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Whale stranding death toll rises to 58 in Scotland and Ireland

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 10:46
Investigations are under way to determine why large numbers of whales are dying off Scotland and Ireland.

Japan says it's time to allow sustainable whaling

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 23:55
Japan is trying to convince the world the time has come to make commercial whaling legal again.

Large-scale wind and solar power 'could green the Sahara'

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 23:11
Huge installations of wind turbines and solar panels would boost rainfall and vegetation in desert areas.

Aeolus: Space laser starts chasing the wind

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 12:26
The British-built Aeolus satellite begins firing its laser down on Earth to map the planet's winds.

'Twitter mining' for ants, spiders and birds

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 10:52
Scientists show how searching social media messages can reveal useful data on animal behaviour.

Scholarship to counter 'unconscious bias' in physics

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 04:10
One of the UK's leading female scientists donates her £2.3m science prize to help more women, ethnic minority and refugee students to become physics researchers.

The plastic smokers leave behind

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 23:31
An activist hopes to pick up a million cigarette butts from his local beaches to draw attention to the plastic they contain.

ISS: Spacecraft hole could be 'deliberate'

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 14:05
Russian officials now say a hole in a spacecraft docked at the space station was caused by a drill.

Monster iceberg's pivot and turn

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 10:59
A year after breaking away from Antarctica, the world's biggest iceberg is finally on the move.

The tree that bleeds... metal?

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 23:12
Some species of plant have evolved to take up metals like nickel and iron, without being poisoned.

New Natural History Museum room honours Mary Anning

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 15:35
The room has been transformed in honour of pioneering palaeontologist Mary Anning.

'Farming the desert'

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 15:34
The nation is united behind drought-hit farmers, but some query the merits of "special treatment".

The life of a shark scientist

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 14:17
Marine biologist Melissa Marquez shares a dive on the Great Barrier Reef, and tips for swimming with sharks.

Brazil museum fire: Funding sought to rebuild collection

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 04:30
National Museum officials in Rio de Janeiro say almost 90% of the collection was destroyed by fire.

UN treaty would protect high seas from over exploitation

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 00:53
Over the next two years, the UN hopes to secure a treaty to protect two-thirds of the world's oceans.

What really happens to 'recycling' plastic?

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 23:19
Many Japanese people who recycle their household plastic would be shocked to know where it ends up.

Heatwave: 2018 was the joint hottest summer for UK

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 14:51
It was also the hottest summer for England since records began in 1910, the Met Office says.

Brazil's national museum hit by huge fire

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 08:33
The National Museum of Brazil, home to some 20m items spanning centuries, is devastated.

Tropical sunfish spotted in Highland waters

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 12:18
The sunfish, normally found in the tropics, was recorded off Skye and Ardnamurchan last week.

The all female anti-poaching unit protecting elephants

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 23:24
This team of women are protecting elephants in the South African bush from ivory poachers.