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Lean-burn physiology gives Sherpas peak-performance

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:32:32 GMT

Nepalese mountain guides have a physiology that uses oxygen more efficiently than lowlanders.

Frozen 'space sperm' passes fertility test

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:23:23 GMT

Viable mouse sperm stored in space gives hope for sperm banks on the Moon, a Japanese team says.

Brexit barriers 'would harm science', say universities

Mon, 22 May 2017 01:47:11 GMT

Make science and research a priority in Brexit talks, says Russell Group.

Tax plastic drinking straws, firm says

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:11:48 GMT

A waste disposal firm claims that plastic drinking straws are "the ultimate in human wastefulness".

Mount Everest's famous Hillary Step destroyed, mountaineers confirm

Sun, 21 May 2017 16:33:50 GMT

The world's highest mountain poses new hazards after the collapse of a key rocky outcrop.

All three chicks at Cairngorms osprey nest die

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:23:46 GMT

The nest in the Cairngorms in which three osprey chicks had hatched now appears to have been abandoned.

Norway to boost protection of Arctic seed vault from climate change

Sat, 20 May 2017 15:20:22 GMT

Measures are announced after water enters a frozen facility guarding the world's key crop seeds.

China claims breakthrough in mining 'flammable ice'

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:27:31 GMT

The vast reserves of methane hydrates under the bottom of the sea could be key to future energy needs.

UN looks to protect birds from green energy threats

Fri, 19 May 2017 10:25:09 GMT

Shutting down wind farms when birds pass over is one of the methods being tested to save migrating species.

Nasa seeks experiment ideas for Europa lander

Thu, 18 May 2017 14:58:18 GMT

Nasa is seeking the best ideas for experiments to fly on a mission that will land on Jupiter's moon Europa.

Greece battles locust plague on Agios Efstratios island

Fri, 19 May 2017 14:51:04 GMT

Locals say sheep on Agios Efstratios are starving as so much plant life is being devoured by swarms.

Recycling body criticises Pringles and Lucozade packaging

Fri, 19 May 2017 11:29:06 GMT

The packaging for Pringles and Lucozade Sport are among the most difficult to recycle, a trade body says.

Treasure trove of new plant discoveries revealed

Thu, 18 May 2017 01:50:41 GMT

Almost 2,000 plants new to science have been identified in the past year, but many are at risk.

Cities need 'hedges as well as trees' for environment

Tue, 16 May 2017 23:06:07 GMT

Scientists suggest smaller plants are better at absorbing air pollution around tall buildings.

Google DeepMind patient app legality questioned

Tue, 16 May 2017 10:58:48 GMT

A leaked letter throws doubt on the legal basis for sharing 1.6 million patient records with DeepMind.

Snail's DNA secrets unlocked in fight against river disease

Tue, 16 May 2017 17:18:30 GMT

Scientists have decoded the genome of a snail involved in the spread of a deadly parasitic disease.

Florida man tries to kiss rattlesnake; gets bitten

Wed, 17 May 2017 21:50:38 GMT

"One boy said: I'm going to kiss it in the mouth," the snake's owner said.

The moment a sea lion pulls a girl under water

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:58:49 GMT

Experts warn against getting too close to wild animals after a sea lion pulls a young girl under water.

Two dead whales at Felixstowe and Orford

Mon, 22 May 2017 12:17:44 GMT

One is up a river estuary, the other is awaiting removal from a beach.

Mesmerising lava flows from Kilauea volcano in Hawaii

Sun, 21 May 2017 15:03:59 GMT

Look but don't touch as it tumbles down the Pulama Pali slope in Hawaii.

First high-energy proton beam machine 'great for UK'

Sat, 20 May 2017 17:23:42 GMT

A key component of the UK's first high-energy proton beam machine is delivered to its new home in Newport.

Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary's first Humboldt penguin chick in decade

Sat, 20 May 2017 00:23:03 GMT

A Humboldt penguin chick has hatched at a sea life sanctuary for the first time in more than a decade.

2017 Whitley Gold Award winner: 'Fish loved me but people didn't'

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:03:49 GMT

Zafer Kizilkaya's work saved a Turkish community. His fish conservation model's now widely adopted.

Remote island has 'world's worst' plastic rubbish density

Tue, 16 May 2017 07:54:23 GMT

The uninhabited Pacific island is littered with 37.7 million pieces of plastic debris, scientists say.

Dinosaur asteroid hit 'worst possible place'

Mon, 15 May 2017 11:10:16 GMT

How different Earth's history might have been if the space rock had struck a different location.

Why does Belgium shine so brightly?

Fri, 12 May 2017 15:39:33 GMT

Tens of thousands of people marvel over shots of brightly lit Belgium taken from space.

The DNA detective

Tue, 23 May 2017 01:14:13 GMT

A man abandoned as a baby 61 years ago traced his family using a DNA detective. But what do they do?

Herd knowledge

Tue, 23 May 2017 01:16:56 GMT

As a warming climate threatens traditional food supplies in the Arctic, one rural Alaskan village is flying in hundreds of reindeer by cargo plane. James Cook went to find out why.

A creepy solution

Wed, 17 May 2017 12:17:01 GMT

What are the options for tackling antibiotic resistance?

Reproductive rebels

Sun, 21 May 2017 23:17:43 GMT

Contraception wasn’t just socially groundbreaking - it also changed the professional landscape.

Big birds

Thu, 04 May 2017 04:05:24 GMT

Super-sharp images from a US satellite are keeping track of remote bird-breeding sites.

Staying on course

Mon, 08 May 2017 13:00:46 GMT

Land Speed Record holder Andy Green describes how the Bloodhound supersonic car will drive in a straight line.

Keep out

Sat, 06 May 2017 23:36:47 GMT

The minefields laid in the Falkland Islands 35 years ago have been a blessing for penguins, which are not big enough to trigger explosions. But now the time has come for their home to be demined.

Big bang theory

Wed, 03 May 2017 23:48:43 GMT

Pioneering work that extracts information from audio of gunshots could help solve criminal cases.