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Origins of land plants pushed back in time

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 04:23:32 GMT

Plants appeared on land 100 million years earlier than previously thought, according to new research.

DNA secrets of how vampire bats became bloodthirsty

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:51:52 GMT

New research shows how vampire bats evolved to survive on a diet of blood alone.

Ocean plastic tide 'violates the law'

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:20:25 GMT

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, 19 Feb 2018 23:18:25 GMT

The government wants the number to rise from 360 to 500 by 2023 but farmers are unhappy.

Consumer products' air quality impact 'underestimated'

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:39:08 GMT

Chemicals from household products rival vehicles as a key source of urban air pollution.

New scanning technique reveals secrets behind great paintings

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 10:39:53 GMT

An innovative scanning system is making it easier to find the hidden stories behind artworks.

'100,000 orangutans' killed in 16 years

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 04:54:33 GMT

Borneo has lost a "shocking" number of its great apes, according to a new survey of the island.

Pollution blights UK seagrass meadows

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:48:36 GMT

Excessive nitrogen from sewage and livestock waste is damaging the health of marine flowering plants.

Probe provides rapid lung investigation

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:02:11 GMT

Scientists develop technology that goes inside the lung to make fast diagnoses of infection.

Quantum computers 'one step closer'

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:25:43 GMT

Quantum computing has taken a step forward with the recent development of a silicon-based programmable quantum processor.

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

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:17:14 GMT

A car launched by Elon Musk could stay in space for millions of years before hitting Earth or Venus.

Crypto-currency craze 'hinders search for alien life'

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:43:27 GMT

A scientist says the search for alien intelligence has been hit by a shortage of computer hardware.

UK air pollutants continue decline

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:11:00 GMT

Nitrogen pollutants from motor vehicles fell 12% from 2012 to 2016, according to official statistics.

Genes remain active after death

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:56:13 GMT

Cells continue to function even after an individual dies, a discovery that could be developed into a forensic tool.

AI does grunt work on China's pig farms

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:19:35 GMT

Alibaba rolls out a system that analyses pig squeals and coughs to improve pork production.

New antibiotic family discovered in dirt

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 03:51:05 GMT

The compounds are called malacidins and can kill several stubborn infections, including superbug MRSA.

Amazon fish challenges mutation idea

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:19:27 GMT

Study of an Amazon fish has challenged ideas about how DNA gathers deadly mutations over time.

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

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:31:21 GMT

The move comes after the 'shocking' scale of plastic waste featured on the Blue Planet II series.

Trump budget cuts US cash for International Space Station

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 22:36:25 GMT

Mr Trump's proposed budget includes funds to transition the space station from public to private.

'Oumuamua: 'space cigar's' tumble hints at violent past

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 07:53:24 GMT

The 'Oumuamua asteroid from outside our Solar System was involved in a collision, a study finds.

Asteroid set for 'close' 43,300 mile flight past Earth on Friday

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 14:05:41 GMT

The asteroid, up to 40m in size and only discovered five days ago, passes by on Friday.

Baby Belle, the hand-reared rhino

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:41:46 GMT

Belle needed treatment for an injured leg and is Cotswold Wildlife Park's first hand-reared white rhino calf.

The Bornean orangutans clinging on to survival

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:01:40 GMT

More than 100,000 of the animals have been killed since 1999.

Scientists have developed a lung probe that finds infections

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:09:03 GMT

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.

Woburn Safari Park: Elephant Tarli survives deadly virus

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:17:04 GMT

Tarli, an endangered Asian elephant, has beaten the odds to overcome an Ebola-like virus.

Antarctic iceberg expedition set to reveal hidden realm

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 20:22:33 GMT

Footage shows the iceberg scientists hope will reveal an Antarctic realm hidden for thousands of years.

Nigeria's soil-free salad farm

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 00:32:10 GMT

The entrepreneur growing greens in shipping containers.

Roman boxing gloves unearthed by Vindolanda dig

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:56:58 GMT

The bands of leather are "probably the only known surviving examples" of their kind.

UK team set for giant Antarctic iceberg expedition

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:28:41 GMT

Scientists investigate undersea life exposed by the iceberg that broke away from the Antarctic Peninsula.

Burn or bury

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:55:49 GMT

Since China refused last month to accept any more foreign waste for recycling, the UK is facing a challenge disposing of its plastic waste.

Great White demystified

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:36:56 GMT

Shark diving is helping tourists improve their perception about the largest predatory fish in the world.

What lies beneath

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 01:07:49 GMT

Winning photos from the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition

Rocket man

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 00:38:09 GMT

Elon Musk just launched the world's most powerful rocket. It's only a fraction of what he's up to.

Getting a grip

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 14:04:41 GMT

The Bloodhound supersonic car aims to run in South Africa this October, and there is a lot to prepare.

Power switch

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 00:24:42 GMT

Wind and solar energy are expected to account for more than half of Tamil Nadu's power by 2027.

Potato plastics

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 00:03:38 GMT

Better recycling and compostable materials could be an answer to our plastic pollution problem.

Mayan surprise

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 16:33:28 GMT

Latest technology reveals a network of more than 60,000 structures under Guatemala's jungle.

Mind control

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 00:05:37 GMT

Controlling machines using thought can be used in medicine, gaming, transport and many other sectors.

Dying in agony

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 00:26:24 GMT

While the US suffers an overdose epidemic, most of the world misses out on painkillers.

Robo news

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:05:26 GMT

As more media outlets use automated algorithms to write news stories, are journalists doomed?