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Farm subsidies 'must be earned' - Michael Gove

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:41:58 GMT

Environment Secretary Michael Gove plans to pay farmers for protecting the environment and creating rural jobs.

New Mexico boy trips over 1.2 million year old fossil

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:07:31 GMT

A 10-year-old boy's stumble unearthed a prehistoric skull, which he then got the chance to help excavate.

Elephant seals 'recognise vocal rhythm'

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:05:37 GMT

Male elephant seals recognise the rhythm of one another's voices, researchers say.

Poaching pushes pangolin closer to extinction

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:13:15 GMT

Pangolins in the forests of Africa are at risk of being pushed to extinction like their Asian relatives.

Moon dust bag sold for $1.8m at New York auction

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:28:58 GMT

The bag was used by astronaut Neil Armstrong to collect the first ever samples of the Moon in 1969.

Why dogs are friendly - it's written in their genes

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:06:55 GMT

Being friendly is in dogs' nature and could be key to how they were domesticated from wolves.

UK rhino eggs 'could save last northern whites'

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:04:28 GMT

A UK zoo is taking part in a radical plan to save the world's last northern white rhinos from extinction.

Australia human history 'rewritten by rock find'

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:28:27 GMT

Research shows Aboriginal people entered Australia up to 18,000 years earlier than thought.

Mighty T. rex 'walked rather than sprinted'

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:00:14 GMT

New research suggests the dinosaur could go no faster than a very brisk walking pace.

How did dogs become our best friends? New evidence

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 23:33:20 GMT

Dogs were tamed from a single wolf population between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago, a study suggests.

LISA Pathfinder: Time called on Europe's gravity probe

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 19:22:33 GMT

The European Space Agency turns off one of its most successful ever missions - LISA Pathfinder.

Is there such a thing as 'flying ant day'?

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 01:23:05 GMT

We're all used to ants sprouting wings and taking to the air during summer, but is there really such a thing as a "flying ant day"?

California votes to extend cap-and-trade climate law to 2030

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:50:03 GMT

Legislators vote to extend a programme that charges firms for releasing pollutants to the year 2030.

Scottish osprey chicks moved to Spain

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:04:07 GMT

The birds were collected under licence for translocation to a part of Spain where they have not bred for years.

Drifting Antarctic iceberg A-68 opens up clear water

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:05:13 GMT

Satellite images show the colossal Larsen iceberg continuing to edge away from the White Continent.

Why the cheetah is a champion sprinter

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:07:07 GMT

New research reveals why bigger is not always better in the animal world when it comes to speed.

Scientists marvel at creatures' 'precise' body clock

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:51:58 GMT

Scientists studied zooplankton found in a Scottish loch to better understand their behaviour.

A mission to the Pacific plastic patch

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 00:08:02 GMT

A "raft" of plastic debris spanning more than 965,000 square miles is floating in the South Pacific.

World's large carnivores being pushed off the map

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 01:29:36 GMT

Six of the world's large carnivores have lost more than 90% of their historic range, new analysis says.

Maryam Mirzakhani, first woman to win maths' Fields Medal, dies

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 17:12:40 GMT

Acclaimed Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani dies of breast cancer aged 40.

Butterfly numbers facing 'vital' period - Sir David Attenborough

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:58 GMT

Broadcaster Sir David Attenborough says species have suffered "significant declines" recently.

Waste products, not crops, key to boosting UK biofuels

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 23:08:28 GMT

The UK should focus on making fuel from chip fat, whiskey dregs and forest waste and not from crops like wheat

Gannet bonanza on Yorkshire cliffs

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 23:08:22 GMT

A gannet bonanza is confirmed on the towering cliffs of Yorkshire by research from the RSPB.

Record number of environmental activists killed around the world

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:18:01 GMT

At least 200 campaigners in 24 countries were killed in 2016, according to a new report from Global Witness.

Blue whale takes centre-stage at Natural History Museum

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 04:01:10 GMT

Move over Dippy - Earth's biggest animal is now the star attraction at the Natural History Museum.

Behold Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 10:18:52 GMT

A Nasa probe returns the most detailed pictures ever of one of the Solar System's biggest storms.

UK animal experiments fall by 5% - annual figures

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:14:22 GMT

Home Office annual figures show that animal experiments in the UK fell by 5% in 2016.

Bialowieza Forest: Poland sued over ancient woods logging

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 15:01:11 GMT

Polish logging in one of Europe's last remaining primeval forests is to go to the EU's top court.

Giant iceberg splits from Antarctic

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 08:49:51 GMT

A block of ice a quarter the size of Wales calves from the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula.

'Make new rules' to save the oceans

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:15:36 GMT

New rules are urgently needed to protect the open seas, scientists warn.

Norfolk Broads python discovery mystery

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:49:33 GMT

A 12ft-long python found on the Norfolk Broads has still not been found.

US Republican asks Nasa if civilisation on Mars existed

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:49:28 GMT

A US congressman asked scientists if the Red Planet could have been occupied "thousands of years ago".

Black-winged stilts: Record year for UK breeding

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:22:11 GMT

The number fledging from the UK in 2017 is more than the total number for the previous 30 years.

Telescopes to reach nine billion light years away

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:10:36 GMT

New radio telescopes far more powerful than any used before aim to shed light on extra terrestrial activity.

Will wildcat lynx be reintroduced to the UK?

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 04:03:51 GMT

The wildcat could be reintroduced into the UK for the first time in 1,300 years.

Ancient underwater forest found in US

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 00:44:42 GMT

Scientists have dated the trees to a previous ice age 60,000 years ago, when sea levels were far lower.

Gif and image written into the DNA of bacteria

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 23:31:43 GMT

Images and a short film are inserted into bacteria DNA and recovered with 90% accuracy.

Lark or night owl? Blame your ancestors

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 23:52:13 GMT

Our ancestors could be to blame for the wide variety of human sleeping habits, from larks to night owls.

Newquay is go!

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:06:44 GMT

World Land Speed record holder Andy Green looks forward to the first, low-speed runs of the Bloodhound supersonic car.

Zoo keepers

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 23:07:32 GMT

Galaxy Zoo is one of the most successful citizen science projects ever conceived. We look back at what it's achieved over 10 years.

Fusion wait

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:50:54 GMT

We will have to wait until the second half of the century for fusion reactors to start generating electricity, experts have announced.

'Beam me up, Scotty'

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:27:05 GMT

Chinese scientists have "teleported" a photon particle to a satellite - could humans be next?

Splitting the atom

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:07:31 GMT

The government is about to set out its position on membership of Europe's nuclear regulator after Brexit.

DNA data

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:53:01 GMT

Could an effort to gather genetic data from its population of one billion people help India take the lead in advanced healthcare?

Ribbiting stuff

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 20:48:20 GMT

The huge diversity of frogs we see today is mainly a consequence of the asteroid strike that killed off the dinosaurs, a study suggests.

Desert wall?

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 00:42:35 GMT

Science reporter Victoria Gill joins researchers in Arizona to find out how President Trump's wall could affect endangered desert wildlife.

Dino domination

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:59:45 GMT

A million-year-long period of volcanic activity led to the rise of the dinosaurs, a study suggests.

Quantum leap

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:17:07 GMT

Chinese scientists say their experimental Micius spacecraft paves the way for a new kind of internet.

Saving big cats

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:27:37 GMT

Amy Dickman has had some close shaves with big cats and humans while working with cheetahs and lions.