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Carbs boost tree drought resilience

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 03:34
Higher levels of a compound known as non-structural carbohydrates boost tropical trees' chances of surviving droughts, a study suggests.

VIDEO: Humans outsmarted by clever rooks

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 02:51
The British Trust for Ornithology wants members of the public to report their observations to help study the behaviour of some of our cleverest garden birds, rooks.

First bat recorded on St Kilda

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 01:54
A bat is recorded for the first time on the remote Scottish archipelago of St Kilda, says the National Trust for Scotland.

Wild beaver family to be rehomed

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 01:11
Beavers living wild in Devon are to be caught and "rehomed" in captivity, the government says.

'Malaria leads to body odour change'

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:57
Malaria parasites may change the smell of infected mice, researchers say.

Clotting balls 'may stop bleeding'

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 19:47
Scientists in the US have developed miniature balls which help stop catastrophic internal bleeding in injured mice.

Robots might roam UK nuclear sites

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 19:34
Robots could soon be roaming over decommissioned nuclear sites and abandoned coal mines in the UK to test their ability to work autonomously.

The view from 'Pillinger Point'

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 16:48
'Pillinger Point' - a tribute to British space scientist Colin Pillinger

The man who 'discovered' hay fever

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 16:45
How one British doctor fought for hay fever sufferers to be believed.

Higgs boson spills secrets as collider powers up

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 16:43
What does Higgs boson tell us about lifetime of the Universe?

Public asked to spot clever birds

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 16:08
The British Trust for Ornithology is asking the public to help study the behaviour of rooks, one of our most intelligent garden birds.

Satellite to seek 'missing carbon'

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 09:29
The US space agency is set to put a high-resolution carbon dioxide observatory into orbit - a re-build of a satellite destroyed on launch five years ago.

Deal boosts Cumbria nuclear plans

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 06:01
Plans to build Europe's largest new nuclear project in Cumbria take a step forward after Toshiba and GDF Suez sign a deal to develop the site.

Warming threat to emperor penguins

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 04:51
Climate change is likely to cut Antarctica's 600,000-strong emperor penguin population by at least a fifth by 2100, a study suggests.

Dog aids fight on squirrel frontline

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 01:25
How a gamekeeper's dog in southern Scotland is playing its part in helping to preserve the native red squirrel population.

Cuckoos' egg-laying tactics revealed

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 20:42
Great spotted cuckoos lay their eggs while magpie mothers are still sitting on their nests, a study reveals.

Older sperm donors 'just as good'

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 17:57
Women should not worry about using sperm from older donors as the success rate is the same as for younger men, doctors say.

VIDEO: Nasa tests Mars landing technology

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 10:40
US space agency Nasa has successfully tested a flying-saucer shaped space craft that could help scientists plan future missions to Mars.

'Supercooling' keeps organs fresh

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 10:08
A new technique known as "supercooling" can preserve organs for days before they are transplanted, US researchers claim.

VIDEO: Giant 20kg jellyfish in Cornwall

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 07:34
A giant barrel jellyfish has been spotted swimming in an estuary near St Mawes in Cornwall.