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Botanic gardens 'best hope' for saving endangered plants

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 06:01:56 GMT

The world's botanic gardens contain a third of all known plants and help protect 40% of endangered ones.

Australia joins UK space radar mission

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 04:19:27 GMT

Australia is to be a launch partner on the UK's innovative new small radar satellite, NovaSAR.

Panda's habitat 'shrinking and becoming more fragmented'

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:08:47 GMT

Despite signs that numbers of giant pandas are rising, suitable habitat has shrunk, satellite data shows.

Big Antarctic iceberg edges out to sea

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:04:10 GMT

The near-6,000 sq km block of ice known as A-68 looks finally to be on the move.

Australia to create national space agency

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:19:50 GMT

The country is one of the few major developed nations not to have a dedicated agency.

Scottish Power says UK will need to boost capacity

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 23:28:58 GMT

Scottish Power says electric cars and a shift to electric heating could mean a big rise in demand for electricity.

Neanderthal brains 'grew more slowly'

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:44:57 GMT

A new study shows that Neanderthal brains developed more slowly than ours.

Plant-eating dinosaurs 'strayed from veggie diet'

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:12:55 GMT

The idea of plant-eating dinosaurs having a strict vegetarian diet is called into question.

Birds 'churring' is a sign isles' shipwreck rats dying out

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:17:30 GMT

The call of storm petrels are recorded for the first time on islands where rats came ashore from shipwrecks.

New antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:45:58 GMT

It will enter clinical trials to prevent and treat the infection next year.

Ancient DNA sheds light on African history

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:08:47 GMT

DNA from ancient remains is used to reconstruct thousands of years of population history in Africa.

UK strikes research deal with US in run-up to Brexit

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:58:28 GMT

The UK and US reach an agreement that aims to allow freer movement of research equipment and scientists.

Owls hold secret to ageless ears

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:18:06 GMT

Barn owls keep their acute sense of hearing into old age, scientists have discovered.

UK scientists edit DNA of human embryos

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:01:34 GMT

Understanding the first moments of life could lead to better IVF and explain why women miscarry.

Neolithic Orkney rivalries detailed in new study

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:11:34 GMT

Rivalries in Orkney more than 4,500 years ago led to competition between communities, according to new research.

Paris climate aim 'still achievable'

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:55:17 GMT

The ambitious goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C is still within reach, a study indicates.

Size matters when it comes to extinction risk

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 23:53:10 GMT

The biggest and the smallest of the world's fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles are most at risk of dying out.

Rhino horn smuggled as jewellery

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 02:48:23 GMT

Rhino horn is being processed into bangles, beads and bracelets, a charity's investigation reveals.

Snow leopard no longer 'endangered'

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:50:25 GMT

The conservation status of the elusive snow leopard is downgraded from "endangered" to "vulnerable".

Paris climate deal: US denies it will stay in accord

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 07:14:38 GMT

Reports say the US will no longer withdraw from the Paris deal or will change its approach.

Cassini: Probe incinerates on entry to Saturn

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:57:01 GMT

The US-led Cassini space probe reaches a spectacular climax, burning up in Saturn's atmosphere.

Why are there so many berries this year?

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:57:25 GMT

Berries are appearing early this year - and promise to last much longer than usual, according to experts.

Belfast scientists design flexible organic battery

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:04:29 GMT

Queen's University scientists design a flexible long-life battery that could be used in pacemakers.

Badger culling gets go-ahead in 11 new areas of England

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:35:09 GMT

A vaccination programme to stop the spread of bovine tuberculosis is also restarting.

Man-of-war spotted along coast in Cornwall and Wales

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:24:31 GMT

The RNLI closed Perranporth beach to swimmers because of large numbers of jellyfish-like creatures.

Row over AI that 'identifies gay faces'

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:17:28 GMT

Researchers and LGBT groups clash over facial recognition tech that supposedly spots gay people.

Satellites the size of a shoebox

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:55:20 GMT

US firm Planet Labs makes satellites you could hold in your hands, and has more in orbit than anyone else.

Is Bali volcano about to erupt?

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:21:49 GMT

Mount Agung on Bali is an active volcano that may be about to erupt for the first time in 54 years.

The winners of 2017's Insight Astronomy Photographer award

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 12:59:33 GMT

Judges has to choose between 3,800 entries from all over the world.

'I fell from the top of the jungle to save an eagle'

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 23:21:12 GMT

Alexander Blanco's conservation work is helping to save the world's most powerful eagle.

How killer flies have the fastest vision of any animal

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 07:14:23 GMT

Some flies see six times faster than us, catching prey in mid-air in less than a second.

How business is driving the new space race

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:04:08 GMT

Why firms are spending millions to beat each other into orbit

Tackling the canine obesity crisis

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 23:54:32 GMT

Why, in the mission to improve the health of man's best friend, scientists say greedy Labradors are at the head of the pack.

Orchid gives up the secrets of its success

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 18:38:20 GMT

Science is laying bare the secrets of orchids, one of the biggest families of flowering plant.

Bright sparks

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:52:47 GMT

The fast-growing US solar industry is at odds with itself - and the decision may be left to Trump.

DNA dogma

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:59:17 GMT

Evolutionary biologist Matthew Cobb unpicks a lecture that, sixty years ago, set the course for the genetic revolution.

'What I saw'

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:19:18 GMT

In this photo essay, photographer Clayton Conn shares his experience of the Mexico City earthquake.


Sat, 16 Sep 2017 23:39:19 GMT

How tiny creatures with small brains outwit us so easily.

Moving on up

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:27:41 GMT

The people of the Guna Yala archipelago, off the Panama coast, may be among the first island communities to leave their homes and move onshore.

Down on the body farm

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 00:51:53 GMT

Would British forensic science benefit from having its own outdoor laboratory to study human decomposition?

Life after Earth

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 23:44:04 GMT

In September 1991, eight scientists sealed themselves inside a giant greenhouse for two years. Linda Leigh was one of them.

Flood capital

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 12:02:54 GMT

The reasons why the fourth-largest city in the US has become its flood capital.

Poisonous progress

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 23:16:23 GMT

The arguments nearly a century ago over the use of leaded petrol.