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VIDEO: Polar bear romance in Scottish highlands

Sun, 03/27/2016 - 00:23
Hopes are growing that the UK may soon have its first polar bear cub in 25 years, after Victoria and Arktos, two bears at the Highland Wildlife Park in Scotland, started mating.

VIDEO: 'Cat-in-the-box' survives eight days in post

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 11:06
A cat has survived eight days trapped in a box of DVDs which was posted from Cornwall to West Sussex.

VIDEO: Giant panda enjoys tiny bubble bath

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 01:50
Washington's Smithsonian National Zoo has released footage of its giant panda, Tian Tian, enjoying a bubble bath.

Synthetic bug given 'fewest genes'

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 02:24
Scientists take another step in their quest to understand the bare genetic essentials of life, producing a laboratory bacterium that has only 473 genes - fewer than any independent bug in nature.

Synthetic bug given 'fewest genes'

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 02:24
Scientists take another step in their quest to understand the bare genetic essentials of life, producing a laboratory bacterium that has only 473 genes - fewer than any independent bug in nature.

Zika 'World Cup theory' dismissed

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 11:03
The Zika virus first appeared in South America in mid-2013, say Brazilian and British scientists, long before the World Cup in Brazil.

Zika 'World Cup theory' dismissed

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 11:03
The Zika virus first appeared in South America in mid-2013, say Brazilian and British scientists, long before the World Cup in Brazil.

New high for renewables investment

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 07:35
Global investment in renewable energy hits a new high, beating the previous record in 2011, a study shows.

Call for dedicated polar Sentinel

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 02:55
European scientists, worried they could soon lose their best satellite for studying the poles, urge policy-makers to develop an ongoing capability.

Moon used to spin 'on different axis'

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 11:00
New findings suggest that the Moon used to spin on a different axis and show a slightly different face to the Earth.

Downsizing nuclear

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 02:46
Does the future lie in smaller reactors?

The nuclear industry: a small revolution

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 02:46
Does the future lie in smaller reactors?

VIDEO: 'Small nuclear' explained using rice

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 02:43
The BBC's Roger Harrabin explains how small nuclear reactors might work - using bags of rice.

New detail in Ceres' bright spots

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 02:14
The US space agency's Dawn satellite continues to return remarkable images from the dwarf planet Ceres, in particular from its collection of bright spots in Occator Crater.

New detail in Ceres' bright spots

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 02:14
The US space agency's Dawn satellite continues to return remarkable images from the dwarf planet Ceres, in particular from its collection of bright spots in Occator Crater.

Frog foam could deliver drug therapy

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 18:24
Foam made by miniature frogs to protect their eggs could offer a clever way to deliver healing drugs to burns patients, scientists believe.

Frog foam could deliver drug therapy

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 18:24
Foam made by miniature frogs to protect their eggs could offer a clever way to deliver healing drugs to burns patients, scientists believe.

Ash tree set for extinction in Europe

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 18:23
The ash tree is likely to be wiped out in Europe, according to the largest-ever survey of the species.

Ash tree set for extinction in Europe

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 18:23
The ash tree is likely to be wiped out in Europe, according to the largest-ever survey of the species.

Paint drying test to boost nanotech

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 09:30
Scientists have been watching paint dry in experiments they say could improve the performance of everyday items, from sun screen to mobile phones.