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New data shows 'staggering' extent of great ape trade

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:39:47 GMT

A new database suggests a dramatic under-reporting of the live, illegal trade in great apes including orangutans, chimpanzees and gorilllas.

Rosetta probe set for comet collision

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:30:06 GMT

The audacious Rosetta mission has been commanded to end its investigation of Comet 67P by crashing into the 4km-wide ball of ice and dust.

UK rapped over marine mammals

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 02:09:17 GMT

The European Commission is taking the UK to court for failing to protect endangered harbour porpoises.

Strange reptile fossil puzzles scientists

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:48:27 GMT

A reptile that lived 200 million years ago is rewriting the rulebooks on how four-legged animals conquered the world.

EU Commission sues UK over harbour porpoise protection

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:39:41 GMT

The European Commission takes the UK to court for failure to allocate safe marine areas for harbour porpoises.

Young people urged for park-life views

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:56:50 GMT

A campaign is urging young people to share their thoughts and ideas via social media on the future of the UK's parks and open spaces.

Farm subsidies: Payment to billionaire prince sparks anger

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:00:58 GMT

Campaigners call for reform as figures reveal taxpayers are paying more than £400,000 a year to subsidise a Saudi billionaire's farm.

New safeguards agreed for world's most trafficked mammal

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:53:45 GMT

A little known species driven to the edge of extinction by poaching, has gained extra protection at the Cites meeting in South Africa.

Total trade ban for Gibraltar's monkeys agreed

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:16:58 GMT

Europe's only non-human primate, the Barbary Macaque, has gained the highest level of protection at the Cites meeting in South Africa.

Grass food crops facing climate change challenge

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:28:16 GMT

Projected climate change is set to happen too quickly for grass species, including major food crops, to adapt to the new conditions, a study suggests.

Garden ponds 'playing role' in frog disease spread

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:45:36 GMT

Garden ponds are playing a role in the spread of deadly frog diseases across the UK, a study suggests.

Materials programmed to shape shift

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:26:10 GMT

Scientists have pre-programmed materials to change their shape over time.

Elon Musk outlines Mars colony vision

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:40:54 GMT

Entrepreneur Elon Musk outlines his vision for establishing a human colony on Mars for people that can afford a $200,000 ticket price.

First 'three person baby' born using new method

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:13:22 GMT

The world's first baby has been born using a new "three person" fertility technique, heralding a new era in medicine, say experts.

CITES species body rejects process for ivory sales

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:05:27 GMT

Delegates at the Cites meeting in Johannesburg have defeated an attempt to set up a process to resume sales of ivory.

Proteins from 'deep time' found in ostrich eggshell

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:45:37 GMT

Scientists extract fossil proteins - some of biological tissue's building blocks - in a 3.8 million year-old ostrich eggshell.

Europa moon 'spewing water jets'

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:13:19 GMT

Further evidence has been obtained to show that Jupiter's icy moon Europa throws jets of water out into space.

SpaceX 'Mars' rocket engine tested

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:44:32 GMT

Private company SpaceX has carried out its first test of the Raptor rocket engine designed to send humans to Mars.

China's Geely auto group backs Bloodhound

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:11:12 GMT

China’s Geely auto group has become the main sponsor behind the British Bloodhound supersonic car project, enabling an assault on the land speed record.

China's colossal radio telescope begins testing

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:41:56 GMT

The world's largest radio telescope has received its first signals from space and is now entering an intensive testing phase.

Poor food 'risks health of half the world'

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 01:28:28 GMT

As the population grows over the next 20 years half the world will be left malnourished, an independent panel of experts on food and agriculture warns.

New report confirms grim outlook for elephants

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:55:02 GMT

Elephant populations in Africa have declined by around 111,000 over the past ten years according to a new study presented at the Cites meeting in South Africa.

Horses can communicate with us - scientists

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:13:57 GMT

Horses have joined a select club of animals that can communicate by pointing to symbols, say scientists.

Bird flu poses threat to penguins - scientists

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:00:10 GMT

Flu carried by migratory birds poses a risk to penguins living in Antarctica, scientists warn.

