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Asteroid impact risks 'underplayed'

A visualisation showing where sizeable asteroids have hit the Earth in recent years has been released by the B612 Foundation.

Mystery of 'ocean quacks' solved

The mystery of a bizarre quacking sound often heard in the Southern Ocean has finally been solved, scientists report.

Graphene 'made with kitchen blender'

Scientists have outlined how they managed to make the wonder material graphene using a kitchen blender.

Flood defence assessment completed

For the first time in its history, the Environment Agency assesses the state of all flood defences in England following 'unprecedented' winter storms.

Malta criticised for mass bird shoot

A leading British naturalist accuses Malta of failing to prevent large-scale illegal shooting of migratory birds by hunters.

SpaceX launches station cargo flight

US company SpaceX launches its latest re-supply mission to the International Space Station, sending up a Dragon freighter to rendezvous with the orbiting platform on Sunday.

Female cave insects have 'penises'

Female insects with 'penises' have been discovered in Brazil - the first example of an animal with sex-reversed genitalia.

US 'delays' Keystone XL decision

The US state department gives federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL oil pipeline before determining whether to issue a permit.

'Most Earth-like planet yet' found

A planet that is close in size to the Earth and that could hold water on its surface has been identified by the Kepler telescope.

EU green light for UK carbon project

A British project to capture CO2 and bury it under the North Sea looks set to receive a 300m-euro boost from the EU.

Birth of 'new Saturn moon' witnessed

Scientists say they have discovered what could be the birth of a new moon in the rings of Saturn.

EU Sentinel returns first images

The first images come back from the radar satellite launched as part of the European Union's new flagship Earth-observation project.

Artists have unique brain structure

Artists' brains are structurally different to non-artists in areas relating to fine motor movements and visual imagery, a study finds.

Czech deer still avoid Iron Curtain

A new study has found that deer on the border between the Czech Republic and old West Germany still stick to their sides despite the barrier having vanished long ago.

'World's fastest' lift to be built

Hitachi says it will install a lift capable of reaching speeds of 72km/h (45mph) into a skyscraper in Guangzhou, southern China.

Early air points to cold, dry Mars

Scientists use impact craters to work out the characteristics of the air on Mars 3.6 billion years ago.

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.

Hepatitis C trial a 'turning point'

A new treatment for hepatitis C cured 90% of patients with the infection in 12 weeks, say scientists after studies in Europe and the US.

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.

Airbus wins major weather prize

The competition to manufacture the next generation of Europe's most important series of weather satellites is won by Airbus Defence and Space.

Doctors implant lab-grown vagina

Four women have had new vaginas grown in the laboratory and implanted by doctors in the US.

Birds choose best building materials

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

EU approves alien species blacklist

The European Parliament has approved new legislation to stem the spread of invasive species such as "killer" shrimp or Japanese knotweed.

Double whammy threatens Amazon trees

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

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.

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.

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.

Squirrel 'supermum' stuns wardens

A red squirrel at a conservation centre in Norfolk stuns wardens by producing her 48th kitten in six years.

Scottish wildlife rescues up 18%

The Scottish SPCA's new national wildlife rescue centre released nearly 2,800 injured animals back into the wild in 2013.

Seal cull abandoned amid protests

A major wild salmon producer says it is giving up the culling of seals after protests at a harbour in the north east of Scotland.


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