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VIDEO: Lava nears homes in Hawaii

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:11
A lave flow from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island is now drawing close to homes.

VIDEO: App aims to identify bird songs

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 08:46
A mobile phone app that recognises which species of bird is singing is being developed by a researcher at Queen Mary University in London.

Two genes linked with violent crime

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 02:00
Two genes are associated with repeat violent offenders, according to a genetic analysis of almost 900 criminals in Finland.

VIDEO: New supercomputer for Met Office

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 01:13
Funding has been confirmed for a £97m supercomputer to improve the Met Office's weather forecasting and climate modelling.

VIDEO: Wild flowers targeted by thieves

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 00:53
Conservationists are warning that some of Britain's endangered plants are being put under even greater threat, because thieves are stealing them to order.

Protection plan 'will not save reef'

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 22:49
Australia's Academy of Science says a government draft plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef will not prevent its decline.

Met Office supercomputer confirmed

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 18:12
Plans are unveiled for a £97m supercomputer which will boost the Met Office's computing capacity by 13 times, improving weather forecasting and climate modelling.

The high-stakes world of rare-plant theft

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 17:30
The high-stakes world of botanical crime

Piece of Australia found in Vanuatu

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 15:53
A fragment of ancient Australia is found under Vanuatu in the South Pacific, raising new questions about how continents are formed.

Population controls 'not effective'

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 14:50
Attempts to restrict population growth will not solve global sustainability issues in the short term, new research says.

Swan numbers show 'alarming crash'

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 07:33
The UK's smallest and rarest swan suffers an "alarming crash in numbers", the Gloucestershire-based Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust says.

'Tree of the Year' shortlist issued

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 04:29
The 10 trees to make the final of England's "Tree of the Year" competition are announced.

Bloodhound Diary: Putting it all together

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 01:42
Into the assembly of the world's fastest car

Eyeball link to Alzheimer's studied

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 17:20
A new £1.1m study led from Dundee University is to investigate whether eye tests can provide an "early warning" of Alzheimer's disease.

Australia green firms hit by cut

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 17:04
Australia's green energy firms hit by target cuts

Paper test can detect Ebola strains

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 12:51
DNA-programmed blotting paper could soon be giving doctors a simple disease test that will reveal an infection in 30 minutes for just a few pence.

VIDEO: Two by two? How to move 1,700 animals

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 03:54
Wetheriggs Animal Rescue Centre in Cumbria move their 1700 animals to a new home County Durham.

10 things you may not know about laughter

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 16:15
10 things you may not have known about being amused

VIDEO: Record skydive from edge of space

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 23:36
Google executive Alan Eustace has broken the world altitude record for a parachute jump by leaping from 135,890 feet (41,419 metres) beating Felix Baumgartner's record.

Baffling ballet

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:20
Unravelling the flocking habits of starlings