White humpback Migaloo spotted off Australia's Byron Bay

A rare white humpback whale has been spotted off Australia's east coast travelling at a leisurely pace not far from the famous holiday town Byron Bay.

Posted by on 26 July 2016 | 12:39 am

Sri Lanka prime minister: Mangroves curb climate threat

On World Mangrove Day, Sri Lanka's prime minister says mangroves' ability to swiftly absorb carbon make them vital in the fight to curb climate change.

Posted by on 25 July 2016 | 11:09 pm

Solar Impulse completes historic round-the-world trip

The first round-the-world solar powered flight has been completed.

Posted by on 25 July 2016 | 10:26 pm

Solar Impulse completes historic round-the-world trip

The Solar Impulse becomes the first aircraft to circle the globe powered by the sun after landing in Abu Dhabi on the last leg of its journey.

Posted by on 25 July 2016 | 9:46 pm

Dutch men revealed as world's tallest

When it comes to height, Dutch men and Latvian women tower over all other nationalities, a study reveals.

Posted by on 25 July 2016 | 6:39 pm

In pictures

Photographer Charles Fox documents the work of the Trapang Sangke fishing community in Cambodia.

Posted by on 25 July 2016 | 6:11 pm

New trials for delivering goods by drones

The UK government's getting together with the retail giant Amazon, to start testing flying drones that can deliver parcels to your door.

Posted by on 25 July 2016 | 6:02 pm

Scans reveal how teenage brain develops

The areas of the brain involved in complex thought are the ones that change the most during the teenage years, research shows.

Posted by on 25 July 2016 | 2:00 pm

Tigers maul two women at Beijing wildlife park

Tigers at a wildlife park in Beijing have killed one woman and injured another after the pair left their vehicle, Chinese media reports say.

Posted by on 24 July 2016 | 5:56 am

Rare bog butterfly flutters back from brink

A small bog in Lancashire is once again home to a rare species of butterfly, for the first time in 100 years.

Posted by on 22 July 2016 | 7:37 pm

Telescopes: A giant leap for Africa

Currently under construction, the MeerKAT telescope in South Africa is establishing its role in scientific research.

Posted by on 22 July 2016 | 5:50 am

Sunburned dolphin spotted in Moray Firth

A dolphin that was sunburned while stranded out of water on mudflats for 24 hours in May appears to be recovering from its injuries.

Posted by on 22 July 2016 | 5:17 am

Super-hard metal 'four times tougher than titanium'

A super-hard metal is made in the laboratory by melting together titanium and gold.

Posted by on 21 July 2016 | 10:59 pm

Drought 'shuts down Amazon carbon sink'

A recent drought shut down the Amazon Basin's carbon sink by killing trees and slowing trees' growth rates, a first-of-its-kind study shows.

Posted by on 21 July 2016 | 10:56 pm

Wild birds 'come when called' to help hunt honey

Honey hunters in Mozambique rely on the help of honeyguide birds - and a new study reveals their two-way communication.

Posted by on 21 July 2016 | 1:12 pm

Brain map carves cortex into twice as many areas

A brain map built up from scans of more than 400 individuals has carved the "cortex" into 180 different compartments, including 97 new ones.

Posted by on 21 July 2016 | 8:01 am

Twycross Zoo begins great ape heart disease study

Twycross Zoo and the University of Nottingham are to look into why great apes are susceptible to heart disease.

Posted by on 20 July 2016 | 6:18 pm

South Africa's great white sharks 'facing extinction'

South Africa's great white shark population is heading for possible extinction‚ after a rapid decline in numbers, say researchers.

Posted by on 20 July 2016 | 1:36 pm

June 2016 'hottest worldwide in modern history'

June 2016 was the hottest June worldwide in modern history - marking the 14th month in a row that global temperature records have been broken

Posted by on 20 July 2016 | 1:11 pm

Vast asteroid created 'Man in Moon's eye' crater

One of the biggest craters on the Moon's surface was created by an asteroid more than 250km across, a study suggests.

Posted by on 20 July 2016 | 12:11 pm

Scots offshore wind 'pretty much dead', former minister claims

A former UK energy minister claims the offshore wind industry in Scotland is "pretty much dead" after a legal challenge to four projects.

Posted by on 20 July 2016 | 10:36 am

Google uses AI to save on electricity from data centres

Its artificial intelligence division, DeepMind, has cut Google's data centres' energy consumption by 15%, using a machine-learning algorithm.

Posted by on 20 July 2016 | 8:01 am

UK lab animal numbers holding steady

New figures show that animal experiments in UK labs are continuing at an almost identical rate to recent years.

Posted by on 20 July 2016 | 7:55 am

Cuckoo migration 'now more perilous'

Britain has lost more than 70 percent of its cuckoos in the last 25 years, but tiny tracking devices fitted to some of the birds may have solved the mystery of their decline.

Posted by on 20 July 2016 | 2:06 am

Infrastructure 'still faces flood risk'

Britain's roads, bridges, railways, hospitals, electricity, gas, water and internet remain at risk from floods, a government review will soon concede.

Posted by on 20 July 2016 | 12:00 am