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VIDEO: How an ancient parasite was frozen in time
  Professor David Siveter from the University of Leicester explains how a 425 million year-old parasite was frozen in time at a site in Herefordshire.

VIDEO: Dog evolution 'earlier than thought'
  Dogs may have been domesticated much earlier than previously though, Swedish researchers suggest.

Ancient parasite 'frozen in time'
  Researchers discover the 425-million-year-old remains of a new species of parasite - still clamped to the host animal it invaded.

Ocean's 'tiniest organisms' revealed
  Thousands of species of the ocean's tiniest organisms are revealed in a series of studies.

Antarctic in 'dramatic' ice loss
  Satellites have recorded a big sudden change in the behaviour of glaciers on the Antarctica Peninsula, according to a UK-based team.

'Campbell Island full of ghosts'
  Unlikely as it may sound, uninhabited Campbell Island is said to be home for numerous spirits.That's according to stories gathered by Aucklander Norm Judd, who has visited the island nine times since 1975, and taken a keen interest...

Rare privilege to work on Campbell Island
  Campbell island is usually cold, wet and windy, throwing classic exposure weather at you for days on end. That's the assessment of Campbell's most experienced "old hand", Mark Crompton, 67, of Hokitika.Over Queens Birthday Weekend,...

California probes oil spill cause
  Clean-up crews are working around the clock as investigators look into how tens of thousands of gallons of oil spewed into the sea off Santa Barbara.

Glaciers in part of Antarctic thought to be stable suddenly melting at a massive rate, say scientists
  

A sudden and massive melting of glaciers in a part of the Antarctic that was thought to be relatively stable has been detected by satellites monitoring the polar ice sheet, scientists have said.



Budget 2015: Support for kiwi welcomed
  A $11.2 million bag of rescue money for our critically endangered national bird has been welcomed by environmental groups.But they warn next year's Budget will need a bigger pot for conservation to help turn around continuing species...

DNA hints at earlier dog evolution
  Swedish researchers say that dogs may have been domesticated much earlier than some studies suggest.

Bronze Age Danish girl 'German-born'
  New research reveals that a girl buried 3,400 years ago in Denmark who became one of the country's best-known Bronze Age relics was probably born in Germany.

Romania acts to save forests from saw
  Romania gripped by tensions over illegal logging

LHC smashes collision energy record
  The Large Hadron Collider is smashing protons at the highest energy ever attempted - but they are only test collisions, as the LHC continues to gear up its second run.

Budget 2015: $50m more for Whanau Ora programme
  The Budget has allocated a further $50 million injection into the Whanau Ora social services programme despite the Auditor-General raising red flags about spending and the way the programme was run.Maori Development Minister Te...

Budget 2015: Kiwi bird threat boosts conservation funding
  A warning about the potential extinction of New Zealand's national bird has prompted Government to boost funding to conservation efforts.Just over $11 million has been allocated in today's Budget into into arresting the decline...

The miracle of the 20-week strawberry season
  The UK strawberry industry is expected to smash its sales record this year by £50m.

El Nino could 'disrupt food markets'
  The El Nino event predicted for later this year has the potential to increase food prices, say climate scientists.

Plastic consumption a reason behind port expansion?
  Many people are up in arms about the port expansion in Auckland. The main reasons stated for why we need this are so that we can receive cruise ships and expand our exports: economic growth.My problem is that we don't seem to be...

Phillip Mills and Barry Coates: Stakes too high to stay silent on climate change
  High drama and intrigue are not normally associated with important meetings of Heads of State, but the Climate Summit in Copenhagen five years ago had it all - intrigue, confrontations between world leaders and last-minute rescue...

Oldest tools pre-date first humans
  Stones tools that are 3.3 million years old have been unearthed pre-dating the earliest-known humans in the Homo genus.

Engineering prize names shortlist
  Three firms working in very different fields make the 2015 shortlist for the MacRobert Award, the UK's longest-running engineering prize.

Boiling ourselves to death: Temperatures on Earth hit another record high, here’s the projected effect on humans
  

The last 12-month period has seen the highest global temperatures on the planet, according to figures from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and, even though we’re barely halfway through, it’s clear that 2015 is set to be record breaking year.



