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Museum fossils are new dino species
  A new species of horned dinosaur is identified from fossils held in a Canadian museum for 75 years.

Your Business: Sustainability with Steve Rickerby, We Compost
  Can you tell me about We Compost? We Compost is a collection service for compostable waste. Our aim is to help our customers reduce the amount of waste they send to landfill, and we started with one bin of coffee grounds on the...

Climate fixes 'could harm billions'
  Schemes to tackle climate change could prove disastrous for billions of people, but might be required for the good of the planet, scientists say.

VIDEO: How to hack a molecular microscope
  A PhD student from Brunel University London has saved himself £100,000 by 'hacking' his own kit.

The problem with freezing stem cells
  What went wrong with stem cell cancer treatment

Stone age axe found with wood handle
  Archaeologists in Denmark have uncovered an incredibly rare find: a stone age axe held within its wooden handle.

AUDIO: Songwriters' bad science lyrics
  Blue Peter Scientist Steve Mould is given the task of looking at some of the worst offenders.

Gravity map traces ocean circulation
  Scientists use gravity data to produce what they say is the most accurate space view yet of global ocean currents and the speed at which they move.

AUDIO: Student 'hacks' £100,000 microscope
  A PhD student from Brunel University London has saved himself £100,000 by 'hacking' his own kit. Adam Lynch created his own inverted microscope by adapting a cheap instrument he bought online.

VIDEO: 15 secs: Female astronaut pioneer
  Tasks for Italy's first female astronaut

Urban farming helps feed the world
  Urban agriculture plays a much more extensive role in global food security than previously estimated, a study using satellite data suggests.

How to have an eco-friendly Christmas
  When I told some friends I was writing about an environmentally friendly silly season there was sniggering over 'tofurkey' and tie-died Christmas decorations.Despite their misgivings, I believe an eco-friendly Christmas doesn't...

Sally Hibbard: How to have an eco-friendly Christmas
  When I told some friends I was writing about an environmentally friendly silly season there was sniggering over 'tofurkey' and tie-died Christmas decorations.Despite their misgivings, I believe an eco-friendly Christmas doesn't...

Brain's dementia weak spot found
  The brain has a weak spot for Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia, according to experts who have pinpointed the region using scans.

Fire damages 750-year-old oak tree in Poland
  A suspected arson fire in southwestern Poland has damaged a 750-year-old oak tree believed to be the country's oldest.The deputy chief forest ranger in Szprotawa, Jerzy Wilanowski, said that firefighters battled the blaze for more...

Polar sub gauges sea ice thickness
  A novel autonomous sub acquires the first detailed, high-resolution 3D maps of Antarctic sea ice.

VIDEO: Volcano erupts on Cape Verde island
  A volcano has erupted on the Cape Verde island of Fogo, resulting in the evacuation of hundreds of residents and the closure of a local airport.

Dark sky status bid for South Downs
  A campaign begins to reduce light pollution in South Downs National Park and give it dark skies special status.

VIDEO: 'King of Fish' returns to UK rivers
  Successful conservation projects have reversed the decline of salmon in many UK rivers, as John Maguire reports.

Polynesia's billion dollar claim
  Overseas territory demands compensation for atom bomb tests.

VIDEO: First Italian woman arrives at ISS
  Italy's first female astronaut has arrived at the International Space Station.

NZ's Seabird of the Year named
  After three weeks of close competition, the fairy tern has won the New Zealand Seabird of the Year poll, beating out second place getter, the Fiji petrel.Forest and Bird have run the Bird of the Year poll since 2005, but this year...

Your Business: Sustainability with Rachel Brown, Sustainable Business Network
  Sustainability is a buzzword you hear often in business, but it's a topic where there can sometimes be more talk than walk.So what are some small businesses doing to make themselves more sustainable - to minimise their impact on...

Peru probes 500 sea lion deaths
  Peru's environmental police launch an investigation into the deaths of some 500 sea lions found on a northern beach.

Fish and chips 'harming' eider ducks
  Eider ducks on Northumberland's coastal areas are being harmed by people feeding them fish and chips and bread, a wildlife expert warns.

Britain left 'exposed' to more floods and heatwaves
  

The UK is dangerously "exposed" to increasingly extreme weather brought about by climate change, a leading adviser to the Government has warned.



UK weather: Britain left 'exposed' to more floods and heatwaves
  

The UK is dangerously "exposed" to increasingly extreme weather brought about by climate change, a leading adviser to the Government has warned.



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.

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