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Rice and palm oil risk to mangroves

January 3, 2016 - 7:13pm
The threat posed by the development of rice and palm oil plantations to mangroves in South-East Asia has been underestimated, a study suggests.
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Ascension Island to be marine reserve

January 3, 2016 - 1:21am
The government is to create a marine reserve almost as big as the UK in the Atlantic waters of Ascension Island.
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VIDEO: Goat and tiger's unlikely friendship

January 2, 2016 - 6:06pm
A goat and tiger live in the same enclosure at a Russian safari park but how long can it last?
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Advance 'can help find other worlds'

January 1, 2016 - 6:18pm
The pull of gravity on a distant star can now be measured more accurately, shedding light on other worlds, say astronomers.
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Seal pup drop 'good news' for reserve

January 1, 2016 - 9:04am
The number of pups born at England's largest seal colony drops for the first time after nine years of rapid growth.
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'Sewing' with molten glass and maths

January 1, 2016 - 5:49am
US researchers design a "molten glass sewing machine" by combining 3D printing of glass with a mathematical model of the looping liquid threads.
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VIDEO: Tim Peake's New Year space message

December 31, 2015 - 6:04pm
British astronaut Tim Peake delivers a New Year message from the International Space Station.
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Mild, wet December sets weather records

December 31, 2015 - 6:32am
Long-standing weather records have been smashed by a stormy, yet warm December, the Met Office's early figures suggest.
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VIDEO: Extinction warning for Africa's rhinos

December 31, 2015 - 12:42am
Africa's rhino population could face extinction within 10 years, animal welfare experts warn.
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Unearthing Roman 'nerve centre' in Spain

December 30, 2015 - 8:43pm
Unearthing a Roman 'nerve centre' in Spain
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Ebola staff given New Year honours

December 30, 2015 - 4:38pm
Doctors and nurses involved in the fight against the world's worst outbreak of Ebola have been recognised in the New Year Honours list.
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El Nino 'could be as bad as 1998'

December 30, 2015 - 10:46am
Nasa warns that the effects of the current El Nino weather phenomenon could be as bad as that of 1998, the strongest on record.
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VIDEO: Is it time for more laws to govern space?

December 30, 2015 - 3:13am
Clive Coleman investigates the statutes that have their origins in the Cold War space race.
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Worries grow over 'strongest El Nino'

December 30, 2015 - 1:42am
Ten of millions of people will face hunger, water shortages and disease in 2016 as the impacts of a powerful El Nino linger into 2016.
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A science preview of the year 2016

December 29, 2015 - 8:13pm
The possibilities exciting our science team in the coming year
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What happened to the UK's moon dust?

December 29, 2015 - 8:05pm
Files released by the National Archives shed light on how prime ministers viewed an official souvenir of moon dust that was given to the country by the US.
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Should we solar panel the Sahara?

December 29, 2015 - 6:44pm
Should we cover the Sahara desert with solar panels?
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Cartilage grown to rebuild body parts

December 29, 2015 - 7:15am
Patients needing surgery to reconstruct body parts such as noses and ears could soon be able to have treatment using cartilage which has been grown in a lab.
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Ebola outbreak declared over in Guinea

December 29, 2015 - 6:52am
The World Health Organization (WHO) declares the end of the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, two years after the epidemic began there.
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Rare 'corpse flower' blooms in Australia

December 28, 2015 - 7:12pm
A 2m-tall flower, known for its pungent odour which has been likened to rotting flesh, blooms in South Australia's Mount Lofty Botanic Garden.
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