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Plastic straws could be banned, suggests Michael Gove

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 21:39
The environment secretary suggests outlawing plastic straws could be easier after Brexit.

World's fishing fleets mapped from orbit

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 15:16
Satellite tracking shows fishing's footprint on Earth is now over four times that of agriculture.

Wildlife secrets of Nigeria's last wilderness

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 11:36
Rare chimps, leopards and pangolins have been caught on camera in the forests of Nigeria's largest national park.

Wot, no signal?

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:28
Billions of people still have no access to mobile services, but nano-satellites could change this.

Neanderthals were capable of making art

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 02:07
Contrary to the traditional view of them as brutes, it turns out that Neanderthals enjoyed making art.

'Fishing continued' after East China sea oil spill

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 02:02
Satellite images obtained by the BBC show that fishing continued for days after a massive oil spill

Mutation 'gives bats edge over deadly viruses'

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:13
A single mutation in an immunity gene may explain why bats can carry deadly viruses and not get sick.

SpaceX launches broadband pathfinders

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 15:34
The US rocket company puts up two satellites to test technologies for a broadband mega-constellation.

Seychelles protects an area 'as big as Britain' in Indian Ocean

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 14:49
A novel deal with donors including Leonardo DiCaprio turned public debt into conservation funding.

Ancient Britons 'replaced' by newcomers

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:12
Britain's Stone Age population was almost completely replaced some 4,500 years ago, a study shows.

Government loses clean air court case

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:07
Campaigners win a third High Court victory over the UK government's plans to tackle air pollution.

Tasmanian tiger 'joeys' revealed in 3D

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:49
Scientists scan Tasmanian tiger specimens to better understand the marsupial's development in the pouch.

Baby Belle, the hand-reared rhino

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 05:41
Belle needed treatment for an injured leg and is Cotswold Wildlife Park's first hand-reared white rhino calf.

Burn or bury

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:55
Since China refused last month to accept any more foreign waste for recycling, the UK is facing a challenge disposing of its plastic waste.

Roman boxing gloves unearthed by Vindolanda dig

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 07:56
The bands of leather are "probably the only known surviving examples" of their kind.

Origins of land plants pushed back in time

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 04:23
Plants appeared on land 100 million years earlier than previously thought, according to new research.

Ocean plastic tide 'violates the law'

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 01:20
Campaigners may want new laws to fight pollution but the remedies already exist, a new report argues.

France to let wolf population grow despite farmers' fears

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 23:18
The government wants the number to rise from 360 to 500 by 2023 but farmers are unhappy.

DNA secrets of how vampire bats became bloodthirsty

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 16:51
New research shows how vampire bats evolved to survive on a diet of blood alone.

New scanning technique reveals secrets behind great paintings

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 10:39
An innovative scanning system is making it easier to find the hidden stories behind artworks.