Beard trend 'guided by evolution'

The boom and bust of men's beard fashions may mirror Darwinian selection, scientists say.

Posted by on 16 April 2014 | 4:56 am

EU to back alien species blacklist

The European Parliament is voting on a bill to draw up a blacklist to fight the spread of invasive alien species such as killer shrimp.

Posted by on 15 April 2014 | 10:21 pm

Birds choose best building materials

Birds learn to choose the the best building materials for their nests, rather than building from instinct, say scientists.

Posted by on 15 April 2014 | 8:55 pm

Sweet or sour? Duping our taste buds

Would this dessert taste different on a black plate?

Posted by on 15 April 2014 | 6:00 pm

Early air points to cold, dry Mars

Scientists have worked out the characteristics of the air on Mars 3.6 billion years ago.

Posted by on 15 April 2014 | 11:23 am

Privacy fears over FBI database

A facial recognition database being built by the FBI could contain over 52m images by 2015 causing concern to privacy campaigners

Posted by on 15 April 2014 | 9:33 am

What was the mysterious black ring in Leamington Spa?

Just what is the black ring in Leamington Spa?

Posted by on 15 April 2014 | 9:24 am

Double whammy threatens Amazon trees

The combination of fire and extreme weather events could accelerate tree mortality in the Amazon, a study suggests.

Posted by on 15 April 2014 | 8:18 am

How to move a T-Rex dinosaur

Moving a dinosaur skeleton across the US

Posted by on 15 April 2014 | 6:16 am

Panda is artificially inseminated

Edinburgh Zoo's giant Panda Tian Tian is artificially inseminated.

Posted by on 15 April 2014 | 6:04 am

'Blood moon' eclipse in Americas

Your photos across the Americas of lunar eclipse

Posted by on 15 April 2014 | 5:42 am

Americas see 'Blood moon' eclipse

Skywatchers in the Americas have caught a rare celestial show caused by the Earth's shadow falling across the Moon.

Posted by on 15 April 2014 | 5:34 am

VIDEO: Footage of rare 'blood moon' eclipse

People in the Americas have been treated to a rare "blood moon" lunar eclipse. Jonathan Amos explains the science behind the colour change.

Posted by on 15 April 2014 | 5:15 am

Water quality at beaches 'excellent'

A record 73% of beaches in the UK have "excellent" water quality because of last summer's dry weather, says the Marine Conservation Society.

Posted by on 15 April 2014 | 1:40 am

VIDEO: How to pack a dinosaur for a move

How to prep dinosaur remains for a 2,000 mile road trip

Posted by on 14 April 2014 | 10:50 pm

Climate fears over Colombia drought

Colombia's Casanare region ill-prepared for drought

Posted by on 14 April 2014 | 6:43 pm

Male monkey cares for dying partner

A wild male marmoset is filmed embracing and caring for his dying female partner.

Posted by on 14 April 2014 | 6:33 pm

Asia pollution drives Pacific storms

Air pollution in China and other Asian countries is having far-reaching impacts on weather patterns across the Northern Hemisphere, a study suggests.

Posted by on 14 April 2014 | 6:24 pm

SpaceX stands down Falcon launch

SpaceX postpones its latest cargo re-supply mission to the space station after a helium leak is detected in the Falcon launch vehicle.

Posted by on 14 April 2014 | 5:41 pm

A 13-year-old eagle huntress in Mongolia

A 13-year-old catching foxes with her golden eagle

Posted by on 14 April 2014 | 4:12 pm

Dutch unveil glow in the dark road

Streetlights on a 500m stretch of highway in the Netherlands are replaced by glow in the dark road markings in a pilot project.

Posted by on 14 April 2014 | 11:25 am

Mini-sub starts search for MH370 wreckage

Mapping the ocean floor where missing Malaysian jet may be

Posted by on 14 April 2014 | 11:14 am

Canal fish removed to stop poaching

More than 1,098kg (2,421lb) of fish is removed from a Wiltshire canal in a bid to stop illegal fishing.

Posted by on 14 April 2014 | 9:53 am

Pentagon eyes drone wi-fi hotspots

The US defence department is working on how to use old drones to provide wi-fi in remote locations, such as on the battlefield.

Posted by on 14 April 2014 | 9:22 am

Alderney puffins 'need better laws'

As puffins return to Alderney following the devastating winter weather, conservationists demand tougher laws.

Posted by on 14 April 2014 | 6:50 am