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Sea lions, scrub growth endanger island
  Remnants of human habitation on New Zealand's remote Campbell Island are at risk of being wiped out. Aucklander Norm Judd, who has visited the island nine times since 1975, said Hooker's sea lions and scrub growth could destroy...

VIDEO: Water voles fighting back in Sussex
  The number of water voles has declined by a fifth in the UK since 2011, recent figures suggest. But in one small part of Sussex, the water vole is surviving as Roger Finn reports.

Chlorine: From toxic chemical to household cleaner
  The element that makes a familiar smell when mixed with urine

SpaceX launches station cargo flight
  US company SpaceX launches its latest re-supply mission to the International Space Station, sending up a Dragon freighter to rendezvous with the orbiting platform on Sunday.

Female cave insects have 'penises'
  Female insects with 'penises' have been discovered in Brazil - the first example of an animal with sex-reversed genitalia.

VIDEO: 'Most Earth-like planet yet' found
  A planet that is close in size to the Earth and that could hold water on its surface has been identified by the Kepler telescope.

Ancient life 'frozen' by space impact
  Ancient grasses from the Pampas of Argentina were perfectly preserved when asteroids struck there millions of years ago, scientists report.

Ancient life 'frozen' by impacts
  Ancient grasses from the Pampas of Argentina were preserved when asteroids struck the area, scientists report.

'Most Earth-like planet yet' found
  A planet that is close in size to the Earth and that could hold water on its surface has been identified by the Kepler telescope.

EU green light for UK carbon project
  A British project to capture CO2 and bury it under the North Sea looks set to receive a 300m-euro boost from the EU.

New London Zoo cubs in 'rude health'
  Six months after a rare tiger cub died, London Zoo's new triplet cubs have been given a clean bill of health.

Artists have unique brain structure
  Artists' brains are structurally different to non-artists in areas relating to fine motor movements and visual imagery, a study finds.

Female osprey returns to Lakes nest
  A female osprey which produced two chicks last year returns to the same nest in the Lake District.

Fire ice: the energy of the future?
  Could mining ice provide for all our energy needs and save the world?

Fire ice: The energy of the future?
  Could mining ice provide for all our energy needs and save the world?

Birth of 'new Saturn moon' witnessed
  Scientists say they have discovered what could be the birth of a new moon in the rings of Saturn.

Helping birds win the battle
  Too often, humans seem to bring native bird populations nothing but misery.Years of clearing native forest has removed much of their habitat, while in remnant bush areas introduced predators attack them daily.But New Zealand's...

Brian Fallow: Curbing emissions is vital
  People often ask why New Zealand should incur any costs curbing its greenhouse gas emissions when we account for less than 0.2 per cent of the global total and the rest of the world is doing five-eighths of not much at all to reduce...

EU approves alien species blacklist
  The European Parliament has approved new legislation to stem the spread of invasive species such as "killer" shrimp or Japanese knotweed.

Cameras capture first osprey egg
  CCTV cameras capture the first osprey egg of the season to be laid at a reserve in the south west of Scotland.

EU Sentinel returns first images
  The first images come back from the radar satellite launched as part of the European Union's new flagship Earth-observation project.

VIDEO: The end of the beard is nigh
  The end of the beard is nigh - not according to fashion stylists, but to evolutionary biologists.

Beard trend 'guided by evolution'
  The boom and bust of men's beard fashions may mirror Darwinian selection, scientists say.

EU to back alien species blacklist
  The European Parliament is voting on a bill to draw up a blacklist to fight the spread of invasive alien species such as killer shrimp.

Birds choose best building materials
  Birds learn to choose the the best building materials for their nests, rather than building from instinct, say scientists.

Sweet or sour? Duping our taste buds
  Would this dessert taste different on a black plate?

Early air points to cold, dry Mars
  Scientists have worked out the characteristics of the air on Mars 3.6 billion years ago.

Privacy fears over FBI database
  A facial recognition database being built by the FBI could contain over 52m images by 2015 causing concern to privacy campaigners

What was the mysterious black ring in Leamington Spa?
  Just what is the black ring in Leamington Spa?

Double whammy threatens Amazon trees
  The combination of fire and extreme weather events could accelerate tree mortality in the Amazon, a study suggests.

How to move a T-Rex dinosaur
  Moving a dinosaur skeleton across the US

Panda is artificially inseminated
  Edinburgh Zoo's giant Panda Tian Tian is artificially inseminated.

'Blood moon' eclipse in Americas
  Your photos across the Americas of lunar eclipse

Americas sees 'Blood moon' eclipse
  Skywatchers in the Americas have caught a rare celestial show caused by the Earth's shadow falling across the Moon.

Americas see 'Blood moon' eclipse
  Skywatchers in the Americas have caught a rare celestial show caused by the Earth's shadow falling across the Moon.

VIDEO: Footage of rare 'blood moon' eclipse
  People in the Americas have been treated to a rare "blood moon" lunar eclipse. Jonathan Amos explains the science behind the colour change.

Water quality at beaches 'excellent'
  A record 73% of beaches in the UK have "excellent" water quality because of last summer's dry weather, says the Marine Conservation Society.

VIDEO: How to pack a dinosaur for a move
  How to prep dinosaur remains for a 2,000 mile road trip

Killing of environmental activists rises globally
  As head of his village, Prajob Naowa-opas battled to save his community in central Thailand from the illegal dumping of toxic waste by filing petitions and leading villagers to block trucks carrying the stuff - until a gunman in broad...

Climate fears over Colombia drought
  Colombia's Casanare region ill-prepared for drought

Male monkey cares for dying partner
  A wild male marmoset is filmed embracing and caring for his dying female partner.

Asia pollution drives Pacific storms
  Air pollution in China and other Asian countries is having far-reaching impacts on weather patterns across the Northern Hemisphere, a study suggests.

SpaceX stands down Falcon launch
  SpaceX postpones its latest cargo re-supply mission to the space station after a helium leak is detected in the Falcon launch vehicle.

A thirteen year-old eagle huntress
  A 13-year-old catching foxes with her golden eagle

A 13-year-old eagle huntress in Mongolia
  A 13-year-old catching foxes with her golden eagle

Work starts to protect rare seabird
  Work is under way to protect one of the UK's rarest seabirds which breeds on a shingle beach in north Wales.

Dunedin $100m waterfront hotel plans scrapped
  Plans for a $100 million waterfront hotel in Dunedin have been scrapped and the developers' partnership with the Dunedin City Council has descended into acrimony.Hotel developer Jing Song yesterday confirmed she had torn up a memorandum...

Anne Salmond: Muddying the waters on pollution
  I have the greatest respect for Sir David Skegg, president of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Nevertheless, I think that the way he frames the debate over the state of waterways in his recent Dialogue article is mistaken.Echoing...

Dutch unveil glow in the dark road
  Streetlights on a 500m stretch of highway in the Netherlands are replaced by glow in the dark road markings in a pilot project.

NZ emissions accelerating
  New Zealand's emissions of greenhouse gases grew 2.2 per cent in 2012, accelerating from 1.4 per cent in 2011.The increase, reported by the Ministry for the Environment in New Zealand's greenhouse gas inventory, also exceeds the...

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