Ig Nobel win for Alpine 'goat man'

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 23:06:59 GMT

A British man who lived in the Swiss Alps as a goat for three days wins one of this year's Ig Nobel prizes.

Species body says extra elephant protection could boost ivory trade

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:30:18 GMT

The body tasked with managing trade in endangered species will oppose efforts to increase global protection for elephants, saying it could spark a new trade in ivory.

UK researchers tap into China's scientific powerhouse

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:37:23 GMT

The government is to outline its plans to strengthen collaborative research between the UK and China.

Dry tropical forests 'overlooked and under threat'

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 01:49:01 GMT

Tropical dry forests are among the most threatened habitats on the planet, yet remain overlooked by scientists and conservationists, warn researchers.

Scientists solve singing fish mystery

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:01:43 GMT

Scientists solve the bizarre mystery of the fish that hums at night.

DNA hints at earlier human exodus from Africa

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:25:55 GMT

Evidence for an early exodus of modern humans from Africa may have been detected in living humans.

Rosetta spacecraft's crash landing explained

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:04:29 GMT

The Rosetta probe, which has been beaming back spectacular pictures of a comet, is to end its journey by crash landing.

On board plane flying through the jet stream

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:36:30 GMT

Science editor David Shukman goes on board the plane measuring the jet stream to find out how it affects our weather.

Why is this woman flying 4,500 miles?

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:01:15 GMT

British conservationist Sacha Dench is on the first leg of an epic 4,500 mile paramotor flight following migrating swans.

Why does the Europa water plume matter?

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:21:31 GMT

Professor Michele Dougherty explains the importance of the water plumes on Jupiter's moon

Huge blue topaz stone on loan to Natural History Museum

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:12:43 GMT

A blue topaz stone, thought to be the largest-ever, is to go on permanent loan to the Natural History Museum in London.

Chester Zoo releases footage of rare giant jumping rat

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:49:41 GMT

The first footage of a rare giant jumping rat born at Chester Zoo is released.

'Colossal' wasp nest found in Corby attic

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:46:22 GMT

A "colossal" wasp nest the size of a "barrel" with a 1.4m tunnel attached is found in an attic.

In pictures: Astro Photographer of the Year

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:41:15 GMT

Some of the winning images from this year's competition.

Thriving sector

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 04:26:02 GMT

Monday's successful launch of eight satellites into space proves India's commercial space programme is booming, writes Yogita Limaye.

Nelly the enemy?

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:36:38 GMT

As the Cites conference on endangered species meets in Johannesburg, Matt McGrath travelled to Zambia to hear the voices of people with first-hand experience of conflicts between humans and wildlife.

Grand Canyon in blue

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:38:11 GMT

President Barack Obama has created the first underwater national monument off the US east coast, protecting a vast ecosystem of canyons and extinct volcanoes. It is home to thousands of rare species, but is also a source of controversy.

Science snaps

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:53:37 GMT

Fifteen stunning images from the Royal Photographic Society's International Images for Science competition

Numbers game

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 01:04:47 GMT

Insights into the data behind the football industry, both real and simulated, from the brains behind Football Manager.

Water wars

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 06:58:17 GMT

TS Sudhir explains why violence has broken out in India's technology hub Bangalore over a long-running dispute about water.

History of flooding

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 16:15:02 GMT

Written in the sediments of north-west England's lakes is a record of extreme flood events - information that can inform future flood preparedness.

A surgeon's downfall

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 00:06:13 GMT

Ground-breaking work on synthetic organ transplants made Paolo Macchiarini one of the most famous doctors in the world. Now his reputation lies in tatters.

Animal secrets

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 00:15:41 GMT

Specially designed tags that act as 'daily diaries' are revealing previously unknown animal behaviours.

Fair game?

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 23:49:09 GMT

Lion hunting in South Africa is a big business, but some groups seem are shooting "canned meat" - animals bred in captivity just to be hunted, the BBC's Alastair Leithead reports.

Fracking fight

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 23:26:13 GMT

Grace Livingstone talks to members of Mapuche indigenous communities living near a fracking site in Argentina about their concerns for their health and their environment.