Mouse on lily tops photo competition

Animal nightlife - and other great natural images from ecology photo contest

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 7:44 pm

Iceland's volcano ash alert lifted

An eruption near Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano that briefly threatened air travel has ended, local officials say.

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 4:33 pm

Scientists solve 'sliding rocks' puzzle

Scientists have finally worked out how rocks on a dry lake bed in California move across the ground.

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 10:26 am

Legal challenge to badger cull fails

A High Court bid to halt this year's badger culling, which will take place without independent monitoring, fails.

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 5:29 am

AUDIO: Global citizens to address climate summit

Five hundred global citizens frustrated at the stalemate over climate policy will learn today if they have won the chance to vent their anger at world leaders.

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 3:58 am

VIDEO: RSPCA seeks ban on monkeys as pets

The RSPCA is calling for a ban on keeping primates as pets after a rise in the number of calls to its cruelty and advice line concerning animals such as monkeys and marmosets.

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 1:08 am

UN seeks climate change 'Malala'

Five hundred people will learn tomorrow if they have won the chance to vent their frustration at world leaders over the global citizens stalemate over climate policy.

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 12:06 am

VIDEO: 100-year-old tortoise is on the move

An extremely rare Galapagos tortoise thought to be 100 years old has been given a new home at a zoo in Ohio.

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 12:06 am

VIDEO: Teaching children to be engineers

The model-making summer school teaching local children to be young engineers

Posted by on 28 August 2014 | 6:02 pm

VIDEO: Scientists trial knotweed killers

Swansea University scientists are conducting the largest field trial in Europe to find new ways of killing Japanese knotweed.

Posted by on 28 August 2014 | 2:41 pm

DNA tells story of Arctic peopling

A study of genetic sequences sheds light on the settling of the North American Arctic, from ancient "Paleo-Eskimos" to the modern-day Inuit.

Posted by on 28 August 2014 | 1:52 pm

Genetic clues to spread of Ebola

Scientists have tracked the spread of Ebola in West Africa, revealing genetic clues to the course of the outbreak.

Posted by on 28 August 2014 | 1:00 pm

Ebola region faces UK travel ban

All but essential travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia should be avoided, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office warns British nationals.

Posted by on 28 August 2014 | 11:38 am

Dead stars 'can re-ignite' and blow

Astronomers have shown that dead stars known as white dwarfs can re-ignite and explode as supernovas.

Posted by on 28 August 2014 | 10:03 am

Lockheed Martin in space junk deal

US defence giant Lockheed Martin is teaming up with an Australian technology firm to track space debris that can damage multi-billion dollar satellites.

Posted by on 28 August 2014 | 4:47 am

AUDIO: Puffins 'Frankie Howerd of bird world'

A study by the National Trust suggests seabirds around the UK coastline are being hit by a "triple whammy" of extreme weather, predators and disturbance by humans.

Posted by on 28 August 2014 | 1:33 am

Rare antelope births 'fantastic'

The birth of a pair of rare bongo antelopes in captivity is "fantastic news" for the "critically endangered" species, say conservationists.

Posted by on 28 August 2014 | 12:24 am

TV white space could be a lifesaver

Could unused TV signal improve rural broadband?

Posted by on 27 August 2014 | 8:21 pm

VIDEO: Litter bug mountaineers 'must recycle'

Over the decades tonnes of disposed tents, spent oxygen cylinders and bottles have been left behind on Mount Everest by people trying to scale it. Now authorities are urging them to bring the waste back down with them to recycle it.

Posted by on 27 August 2014 | 6:01 pm

Row over polish to detect 'rape drug'

Rape-prevention tool draws online backlash from anti-rape advocates

Posted by on 27 August 2014 | 6:00 pm

Memories 'flipped' from bad to good

Neuroscientists artificially turn a mouse's fearful memory into a positive one, and vice versa.

Posted by on 27 August 2014 | 2:09 pm

Woman finds 3ft wasp nest on bed

A pest controller takes on the "biggest job of his career" when he is called to deal with a nest of more than 5,000 wasps.

Posted by on 27 August 2014 | 8:44 am

Star Trek X Prize finalists named

Ten groups have been chosen as finalists in a $10m (£6m) competition to develop a real-life "tricorder" - the medical scanner used in Star Trek.

Posted by on 27 August 2014 | 8:31 am

VIDEO: Taps run dry amid California drought

California has been hit by its worst drought in a century and many say the problem is only going to get worse.

Posted by on 27 August 2014 | 8:14 am

VIDEO: Buddleia: Gardener's friend or foe?

BBC Newsnight's Stephen Smith visits Dover to assess how much of a threat buddleia is to native species

Posted by on 27 August 2014 | 7:02 am