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First Americans claim sparks controversy

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:22:22 GMT

A study that claims humans reached the Americas 130,000 years ago, much earlier than previously suggested, has run into controversy.

Nasa waits on Cassini radio contact from Saturn

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:22:51 GMT

The probe should have completed its first plunge in between the planet's rings and cloudtops.

Baby humpback whales 'whisper' to mums to avoid predators

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:30:56 GMT

New recordings show newborn humpback whales and mothers "whisper" to each other, to avoid predators.

'Fossil' groundwater's modern secret

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:21:09 GMT

The deepest and oldest waters on Earth are not immune from contamination, warn scientists.

Builders 'behind UK flooding risk'

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:40:04 GMT

Government rapped again for failure to tighten flood-prevention rules on new homes

Physics of throwing analysed by scientists

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:27:50 GMT

Scientists have calculated the optimal strategy for throwing something accurately, even a ball of paper.

Primitive human 'lived much more recently'

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:46:43 GMT

Homo naledi could be from just 200,000 years ago, not three million, a study suggests.

Family tree of dogs reveals secret history of canines

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:16:05 GMT

The largest family tree of dog ever assembled shows how dogs evolved into more than 150 modern breeds.

'World's oldest fungus' raises evolution questions

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:59:22 GMT

Fossils found in rock from beneath the sea may be the oldest known fungi by one to two billion years.

Premature lambs kept alive in 'plastic bag' womb

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:14:58 GMT

Scientists were able to keep premature lambs alive for a month using an artificial "plastic bag" womb.

Plastic-eating caterpillar could munch waste, scientists say

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:06:46 GMT

A caterpillar that munches on plastic bags could hold the key to tackling plastic waste, say scientists.

Brexit university ‘brain drain’ warning

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:54:45 GMT

Academic staff from EU countries should be urgently guaranteed a right to stay, say MPs.

Can plastic roads help save the planet?

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:11:20 GMT

A start-up company is persuading local councils in the UK to turn local plastic waste into roads.

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.

Government seeks clear air plan delay

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:52:46 GMT

The UK government may face legal action after seeking to delay publishing its plan to tackle air pollution until after the general election.

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.

Why does this rhino have 24-hour security?

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:25:08 GMT

Sudan is a the northern white rhino, and the last chance for the survival of his species.

Trump calls record-breaking astronaut Peggy Whitson

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:13:57 GMT

'Better you than me,' jokes US president as astronaut Peggy Whitson reveals drinking recycled urine.

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.

Munch inspired by 'screaming clouds'

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:37:14 GMT

A new theory may explain the background to one of the most famous works of art ever produced.

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.

'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.

Iceberg 'doodles'

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:42:25 GMT

Scientists publish a new atlas of the poles, detailing the sometimes strange shapes on the ocean floor.

Machine learning

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:52:29 GMT

Many people are unsure about what machine learning is, but the chances are they are using it every day.

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?