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Train owl 'Lucky' returns to wild

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:06
A tawny owl named Lucky after clinging to the front of a train for more than 300 miles is released back into the wild.

Nesting storks may end 600-year wait

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 06:38
A pair of white storks nesting on a chimney in Norfolk may be the first in the UK to breed from a traditional nest for nearly 600 years.

Elver migration aided by fishermen

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 03:33
Conservationists move millions of elvers - young eels - upstream in an attempt to give them a better chance of survival.

Lab cuts 'threat to human health'

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 22:12
Cuts to animal health surveillance mean Britain is at a much greater risk of outbreaks of devastating diseases such as BSE, warn experts.

VIDEO: Climate change: Poor most vulnerable

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:20
The impacts of climate change are likely to be "severe, pervasive and irreversible", according to a UN report.

Climate inaction to be 'catastrophe'

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 07:39
The costs of inaction on climate change will be "catastrophic", according to US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Court: Japan whaling 'not science'

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 03:17
The UN's International Court of Justice rules Japan's Antarctic whaling programme is not for scientific purposes, ordering a temporary halt.

VIDEO: 'But professors have beards'

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 23:39
Research from a campaign group says breaking down cultural hurdles in the classroom is necessary to get more girls interested in science and technology

Altitude sickness 'two illnesses'

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 17:10
Altitude sickness is actually two distinct illnesses according to research carried out by scientists at Edinburgh University.

Climate impacts 'overwhelming' - UN

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 17:02
Scientists and officials meeting in Japan have published the most comprehensive assessment to date of the impacts of climate change on the world

Can science stop sharks attacking humans?

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 16:54
Can science stop sharks attacking humans?

River dredging to begin on Levels

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 16:19
One of the most contentious flood relief measures is to begin with the dredging of two rivers in the Somerset Levels later.

'Step forward' in skin cancer fight

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 10:01
Scientists say they have taken a step forward in understanding why some people are at greater risk of skin cancer because of their family history.

Whale carcass 'cure' for rheumatism

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 03:00
Climbing inside a whale was once thought to bring relief to rheumatism sufferers, an exhibit at the Australian National Maritime Museum reveals.

Experts struggle with climate report

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 17:49
Negotiators work through the night in an effort to complete their review of a key report on the impacts of climate change.

Crossrail digs up Black Death victims

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 17:00
Skeletons unearthed by London's Crossrail are victims of the Black Death and may be part of a mass grave, forensic tests reveal.

VIDEO: Meet beatboxer who sounds like a bird

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 03:50
Beatboxer Jason Singh spoke to BBC Breakfast to explain why he is inspired by birdsong and show off his skills at imitating our feathered friends.

A Zen-like approach to flood risks

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 19:41
Can a Zen-like approach help flood-threatened countries?

Comet lander checks in with Earth

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:58
The Philae lander, which Europe hopes to put on the surface of a comet later this year, is re-activated after three years in deep-space hibernation.

Hunger games with climate change

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 18:35
Is global warming pushing affluent Japan towards a food crisis?