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Exercise 'outweighs air pollution harm'
  The health benefits of cycling and walking outweigh the negative effects of air pollution, a UK study suggests.

Crocodile eyes are built for lurking
  Scientists in Australia discover how crocodiles' eyes are adapted to lurking at the water surface to watch and wait for prey.

Sam Judd: Beware of what you wear
  As winter approaches, we need more layers to stay warm. But what are the environmental and ethical implications of the clothes we wear? I have written in the past about how terrible synthetic fibres are . Essentially, if you wear...

Embryo study shows 'life's first steps'
  Scientists have developed a technique to grow human embryos in the lab past the point they normally implant in the womb.

More robins on way to Northland park
  Another "round" of robins is planned for release at Whangarei's Bream Head Scenic Reserve next week, the culmination of a translocation programme that has been many years in the making.It will be the second release of 20 North Island...

Mobile game 'helps dementia research'
  Dementia researchers develop a video game they hope could further the development of diagnostic tests for the disease.

Tributes for Nobel Laureate Harry Kroto
  The science community pays tribute to Nobel Laureate Sir Harry Kroto, who passed away over the weekend aged 76.

Abseiling into an Antarctic chasm
  BBC Weather's Peter Gibbs visits the ice chasm threatening a British research base on the Brunt Ice Shelf.

Tim Peake: 'Science can solve problems'
  British astronaut Tim Peake says he wants his mission to the space station to change attitudes towards science.

Fat Labradors give clues to obesity
  Genes are partly to blame for some dogs getting fat, say scientists who have studied Labrador retrievers.

UK-led satellite to 'weigh' forests
  British industry is to lead the construction of the Biomass satellite which will use an innovative radar instrument to essentially weigh all the world's trees.

VIDEO: Solar Impulse lands safely in Arizona
  Solar Impulse, a plane fuelled only by the sun, has landed in the US state of Arizona after a 16-hour flight from California.

Has Cook's Australia ship been found?
  Researchers in the US believe they are a step closer to finding the Endeavour, the ship in which Captain Cook sailed to Australia in 1768.

Australia plans to kill carp with herpes
  The Australian politician who declared war on Johnny Depp's dogs has a new enemy - the European carp.

Solar Impulse reaches Arizona
  The zero-fuel aeroplane Solar Impulse starts to cross the continental USA, flying the first leg from California to Arizona.

There's a new sheriff in town in Silicon Valley - the FDA
  Helmy Eltoukhy's company is on a roll. The start-up is a leading contender in the crowded field of firms working on "liquid biopsy" tests that aim to be able to tell in a single blood draw whether a person has cancer.Venture investors...

Breast cancer genetic discovery hailed
  Scientists say they now have a near-perfect picture of the genetic events that cause breast cancer, which they hope will unlock new ways of treating the disease.

Mars rover project slips to 2020
  As expected, the European and Russian space agencies have delayed the launch of their ExoMars robot rover by two years to 2020.

DNA secrets of Ice Age Europe unlocked
  Genetic analysis unlocks the secrets of Europe's Ice Age inhabitants.

Solar Impulse heads for Phoenix
  The zero-fuel aeroplane Solar Impulse sets out to cross the continental USA, flying out of California bound for Arizona.

Gwynne Dyer: Climate tipping point could be here
  If you spend a lot of time talking to scientists about climate change, there's one word you'll hear time and time again, and yet it's hardly ever mentioned in the public discussion of climate change. The word is "non-linear".Most...

VIDEO: Helping hand for chilly owls
  Barn owls can struggle to survive in cold, wet weather and as low temperatures persist people in Yorkshire are doing their best to give the birds a helping hand as Paul Murphy reports.

VIDEO: Tim Peake drives remote Mars rover
  UK astronaut Tim Peake has performed a challenging remote control experiment on the International Space Station.

Weasel shuts down Large Hadron Collider
  The Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator in Switzerland is offline after suffering a short circuit - caused by a weasel.

Tim Peake drives remote robot on Earth
  UK astronaut Tim Peake controls a robot vehicle on Earth from the space station, simulating how humans could one day remotely command vehicles on other worlds.

