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Fast charges drive electric car boom
New charging tech drives electric car boom
Economics 'driving language loss'
A thriving economy can lead to the extinction of some languages, scientists believe.
The battle for anonymity on the web
Horizon meets the pioneer of anti-surveillance web tech
Cockatoos teach tool-making tricks
Cockatoos learn to make and use tools when shown by another bird, research reveals.
VIDEO: The snail farm in my spare bedroom
Helen Howard started a snail farm in her spare bedroom and allotment seven years ago - now she sells to restaurants and private chefs.
Monkey leaders have different brains
Neuroscientists discover that primate brains show consistent differences according social status
Rosetta set for 'capture' manoeuvres
The Rosetta probe is about to begin the manoeuvres that will take it properly into orbit around Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Ebola response 'lethally inadequate'
A global military intervention is needed to curb the largest ever Ebola outbreak, according to the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres.
Africa's farmers face failed seasons
African farmers face 'failed seasons' risk as a result of being overwhelmed by climate change, warns a status report on the continent's agriculture.
VIDEO: Is it easy for politicians being green?
David Cameron may have made himself a hostage to fortune when pledging to lead the greenest government ever in 2010.
Does limiting the power of appliances save energy?
Would banning high-power appliances actually save energy?
Sentinel system pictures Napa quake
First report from Europe's new quake-watcher
Russian sex geckos die in orbit
Five gecko lizards sent into orbit on a Russian space satellite as part of a sex experiment have all died, the Russian space agency says.
How corals stir up their world
Corals stir up the water, creating vortices that draw in nutrients and drive away waste, research reveals.
Action films 'may make you fat'
Watching action films could make you more likely than other TV programmes to pile on the pounds, according to US researchers.
Water voles end 20-year absence
Water voles end 20-year absence in Scottish Highlands
Vacuum cleaner debate hots up
Don't get suckered, Mr Vacuum Cleaner tells people trying to beat new EU rules.
Cave yields Neanderthal 'artwork'
An engraving found at a cave in Gibraltar may be the most compelling evidence yet for Neanderthal art.
Sam Judd: Let there be light
Without a doubt, one of the biggest issues facing Small Island Developing States (and the rest of the world for that matter), is where we get the energy to switch on the lights. Due to their obvious remoteness, fuel is extremely...
African food security on the menu
African ministers and business leaders gather in Ethiopia to consider ways to trigger a green revolution and improve the continent's food security.
Antarctic waters 'rising faster'
Melting ice is fuelling sea-level rise around the coast of Antarctica, a new report finds.
VIDEO: Greenhouse gas fear over meat production
Global consumption of meat needs to fall to ensure future demand for food can be met and to help protect the environment, a study says.
Greenhouse gas fear over meat eating
New research estimates greenhouse gases from food production will go up 80% if meat and dairy consumption continues to rise at its current rate.
VIDEO: Footage of powerful solar flares
The US Space Agency Nasa has released new footage showing a series of powerful solar flares.
Hi-tech cars pose security risk
Researchers worry new cars could be vulnerable to hackers
Xenon and argon banned for athletes
Doping experts have yet to find an effective test for athletes using the gases xenon and argon to boost performance, as a worldwide ban is introduced.
The girl with three biological parents
The girl with three biological parents
Iceland issues new volcano alert
Iceland issues an aviation alert after a fresh lava eruption from a fissure near the Bardarbunga volcano, but the warning is later lowered.
Mouse on lily tops photo competition
Animal nightlife - and other great natural images from ecology photo contest
Iceland's volcano ash alert lifted
An eruption near Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano that briefly threatened air travel has ended, local officials say.
Scientists solve 'sliding rocks' puzzle
Scientists have finally worked out how rocks on a dry lake bed in California move across the ground.
Iceland lowers volcano ash alert
The Icelandic Met Office lowers its aviation warning from red to orange near the Bardarbunga volcano, which saw an eruption begin overnight.
Iceland eruption triggers red alert
The Icelandic Met Office raises its aviation warning level near the Bardarbunga volcano to red after an eruption began overnight.
Legal challenge to badger cull fails
A High Court bid to halt this year's badger culling, which will take place without independent monitoring, fails.
AUDIO: Global citizens to address climate summit
Five hundred global citizens frustrated at the stalemate over climate policy will learn today if they have won the chance to vent their anger at world leaders.
VIDEO: RSPCA seeks ban on monkeys as pets
The RSPCA is calling for a ban on keeping primates as pets after a rise in the number of calls to its cruelty and advice line concerning animals such as monkeys and marmosets.
UN seeks climate change 'Malala'
Five hundred people will learn tomorrow if they have won the chance to vent their frustration at world leaders over the global citizens stalemate over climate policy.
VIDEO: 100-year-old tortoise is on the move
An extremely rare Galapagos tortoise thought to be 100 years old has been given a new home at a zoo in Ohio.
VIDEO: Teaching children to be engineers
The model-making summer school teaching local children to be young engineers
VIDEO: Scientists trial knotweed killers
Swansea University scientists are conducting the largest field trial in Europe to find new ways of killing Japanese knotweed.
DNA tells story of Arctic peopling
A study of genetic sequences sheds new light on the colonisation of the North American Arctic, from ancient "Paleo-Eskimos" to the modern-day Inuit.
Genetic clues to spread of Ebola
Scientists have tracked the spread of Ebola in West Africa, revealing genetic clues to the course of the outbreak.
Ebola region faces UK travel ban
All but essential travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia should be avoided, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office warns British nationals.
Dead stars 'can re-ignite' and blow
Astronomers have shown that dead stars known as white dwarfs can re-ignite and explode as supernovas.
Iceland examines volcano 'cauldrons'
Scientists in Iceland say they are examining several depressions, termed 'cauldrons', near Bardarbunga volcano, which could be a sign of an eruption.
Lockheed Martin in space junk deal
US defence giant Lockheed Martin is teaming up with an Australian technology firm to track space debris that can damage multi-billion dollar satellites.
AUDIO: Puffins 'Frankie Howerd of bird world'
A study by the National Trust suggests seabirds around the UK coastline are being hit by a "triple whammy" of extreme weather, predators and disturbance by humans.
Rare antelope births 'fantastic'
The birth of a pair of rare bongo antelopes in captivity is "fantastic news" for the "critically endangered" species, say conservationists.
TV white space could be a lifesaver
Could unused TV signal improve rural broadband?
VIDEO: Litter bug mountaineers 'must recycle'
Over the decades tonnes of disposed tents, spent oxygen cylinders and bottles have been left behind on Mount Everest by people trying to scale it. Now authorities are urging them to bring the waste back down with them to recycle it.
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