Advanced gravity hunt is green lit
  Scientists hold a dedication ceremony to inaugurate the Advanced Ligo facilities, which will be trying to detect

UK among worst in wildlife league
  The UK is among the worst countries in the EU for protecting its wildlife habitats, says an official report.

Dolphin TV show suspends filming
  Animal protection groups and marine scientists say they have successfully suspended the recording of a TV series called "Dolphins with the Stars".

Organic farming 'benefits biodiversity'
  Organic farms act as a refuge for wild plants, offsetting the loss of biodiversity on conventional farms, a study suggests.

VIDEO: Inuit challenge to EU seal ban
  The Inuit people of Greenland are challenging an EU ban on seal hunting and the trade in seal meat and skins, arguing it has "crashed" the Inuits' economy.

Whales told apart 'by their voices'
  US researchers say that they can distinguish individual right whales based on the sound of their vocalisations.

Bloodhound gets tough underbelly
  A titanium floor will protect the Bloodhound supersonic car from a maelstrom of grit when it tries to break the land speed record later this year.

Study helps ash mapping for flights
  New discoveries about ash clouds could help predict where planes can safely fly following volcanic eruptions, Edinburgh researchers find.

Pi and a pint of science experiments
  UK scientists take science lectures to the pub in the Pint of Science festival in 12 cities across the country.

VIDEO: New ways to grow food in space
  A project is being launched which will see thousands of school children experiment on seeds that have spent six months on the International Space Station.

The decline of the British front garden
  Is the British front garden disappearing?

'Home-brewed morphine' made possible
  Scientists have figured out how to brew morphine using the same kit used to make beer at home.

Tim Peake launches space seeds test
  British astronaut Tim Peake invites school children to help him in an experiment to learn more about how to grow food in space.

Tim Peake launches space food test
  British astronaut Tim Peake invites school children to help him in an experiment to learn more about how to grow food in space.

Ancient stories record natural world
  How Aboriginal legend is informing science

'Cyber-archaeology' salvages lost Iraqi art
  Digital archaeology rescues lost Iraqi art

The Quiet Zone: Where mobile phones are banned
  Where mobile phones are banned for 13,000 square miles

Citizen science project goes UK-wide
  Open Air Laboratories (Opal), the citizen science network, is expanded and will now includes projects in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Proton failure to delay Inmarsat
  The roll-out of Inmarsat's Global Xpress network, the UK's biggest commercial space venture, is facing several months of delay because of a Russian rocket failure.

World in crisis: Sobering photos of mankind's destruction of the planet
  Global warming isn't the only thing to worry about. Overpopulation, pollution, poaching and mining are just a few of mankind's other harms that are leaving the Earth scorched and ruined.However, the devastating effects of the digital...

Unilever boss urges carbon reduction
  The chief executive of Unilever, Paul Polman, urges governments to set clear targets to force low-carbon innovation.

Seattle's 'kayaktavists' protest against plans by Royal Dutch Shell to drill for oil in the Arctic and warn of 'ecological catastrophe'
  

The first drilling rig was met by a flotilla. On kayaks and other improvised rafts, hundreds of protesters took to the waters of Elliot Bay to oppose Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic.



March of the Penguins director to close Cannes with climate change film Ice and the Sky
  

March Of The Penguins enraptured audiences worldwide and won its French director an Oscar. Now, Luc Jacquet is back with another film set in Antarctica – one that promises to have a very different impact on cinema-goers, even if it does still feature some penguins.



Lake holds key climate data
  One of New Zealand's most spectacular tourist destinations could also provide a key to better understanding the large-scale changes in store for the planet.A team of scientists is preparing for a major drilling project at Lake Ohau...

Seattle in Arctic drilling protest
  Hundreds of people in kayaks and small boats stage a protest in the north-western US port of Seattle against Arctic oil drilling by Shell.

Anti-Arctic drilling activists hold 'Shell No' protest
  Hundreds of activists decked out in neoprene wetsuits and life jackets took to the waters of Elliott Bay on Saturday in kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and other vessels to send the message that Royal Dutch Shell should cancel its plan...

Trapping humidity out of fog in Chile
  The netting capturing water in Chile's desert

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