Kenyan call to stamp out ivory trade
  President Kenyatta of Kenya urges action to end Africa's illegal trade in ivory as he prepares to host a summit on saving elephants from extinction.

'Sleepless slugs' on rise, say experts
  Last year's wet summer, followed by one of the warmest winters on record, has helped to create a generation of sleepless slugs, wildlife experts have warned.

VIDEO: Meet the decoys protecting tiny seabirds
  Conservationists have come up with a novel solution, using fake versions of the Little Tern, to try to attract the real ones to find suitable nesting spots.

Lizards share sleep patterns with humans
  Scientists say sleep patterns previously thought exclusive to mammals and birds are also found in lizards.

What is the most expensive object on Earth?
  A new nuclear power station in the UK will be the most expensive thing ever built on the planet. True or false?

Tim Peake to control rover from space
  UK astronaut Tim Peake is preparing to drive a robot on Earth from the space station, simulating how humans could one day remotely command vehicles on other worlds.

Japan to abandon space satellite forever
  Japan's space agency says it will abandon efforts to restore a multimillion dollar satellite sent to explore black holes, after it spun out of control.

African leaders to hold elephant summit
  African heads of state prepare to meet in Kenya to discuss how to save the continent's elephants from extinction.

'Secret of youth' in ginger gene
  Scientists say they have made a leap in knowing why some people retain their youthful looks while others age badly.

Gene therapy reverses sight loss
  A genetic therapy improves the vision of some patients who would otherwise have gone blind.

VIDEO: Gene therapy could reverse sight loss
  A pioneering new treatment is giving is new hope for those with macular degeneration, as Pallab Ghosh reports.

Sam Judd: Reducing the footprint of renewables through technology
  Earlier this month, I wrote about how awesome it was that the Brooklyn wind turbine in Wellington was getting an upgrade. If not just for the reason that renewables reduce our carbon footprint, they also reduce the impact on...

Rants & Raves: Irresponsible dog owners everywhere
  Rant Our stunning town opens its arms to visitors but our road entrances/exits are being trashed with takeaway wrappers, alcohol, coffee and soft-drink containers. I am a cyclist out there picking this up. Why can't people keep...

Alex Smith: Marine sanctuary must go ahead
  There has been a lot of heated discussion recently around the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary. So much so, it's easy to lose track of why the sanctuary is so important.The Kermadec Islands and the surrounding oceans are one of the most...

VIDEO: Rescued circus lions to fly to South Africa
  More than 30 lions which have been rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia are to be flown to a sanctuary in South Africa.

VIDEO: The world's worst nuclear disaster
  The aftermath of the Chernobyl explosion

VIDEO: 'Fat' gorilla surprises zoo with baby
  A gorilla has given birth at Prague Zoo, without keepers noticing she was pregnant.

VIDEO: When will China get to Mars?
  China is due to announce more details about a mission to Mars.

Bloodhound Diary: Planning for the roughest of rides
  What's it going to be like to drive at 1,000mph?

Is world's greenest office also smart?
  The building is high tech but are the workers on board?

China and the US progress on talks in Washington aimed at combating climate change

The US and China declared a common vision for combating climate change at a formal summit in Washington DC between their presidents, Xi Jinping and Barack Obama. The two leaders also struck a preliminary deal to outlaw cyber-espionage.

Tories undermining global fight against climate change, say leading figures

Britain’s reputation on the environment has suffered so badly under the new Conservative government that it could undermine the global fight against climate change, leading figures in the green movement have warned.

Giant 'blob' of cold water in North Atlantic bucking trend of warmer-than-normal sea surface temperatures, say scientists

A giant “blob” of cold water has appeared in the North Atlantic over the summer months, bucking the global trend of warmer-than-normal sea surface temperatures around the world, scientists said.

Arctic melting will cost the global economy £33 trillion by end of next century, scientists calculate

The melting of the Arctic permafrost and the subsequent release of carbon dioxide and methane gas into the atmosphere will alone add an extra $43 trillion (£33tn) cost of climate change to the global economy by the end of the next century, scientists have calculated.

Last month was planet Earth's hottest August for at least 135 years, according to US scientists

Last month was the hottest August ever recorded on Earth, according to US scientists.

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