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Expedition seeks Atlantis microbes

October 22, 2015 - 11:31am
Monday will see an international team of scientists set sail for the mid-Atlantic on a quest to sample microorganisms living deep in the ocean floor.
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EU 'ineffective' on illegal logging

October 22, 2015 - 10:46am
EU aid aimed at curbing the illegal timber trade was poorly managed, say auditors, who are urging better targeting and monitoring.
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UK animal experiment count 'falls'

October 22, 2015 - 10:31am
The Home Office's annual statistics show a 6% drop in animal experiments in the UK - but the office has changed the way it collects these figures.
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What is climate change?

October 22, 2015 - 8:38am
What do we - and don't we - know?
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Dead arms test role of clenched fist

October 22, 2015 - 6:26am
US scientists perform a macabre set of experiments to bolster their controversial argument that fist fights shaped the human hand.
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VIDEO: New giant tortoise species discovered

October 22, 2015 - 12:25am
Scientists say a new species of giant tortoise has been discovered on the Galapagos Islands off Ecuador.
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Crocs sleep with one eye watching

October 21, 2015 - 11:07pm
A new study adds crocodiles to the list of animals that apparently sleep with one brain hemisphere at a time.
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New species of giant tortoise found

October 21, 2015 - 10:56pm
Scientists say they have identified a new species of giant tortoise on the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific.
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Dutch university wins solar car race

October 21, 2015 - 10:16pm
A team from Delft University in the Netherlands has won a 3,000km (1,800 mile) solar car race in the Australian outback.
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Permafrost warming 'is accelerating'

October 21, 2015 - 8:41pm
A leading expert tells the BBC that rapid rates of warming will see permafrost in parts of Alaska start to thaw by 2070.
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VIDEO: Inside the permafrost 'time tunnel'

October 21, 2015 - 5:16pm
Environment correspondent Matt McGrath explores a US Army tunnel through permafrost in Alaska.
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Low carbon electricity 'better than gas'

October 21, 2015 - 5:02pm
Low-carbon electricity, not gas, is the cheapest way to keep lights on and meet carbon targets, says the government's climate advisory panel.
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Cuba launches shark protection plan

October 21, 2015 - 4:40pm
The Cuban government, working with a US environmental group, announces a long-term plan to protect shark populations swimming in its waters.
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ExoMars preference is for Oxia Planum

October 21, 2015 - 2:28pm
The robot rover that Europe is building to send to Mars is likely to be targeted at an equatorial region known as Oxia Planum.
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Hinkley Point nuclear agreement reached

October 21, 2015 - 10:34am
EDF Energy reaches an agreement with China's CGN for a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset.
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VIDEO: Mapping UK coast for industrial damage

October 21, 2015 - 2:54am
Volunteers have mapped the UK coastline to identify the damage by industrial development.
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VIDEO: What will the future really look like?

October 20, 2015 - 5:19pm
At MIT's Media Lab, scientists are working to discover the fabrics and material that will influence the future.
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VIDEO: Could IVF save rare British breeds?

October 20, 2015 - 5:04pm
A foal born as a result of IVF could be the first in a new lifeline for rare, traditional British breeds that are on the verge of disappearing.
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Africa fear for deadly malaria strain

October 20, 2015 - 9:04am
A drug-resistant malaria parasite that is spreading across South East Asia can also infect different mosquito species in Africa, laboratory experiments show.
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Snake's belly slides on fatty film

October 20, 2015 - 8:09am
Scientists discover a layer of very well-organised fat molecules on the belly scales of snakes, which reduce friction and could be the key to safe slithering.
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