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VIDEO: Water voles fighting back in Sussex

17 hours 10 min ago
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.
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Chlorine: From toxic chemical to household cleaner

April 18, 2014 - 16:26
The element that makes a familiar smell when mixed with urine
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Female cave insects have 'penises'

April 17, 2014 - 21:51
Female insects with 'penises' have been discovered in Brazil - the first example of an animal with sex-reversed genitalia.
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VIDEO: 'Most Earth-like planet yet' found

April 17, 2014 - 20:39
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.
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Ancient life 'frozen' by space impact

April 17, 2014 - 18:54
Ancient grasses from the Pampas of Argentina were perfectly preserved when asteroids struck there millions of years ago, scientists report.
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'Most Earth-like planet yet' found

April 17, 2014 - 11:04
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.
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EU green light for UK carbon project

April 17, 2014 - 09:12
A British project to capture CO2 and bury it under the North Sea looks set to receive a 300m-euro boost from the EU.
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New London Zoo cubs in 'rude health'

April 17, 2014 - 05:15
Six months after a rare tiger cub died, London Zoo's new triplet cubs have been given a clean bill of health.
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Artists have unique brain structure

April 17, 2014 - 02:35
Artists' brains are structurally different to non-artists in areas relating to fine motor movements and visual imagery, a study finds.
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Female osprey returns to Lakes nest

April 16, 2014 - 19:40
A female osprey which produced two chicks last year returns to the same nest in the Lake District.
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Fire ice: the energy of the future?

April 16, 2014 - 16:02
Could mining ice provide for all our energy needs and save the world?
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Birth of 'new Saturn moon' witnessed

April 16, 2014 - 09:44
Scientists say they have discovered what could be the birth of a new moon in the rings of Saturn.
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Cameras capture first osprey egg

April 16, 2014 - 08:44
CCTV cameras capture the first osprey egg of the season to be laid at a reserve in the south west of Scotland.
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EU Sentinel returns first images

April 16, 2014 - 07:23
The first images come back from the radar satellite launched as part of the European Union's new flagship Earth-observation project.
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VIDEO: The end of the beard is nigh

April 16, 2014 - 03:05
The end of the beard is nigh - not according to fashion stylists, but to evolutionary biologists.
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Beard trend 'guided by evolution'

April 16, 2014 - 02:56
The boom and bust of men's beard fashions may mirror Darwinian selection, scientists say.
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EU to back alien species blacklist

April 15, 2014 - 20:21
The European Parliament is voting on a bill to draw up a blacklist to fight the spread of invasive alien species such as killer shrimp.
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Birds choose best building materials

April 15, 2014 - 18:55
Birds learn to choose the the best building materials for their nests, rather than building from instinct, say scientists.
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Sweet or sour? Duping our taste buds

April 15, 2014 - 16:00
Would this dessert taste different on a black plate?
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Early air points to cold, dry Mars

April 15, 2014 - 09:23
Scientists have worked out the characteristics of the air on Mars 3.6 billion years ago.
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