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Nest-boxes no substitute for tree cavities, says study

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 01:18:33 GMT

Artificial nests have a markedly different microclimate from tree cavities, a study suggests.

'Oldest' Iron Age gold work in Britain found in Staffordshire

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 09:16:56 GMT

A British Museum expert says the Leekfrith Iron Age Torcs are of international importance.

Fears for environment as automatic legal 'cost cap' scrapped

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 10:40:41 GMT

Environmental groups have launched a legal challenge to the government's rule change.

Bread's environmental costs are counted

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:26:36 GMT

The environmental impact of producing a loaf of bread has been analysed in depth - from the farm to the supermarket shelf.

Nobel winner: Attack on experts 'undermines science'

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:19:55 GMT

One of UK's top scientists, Sir Paul Nurse, says experts are being "derided and pushed back".

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.

UK robotics research gets £17.3m pledge

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 07:42:08 GMT

The new funding will be made available for robotics research carried out by British universities.

'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.

Scientists have found a way of growing human tissue on apples

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:47:55 GMT

Scientists at the University of Ottawa have developed a way of growing human cells and tissue on apples.

Can Spraybot make your home warmer?

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 06:25:09 GMT

Spraybot can fit under floorboards to help insulate homes.

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.

Seven Earth-sized planets found orbiting single star

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:16:28 GMT

Seven planets orbiting a single star have been discovered in a solar system 40 light-years from Earth.

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.

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.

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.

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.