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Origins of land plants pushed back in time

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 20:23
Plants appeared on land 100 million years earlier than previously thought, according to new research.

Ocean plastic tide 'violates the law'

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 17:20
Campaigners may want new laws to fight pollution but the remedies already exist, a new report argues.

France to let wolf population grow despite farmers' fears

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 15:18
The government wants the number to rise from 360 to 500 by 2023 but farmers are unhappy.

DNA secrets of how vampire bats became bloodthirsty

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 08:51
New research shows how vampire bats evolved to survive on a diet of blood alone.

New scanning technique reveals secrets behind great paintings

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 02:39
An innovative scanning system is making it easier to find the hidden stories behind artworks.

Pollution blights UK seagrass meadows

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 12:48
Excessive nitrogen from sewage and livestock waste is damaging the health of marine flowering plants.

The Bornean orangutans clinging on to survival

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 09:01
More than 100,000 of the animals have been killed since 1999.

Consumer products' air quality impact 'underestimated'

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 01:39
Chemicals from everyday household products rival vehicles as a key source of urban air pollution.

'100,000 orangutans' killed in 16 years

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 20:54
Borneo has lost a "shocking" number of its great apes, according to a new survey of the island.

Probe provides rapid lung investigation

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:02
Scientists develop technology that goes inside the lung to make fast diagnoses of infection.

Woburn Safari Park: Elephant Tarli survives deadly virus

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 10:17
Tarli, an endangered Asian elephant, has beaten the odds to overcome an Ebola-like virus.

Scientists have developed a lung probe that finds infections

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 10:09
The probe provides access deep inside a patient’s lung, which means doctors will be able to diagnose lung conditions much quicker and more accurately.

UK air pollutants continue decline

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 04:11
Nitrogen pollutants from motor vehicles fell 12% from 2012 to 2016, according to official statistics.

What lies beneath

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 17:07
Winning photos from the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition

Great White demystified

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 16:36
Shark diving is helping tourists improve their perception about the largest predatory fish in the world.

Musk's Tesla to stay in space for millions of years

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 16:17
A car launched by Elon Musk could stay in space for millions of years before hitting Earth or Venus.

Quantum computers 'one step closer'

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 11:25
Quantum computing has taken a step forward with the recent development of a silicon-based programmable quantum processor.

AI does grunt work on China's pig farms

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 09:19
Alibaba rolls out a system that analyses pig squeals and coughs to improve pork production.

Crypto-currency craze 'hinders search for alien life'

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 03:43
A scientist says the search for alien intelligence has been hit by a shortage of computer hardware.

BBC to ban single-use plastics by 2020 after Blue Planet II

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:31
The move comes after the 'shocking' scale of plastic waste featured on the Blue Planet II series.