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Paul Little: If we fail here, how will Earth II fare?
  Interstellar , the sci-fi blockbuster starring Matthew McConaughey as a farmer turned galactic explorer, is one of those movies that has got everyone talking. Often during the movie itself. You may as well because it's just about...

Possum blitz key to rescue of birdlife
  From his office window Mick Clout can see the outline of Hauraki Gulf islands in the hazy distance.It is an appropriate view because the thriving presence of native birds on the predator-free islands - Rangitoto, Motutapu, Tiri,...

World's biggest crane ship sets sail
  The world's largest crane ship, which is capable of lifting oil rigs, sets sail from its shipyard in Korea for Rotterdam port in the Netherlands.

Embrace the arts, engineers told
  Engineering needs to emphasise its creative side to encourage more young people to take it up as a career, says a leading member of the profession.

Space agency plans Mars rover from Lego bricks
  Space agency plans Mars mission with plastic bricks

Surrogate sushi: Japan biotech for bluefin tuna
  Of all the overfished fish in the seas, luscious, fatty bluefin tuna are among the most threatened. Marine scientist Goro Yamazaki, who is known in this seaside community as "Young Mr. Fish," is working to ensure the species survives.Yamazaki...

UN climate fund falls short of $10 billion target
  A UN fund that will help poor countries tackle climate change has fallen short, for now, of its target of collecting $10 billion, officials said.About 30 countries meeting in Berlin pledged a total of $9.3 billion toward the Green...

NOAA: Globe sets 5th hottest-month record of 2014
  Despite a bitter US cold snap, the globe is rushing hell-bent toward its warmest year on record with last month setting the fifth monthly heat record of the year.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced...

VIDEO: Energy giant unveils shale gas plan
  Chemicals giant Ineos announces plans to invest up to £640m in shale gas exploration in the UK, in a bid to become the country's leading fracking firm.

Peter Bromhead: Cursing at weeds will only help them
  When Prince Charles admitted in 1986 that he enthusiastically talked to his garden plants, this was perceived by British media as just another example of dotty eccentricity expected from someone whose family lineage had been subjected...

Russia tests 'satellite catcher'
  Russia may be testing a satellite capable of chasing down and inspecting other orbiting spacecraft, experts say.

VIDEO: Ineos to invest £640m in shale gas
  The chemicals giant Ineos is expected to announce plans to invest more than £6m in UK shale gas production.

VIDEO: Green Climate Fund cash pledge
  Thirty nations meeting in Berlin have pledged $9.3bn (£6bn) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for climate change.

Is it OK to leave objects on the Moon?
  Is it OK to leave objects on the Moon?

Climate fund receives $9.3bn pledge
  Thirty nations meeting in Berlin have pledged $9.3bn (£6bn) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for climate change.

Rich countries to meet on Green Fund
  Representatives from the world's richest countries are meeting in Berlin to pledge money to smooth the way for a global climate change deal.

VIDEO: HIV now and then: 1982 vs 2014
  How 30 years has changed living with the virus

UN: World isn't close to preventing dangerous global warming
  The world still isn't close to preventing what leaders call a dangerous level of man-made warming, a new United Nations report says. That's despite some nations' recent pledges to cut back on carbon dioxide emissions.The report...

Sam Judd: Nature enter me
  It seems that New Zealanders and foreigners alike consider that we are lucky in this land of ours. People who live in high-rise apartments in dense cities like Hong Kong flock to our shores to get close to nature. This week I had...

Planning law change 'catastrophic'
  Proposed changes to planning policy would be "catastrophic" for rural areas, rural housing and planning authorities warn.

Simon Terry: Pressure mounting on NZ to deliver real emission reduction
  After many years focused on creative accounting, New Zealand is facing pressure to deliver emission reduction results.Things are different partly because the two biggest carbon polluters, the US and China, last week pledged to do...

Geckos inspire 'Spider-Man' gloves
  The way geckos climb has inspired a device that allowed a 70kg man to scale a glass wall like Spider-Man.

Court puts more heat on diesels
  The government comes under renewed pressure to cut pollution from diesel vehicles following the latest ruling in a battle over clean air.

