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History of smallpox called into question

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 11:08
A sample of the smallpox virus from a 17th Century victim challenges current thinking.

Giraffes added to vulnerable list

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 11:04
Giraffes have been classified as vulnerable to extinction. Chester Zoo says humans are to blame.

'Habitat loss and war cause big drop in giraffe numbers'

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 09:55
The population of the world's tallest land mammal, the giraffe, is shrinking. Chester Zoo says humans are to blame.

'Beautiful' dinosaur tail found preserved in amber

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 09:02
The tail of a feathered dinosaur has been found perfectly preserved in amber from Myanmar.

Reconstructed face of Robert the Bruce is unveiled

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 06:00
Historians unveil a digitally-reconstructed image of the face of Scottish king Robert the Bruce nearly 700 years after his death.

Trump picks climate sceptic Pruitt for environment chief

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 04:04
Donald Trump picks an outspoken critic of Obama climate policies to head the environment body.

Fire ants could become Australia's worst pest, experts warn

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 20:48
Red fire ants could wreak more damage than rabbits, cane toads and foxes combined, experts warn.

Giraffes facing 'silent extinction' as population plunges

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 17:10
A dramatic drop in the giraffe population over the past 30 years leaves them vulnerable to extinction.

DNA clue to how humans evolved big brains

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 13:53
Humans may in part owe their big brains to a DNA "typo" in their genetic code, research suggests.

Siberia sky lit up by meteor

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 08:20
People in west Siberia have captured footage of what is believed to be a small meteorite.

Jumping robot inspired by bush babies

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 08:15
Scientists in the US have unveiled an athletic robot which takes its inspiration from bush babies.

Numbers game

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 05:18
For a second day, Paris is cutting car numbers according to odd or even licence plates. Do such schemes work?

'Keep poultry inside' amid bird flu risk, keepers told

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 05:03
Poultry keepers have been told to keep their birds inside to protect them from avian flu in Europe.

First photos from Cassini Saturn probe's new orbit

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 04:33
The Cassini spacecraft has sent back the first views from its new orbit around Saturn.

Caesarean births 'affecting human evolution'

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 02:17
The regular use of Caesarean sections is having an impact on human evolution, say scientists.

Do smoke-free stoves really save lives?

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 19:41
Research has cast doubt on a UN-backed project to reduce pollution-induced illness in the world's poorest children by providing 100 million homes with a smoke-free stove.

Climate protection gap widening, warns insurance report

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 17:39
Insurance experts warn of a $100bn global "protection gap" due to increased climate change risks.

Reluctantly casting doubt on 'life-saving' stoves

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 16:02
Research casts doubt on a global mission to use cleaner-burning stoves, to prevent pollution-induced illness in the world's poorest children.

Google data centres to be 100% renewable-powered by 2017

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 14:32
Google reveals it is on track to offset 100% of data centre and office electricity use with renewable energy.

Green delight as Trump's Irish wall plans withdrawn

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 10:15
Donald Trump's plan to erect a huge sea wall at his Irish golf course has been withdrawn in the light of stiff opposition.