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What's in a scientific name?

November 5, 2014 - 8:23pm
Scientific names offer fresh perspective on natural world
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Limb cells 'can turn into genitals'

November 5, 2014 - 12:02pm
A new study offers insights into the genetic changes that allowed land-dwelling animals to develop sex organs.
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SA charges 'rhino horn traffickers'

November 5, 2014 - 9:58am
Two Vietnamese nationals in South Africa have been charged with the illegal possession of 41kg (90lbs) of rhino horn, police tell the BBC.
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Strictly come warming: Swing time at the UN

November 5, 2014 - 5:52am
Where are we after release of final UN climate report?
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VIDEO: Volunteers save beached NZ whales

November 5, 2014 - 4:59am
Volunteers and residents in New Zealand manage to help free some pilot whales which had become beached in Ohiwa Harbour.
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Egg shape clue to bird survival

November 5, 2014 - 3:59am
The shape of birds' eggs could have helped them survive the mass extinction event that killed off the dinosaurs, new research proposes.
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Warning of 'insufficient' flood cash

November 4, 2014 - 8:44pm
Spending on flood protection in England is "insufficient" to maintain defences, the National Audit Office warns.
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VIDEO: The fake penguins aiding research

November 4, 2014 - 11:28am
Using a remote-controlled vehicle disguised as a penguin helps researchers study shy emperor penguins up close.
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Space Oddity cover back on YouTube

November 4, 2014 - 10:57am
A video of astronaut Chris Hadfield singing David Bowie's song on board the International Space Station is back online
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Comet landing site named 'Agilkia'

November 4, 2014 - 9:28am
The landing site on a comet to be targeted by a European robot next week is named "Agilkia" following a public competition.
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Spaceship pilots' actions analysed

November 4, 2014 - 3:45am
Investigators looking into the Virgin Galactic accident set up a "human performance" team to help them understand the actions of the pilots.
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VIDEO: Can a city roof be an insect haven?

November 3, 2014 - 10:51pm
Matt Shardlow from Buglife shows the BBC's Victoria Gill around a city rooftop that's been designed to attract bees.
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Science check call over badger cull

November 3, 2014 - 7:55pm
The British Ecological Society has offered to check the government's badger culling trials, amid questions about their scientific basis.
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Sea giants need urgent protection

November 3, 2014 - 7:48pm
The great predators of Britain's seas need protection from over-fishing, pollution, boat traffic and marine development, a report says.
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How robo-penguins aid research

November 3, 2014 - 7:31pm
Remote controlled cars, some disguised as penguins, help researchers to study animals without stressing them, say scientists.
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Plan for bee-friendly roads and rail

November 3, 2014 - 7:30pm
The government has made an agreement with landowners including Network Rail and the Highways Agency to restore bee-friendly habitat throughout England.
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VIDEO: David Shukman: Who discovered Ebola?

November 3, 2014 - 7:12pm
When a blue thermos flask sent from Zaire arrived at a lab in Antwerp in September 1976, no one knew that the blood samples inside would contain the worlds first glimpse of Ebola.
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Descent tool probed in Virgin crash

November 3, 2014 - 5:11pm
US officials say a descent safety device on the crashed Virgin Galactic spacecraft deployed early during Friday's fatal test flight.
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Coating makes batteries child-safe

November 3, 2014 - 3:43pm
Engineers produce child-safe batteries that could prevent thousands of injuries, because a special insulating layer makes them safe to swallow.
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Could lasers move space junk?

November 3, 2014 - 11:10am
Laser experts head an Australian space industry boom
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