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Pacific 'baby island' is natural lab to study Mars
A newly emerged volcanic island will help trace the Red Planet`s water history and the search for life.[click for more]
Irish DNA map reveals history's imprint
Scientists have unveiled a detailed genetic map of Ireland, revealing subtle DNA differences that may reflect historic events.[click for more]
US flood risk 'severely underestimated'
More than three times as many Americans are at risk of having their homes flooded than federal maps show.[click for more]
Mt Hope installed as 'UK's highest peak'
Scientists re-measure the tallest mountains in the Antarctic territory claimed by Britain.[click for more]
Huntington’s breakthrough may stop disease
Scientists say it could be the biggest breakthrough in neurodegenerative diseases for 50 years.[click for more]
Botanical exploits: How British plant hunters served science
Collecting in the clouds: Remembering the British plant-hunters who diced with death to discover plants[click for more]
Narwhal escape: Whales freeze and flee when frightened
Narwhals show a "costly" response to threats, raising concerns over how they will respond to increased human contact.[click for more]
US firm picks UK for weather satellites
Orbital Micro Systems` demonstration weather satellite should pave the way for a network in the sky.[click for more]
Farthest monster black hole found
Astronomers discover the most distant "supermassive" black hole known to science.[click for more]
Researchers find 'oldest ever eye' in fossil
The remains of the extinct sea creature include an early form of the eye seen in many of today`s animals.[click for more]
Google's 'superhuman' DeepMind AI claims chess crown
An algorithm developed by the DeepMind team claims victory against a world-beating AI chess program.[click for more]
Little Foot skeleton unveiled in South Africa
One of the oldest and most complete skeletons of our ancestors is unveiled in South Africa.[click for more]
UN signals 'end' of throwaway plastic
The end of the era of throwaway plastic has been signalled by UN environment ministers meeting in Kenya.[click for more]
IUCN Red List: Wild crops listed as threatened
Wild relatives of modern crops deemed crucial for food security are threatened with extinction.[click for more]
How UK's birds are being affected by a changing climate
Migratory birds are arriving in the UK earlier each spring and leaving later each autumn, a study shows.[click for more]
Hinkley Point's Cardiff Bay toxic mud claim 'alarmist'
300,000 tonnes of mud from Hinkley Point C is due to be dumped in the sea off Cardiff Bay.[click for more]
Australia's frog count: App calls on citizen scientists
Scientists hope the public will help them record the sounds of the amphibians via an app.[click for more]
Chief vet defends support of larger hen cages
On Twitter, Nigel Gibbens says the pens are a "necessary defence" against bird flu.[click for more]
The 'supermoon' celestial wonder seen across the UK
Skywatchers have enjoyed spectacular views of the Moon appearing larger and brighter in the sky.[click for more]
Gravity signals rapidly show true size of giant quakes
Researchers develop a new speedy approach to estimate the true size of very large earthquakes.[click for more]
New Sentinel satellite tracks dirty air
A UK-Dutch-built Earth observing spacecraft shows its promise with some stunning images of pollution.[click for more]
'Zero tolerance' plan eyed for plastic pollution
A plan to drastically cut plastic pollution of the oceans may be agreed at a UN summit.[click for more]
Fossilised eggs shed light on reign of pterosaurs
A collection of 200 eggs gives new insights into the development of the extinct flying reptiles.[click for more]
Unesco adds Sir Isaac Newton's papers to world register
Sir Isaac Newton`s papers and personal accounts are added to a Unesco register of globally important documents.[click for more]
Hidden history of prehistoric women's work revealed
Prehistoric women`s manual work was tougher than rowing in today`s elite boat crews, say scientists.[click for more]
'Unnatural' microbe can make proteins
A bacterium made with "unnatural" DNA assembles proteins - a key characteristic of a functioning organism.[click for more]
Trophy hunting removes 'good genes' and raises extinction risk
Hunting animals with the biggest horns, tusks or manes could lead to extinction, according to a study.[click for more]
River departed 'before Indus civilisation emergence'
One of the world`s earliest urban civilisations thrived in the absence of a big Himalayan river, a new study finds.[click for more]
RemoveDebris: Space junk mission prepares for launch
A spacecraft that will test the best methods to clean up space debris is nearing completion.[click for more]
The world's youngest island
Scientists think Hunga Tunga Hunga Ha`apai might hold clues on where to look for life on Mars.[click for more]