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Rosetta's 10-billion-tonne comet

Scientists determine the comet being followed by Europe's Rosetta spacecraft to have a mass of 10 billion tonnes.

Seals 'brought TB to the Americas'

Marine mammals brought tuberculosis to the Americas before the Europeans arrived, a study suggests.

Earliest evidence of snail-eating

Palaeolithic humans in Spain began eating snails 10,000 years earlier than their Mediterranean neighbours, a study reveals.

New dates rewrite Neanderthal story

A new study suggests that modern humans and Neanderthals co-existed in Europe 10 times longer than previously thought.

Superbug measures 'lack evidence'

Researchers suggest some standard methods to reduce the spread of MRSA infections need to be re-evaluated as they may do more harm than good.

Greenland ice sheet losses double

A new assessment from Europe's CryoSat spacecraft shows Greenland to be losing about 375 cu km of ice each year.

'Growth drives UK flooding problems'

Part of the UK's problem with flooding is self-imposed, according to new research.

Tree-hugging snakes put safety first

For the first time, biologists measure the force applied by climbing snakes and find that they squeeze up to five times harder than necessary.

Iceland raises volcano alert level

The risk of an eruption at Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano has increased, as well as the risk level to the aviation industry, meteorologists say.

Elephant deaths reach tipping point

Africa's elephants have reached a tipping point, where more are being killed each year by poachers than are being born, a study suggests.

Vanishing canyon has 50 years left

A gorge in Taiwan, cut through rocks raised by a 1999 earthquake, is disappearing at an unprecedented rate, along with geological evidence.

Richard III 'drank a bottle a day'

Research into Richard III's bones and teeth reveals the last Plantagenet king drank about a bottle of wine a day in the last years of his reign.

River turtle mothers 'talk' to young

Amazon river turtles communicate with their hatchlings and with one another using vocalisations, recordings reveal.

Magpies 'don't steal shiny objects'

Science dispels the popular myth that magpies like to steal shiny objects for their nests.

Beetles' whiteness understood

Scientists discover the secret behind the super-white shells of some beetles.

Spiders 'do better' in cities

Female orb-weaving spiders grow larger and have an increased ability to reproduce when living in urban areas, a new study shows.

Camouflage sheet inspired by octopus

Basing their work on the techniques used by octopuses and cuttlefish, US engineers have produced a flexible, colour-changing material.

Child's drawing 'predicts intellect'

A study suggests the way children draw at the age of four can be a predictor of intelligence 10 years later.

Exotic grains from cosmos identified

Scientists may have identified the first known dust particles from outside our Solar System, in samples returned to Earth by a Nasa space mission.

Smell of dollars may catch smugglers

A probe that sniffs the aroma of dollars is being developed to help US-Mexico border police catch smugglers.

Mosaic image reveals Martian glory

Scientists in Germany have pieced together a stunning mosaic image of the Martian surface.

Pentagon researches hi-tech tank

The research arm of the US military is looking into designs for new, hi-tech tanks, focusing less on armour and more on mobility and speed.

Sweat-powered 'phone battery' made

A battery tattoo powered by perspiration has been unveiled by chemists in California.

SeaWorld to redesign its whale tank

The US marine park SeaWorld is to build a new killer whale enclosure as criticism grows over how the park handles the animals.

Maths helps find climate-proof crops

Researchers are developing mathematical models to help identify genetic material that could improve food crops' resilience to climate change.

Giant Amazon fish 'locally extinct'

A 10 foot long fish which used to dominate the Amazon river has been fished to extinction in a number of areas, a new study shows.

GM flies 'could save crops'

A type of genetically engineered fly which eventually kills itself off can be an effective method of pest control, according to new research.

Rising economies 'ahead on climate'

Four of the world's emerging economies have claimed that they are far ahead of developed countries in their efforts to slow climate change.

Sheep rustling boosts rural crime

Rural crime is rising, with a spate of sheep rustling and an increase in the theft of farming tools, vehicles and fuel driving up the figures.

Osprey pair nest at nature reserve

A pair of rare ospreys nest at a nature reserve in Cumbria for the first time, conservationists confirm.


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