MPs bicker over climate report

Despite dissent, MPs have endorsed the findings of a UN climate panel that says humans are the dominant cause of global warming.

Posted by on 29 July 2014 | 1:53 am

Eggshells may act like 'sunblock'

Birds' eggs show adaptations in pigment concentration and thickness to allow the right amount of sun for embryos, scientists say.

Posted by on 28 July 2014 | 8:17 pm

'Brain hub predicts negative events'

Scientists have identified a part of the brain that may help us predict when things are about to go wrong and could play a part in depression.

Posted by on 28 July 2014 | 7:40 pm

Wide-eyed lemurs on the web

Fifty years of data about endangered primates goes online

Posted by on 28 July 2014 | 6:59 pm

VIDEO: Dolphin filmed in the River Severn

Marine experts have said a dolphin spotted in the River Severn in Gloucestershire will make its own way back to the sea.

Posted by on 28 July 2014 | 2:46 pm

How faces drive first impressions

UK scientists model the physical attributes that underpin our social judgements about strangers.

Posted by on 28 July 2014 | 2:23 pm

Beauty spots still at fracking 'risk'

Government guidance that fracking licences can only be issued for beauty spots in "exceptional circumstances" receives a mixed response from campaigners.

Posted by on 28 July 2014 | 1:15 pm

Perils of the English countryside

The risks of walking in the English countryside

Posted by on 28 July 2014 | 11:53 am

Gecko sex satellite back in touch

Fears recede over the fate of a Russian space satellite carrying gecko lizards as part of a sex experiment, after ground control restores contact.

Posted by on 28 July 2014 | 9:47 am

Dinosaurs' extinction 'bad luck'

Dinosaurs might have survived if the asteroid that wiped them out had hit the Earth a few million years later or earlier, a new study suggests.

Posted by on 27 July 2014 | 11:21 pm

California hit by raging wildfires

Two fast-moving fires in California destroy 10 homes and force the evacuation of hundreds more, as a man dies in a lightning strike in Los Angeles.

Posted by on 27 July 2014 | 10:30 pm

Tedium, tragedy and tar: The slowest drops in science

What do long term experiments actually tell us?

Posted by on 25 July 2014 | 9:21 pm

The mystique of the 'child prodigy'

Scientist claims 'child prodigy' getting credit for his discovery

Posted by on 25 July 2014 | 2:08 pm

Mobile test illuminates risk taking

Specially designed mobile games can help scientists answer important questions about cognition, a team finds.

Posted by on 25 July 2014 | 6:09 am

The ship that totally failed to change the world

The atomic ship that totally failed to change the world

Posted by on 25 July 2014 | 3:26 am

Africa 'needs green revolution'

Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a Chatham House report.

Posted by on 24 July 2014 | 8:20 pm

'Fluffy' dinosaurs were widespread

A discovery of 150 million year old fossils in Siberia indicates that feathers were much more widespread among dinosaurs than previously thought.

Posted by on 24 July 2014 | 8:19 pm

Wildlife loss link to child slavery

New research suggests that the global reduction in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery.

Posted by on 24 July 2014 | 8:17 pm

VIDEO: Call for end to 'throwaway society'

MPs have called for a ban on food waste going in to landfill.

Posted by on 24 July 2014 | 2:57 pm

Call for end to 'throwaway society'

A ban on sending leftover food to landfill is needed to move away from a 'throwaway society', say MPs.

Posted by on 24 July 2014 | 12:05 pm

Rosetta's comet seen in close-up

Europe's Rosetta probe has acquired new images of the comet it is chasing through space.

Posted by on 24 July 2014 | 10:11 am

Government to end nuclear waste veto

The UK government wants to scrap a community veto which allows local politicians to block a future £12bn nuclear waste repository.

Posted by on 24 July 2014 | 9:26 am

Carbon concerns over wood burning

Burning wood to fuel power stations can create as many harmful carbon emissions as burning coal, according to a government report.

Posted by on 24 July 2014 | 7:58 am

Nasa seeks aid with Earth-Mars links

Nasa is asking for help to get data back from future science missions orbiting Mars or roaming its surface.

Posted by on 24 July 2014 | 7:33 am

Genetic clues to age of first period

The timing of when a girl reaches puberty is controlled by hundreds of genes, say scientists.

Posted by on 24 July 2014 | 2:09 am