satellite begins work a day after entering orbit around the Red Planet.

VIDEO: Breaking India's pesticide dependence

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 23:30
New recommendations on dealing with the residues of pesticides in food are expected to be made by the UN's food and health agencies.

VIDEO: Brazil releases 'good' mosquitoes

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 20:34
Brazilian researchers release thousands of mosquitoes infected with a bacterium that suppresses Dengue fever into the environment in Rio de Janeiro.

Weather report: Forecasts improving

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 16:01
Are weather forecasts really becoming more accurate?

Brazil releases 'good' mosquitoes

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 14:38
Brazilian researchers release thousands of mosquitoes infected with a bacteria that suppresses dengue fever into the environment in Rio de Janeiro.

Water seen on Neptune-sized planet

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:21
A cloud-free atmosphere reveals signs of water vapour on HAT-P-11b, the smallest planet beyond our Solar System ever to yield such an insight.

Threatened birds of prey 'vanish'

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:11
Two of the rarest birds of prey in England, which had been satellite tagged, vanish in unexplained circumstances.

India Mars mission arrives in orbit

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:53
India becomes the fourth nation to put a satellite into orbit around Mars, as Mangalyaan arrives to study the Red Planet's atmosphere.

Why India's Mars mission is so cheap - and thrilling

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:44
How did India get to Mars so cheaply?

Novel antibiotic class created

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:39
Scientists have designed a new class of antibiotic which seeks and destroys resistance genes in bacteria.

Ebola drains weak health systems

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 04:30
Ebola pushes West Africa's weak health systems over the edge

Hyenas feast at vulture restaurants

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 04:18
"Restaurants" of dead meat set up for endangered vultures also attract an undesirable clientele of hyenas and jackals, according to a six-year study.

Melt ponds forecast ice retreat

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 04:02
A UK technique for projecting the extent of summer sea ice in the Arctic demonstrates its skill by accurately calling this year's melt events.

VIDEO: Citizen science 'crucial to research'

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 01:48
Information from "citizen scientists" is becoming more and more vital for some research projects, scientists say.

China and US pledge climate action

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 00:18
China and the US agree they must lead the rest of the world in curbing emissions to combat climate change, as a major UN summit closes in New York.