Fears for delta in water rights fight

One of Europe's most important wetland areas is under threat say environmentalists as Spain and Catalonia argue about the future of the Ebro river.

Posted by on 7 February 2016 | 6:16 pm

Sixth man on Moon Edgar Mitchell dies

US astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who was the sixth man to walk on the Moon and had an "epiphany" in space, dies at the age of 85.

Posted by on 6 February 2016 | 5:24 am

Sea lion found in San Diego restaurant

A hungry sea lion pup is rescued after finding its way into a restaurant in the US city of San Diego.

Posted by on 5 February 2016 | 11:07 pm

'Wrong type of trees' boost warming

Scientists say replacing broadleaved species with conifers over the past two centuries has increased global temperatures.

Posted by on 5 February 2016 | 9:44 am

Bears hibernate 'with bacterial help'

A Swedish study suggests that changes in the gut flora of brown bears help them to cope with the weird metabolic demands of hibernation.

Posted by on 5 February 2016 | 2:05 am

Spread of bee disease 'largely manmade'

The global honeybee trade is driving a pandemic that threatens hives and wild bees, according to a study.

Posted by on 4 February 2016 | 8:16 pm

Winning photos from beautiful gardens

What is the most beautiful garden photo of the year?

Posted by on 4 February 2016 | 6:11 pm

New rainforests boost carbon capture

Secondary rainforests - if allowed to flourish in the right conditions - can absorb 11 times as much carbon as old-growth rainforests, a study shows.

Posted by on 4 February 2016 | 5:01 pm

New tarantula named after Johnny Cash

Among 14 newly described species of tarantula is Aphonopelma johnnycashi, which lives near Folsom Prison in California.

Posted by on 4 February 2016 | 4:03 pm

Colombia warns on Zika baby risk

Health officials in Colombia are warning that as many as 600 babies could be born with microcephaly this year.

Posted by on 4 February 2016 | 12:45 pm

Paris deal could 'displace millions'

A global deal to limit emissions of carbon dioxide could make millions of forest dwellers homeless, according to a new analysis.

Posted by on 3 February 2016 | 7:44 pm

Mystery of 'sock of the deep' solved

A decades-long mystery of a deep-sea creature that resembles a discarded purple sock has been solved, scientists say.

Posted by on 3 February 2016 | 12:07 pm

VIDEO: Meet the mysterious deep-sea 'sock'

The mystery of a deep-sea creature that resembles a discarded purple sock has been solved, scientists report.

Posted by on 3 February 2016 | 12:07 pm

Luxembourg to support space mining

The Luxembourg government has signalled its intention to get behind the 'next industrial revolution' - the mining of asteroids in space.

Posted by on 3 February 2016 | 4:12 am

Supersonic car bid delayed until 2017

The attempt to break the world land speed record with the Bloodhound 1,000mph car has been put back again, to 2017, because the funding is not yet in place.

Posted by on 3 February 2016 | 3:00 am

Black hole's twin jets shine bright

Astronomers capture images of two vast, bright jets of material, fired into space in opposite directions by a distant black hole.

Posted by on 2 February 2016 | 5:37 pm

MoD to buy high-flying solar planes

The UK Ministry of Defence is going to acquire some high-altitude "eternal" solar planes.

Posted by on 2 February 2016 | 5:06 pm

'Early warning sign' for volcanic eruptions

Scientists edge closer to better monitoring of volcanoes, with research suggesting volcanoes are primed to erupt on a time scale of days to months rather than years.

Posted by on 2 February 2016 | 6:17 am

Stephen Hawking’s second Reith Lecture: Annotated transcript

More on black holes, from Stephen Hawking's second Reith Lecture

Posted by on 2 February 2016 | 3:13 am

Logging 'speeds black rats invasion'

Cutting down trees in rainforest regions facilitates the spread of invasive black rats, a study suggests.

Posted by on 1 February 2016 | 8:21 pm

Tackle cold homes, ministers told

Insulating buildings should be a key infrastructure priority alongside roads, rail, flood defences and energy, ministers have been told.

Posted by on 1 February 2016 | 6:28 pm

Are humans driving evolution in animals?

Is human activity driving evolution in animals?

Posted by on 1 February 2016 | 6:18 pm

Brain wrinkles replicated in a jar

Scientists recreate the furrows of a human brain using a simple two-layered gel model, showing that the brain's folds have physical origins.

Posted by on 1 February 2016 | 11:44 am

VIDEO: Copying the brain's origami using gel

Scientists replicate how the human brain folds using a 3D model made out of gel, and computer simulations.

Posted by on 1 February 2016 | 11:43 am

Challenger and the misunderstanding of risk

How the misunderstanding of risk destroyed a shuttle

Posted by on 1 February 2016 | 2:11 am