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Watched chimps change their hunting habits

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:42:16 GMT

Wild chimpanzees have changed their hunting strategies in response to being watched and followed by scientists, observations suggest.

Whale body size warning for species collapses

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:29:28 GMT

The shrinking size of whales over the 20th Century could help scientists detect when wildlife populations are in trouble, a study suggests.

Pandas in Berlin: Meng Meng and Jiao Qing arrive in new home

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:25:11 GMT

Meng Meng and Jiao Qing arrive in Germany from China ahead of a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

India genome plan could boost healthcare

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:53:01 GMT

Could an effort to gather genetic data from its population of one billion people help India take the lead in advanced healthcare?

Queen's Speech: Plan aims to secure space sector

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:09:13 GMT

A government plan to protect the UK's £13.7bn space industry has been laid out in the Queen's Speech.

German-UK team maintains Galileo success

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:21:16 GMT

OHB and SSTL will make the next eight, possibly even the next 14, satellites for Europe's GPS.

Why suitcases rock and fall over - puzzle solved

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:34:14 GMT

Scientists crack the problem of why two-wheeled suitcases can rock from side-to-side and turn over.

Europe selects grand gravity mission

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:55:58 GMT

After decades in the planning, a space mission to detect gravitational waves finally gets the go-ahead.

Hawking urges Moon landing to 'elevate humanity'

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:04:24 GMT

Prof Stephen Hawking has called for leading nations to send astronauts to the Moon by the end of this decade.

Volcanoes 'triggered dawn of dinosaurs'

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:59:45 GMT

A million-year-long period of volcanic activity led to the rise of the dinosaurs, a study suggests.

How cats conquered the ancient world

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:03:04 GMT

The domestic cat is descended from wild cats that were tamed twice - in the Near East and then Egypt.

Brexit 'will enhance' UK wildlife laws - Gove

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:58:21 GMT

Any Brexit changes to the UK's wildlife laws will increase - not reduce - environmental protection, Michael Gove has pledged.

Scientists fear new EU rules may 'hide' forest carbon loss

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 01:06:55 GMT

Forestry researchers condemn attempts to change the way carbon from trees is counted in Europe.

Trump's divided desert: Wildlife at the border wall

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 00:42:35 GMT

Science reporter Victoria Gill joins researchers in Arizona to find out how President Trump's wall could affect endangered desert wildlife.

Genome pioneer John Sulston enters elite club

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 21:30:25 GMT

Sir John Sulston is elevated to the Companion of Honour in the Queen’s birthday list.

China's quantum satellite in big leap

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:17:07 GMT

Chinese scientists say their experimental Micius spacecraft paves the way for a new kind of internet.

'Little sunfish' robot to swim in to Fukushima reactor

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 04:21:18 GMT

It'll be a tough journey - previous robots sent in to the ruined nuclear reactor didn't make it back.

Dams could 'permanently damage Amazon'

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:17:35 GMT

Scientists warn that hydroelectric dams in the Amazon could have a significant impact on the environment.

Air pollution plan 'unfair' on local authorities

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:43:05 GMT

Solving air pollution is a national not a local issue, says the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

Juncker rejects US climate deal re-negotiation

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 15:00:12 GMT

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says the EU will not re-negotiate the Paris climate agreement.

Ancient bird like 'a kangaroo-sized flying turkey'

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:44:12 GMT

New details on an early megapode bird that lived alongside Australia's extinct giant marsupials.

'Bottled nature' helps ease dental pain

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:27:11 GMT

Taking a walk along a virtual-reality beach helps ease dental patients' discomfort, a study finds.

The battle for nesting sites among the birds and the bees

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:09:21 GMT

Competition for nesting sites could explain why some birds and bumblebees are declining faster than others.

Bloodhound supersonic car set for October trials

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:07:46 GMT

The Bloodhound 1,000mph car will conduct some "slow speed" runs at Newquay airport in Cornwall.

Global hotspots for alien invasions revealed

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:25:03 GMT

Great Britain is in the top 10% of areas for harbouring alien species, according to a study.

The oldest living thing on Earth

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:34:51 GMT

Mayflies live for a day, humans live a century - if we’re lucky - but what is the oldest living organism on the planet?

3D printed bionic hands trial begins in Bristol

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:38:35 GMT

The hands could become available on the NHS bringing life-changing improvements for patients.

Dogs and wolves share sense of fair play

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 08:08:03 GMT

Animals take umbrage when they feel that others are getting greater rewards than they are.

Yellowstone grizzly: Endangered or not?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:11:25 GMT

The Yellowstone grizzlies are about to be taken off the endangered species list - after they were first added more than 40 years ago.

Splish splashing spinning gorilla

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:13:19 GMT

Zola has been cooling off in his favourite blue swimming pool at Dallas Zoo.

Future of energy on show in Kazakhstan

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:55:17 GMT

Kazakhstan's Expo 2017 provides a taste of what could be the future of greener and renewable energy.

How the presence of humans can affect chimp hunting habits

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:12:55 GMT

Two chimp 'tribes' have developed different hunting habits in response to human presence.

Indian teen celebrates as Nasa sends satellite to space

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:59:33 GMT

The tiny satellite was designed by Rifath Sharrook, 18, and manufactured using a 3-D printer.

Koalas 'facing extinction' in some Australian states

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:20:06 GMT

The conservation group WWF is warning that koalas could be wiped out in some Australian states amid deforestation and increasing attacks by livestock.

'Monster' rocket 'selfie' delights India

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 04:43:33 GMT

Onboard footage from the Indian space agency's 640-tonne rocket has been widely shared on Twitter.

Beaver return 'benefits environment'

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 23:33:27 GMT

A researcher says re-introducing beavers in England would help water supplies and prevent floods.

Race to the bottom

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:00:47 GMT

The obscure and difficult to reach tracts of the seabed being claimed in the hope they contain mineral riches.

Rehydrating the bodies

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 00:56:34 GMT

Dr Alejandro Hernández Cárdenas has developed a new technique to help identify corpses.

Fiendishly complex

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 11:28:11 GMT

World Land Speed record holder Andy Green examines how the extremes of speed and acceleration will affect the airflow around the Bloodhound supersonic car.

Trading tool

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 23:26:16 GMT

The earliest known script was a tool developed to help run the economy.

Quack science

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 14:51:49 GMT

The biological trick that allows a female mandarin duck to become a male.

Big move

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 07:28:37 GMT

The permanent reoccupation of the UK's Halley station depends on how an ice crack develops.

Sky-high wi-fi

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 01:12:24 GMT

ViaSat-2 enters the record books as the most powerful commercial broadband spacecraft ever launched.

Cold revolution

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 23:01:37 GMT

Initially invented for the printing industry, the technology has transformed the way we live and work.

Poison pill

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 23:50:04 GMT

A Canadian doctor says one short letter managed to convince doctors that opioids were safe.

Not green enough

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 13:52:53 GMT

Only three countries have not signed up to the Paris agreement - but for very different reasons.

Roadkill rescue

Wed, 31 May 2017 10:37:47 GMT

One of the world's worst hotspots for roadkill in Canada is helped by a project that cuts animal deaths by almost 90%.

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.