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IPCC debates 'most important' report

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 05:34
Scientists and government officials are meeting in Copenhagen to edit a report on the causes, impact and solutions to global warming.

Rocket makers probe US explosion

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 04:27
The builders of an unmanned supply rocket which exploded on the way to the International Space Station have vowed to find the cause of the failure.

Is the traditional metal key becoming obsolete?

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 04:26
Keys are 4,000 years old but are their days numbered?

New species of frog in urban jungle

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 18:36
Scientists confirm that a frog found living in New York City wetlands is a new species.

How will future city signs look?

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 16:29
How jetpacks and driverless cars will change the cityscape

In pictures: Relics found in Mexico

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 16:18
Ancient Mexican city yields 50,000 treasures

Koala chlamydia vaccine raises hope

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:59
Australian scientists say they have successfully tested a vaccine aimed at protecting wild koalas from chlamydia.

Key to sounding charismatic revealed

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:09
An innate ability some people have to manipulate their vocal frequency could be the key to sounding charismatic, according to new research.

Have there been lions in London since 1210?

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:24
The capital's three remaining lionesses are being temporarily relocated to Bedfordshire.

VIDEO: Russia's 39,000-year-old mammoth

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:05
A 39,000 year-old baby mammoth named Yuka has been put in display in central Moscow making it the best preserved mammoth in palaeontology.

US rocket explodes during launch

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 05:06
An unmanned rocket bound for the International Space Station has exploded during its launch from the US state of Virginia.

VIDEO: The island disappearing into the sea

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 17:44
The story of two families and one fragile Louisiana wetland

Salt destroying fertile land - UN

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 17:05
About 2,000 hectares of fertile land are lost each day due to damage caused by salt, according to a UN analysis.

VIDEO: 1000C lava reaches homes in Hawaii

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 15:53
A lava flow from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island is now drawing close to homes.

VIDEO: Moment unmanned rocket explodes

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 15:44
An unmanned cargo rocket has exploded seconds after lifting off from a commercial launch pad in Virginia.

Giant tortoise 'miraculous' recovery

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:16
A new study confirms that giant tortoise numbers on one of the Galapagos Islands have bounced back thanks to captive breeding.

Google developing a cancer detector

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 09:35
Google is attempting to diagnose cancers, heart attack risks and other ailments with a system that combines nanoparticles and a wrist-worn sensor.

VIDEO: App aims to identify bird songs

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 07:46
A mobile phone app that recognises which species of bird is singing is being developed by a researcher at Queen Mary University in London.

Two genes linked with violent crime

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 01:00
Two genes are associated with repeat violent offenders, according to a genetic analysis of almost 900 criminals in Finland.

VIDEO: New supercomputer for Met Office

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 00:13
Funding has been confirmed for a £97m supercomputer to improve the Met Office's weather forecasting and climate modelling.