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Road verges 'last refuge' for plants - conservation charity

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:50:54 GMT

Roadsides are often littered with rubbish and weeds but they are havens for rare flowers.

Ex-child soldier wins environment prize

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 03:50:59 GMT

An ex-child soldier who has spent years risking his life to fight illegal mining and wildlife poaching in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been given a prestigious award that honours 'environmental defenders' around the world.

March for Science: Rallies worldwide to protest against political interference

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 21:51:27 GMT

Thousands of scientists demonstrate in cities around the world against an "assault on facts".

Cassini probe heads towards Saturn 'grand finale'

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 08:59:29 GMT

The Cassini satellite puts itself on a trajectory that will take it to destruction in September.

Kuki Gallmann shot and wounded at Kenya conservation park

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 10:54:49 GMT

Kuki Gallmann, author of I Dreamed of Africa, is flown to hospital after an ambush.

Aurora photographers find new night sky lights and call them Steve

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:58:28 GMT

Steve is a "remarkably common" gas ribbon in the upper atmosphere.

Government has failed to act on air pollution, says Labour

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:19:22 GMT

Labour says it would introduce legislation to tackle the "public health emergency" if in power.

Unknown ancient reptile roamed the Pyrenees mountains

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:05:47 GMT

The footprint made by a reptile that lived almost 250 million years ago has been found in the Pyrenees.

Amur leopards will be off-show to visitors at Scottish park

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:36:52 GMT

The Amur leopards are to be kept off-show in the hope they raise cubs that can be released into the wild.

'Perfect storm' threatens Europe's salamanders

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:38:52 GMT

Scientists call for "amphibian arks" to protect wild salamanders in Europe from a deadly infection.

Physicists observe 'negative mass'

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:07:17 GMT

Physicists have created a fluid with "negative mass", which accelerates towards you when pushed.

'Gibraltar-sized' space rock passes Earth

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:09:23 GMT

A large asteroid the size of the Rock of Gibraltar has passed safely by Earth.

Mega-constellation satellites will need 'rapid disposal'

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:15:30 GMT

Good management of spacecraft mega-constellations can avoid polluting the orbital environment.

Live, long and black giant shipworm found in Philippines

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:03:50 GMT

Scientists find live specimens of the giant shipworm, described as "rare and enigmatic".

Slims River: Climate change causes 'river piracy' in Canada's Yukon

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:48:39 GMT

When a team of scientists went to the Yukon to study the Slims River, all they found was a "skinny lake".

Iceberg tourists flock to Newfoundland town

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:27:32 GMT

A new resident off the coast of a Canadian town has turned it into a cool tourist spot.

Fish 'pool' their experience to solve problems

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:17:01 GMT

Some of them may know where to find food but not how to access it while others know how to get at it but not where it is hidden.

Crime 'threatens nearly half the world's natural heritage sites'

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:13:17 GMT

Poaching, illegal logging and fishing are threatening some of the world's most iconic natural heritage sites.

Green groups warn of 'race to the bottom'

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 08:36:10 GMT

Environmentalists urge the UK not to water down laws on climate change and wildlife after Brexit.

Early dinosaur relative walked like a croc

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:00:41 GMT

A new fossil suggests an early relative of dinosaurs had some features we associate today with crocodiles and alligators.

Saturn moon 'able to support life'

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 18:05:58 GMT

Enceladus has the conditions, including a key energy source, to enable microbes to exist, Nasa says.

Mystery of why shoelaces come undone unravelled by science

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 03:08:24 GMT

The authors say the research can be applied to other structures, such as DNA.

New shrimp species named after Pink Floyd

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 23:02:06 GMT

A team of prog-loving scientists made a pact to honour their favourite band, Pink Floyd.

The village that made itself hedgehog friendly

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 09:20:41 GMT

Hedgehogs, nursed back to health in an animal sanctuary, are released in the village of Burton Fleming, East Yorkshire.

Cut-back crew for ISS launch

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:30:17 GMT

Russia scales back staff on the ISS until a long-delayed space lab is sent to the outpost in 2018.

Birth of last baby orca in captivity filmed at SeaWorld

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:43:02 GMT

Killer whale Takara was already pregnant when the end of the breeding programme was announced.

Meet the man who watches volcanoes

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:13:02 GMT

Boris Behncke lives near Mount Etna and monitors the volcano.

What's made Canada's Slims River disappear?

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:52:22 GMT

What's made this river in Canada disappear? Geoscientist Daniel Shugar explains.

Great Dunmow postbox out of action while birds nest inside

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 05:23:45 GMT

A postbox gets the stamp of approval from a pair of nesting birds.

New Zealand earthquake gives unexpected benefit

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:31:46 GMT

Raised coastline could end the threat of sea erosion for the time being.

Google Earth adds Attenborough world tours

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:06:32 GMT

The BBC's Sir David Attenborough will show people "natural treasures" within the new Google Earth.

'Fake research' comes under scrutiny

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:41:56 GMT

The scale of "fake research" in the UK appears to have been underestimated, a BBC investigation suggests.

Circular runways

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:29:14 GMT

The engineer who proposed circular runways answers critics in defence of his radical design for airports.

Restless mountains

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:31:33 GMT

European satellites will routinely map every land volcano on Earth, looking for early eruption signs.

Whale world

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:32:26 GMT

A study that attached cameras with suction cups to the backs of Antarctic whales has revealed never before seen feeding habits and social interactions.

Ancient walker

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:09:33 GMT

It's not a household name, but an ancient amphibian found in the Scottish borders fills a crucial period in the evolutionary record.

Delivery delay

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 22:45:04 GMT

See the animals born since the world's been watching for April the giraffe to give birth

Galactic garbage

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 00:10:14 GMT

Millions of pieces of human-made trash are orbiting the Earth. Some are tiny, but all pose a risk.

Farm of the future

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 23:31:00 GMT

Could edible caterpillars help fight malnutrition and food security problems in West Africa?

Shutting up shop

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 23:27:04 GMT

China begins closing down its legal ivory trade, but will consumer attitudes to prized artwork change?

Testing for 'defectives'

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:54:23 GMT

After years of protest, the University of Melbourne has removed the name of a controversial figure.

Cardboard cribs

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:29:17 GMT

What evidence is there that Finland's famous baby boxes actually reduce infant mortality rates?