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Nasa runs competition to help make old Fortran code faster

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 03:47
Two coders will share a $55,000 prize for what a Nasa official calls the "ultimate 'geek' dream assignment.

Birdwatching from space

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 22:14
Scientists are counting albatrosses on remote islands from satellite images.

Big birds

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 21:05
Super-sharp images from a US satellite are keeping track of remote bird-breeding sites.

Big bang theory

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 16:48
Pioneering work that extracts information from audio of gunshots could help solve criminal cases.

Rare Russian tiger returns to the wild

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:25
Amur tigers were nearly driven to extinction, but conservation work in Russia is helping them bouncing back slowly.

Washed up whale 'most contaminated' on record

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 21:59
Lulu the killer whale had 20 times the expected level of banned chemicals known as PCBs in her system.

Busy shipping lanes could cause 'seal hearing loss'

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 17:30
Researchers say noise could affect how whales, dolphins and seals find food and communicate.

Bumblebees: Pesticide 'reduces queen egg development'

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 17:03
Using the insecticide thiamethoxam in spring could reduce bee numbers later in the year, a study finds.

'Shocking' levels of PCB chemicals in UK killer whale Lulu

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 10:07
One of the UK's last killer whales, which was found dead last year, had some of the highest levels of a toxic pollutant ever recorded.

Antarctic iceberg crack develops fork

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 08:08
The fissure that will lead to the breakaway of one of the largest bergs ever seen has a new branch.

Ministers will not appeal pollution ruling

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 06:10
The UK Government has decided not to appeal against the High Court's rejection of a bid to delay publication of its draft plan to tackle illegal levels of air pollution.

Cassini ran through the 'big empty'

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 04:16
Nasa says its Saturn probe encountered very few particles in its dive inside the rings last week.

Fossil sheds light on 'Jurassic Park' dinosaurs

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 04:00
A fossil kept in storage in a museum for decades turns out to that of a new species, say researchers.

Exotic pet therapy?

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 22:11
A group in Ontario are using animals like capybaras and kinkajous to reduce stress.

Secrets of tea plant revealed by science

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 18:09
Botanists unlock the genetic workings of the tea plant, in a move that could improve flavour.

British territories' environment 'at risk'

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 17:36
Overseas territories' ministers say Brexit is distracting the government from environmental issues.

SpaceX launches 'spy satellite' from Florida

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 08:33
A SpaceX Falcon 9 has launched a classified military satellite - known only as NROL-76 - into orbit.

Household food waste level 'unacceptable'

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 20:03
Changing rules on best before dates and the sale of "wonky vegetables" could help cut waste, MPs say.

Trump executive order aims to allow Arctic drilling

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 15:18
The US president said he hoped the new order would create "thousands and thousands" of jobs.

DNA of extinct humans found in caves

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 06:48
The DNA of extinct humans can be retrieved from sediment in caves - even in the absences of skeletal remains.