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Mystery of 'ocean quacks' solved
  The mystery of a bizarre quacking sound often heard in the Southern Ocean has finally been solved, scientists report.

Asteroid impact risks 'underplayed'
  A visualisation showing where sizeable asteroids have hit the Earth in recent years has been released by the B612 Foundation.

Winds of change as Palmer holds sway over climate shift
  Australia may be left without a climate change policy following mining magnate Clive Palmer's decision to direct his United Party senators to block the Government's direct action plan.The plan, which has been criticised by environmentalists...

Scottish wildlife rescues up 18%
  The Scottish SPCA's new national wildlife rescue centre released nearly 2,800 injured animals back into the wild in 2013.

Seal cull abandoned amid protests
  A major wild salmon producer says it is giving up the culling of seals after protests at a harbour in the north east of Scotland.

Graphene 'made with kitchen blender'
  Scientists have outlined how they managed to make the wonder material graphene using a kitchen blender.

'World's fastest' lift to be built
  Hitachi says it will install a lift capable of reaching speeds of 72km/h (45mph) into a skyscraper in Guangzhou, southern China.

Malta criticised for mass bird shoot
  A leading British naturalist accuses Malta of failing to prevent large-scale illegal shooting of migratory birds by hunters.

AUDIO: Migrant birds 'shot as trophies'
  Wildlife expert Chris Packham and Sergei Golovkin from Malta's Wild Birds Regulation Unit discuss the number of illegal bird hunters operating in Malta.

What are the hazards facing a plane stowaway?
  How can a person endure clinging to a plane wheel?

Sam Judd: Fabulous food forests
  With so much trouble in the world these days, we need solutions that will develop resilient communities. I am going to start by exploring resilience at a community level, then what we can do in the household in my next piece.The...

Flood defence assessment completed
  For the first time in its history, the Environment Agency assesses the state of all flood defences in England following 'unprecedented' winter storms.

Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?
  Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?

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.

US 'delays' Keystone XL decision
  The US state department gives federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL oil pipeline before determining whether to issue a permit.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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