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Public 'back' taxes to tackle single-use plastic waste

9 hours 41 min ago
Ministers say they are looking at measures after thousands support action to reduce single-use items.

What's the truth about spiders in our homes?

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 23:07
Animal expert Dr Tim Cockerill talks us through the truth about spiders.

When flying to Mars is your day job

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 18:41
Living on Mars time, landing nightmares and sometimes spreadsheets... a day in the life of a Nasa engineer.

Earliest galaxies found 'on our cosmic doorstep'

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 21:09
Some of the earliest galaxies to form in the Universe are sitting on our cosmic doorstep, a study says.

Wheat gene map to help 'feed the world'

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 18:00
Researchers are set to develop higher yield wheat varieties requiring less water after making a gene map.

Ancient Egyptian mummification 'recipe' revealed

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 01:01
Forensic examination of a mummy shows the original ancient Egyptian embalming recipe, scientists say.

New pesticides 'may have risks for bees'

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 17:46
Attempts to find a new generation of pesticides to replace neonicotinoids have been dealt a potential blow.

Star Trek saga casts new Spock actor Ethan Peck

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 14:49
How will Ethan Peck compare to Leonard Nimoy and other actors who've played the pointy-eared science officer?

Mystery Russian satellite's behaviour raises alarm in US

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 12:05
Official says "there is no way to verify" what object is and whether or not it may pose a danger.

Footage suggests basking sharks use Scottish seas for courtship

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:57
Scientists collected footage showing basking sharks being "sociable" with each other off the coast of Mull.

Hot weather reveals hidden history to archaeologists

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 03:44
The UK heatwave has been good for aerial archaeologists spotting hidden treasures in the dry fields.

How the humble cabbage can stop cancers

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 00:22
Researchers reveal how chemicals in some vegetables can prevent bowel cancer.

Study suggests drastic decline in mountain hares

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 17:36
Conservation groups have called for an end to the "indiscriminate and ruthless" mountain hare culls.

Rare Chinese tree's flowers attract visitors to Roath Park

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 16:00
The Chinese tree has flowered for the first time since it was planted in Cardiff more than 100 years ago.

Next few years 'may be exceptionally warm'

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 15:31
The next few years could be "anomalously warm", according to a new study.

Being human: Big toe clung on longest to primate origins

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 13:35
Our big toe was one of the last parts of the foot to become human-like, as our early ancestors evolved to walk on two legs.

Palm oil: A new threat to Africa's monkeys and apes?

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 09:16
Large-scale expansion of palm oil in Africa will very likely risk the lives of primates, a study finds.

The farmers using sewage to make saris

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 23:08
As groundwater supplies dwindle in rural India, farmers turn to wastewater to grow crops like mulberry, which is used to make silk.

Going plastic-free with kids

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 23:05
Reducing your dependence on plastics can be daunting, especially if you've got a young family.

Hippo bite kills Taiwan tourist in Kenya

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 15:50
The animal turned on the Taiwanese man after he got too close with his camera at Lake Naivasha.