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Giraffe legs' strong, skinny secret

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 18:28
Scientists have worked out the unique anatomy that allows giraffes' long, spindly legs to support their weight.

Early bird 'had feather trousers'

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 18:24
Fossil reveals early bird's feathered "trousers"

Tackle food waste and feed the world

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 16:02
Tackle food waste and help feed the world

Oklahoma drought kindles spectre of 1930s 'Dust Bowl'

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:49
Oklahoma drought kindles spectre of 1930s crisis

VIDEO: US drought 'worst for decades'

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:11
Parts of the United States are experiencing the worst drought for decades with farmers warning that harvests are being badly hit.

Altitude gene 'from extinct species'

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:03
A gene that allows present-day people cope with life at high altitude was inherited from an extinct species of human, Nature journal has reported.

EU plans tough new rules on waste

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:00
The UK will have to divert a significant amount of waste away from landfill under new EU proposals on recycling.

New plan 'needed to stop cattle TB'

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:07
New research shows that the spread of TB in cattle can only be controlled if more radical measures are adopted.

Major stem-cell findings retracted

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 04:45
Research reporting one of the biggest "breakthroughs" in stem-cell science has been withdrawn after "critical errors" were discovered.

VIDEO: Blast-off for Nasa CO2 satellite

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 03:58
Nasa has launched a mission dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide (CO2) from space.

Nasa launches carbon dioxide observer

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:57
The US space agency lofts a high-resolution carbon dioxide observatory, to study where the gas is being emitted and absorbed at the Earth's surface.

Fish memory spans days, not seconds

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:08
African cichlid fish's memory of feeding areas can span up to twelve days, scientists show.

Caribbean coral reefs 'could vanish'

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 23:01
Many coral reefs in the Caribbean could vanish in the next 20 years, according to a report published by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Dormice 'take naps to fatten up'

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 21:23
Naps may help dormice save energy and survive until it is time to hibernate, say scientists.

PM warns of antibiotic resistance

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 18:17
Medicine could soon be "cast back into the dark ages" unless action is taken to tackle the growing resistance to antibiotics, David Cameron says.

Deep-diving devil rays solve mystery

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 09:47
New tracking data shows that Chilean devil rays dive down nearly 2km below the ocean surface.

Carbs boost tree drought resilience

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 03:34
Higher levels of a compound known as non-structural carbohydrates boost tropical trees' chances of surviving droughts, a study suggests.

VIDEO: Humans outsmarted by clever rooks

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 02:51
The British Trust for Ornithology wants members of the public to report their observations to help study the behaviour of some of our cleverest garden birds, rooks.

First bat recorded on St Kilda

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 01:54
A bat is recorded for the first time on the remote Scottish archipelago of St Kilda, says the National Trust for Scotland.

Wild beaver family to be rehomed

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 01:11
Beavers living wild in Devon are to be caught and "rehomed" in captivity, the government says.