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VIDEO: Conkers under threat from moths

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 23:18
The great British tradition of conker fighting is under threat because of an infection which is being spread through the country by a moth - which eats horse-chestnut trees.

Australia appoints new chief scientist

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 17:06
Australia names Dr Alan Finkel as its next chief scientist, an engineer and vocal advocate of nuclear power who set out a vision of a future with "no oil, gas or coal".

May's badger cull legal action rejected

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 10:30
Rock star Brian May's request for a judicial review into the legalities of badger culling is rejected.

Cuppa coffee from Northern Ireland?

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 08:59
Take a coffee plant and some volcanic soil, keep indoors for a while and despite the cold, you could have Northern Ireland-grown coffee.

Do crabs feel pain?

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 08:54
A supermarket in London is shocking customers by selling live crabs wrapped in plastic. But do crabs actually feel pain?

Afghan quake: Continents collide

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 07:51
The deadly quake in Afghanistan and Pakistan was large but mercifully deep, according to geoscientists studying the area.

Quake rocks Afghanistan and Pakistan

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 07:40
More than 150 people are reported killed after a major earthquake hits north-east Afghanistan and Pakistan, with many more injured.

Processed meats do cause cancer - WHO

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 06:32
Processed meats - such as bacon and ham - do cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization.

The place that has wiped out grey squirrels

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 04:59
The Welsh island of Anglesey has wiped out grey squirrels

Renowned academic Lisa Jardine dies

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 03:05
Tributes are paid to the historian and biographer Lisa Jardine following her death at the age of 71 from cancer.

VIDEO: How an ash tree is turned into a spoon

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 02:43
Watch as an ash tree is felled and part of the wood is turned quickly into a spoon in this 60-second time lapse.

Cryosat tracks Arctic ice freeze-up

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 01:56
Arctic sea-ice volume during the first two weeks of October was about 6,200 cubic km, according to the Cryosat spacecraft - tracking down from the high in 2013.

Should we kill animals for food?

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 17:15
Can you make a moral case for eating meat?

VIDEO: Counting seals on the County Down coastline

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 09:30
BBC News NI's Conor Macauley joins a group of volunteers from Copeland Bird Observatory to record seals on the County Down coastline.

VIDEO: Archive film shows parachuting beavers

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 09:19
Archive footage has been uncovered of a group of beavers being parachuted into wilderness in the US.

Copenhagen ghosts haunt climate talks

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 05:44
Climate negotiations in Bonn proceed slowly, with the ghost of Copenhagen in attendance.

Snow leopards face 'new threat'

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 03:55
Warmer temperatures are threatening to shrink the habitat of the snow leopard, the big cat already struggling against extinction, a report says.

Pluto's Kerberos finally shows itself

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 01:59
An image of Kerberos, one of the two tiny moons of Pluto, arrives from Nasa's New Horizons probe.

VIDEO: Inside Bonn climate change talks

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 22:28
The BBC's Roger Harrabin explains how the climate change talks in Bonn work and who is there.

Half-and-half butterfly emerges

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 17:31
An "extremely rare" half male, half female butterfly is found in Hertfordshire.