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New UN climate chief: 'Action on warming unstoppable'

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 02:08:12 GMT

The UN’s new climate chief says she is confident, despite concerns about President Trump's policies.

'Good vibration' hand pumps boost Africa's water security

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:52:36 GMT

The simple up-and-down motion of hand pumps could help scientists secure a key water source for 200 million people in Africa.

Minister to enshrine protection for research independence

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:28:07 GMT

The government is to enshrine into law the idea that there should be no political interference in research funding.

Most wood energy schemes are a 'disaster' for climate change

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:47:43 GMT

A new report says that using wood pellets to generate low-carbon electricity is a highly flawed policy.

Star's seven Earth-sized worlds set record

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:00:12 GMT

Astronomers have discovered seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a single star - a record number.

'Magical thinking' on Heathrow expansion

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:15:14 GMT

A third runway at Heathrow can only be justified if it does not breach climate change laws, MPs say.

Plane flies along Antarctica's giant Larsen crack

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:46:33 GMT

New video is released of the Antarctic ice crack that promises to produce a giant berg.

Plastic from tyres 'major source' of ocean pollution

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:18:14 GMT

Particles of debris from car tyres are ending up in the ocean as "plastic soup", a conservationist group warns.

Meet the frog that can sit on a thumbnail

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:19:31 GMT

Seven new species of night frog have been discovered in India, including four miniature forms.

Thousands of spills at US oil and gas fracking sites

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:03:15 GMT

Up to 16% of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill liquids each year, according to new data.

Lemur facial recognition tool developed

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:41:12 GMT

A method that can identify individual lemurs could improve the way the endangered species is tracked.

Slippery bottle solves ketchup problem

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:29:12 GMT

Scientists in Boston have found a way to get every last drop of ketchup out of the bottle.

What future for E numbers after Brexit?

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:28:22 GMT

How Brexit might create complications for the way food in the UK is labelled.

US children's hospital helps save life of baby hippo

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:20:58 GMT

Doctors from a children's hospital have saved the life of a premature baby hippo.

Island that inspired National Trust finally given to group

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:07:36 GMT

The island that inspired the National Trust has finally been gifted to the conservation charity.

Scientists 'solve' the ketchup problem

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:45:51 GMT

A super-slippery coating for bottles could make getting liquids out much easier, US scientists say.

Call for brain donors

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:32:00 GMT

Scientists are calling for more people to donate their brains to research to help find cures for mental and psychological disorders.

Cardiff Uni's new way of making compounds for drugs

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:28:06 GMT

Researchers in Cardiff develop a new "highly-efficient" method of extracting disease-fighting compounds.

The mystery of the whoop whooping bee

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:51:00 GMT

Scientists think they have found the explanation behind sounds generated by bees

Face of Orkney's St Magnus reconstructed

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 09:50:13 GMT

A facial reconstruction has been made of Orkney's St Magnus by a forensic artist to help mark the 900th anniversary of his death.

Most scientists 'can't replicate studies by their peers'

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:49:16 GMT

Science is facing a "reproducibility crisis" as scientists fail to reproduce others' work, it is claimed.

Roger Harrabin: World v Trump on climate deal?

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:50:24 GMT

As the new president settles in, much of the world reaffirms its commitment to the Paris agreement.

Satisfying the thirsty

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 13:26:59 GMT

Land Speed Record holder Andy Green describes how the Typhoon jet engine in the Bloodhound supersonic car will be fed with fuel.

Illustrious light bulbs

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:21:04 GMT

Once too precious to use, now too cheap to notice – the significance of the light bulb is profound.


Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:06:54 GMT

The mobile phone apps that are enabling fishermen to increase their catches at the same time as helping environmentalists monitor and preserve stocks.

Gator aid

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:23:05 GMT

Texan Christy Kroboth used to have a quiet job in a dentist's surgery. Now she spends her time jumping on animals many times her size - and taping their jaws tightly shut.