CITES species body rejects process for ivory sales

Delegates at the Cites meeting in Johannesburg have defeated an attempt to set up a process to resume sales of ivory.

Posted on: 27 September 2016 | 3:05 am

Proteins from 'deep time' found in ostrich eggshell

Scientists extract fossil proteins - some of biological tissue's building blocks - in a 3.8 million year-old ostrich eggshell.

Posted on: 27 September 2016 | 2:45 am

Water spotted spurting from Jupiter's moon

Nasa says jets of water spotted spurting from Jupiter's moon, Europa, take them a step closer to finding out if there is life in space.

Posted on: 26 September 2016 | 3:22 pm

Europa moon 'spewing water jets'

Further evidence has been obtained to show that Jupiter's icy moon Europa throws jets of water out into space.

Posted on: 26 September 2016 | 1:13 pm

SpaceX 'Mars' rocket engine tested

Private company SpaceX has carried out its first test of the Raptor rocket engine designed to send humans to Mars.

Posted on: 26 September 2016 | 7:44 am

'Colossal' wasp nest found in Corby attic

A "colossal" wasp nest the size of a "barrel" with a 1.4m tunnel attached is found in an attic.

Posted on: 26 September 2016 | 6:46 am

China's Geely auto group backs Bloodhound

China’s Geely auto group has become the main sponsor behind the British Bloodhound supersonic car project, enabling an assault on the land speed record.

Posted on: 26 September 2016 | 5:11 am

Nelly the enemy?

As the Cites conference on endangered species meets in Johannesburg, Matt McGrath travelled to Zambia to hear the voices of people with first-hand experience of conflicts between humans and wildlife.

Posted on: 25 September 2016 | 7:36 pm

Pangolin: The most trafficked mammal in the world

A conference in South Africa could make the trade in pangolin illegal.

Posted on: 25 September 2016 | 6:08 pm

New report confirms grim outlook for elephants

Elephant populations in Africa have declined by around 111,000 over the past ten years according to a new study presented at the Cites meeting in South Africa.

Posted on: 25 September 2016 | 6:55 am

China's colossal radio telescope begins testing

The world's largest radio telescope has received its first signals from space and is now entering an intensive testing phase.

Posted on: 25 September 2016 | 4:41 am

Poor food 'risks health of half the world'

As the population grows over the next 20 years half the world will be left malnourished, an independent panel of experts on food and agriculture warns.

Posted on: 24 September 2016 | 8:28 pm

Grand Canyon in blue

President Barack Obama has created the first underwater national monument off the US east coast, protecting a vast ecosystem of canyons and extinct volcanoes. It is home to thousands of rare species, but is also a source of controversy.

Posted on: 24 September 2016 | 6:38 pm

How to encourage hedgehogs into your garden

A hedgehog officer explains how to help hedgehogs in your garden

Posted on: 24 September 2016 | 6:34 pm

Horses can communicate with us - scientists

Horses have joined a select club of animals that can communicate by pointing to symbols, say scientists.

Posted on: 23 September 2016 | 6:13 pm

Species body says extra elephant protection could boost ivory trade

The body tasked with managing trade in endangered species will oppose efforts to increase global protection for elephants, saying it could spark a new trade in ivory.

Posted on: 23 September 2016 | 5:30 am

Bird flu poses threat to penguins - scientists

Flu carried by migratory birds poses a risk to penguins living in Antarctica, scientists warn.

Posted on: 23 September 2016 | 4:00 am

Dry tropical forests 'overlooked and under threat'

Tropical dry forests are among the most threatened habitats on the planet, yet remain overlooked by scientists and conservationists, warn researchers.

Posted on: 22 September 2016 | 8:49 pm

UK researchers tap into China's scientific powerhouse

The government is to outline its plans to strengthen collaborative research between the UK and China.

Posted on: 22 September 2016 | 7:37 pm

Ig Nobel win for Alpine 'goat man'

A British man who lived in the Swiss Alps as a goat for three days wins one of this year's Ig Nobel prizes.

Posted on: 22 September 2016 | 6:06 pm

Scientists solve singing fish mystery

Scientists bring singing fish into their lab to work out the biological secret of an aquatic creature that hums at night.

Posted on: 22 September 2016 | 12:58 pm

Scientists solve singing fish mystery

Scientists solve the bizarre mystery of the fish that hums at night.

Posted on: 22 September 2016 | 11:01 am

Prince William: 'We must do more on illegal ivory trade'

The Duke of Cambridge has called on world leaders to do more to combat the illegal wildlife trade.

Posted on: 22 September 2016 | 9:26 am

DNA hints at earlier human exodus from Africa

Evidence for an early exodus of modern humans from Africa may have been detected in living humans.

Posted on: 22 September 2016 | 9:25 am

See what a button battery can do to a child's throat

Medical correspondent Fergus Walsh demonstrates what can happen if a button battery gets lodged in a child's throat, after a warning from surgeons over the dangers.

Posted on: 22 September 2016 | 5:32 am