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First Americans claim sparks controversy

6 hours 12 min ago
A study that claims humans reached the Americas 130,000 years ago, much earlier than has previously been suggested, has run into controversy.

Builders 'behind UK flooding risk'

12 hours 54 min ago
Government rapped again for failure to tighten flood-prevention rules on new homes

Baby humpback whales 'whisper' to mums to avoid predators

13 hours 4 min ago
New recordings show newborn humpback whales and mothers "whisper" to each other, to avoid predators.

'Fossil' groundwater's modern secret

14 hours 13 min ago
The deepest and oldest waters on Earth are not immune from contamination, warn scientists.

Nasa waits on Cassini radio contact from Saturn

16 hours 12 min ago
The probe should have completed its first plunge in between the planet's rings and cloudtops.

Physics of throwing analysed by scientists

22 hours 7 min ago
Scientists have calculated the optimal strategy for throwing something accurately, even a ball of paper.

Primitive human 'lived much more recently'

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 20:46
Homo naledi could be from just 200,000 years ago, not three million, a study suggests.

Premature lambs kept alive in 'plastic bag' womb

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 17:14
Scientists were able to keep premature lambs alive for a month using an artificial "plastic bag" womb.

Family tree of dogs reveals secret history of canines

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 16:16
The largest family tree of dog ever assembled shows how dogs evolved into more than 150 modern breeds.

Iceberg 'doodles'

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 11:42
Scientists publish a new atlas of the poles, detailing the sometimes strange shapes on the ocean floor.

Why does this rhino have 24-hour security?

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 11:25
Sudan is a the northern white rhino, and the last chance for the survival of his species.

'World's oldest fungus' raises evolution questions

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 06:59
Fossils found in rock from beneath the sea may be the oldest known fungi by one to two billion years.

Can plastic roads help save the planet?

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 00:11
A start-up company is persuading local councils in the UK to turn local plastic waste into roads.

Brexit university ‘brain drain’ warning

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 23:54
Academic staff from EU countries should be urgently guaranteed a right to stay, say MPs.

Machine learning

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 23:52
Many people are unsure about what machine learning is, but the chances are they are using it every day.

Plastic-eating caterpillar could munch waste, scientists say

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 18:06
A caterpillar that munches on plastic bags could hold the key to tackling plastic waste, say scientists.

Trump calls record-breaking astronaut Peggy Whitson

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 17:13
'Better you than me,' jokes US president as astronaut Peggy Whitson reveals drinking recycled urine.

Government seeks clear air plan delay

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 16:52
The UK government may face legal action after seeking to delay publishing its plan to tackle air pollution until after the general election.

Munch inspired by 'screaming clouds'

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 14:37
A new theory may explain the background to one of the most famous works of art ever produced.

Ex-child soldier wins environment prize

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 03:50
An ex-child soldier who has spent years risking his life to fight illegal mining and wildlife poaching in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been given a prestigious award that honours 'environmental defenders' around the world.