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VIDEO: The deadly 'red tide' killing sea life

May 10, 2016 - 11:53am
Chile's southern coast has been hit by the biggest ever "red tide" in history. It's caused by toxic algae which is killing sea life and damaging the local fishing economy.
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More than 100 Earth-sized planets found

May 10, 2016 - 11:28am
Nasa announces the discovery of more than 100 Earth-sized planets orbiting alien stars.
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Rising seas swallow Pacific islands

May 10, 2016 - 9:08am
Five Pacific islands have disappeared as a result of rising sea levels in a first confirmation of the impact of climate change on coastlines, scientists say.
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Sentinel's first sea-surface height map

May 10, 2016 - 4:39am
The EU's Sentinel-3a satellite offers a peek at what will be one of its most fundamental products - a map of sea surface height anomalies.
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Trade routes written in camel DNA

May 10, 2016 - 4:29am
Cross-continental study reveals how camels' genetic diversity is shaped by ancient trade routes.
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VIDEO: Scientists: 21% of plants risk extinction

May 9, 2016 - 11:36pm
Scientists have published their first global assessment of the state of the world's plants.
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New tally for total number of plants

May 9, 2016 - 5:31pm
A new report looking at the state of the world's plants estimates that 390,900 species are known to science.
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VIDEO: Rare images of Mercury passing Sun

May 9, 2016 - 2:33pm
Nasa images capture Mercury transit the Sun, one of the few times it will do so this century.
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Mercury completes journey across Sun

May 9, 2016 - 12:44pm
The Solar System's smallest planet has made one of its irregular passes between the Earth and Sun.
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VIDEO: How daughter's DNA led to murderer

May 9, 2016 - 11:55am
A man who sexually assaulted and stabbed a girl 32 years ago has been given a life sentence for her murder.
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Rover mission in 'last chance saloon'

May 9, 2016 - 10:08am
Europe's rover mission to Mars is "drinking in the last chance saloon", warns the European Space Agency's director general, who says the project cannot have an open-ended schedule or budget.
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Youthful 'second skin' to hide wrinkles

May 9, 2016 - 9:13am
Scientists say they have developed an invisible elastic film that can be applied to the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and eye bags.
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Who is the 'Ivory Queen'?

May 9, 2016 - 2:13am
The woman accused of leading one of Africa's biggest smuggling rings
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Island holds red squirrel leprosy study

May 8, 2016 - 5:22pm
A study to find out how a form of leprosy is affecting the UK's threatened red squirrels is to be carried out on Dorset's Brownsea Island.
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The cave divers who went back for their friends

May 8, 2016 - 5:00pm
The cave divers who went back for their dead friends
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Crowds flock to car-free Champs Elysees

May 8, 2016 - 11:42am
Thousands of people have take advantage of a move by the authorities in Paris to close the famous Champs Elysees thoroughfare to traffic.
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Tributes paid to Attenborough at 90

May 8, 2016 - 9:24am
Tributes are paid to renowned naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough as he turns 90.
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Tourists asked to fight wildlife trade

May 7, 2016 - 5:33pm
Conservationists have launched a global campaign asking the public to use a smartphone app to help tackle the illegal trade in wildlife.
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Fossils shed light on 'bizarre' reptile

May 6, 2016 - 5:05pm
Scientists say new fossils found in China are of a crocodile-like creature that was the first known plant-eating marine reptile.
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Global sleeping patterns revealed

May 6, 2016 - 5:02pm
The world's sleeping patterns have been revealed by scientists analysing data collected from an app.
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