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Stench of decay turns coral away

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 16:44
Baby coral and fish can smell the difference between good and bad reefs, say marine ecologists.

Warming 'pause' may last until 2025

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:45
The hiatus in the rise in global temperatures is being caused by the Atlantic Ocean and could last another 10 years, say researchers.

Hints of elusive early stars found

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:33
Astronomers may have discovered the chemical signature of one of the Universe's earliest stars.

US Ebola patients out of hospital

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:19
One of the US aid workers who recovered from the Ebola virus says he is "thrilled to be alive" as he and another patient are discharged from hospital.

Curiosity drill test cut short

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:20
Nasa's Curiosity rover looks to examine another sample of Martian rock, but its drill test in a slab dubbed "Bonanza King" fails to complete properly.

Fence to stem human-elephant conflict

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:52
Sri Lanka tree barrier could prevent conflict

Aircraft to have 'human-like skin'

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:40
A British defence firm is working on technology that will give aircraft a "skin" of sensors, allowing it to feel in a similar way to humans.

Rosetta's 10-billion-tonne comet

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:06
Scientists determine the comet being followed by Europe's Rosetta spacecraft to have a mass of 10 billion tonnes.

Earliest evidence of snail-eating

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 03:00
Palaeolithic humans in Spain began eating snails 10,000 years earlier than their Mediterranean neighbours, a study reveals.

Osprey pair nest at nature reserve

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 01:53
A pair of rare ospreys nest at a nature reserve in Cumbria for the first time, conservationists confirm.

Seals 'brought TB to the Americas'

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 00:54
Marine mammals brought tuberculosis to the Americas before the Europeans arrived, a study suggests.

Rescuers comb Japan landslide site

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 22:14
Rescuers comb through the site of Japan landslides

Superbug measures 'lack evidence'

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 17:24
Researchers suggest some standard methods to reduce the spread of MRSA infections need to be re-evaluated as they may do more harm than good.

The economic impact of Ebola

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 16:03
How Ebola crisis has affected West Africa's economies

VIDEO: New dates rewrite Neanderthal story

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 15:53
The history of human evolution has been completely rewritten with the discovery that modern human beings and Neanderthals coexisted in Europe for much longer than previously thought.

Spiders 'do better' in cities

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:00
Female orb-weaving spiders grow larger and have an increased ability to reproduce when living in urban areas, a new study shows.

Antarctic hides extreme ecosystem

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:58
An ecosystem thrives in the freezing Antarctic underbelly

New dates rewrite Neanderthal story

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:20
A new study suggests that modern humans and Neanderthals co-existed in Europe 10 times longer than previously thought.

'Growth drives UK flooding problems'

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:54
Part of the UK's problem with flooding is self-imposed, according to new research.

Greenland ice sheet losses double

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:01
A new assessment from Europe's CryoSat spacecraft shows Greenland to be losing about 375 cu km of ice each year.