Overgrown sheep 'sets fleece record'

An overgrown sheep found wandering near Australia's capital sets an unofficial world record for the heaviest fleece.

Posted by on 2 September 2015 | 11:20 pm

Earth's trees number 'three trillion'

A new report says there are three trillion trees on Earth, eight times more than the previous best estimate.

Posted by on 2 September 2015 | 10:31 pm

Emissions 'far above' 2C target

Researchers say that global efforts to cut carbon are far short of what's needed to avert dangerous climate change.

Posted by on 2 September 2015 | 5:29 pm

Starfish-killing robot ready to test

An autonomous starfish-killing robot will be ready for field trials on the Great Barrier Reef this month, researchers say.

Posted by on 2 September 2015 | 10:38 am

Maths helps prepare for new diseases

Researchers develop a mathematical model that can help determine the surveillance effort required to detect the arrival of costly invasive pathogens.

Posted by on 2 September 2015 | 3:22 am

VIDEO: Wild forest lab studies immunity

Patches of Kielder forest are being turned into a wild laboratories, to work out the environmental triggers for common diseases.

Posted by on 2 September 2015 | 3:16 am

Enigma of the trees that resist wildfires

Scientists reveal the secrets behind the trees that can resist wildfires.

Posted by on 1 September 2015 | 2:40 pm

Climate event 'among strongest'

This year's El Nino weather phenomenon could be one of the strongest on record according to the World Meteorological Organization.

Posted by on 1 September 2015 | 12:10 pm

Viewpoint: Uncomfortable realities of big game hunting

Trophy hunting has been the subject of much media attention, but is a blanket ban really the answer?

Posted by on 1 September 2015 | 7:01 am

Zen approach to Himalayan warming

The Buddhist country of Bhutan has won plaudits for its approach to tackling climate change, says Matt McGrath.

Posted by on 1 September 2015 | 1:42 am

Obama in plea for climate deal

President Obama pushes for a global deal on cutting carbon emissions, saying it is time "to protect the one planet we've got while we still can".

Posted by on 31 August 2015 | 10:57 pm

Seabirds 'blighted by plastic waste'

Unless something is done to stem the flow of waste to the oceans, virtually every seabird will be ingesting plastic debris by 2050, say scientists.

Posted by on 31 August 2015 | 4:55 pm

VIDEO: Slow-melting ice cream developed

Scientists develop a way to make ice cream smoother and less likely to melt so quickly on a hot summer day.

Posted by on 31 August 2015 | 5:37 am

VIDEO: Neurologist Oliver Sacks dies aged 82

Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks dies of cancer aged 82

Posted by on 30 August 2015 | 5:37 pm

Pluto probe's next target chosen

Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft has a new target to aim for following its historic flyby of Pluto.

Posted by on 30 August 2015 | 11:09 am

Neurologist Oliver Sacks dies aged 82

British neurologist and acclaimed author Oliver Sacks dies at the age of 82.

Posted by on 30 August 2015 | 9:42 am

Row over Caribbean dolphin parks plan

Turks and Caicos Islands debates marine mammal park

Posted by on 29 August 2015 | 6:40 pm

VIDEO: Using science to combat flooding

Scientists at Newcastle University are going in search of floods, trying to learn what causes them so they can prevent future flash flooding.

Posted by on 29 August 2015 | 6:03 pm

VIDEO: Nasa team 'living on Mars' for a year

A team of Nasa recruits begins living near a barren volcano in Hawaii to simulate what life would be like on Mars.

Posted by on 29 August 2015 | 2:59 am

Satellite revisits Hurricane Katrina

A UK-built satellite delivered the first orbital picture to US disaster response coordinators following Hurricane Katrina. Ten years on, a British spacecraft has re-imaged the Mississippi Delta.

Posted by on 28 August 2015 | 1:05 pm

Has Defra shown badger culling works?

Pallab Ghosh assesses the evidence for the decision to extend the cull of badgers to control TB in cattle.

Posted by on 28 August 2015 | 12:04 pm

The washing away of Cajun culture

Why Cajun culture is being washed away

Posted by on 27 August 2015 | 2:16 am

Aphantasia: A life without mental images

A life without mental images

Posted by on 25 August 2015 | 6:00 pm

How a tiny backpack could solve the mystery of mass bee deaths

This could be how to solve the mystery of mass bee deaths

Posted by on 24 August 2015 | 10:25 pm

'Oldest' message in a bottle found

A message in a bottle that washed up more than 108 years after it was thrown into the sea may be the world's oldest, a marine association says.

Posted by on 21 August 2015 | 10:40 am