Forest land rights need global focus

Recognising the land rights of local people could provide cost-effective protection for many of the world's tropical forests, a report says.

Posted by on 18 September 2014 | 7:21 pm

'Artificial eye' to detect particles

The human eye has inspired physicists to create a processor that can analyse particle collisions 400 times faster than currently possible.

Posted by on 18 September 2014 | 7:12 pm

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014

Twinkling stars and swirling gases - winning visions of the night sky

Posted by on 18 September 2014 | 5:19 am

Murder 'comes naturally' to chimps

A major international study finds that killings among chimpanzees result from normal competition, not human interference.

Posted by on 18 September 2014 | 2:43 am

Europeans drawn from three 'tribes'

Most present-day Europeans are a mixture of three ancient populations, according to a major study published in the journal Nature.

Posted by on 17 September 2014 | 12:46 pm

Ebola global security threat - Obama

US President Barack Obama calls the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a threat to security worldwide while announcing a larger US role, including 3,000 troops, to help fight the virus.

Posted by on 17 September 2014 | 7:12 am

Richard III death injuries revealed

King Richard III was probably killed by two blows to the head during a "sustained attack", according to new research.

Posted by on 17 September 2014 | 4:29 am

Ebola vaccine trial begins

A trial of an experimental vaccine against the Ebola virus is to begin in Oxford.

Posted by on 17 September 2014 | 1:04 am

Inky prints show state of hedgehogs

Hedgehogs are more thinly spread in the UK than previously believed, a study using ink pads to record their paw prints reveals.

Posted by on 16 September 2014 | 8:30 pm

Better mobility key for clean cities

Effective urban transit systems can encourage people out of their cars and provide a cost-effective way to tackle climate change, a report suggests.

Posted by on 16 September 2014 | 8:29 pm

Chin strap turns chewing into power

Engineers build a chin strap that harnesses the energy produced by jaw movements, and could one day power hearing aids or bluetooth earpieces.

Posted by on 16 September 2014 | 8:27 pm

VIDEO: Examining a rare colossal squid

Scientists have had the extremely rare chance to examine an intact colossal squid after it was accidentally caught in the Antarctic, as Mauricio Olmedo-Perez reports

Posted by on 16 September 2014 | 7:18 pm

Five bugs that lurk in changing rooms

Five bugs that lurk in changing rooms

Posted by on 16 September 2014 | 6:25 pm

The freedivers who swim with whales

The freedivers risking their lives to swim with whales

Posted by on 16 September 2014 | 6:16 pm

VIDEO: Lasers deliver brighter 3D films

BBC Click looks at a new laser projector that promises to deliver brighter and clearer pictures.

Posted by on 16 September 2014 | 6:16 pm

VIDEO: Leonardo DiCaprio's UN climate role

The Hollywood actor, Leonardo diCaprio, has been appointed as a United Nations representative on climate change.

Posted by on 16 September 2014 | 5:08 pm

Nasa picks astronaut ship designs

The US space agency picks the companies it hopes can take the country's astronauts back into space - a capability lost when the shuttles retired in 2011.

Posted by on 16 September 2014 | 3:42 pm

VIDEO: Hurricane Odile stuns Mexico resorts

Hurricane Odile causes devastation in the beach resorts of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, triggering looting in some areas.

Posted by on 16 September 2014 | 2:10 am

Climate change remedies 'affordable'

A global commission says the extra costs of tackling climate change will be 'modest', but doing nothing could put the world economy at risk.

Posted by on 16 September 2014 | 12:57 am

VIDEO: Haiti's disease-fighting eco toilet

Poor sanitation has caused serious health problems in Haiti - but could a special eco toilet improve the situation?

Posted by on 16 September 2014 | 12:29 am

Red card for 'greenest' government

The government is failing to reduce air pollution, protect biodiversity and prevent flooding, a cross-party body of MPs says.

Posted by on 15 September 2014 | 8:44 pm

VIDEO: 'Audacious' comet landing site chosen

Europe's Rosetta mission, which aims to land on a 4km-wide comet later this year, identifies what it thinks is the safest place to touch down.

Posted by on 15 September 2014 | 6:45 pm

Build your Martian dream home

Is this how the cities of Mars will be built?

Posted by on 15 September 2014 | 6:00 pm

Goldfish has brain operation

An Australian goldfish called George is recovering from successful microsurgery in which a large tumour was removed from his brain.

Posted by on 15 September 2014 | 12:46 pm

US gas leaks not caused by fracking

A new study suggests that the contamination of drinking water by shale gas is due to faulty wells and not hydraulic fracturing.

Posted by on 15 September 2014 | 8:16 am