VIDEO: Tackling Taiwan's animal smugglers
  Taiwanese authorities face a growing challenge to stop a wide and bold network of animal smugglers who have been tapping into the island's rich reserves to profit from China's huge appetite for wild animals.

VIDEO: Fines plan over Japanese Knotweed
  Failing to control the spread of Japanese Knotweed could result in an anti-social behaviour order and a fine of up to £2500.

Brian Cox creates pioneering 3D show
  TV physicist Brian Cox and the visual effects team behind Gravity are to create a new 3D live show using a cutting-edge augmented reality system.

VIDEO: 'We're going back to origins of life'
  The Philae lander has detected organic molecules on the surface of its comet, scientists have confirmed.

Sun boosts UK lightning strikes
  The number of lightning strikes across the UK has been significantly affected by solar activity, according to new research.

UK 'to lead moon landing in 10 years'
  A British-led consortium outlines its plans to land a robotic probe, paid for by public donations, on the Moon in 10 years' time.

VIDEO: A timelapse tour of UK airspace
  A timelapse video showing thousands of planes coming in and out of the UK has been released by National Air Traffic Services.

Polar bears lose about 40pc of their population in the Arctic
  Polar bears in the Arctic suffered sharp declines in the first decade of this century, losing about 40 per cent of their population, according to US and Canadian scientists.The worst years for polar bears in the southern Beaufort...

Giant robot trucks rise in Australia
  Huge robots slog it out in Australia's outback

Organic molecules detected on comet
  The Philae lander has detected organic molecules on the surface of its comet, scientists have confirmed.

Europe signs on to Orion venture
  The European Space Agency and Airbus sign a contract that will see the aerospace giant build the "back end" of America's new manned spaceship.

Culling to begin at bird flu farm
  A cull of 6,000 ducks is due to start following a confirmed case of bird flu at a breeding farm in East Yorkshire.

The self-publicist whose medical text books caused a stir
  A strangely accurate book of anatomy from 1543

Paul Rincon: Where next for Philae mission?
  What are the next steps in comet landing mission?

Wildlife crime wanted list released
  The public are being asked to provide information on the locations of nine fugitives suspected of serious environmental crimes.

Bird flu case at Yorkshire duck farm
  Officials confirm a case of bird flu at a duck breeding farm in East Yorkshire, but say the risk to public health is very low.

Camera sees Philae's hairy landing
  High-resolution pictures have now been released of the Philae probe around the time of landing on Comet 67P last Wednesday.

David Hockney is pro fracking: 'We can go on and on about oil, but if there wasn't any, what would happen?'

David Hockney, one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century, has lent his support to fracking, because he believes it is too difficult to stop the controversial method of extracting fossil fuels for energy now the UK has started it.

'Skunk power' fires fusion confusion
  Can nuclear fusion become a reality within 10 years?

One kiss 'shares 80 million bugs'
  A small study by Dutch scientists suggests a single 10-second kiss can transfer as many as 80 million bacteria.

G20 summit: David Cameron pledges UK will ‘play its part’ in backing climate fund to help developing countries tackle emissions

The UK is to pour hundreds of millions of pounds into a United Nations-backed fund designed to help developing countries tackle greenhouse gas emissions.

Pictures show comet probe 'bounce'
  Images of the Philae probe moments after its initial touchdown on comet 67P have been published by the European Space Agency.

Pressure on Abbott to shift anti-green stance
  Environmentalist protesters may be mocking him by sticking their heads in the sand of Bondi Beach, but it's going to be tough for Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott-leader of perhaps the world's least green government-to ignore...

Why those charges for plastic bags actually work
  In cities like Washington, you know the drill: After bagging your groceries, the checkout machine asks you how many bags you used. And if you used plastic or disposable bags (rather than bags you brought on your own), you have to...

Chris Lintott: Elation and woe of comet landing
  Dr Chris Lintott's take on ups and downs of comet landing

AUDIO: European science 'at a peak'
  Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith and Dr Jean-Claude Worms debate the reasons behind the success of scientific work in Europe.

Hopes rise beavers could stay free
  Campaigners hope beavers living on an English river could be allowed to remain in the wild if free of disease.

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