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Jellyfish set for record numbers
  Wales is hailed as a jellyfish "hotspot" by researchers who say they could hit record numbers this summer.

Three person IVF plans 'progress'
  A public review into the three person IVF technique has been broadly supportive, says the Department of Health.

New alien world has longest year
  Astronomers in the US have discovered a distant world with the longest year of any planet outside our Solar System.

Kepler sees world with distant orbit
  The Kepler Space Telescope has spotted a distant world with the longest year of any planet in the mission's inventory.

AUDIO: Warm weather boosts slug numbers
  There has been an increase in the number of slugs in Britain's gardens due to the warm and damp weather.

VIDEO: Scientists survey jellyfish after boom
  More and more jellyfish are being spotted on the UK's coastline during the summer months, and now scientists have decided to try and find out why.

Earth experiences hottest June on record
  Last month was the hottest June since record-keeping began in 1880 , according to a monthly report by US government climate scientists.The combined average tem

Beef the most costly protein for environment - study
  Beef is by far the most costly protein when it comes to the environmental damage wreaked by feeding and raising cattle, according to a new study.Beef requires 28 times more land than the average total needed to produce either dairy,...

Sam Judd: Help! We (all) need somebody
  I can tell you from experience - it is very hard to find the money necessary to have a big impact on environmental challenges. Although we still have a very long way to go at Sustainable Co

Beef's greater environment burden
  A new study says the production of beef is around 10 times more damaging to the environment than any other form of livestock.

VIDEO: Drones homing in on wildlife poachers
  Civilian drones are being tested across Africa's game reserves in a hi-tech battle with poachers threatening the continent's wildlife tourism industry.

Seals 'feed' at offshore wind farms
  Some seals prefer to forage for food at offshore wind farms, UK study suggests.

Sea turtle migrates 2,472 miles
  A green sea turtle migrated a staggering 3,979 km (2,472 miles) in a year, according to Swansea University researchers.

Secret of sandstone shapes revealed
  Geologists discover that the stress applied by gravity is what controls the shape of dramatic sandstone landmarks.

The beaches where Lego keeps washing up
  The beaches where Lego keeps washing up

Climate change shuttle diplomacy
  UK Climate Secretary travels world in hope of paving way for emissions deal

Two bee swarms hit town in one day
  A Powys councillor tells how she photographed two swarms of bees in Newtown on the same day.

VIDEO: Loris success in Sri Lanka
  The Loris, one of world's smallest primates is under threat through loss of habitat. Naturalist Chaminda Jayasekara runs a conservation site to protect the animals.

VIDEO: Troubled Glasgow tower reopens
  The Glasgow Science Centre tower has reopened to the public after being closed for almost four years.

Aids researchers on crashed plane
  At least six passengers on the Malaysia Airlines plane were heading to a major international Aids conference in Australia.

'Shoved' sea eagle chick flies nest
  A sea eagle chick, featured on BBC Springwatch, which was seen being pushed out of the nest by an intruder eagle successfully flies the nest.

Former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson to deliver keynote speech at climate-sceptic organisation's lecture

Owen Paterson, who was sacked as Environment Secretary in this week’s Cabinet reshuffle, is preparing to speak publicly of his doubts that climate change is man-made.

Boom in satellite ship tracking
  The demand for ship identification and tracking data acquired by satellites is growing rapidly.

EC 'confident' in brain project
  The European Commission has responded to criticism of its billion-euro Human Brain Project, declaring confidence that objections will be satisfied.

AUDIO: How to count butterflies for science
  Sir David Attenborough has urged the public to look for butterflies as part of the Big Butterfly Count

Software can decode bird songs
  Scientists have developed a highly advanced bird song decoder, which can automatically identify the call of a vast variety of birds.

Public asked to count UK butterflies
  Conservationists call on the public to help survey the state of Britain's countryside by counting butterflies.

VIDEO: Rare blue butterflies given fresh hope
  One of Britain's rarest butterflies is given a new home

The virus detective who discovered Ebola
  The young medic who discovered the deadly Ebola bug

VIDEO: The whalebone sculptor
  The man making art from the bones of ocean giants

Scientists develop robotic fingers
  A group of MIT scientists announces the development of supplementary fingers controlled by sensors attached to the human hand.

Australia takes first U-turn on climate as it scraps pollution levy
  Australia's decision to repeal its levy limiting fossil-fuel pollution makes it the first nation to turn back from a market approach to fighting global warming.Prime Minister Tony Abbott's government won final approval from Parliament...

Australia scraps carbon tax: Tony Abbott makes his country a ‘global pariah’ after legislation is passed by Senate

Unprecedented heatwaves, along with worsening bushfires, storms and droughts, already bear witness to climate change in Australia. Yet the country now has no strategy to cut fossil fuel emissions, after Tony Abbott’s government scrapped carbon pricing.

UK space shot's tribute to Newton
  British astronaut Tim Peake has picked "Principia" to be the name of his mission into space next year.

Rosetta heads for 'space duck'
  Europe's mission to land on a comet was always going to be difficult, but the pictures released this week of the giant ice ball illustrate just how daunting the task will be.

Rare butterfly found in East Anglia
  A butterfly which was last seen in England more than 60 years ago is spotted on a nature reserve in Suffolk.

Obama: Climate change a direct threat to US cities
  Harsher storms, worsening flooding and rising seas threaten the public's safety and health across the country, President Barack Obama warned Wednesday as he urged local communities to prepare for the effects of climate change.Joined...

Australia votes to repeal carbon tax
  Australia's Senate votes to repeal the so-called carbon tax, a levy on the biggest polluters brought in by the Labor Party.

'Biological pacemaker' tested in lab
  Grow-your-own pacemakers are a step closer to reality, after pioneering experiments in pigs.

Pushing frontiers of deep sea exploration
  Ocean exploration is going further than ever

Diamond crushed to Saturn's extremes
  Diamond, nature's hardest material, has been crushed to record extremes using the "world's biggest laser".

Night vision fighter helmet unveiled
  A new helmet that allows pilots to see in the dark via an integrated night vision camera is unveiled at the Farnborough Airshow.

Hawking: 'I support Assisted Dying'
  The scientist Prof Stephen Hawking has said he supports a Bill to legalise assisted dying, ahead of a debate in the House of Lords.

Stand-off in brain project debate
  After leaders of the billion-euro Human Brain Project hit back at critics, six top neuroscientists have expressed "dismay" at their public response.

Aids can be 'under control by 2030'
  The Aids epidemic can be brought under control by 2030, according to a report by the United Nations Aids agency.

Clark promises continuity on science
  New science minister Greg Clark says his brief is to continue the "excellent work" of his predecessor David Willetts.

Twitchers flock to glimpse rare bird
  Hundreds of bird-watchers flock to the Norfolk coast in the hope of catching a rare glimpse of a migratory great knot in British waters.

End to Aids by 2030 'is possible'
  The Aids epidemic can be brought under control by 2030, according to a report by the United Nations Aids agency.

VIDEO: Westwood: No mandate for fracking
  Nearly half of the British people do not know what fracking is, says Vivienne Westwood in a personal film

55 dead sharks on beach 'horrific'
  A marine biologist says the "horrific" sight of 55 sharks washed up on a Gower beach may be the result of trawling.

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