Autism appears 'largely genetic'

Genetic influences on autism are estimated to be between 74-98%, a Medical Research Council study of 258 twins suggests.

Posted by on 5 March 2015 | 11:49 am

DNA reveals bird shift surprise

DNA samples reveal two species of forest-dwelling birds on remote Indonesian islands are actually members of the ground-dwelling pipit and wagtail family.

Posted by on 5 March 2015 | 6:42 am

VIDEO: New threats to wild bees identified

Bumblebees in the wild are infected with many diseases found in honeybees kept by bee keepers, according to a national survey.

Posted by on 5 March 2015 | 6:07 am

Global flood toll to triple by 2030

People affected by river flooding worldwide could triple by 2030, with climate change and population growth the main factors, says a new report.

Posted by on 4 March 2015 | 11:14 pm

African synchrotron bid gathers pace

The effort to build a synchrotron - a large accelerator that generates X-rays for research - in Africa is gaining momentum, a US conference hears.

Posted by on 4 March 2015 | 9:44 pm

LHC restart: 'We want to break physics'

The world's biggest machine powers up again

Posted by on 4 March 2015 | 6:15 pm

VIDEO: Talking Movies: How Greenpeace began

Talking Movies' Tom Brook meets the director of the documentary How to Change the World - a film which focuses on the early days of Greenpeace.

Posted by on 4 March 2015 | 6:01 pm

VIDEO: The greatest threat to China's elephants

The greatest threat to China's wild elephants is no longer poaching but habitat destruction.

Posted by on 4 March 2015 | 5:44 pm

'First human' discovered in Ethiopia

Scientists working in Ethiopia have uncovered a jawbone fossil which may push the origin of humans back 400,000 years.

Posted by on 4 March 2015 | 12:01 pm

VIDEO: Prince's call to end ivory trade

Prince William condemns illegal wildlife trading in a speech on the final day of his tour of China.

Posted by on 4 March 2015 | 10:47 am

Magic 'metamaterials' storm physics

The hot topic at a major US conference is materials that can be designed with surprising properties, from programmable rubber to springy ceramics.

Posted by on 4 March 2015 | 7:22 am

Prince condemns illegal ivory trade

Prince William condemns illegal wildlife trading and calls for more international help in a speech on the final day of his tour of China.

Posted by on 4 March 2015 | 5:02 am

VIDEO: MPs' warning over Kew Gardens cuts

The government's financial management of London's Kew Gardens is "a recipe for failure", MPs warn.

Posted by on 4 March 2015 | 4:13 am

New threats to wild bees identified

Wild bumblebees are infected with many of the diseases found in honeybees looked after by bee keepers, according to a national survey.

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 11:22 pm

Power plants paid to stay idle - MPs

The Energy and Climate Change Committee has warned that a government scheme to keep the lights on could lead to unnecessarily high energy costs.

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 7:08 pm

Kew cuts 'a recipe for failure'

The government's financial management of Kew Gardens is a "recipe for failure", a Select Committee report warns.

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 6:43 pm

Stegosaurus gives up body weight

Scientists work out the body mass of the superb Stegosaurus specimen recently put on display at London's Natural History Museum.

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 6:17 pm

VIDEO: Dramatic volcanic eruption in Chile

The Villarrica volcano in southern Chile has erupted, spewing ash and lava up to 1,000m (3,300ft) into the air.

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 4:26 pm

VIDEO: 'How I snapped weasel on bird photo'

The amateur photographer who took a picture of a weasel on the back of a woodpecker mid-flight says it is "almost a dream".

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 3:29 pm

Weasel rides on woodpecker's back

The weasel riding on the back of a woodpecker

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 7:33 am

New Higgs detection 'closes circle’

Physicists have detected a version of the Higgs Boson in a superconductor, but say this cannot substitute for the work of the LHC.

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 7:01 am

Scientists produce TB-resistant cows

Researchers in China produce a herd of genetically engineered cows that are better able to ward off bovine TB.

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 5:00 am

Rosetta catches its own shadow

The Rosetta satellite sees its own shadow in the highest resolution image it has so far taken of Comet 67P.

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 3:13 am

Coffee linked to 'cleaner' arteries

Drinking a few cups of coffee a day may help people avoid clogged arteries - a known risk factor for heart disease - South Korean researchers believe.

Posted by on 2 March 2015 | 6:08 pm

Lucky Earth survived cosmic pinball

How Earth survived through violent times

Posted by on 2 March 2015 | 6:00 pm