Blood 'is not from headless king'

An elaborately decorated gourd thought to contain the blood of French King Louis XVI may not be authentic, scientists say.

Posted by on 24 April 2014 | 9:07 am

VIDEO: Film features plight of African park

The lethal realities of life in Virunga National Park are the subject of a British documentary which has just had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

Posted by on 24 April 2014 | 5:22 am

UK team to shoot for fusion record

The director of a UK science facility says it could set a new world record in nuclear fusion by the end of the decade.

Posted by on 24 April 2014 | 4:38 am

Energy storage: The key to a smarter grid

Can energy grids cope with demand and volatile supply?

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 6:16 pm

'Friendly' drone flies on dog leash

Camera takes flight on a dog leash

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 6:01 pm

Czech deer still avoid Iron Curtain

A new study has found that deer on the border between the Czech Republic and old West Germany still stick to their sides despite the barrier having vanished long ago.

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 12:56 pm

'Little progress' on forest protection plan

Forest protection schemes make little progress

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 9:12 am

Squirrel 'supermum' stuns wardens

A red squirrel at a conservation centre in Norfolk stuns wardens by producing her 48th kitten in six years.

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 7:21 am

Mystery of 'ocean quacks' solved

The mystery of a bizarre quacking sound often heard in the Southern Ocean has finally been solved, scientists report.

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 7:01 pm

Asteroid impact risks 'underplayed'

A visualisation showing where sizeable asteroids have hit the Earth in recent years has been released by the B612 Foundation.

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 1:18 pm

Scottish wildlife rescues up 18%

The Scottish SPCA's new national wildlife rescue centre released nearly 2,800 injured animals back into the wild in 2013.

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 9:10 am

Seal cull abandoned amid protests

A major wild salmon producer says it is giving up the culling of seals after protests at a harbour in the north east of Scotland.

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 8:59 am

Graphene 'made with kitchen blender'

Scientists have outlined how they managed to make the wonder material graphene using a kitchen blender.

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 8:03 am

'World's fastest' lift to be built

Hitachi says it will install a lift capable of reaching speeds of 72km/h (45mph) into a skyscraper in Guangzhou, southern China.

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 7:50 am

Malta criticised for mass bird shoot

A leading British naturalist accuses Malta of failing to prevent large-scale illegal shooting of migratory birds by hunters.

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 5:51 am

AUDIO: Migrant birds 'shot as trophies'

Wildlife expert Chris Packham and Sergei Golovkin from Malta's Wild Birds Regulation Unit discuss the number of illegal bird hunters operating in Malta.

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 5:13 am

What are the hazards facing a plane stowaway?

How can a person endure clinging to a plane wheel?

Posted by on 21 April 2014 | 7:28 pm

Flood defence assessment completed

For the first time in its history, the Environment Agency assesses the state of all flood defences in England following 'unprecedented' winter storms.

Posted by on 21 April 2014 | 4:25 am

Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?

Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?

Posted by on 20 April 2014 | 6:05 pm

VIDEO: Water voles fighting back in Sussex

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.

Posted by on 19 April 2014 | 2:49 am

Chlorine: From toxic chemical to household cleaner

The element that makes a familiar smell when mixed with urine

Posted by on 18 April 2014 | 6:26 pm

SpaceX launches station cargo flight

US company SpaceX launches its latest re-supply mission to the International Space Station, sending up a Dragon freighter to rendezvous with the orbiting platform on Sunday.

Posted by on 18 April 2014 | 5:06 pm

US 'delays' Keystone XL decision

The US state department gives federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL oil pipeline before determining whether to issue a permit.

Posted by on 18 April 2014 | 3:20 pm

Female cave insects have 'penises'

Female insects with 'penises' have been discovered in Brazil - the first example of an animal with sex-reversed genitalia.

Posted by on 17 April 2014 | 11:51 pm

VIDEO: 'Most Earth-like planet yet' found

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.

Posted by on 17 April 2014 | 10:39 pm