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VIDEO: Call for end to 'throwaway society'

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:57
MPs have called for a ban on food waste going in to landfill.

Call for end to 'throwaway society'

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:05
A ban on sending leftover food to landfill is needed to move away from a 'throwaway society', say MPs.

Rosetta's comet seen in close-up

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 08:11
Europe's Rosetta probe has acquired new images of the comet it is chasing through space.

Government to end nuclear waste veto

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:26
The UK government wants to scrap a community veto which allows local politicians to block a future £12bn nuclear waste repository.

Carbon concerns over wood burning

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:58
Burning wood to fuel power stations can create as many harmful carbon emissions as burning coal, according to a government report.

Nasa seeks aid with Earth-Mars links

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:33
Nasa is asking for help to get data back from future science missions orbiting Mars or roaming its surface.

Genetic clues to age of first period

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 00:09
The timing of when a girl reaches puberty is controlled by hundreds of genes, say scientists.

Dogs 'hardwired' to be jealous wags

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:09
Jealousy is not just part of the human condition, a study suggests, it appears to be hard wired into the brains of dogs too.

VIDEO: Who was that man on the Moon?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:01
Why the US public lost interest in lunar exploration

Voyage to unlock Arctic secrets

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 13:21
A crew of sailors is embarking on a pioneering citizen science expedition through the Northwest Passage between Canada and Greenland.

VIDEO: Seals 'stressed' by warming seas

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 13:12
Warming seas are reducing the food supply for Antarctic seals, say researchers.

Fur seals feel climate impacts

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:52
Changes in the Antarctic climate are showing up in the fur seal population, say scientists who have studied the animals for 30 years on the British Overseas Territory of South Georgia.

VIDEO: 'Depressed' polar bear not moving

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:40
Arturo, the polar bear dubbed 'the world's saddest animal', will be staying at his zoo in Argentina, despite a massive petition calling for him to be moved to a colder climate.

EU sets 30% energy savings target

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 06:52
Members of the European Union will have to boost their energy efficiency by 30% by 2030, according to the European Commission.

Bats 'fly by polarised light'

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:43
Zoologists find that bats use the pattern of polarised light in the sky at sunset to help them navigate.

Deep sea mining licences issued

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 03:55
The UN's seabed authority issues exploration licences that accelerate a search for valuable minerals on the ocean floor.

Two rare Amur leopards born at zoo

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:55
A pair of Amur leopards, which zookeepers say are on the brink of extinction, are born at Leicestershire's Twycross Zoo.

Giant python gets a health check

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:35
Enormous reticulated python gets annual check-up

Quarantine over China plague death

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 23:47
Part of a city in north-west China is sealed off and dozens of people placed in quarantine after a man died of bubonic plague, state media say.

Do butterfly wing patterns really mimic predator eyes?

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 21:32
Do butterfly wing patterns really mimic predator eyes?