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Climate fund receives $9.3bn pledge

Thirty nations meeting in Berlin have pledged $9.3bn (£6bn) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for climate change.

Geckos inspire 'Spider-Man' gloves

The way geckos climb has inspired a device that allowed a 70kg man to scale a glass wall like Spider-Man.

UK 'to lead moon landing in 10 years'

A British-led consortium outlines its plans to land a robotic probe, paid for by public donations, on the Moon in 10 years' time.

Court puts more heat on diesels

UK government comes under renewed pressure to cut pollution from diesel vehicles following the latest ruling in a battle over clean air.

Planning law change 'catastrophic'

Proposed changes to planning policy would be "catastrophic" for rural areas, rural housing and planning authorities warn.

Sun boosts UK lightning strikes

The number of lightning strikes across the UK has been significantly affected by solar activity, according to new research.

Organic molecules detected on comet

The Philae lander has detected organic molecules on the surface of its comet, scientists have confirmed.

Russia tests 'satellite catcher'

Russia may be testing a satellite capable of chasing down and inspecting other orbiting spacecraft, experts say.

Europe signs on to Orion venture

The European Space Agency and Airbus sign a contract that will see the aerospace giant build the "back end" of America's new manned spaceship.

Wildlife crime wanted list released

The public are being asked to provide information on the locations of nine fugitives suspected of serious environmental crimes.

Camera sees Philae's hairy landing

High-resolution pictures have now been released of the Philae probe around the time of landing on Comet 67P last Wednesday.

Culling to begin at bird flu farm

A cull of 6,000 ducks is due to start following a confirmed case of bird flu at a breeding farm in East Yorkshire.

Rabies risk from puppy smuggling

An increasing number of dogs are being transported to the UK from eastern Europe, risking an outbreak of rabies, a charity is warning.

Lightning strikes 'more as world warms'

Global warming will significantly increase the frequency of lightning strikes, according to US research.

Hopes rise beavers could stay free

Campaigners hope beavers living on an English river could be allowed to remain in the wild if free of disease.

Brian Cox creates pioneering 3D show

TV physicist Brian Cox and the visual effects team behind Gravity are to create a new 3D live show using a cutting-edge augmented reality system.

One kiss 'shares 80 million bugs'

A small study by Dutch scientists suggests a single 10-second kiss can transfer as many as 80 million bacteria.

Skeleton found in Alexander-era tomb

Archaeologists in northern Greece find a skeleton inside a tomb from the time of Alexander the Great, and believe it belonged to a general.

Virgin pilot 'thrown free' in crash

The pilot who survived the Virgin Galactic spaceship crash was thrown clear as the craft broke up around him, investigators say.

'Sad day' as EU chief scientist axed

Researchers across Europe have expressed dismay at the scrapping of the role of EU Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA).

'Twisted light' beamed across Vienna

Physicists send a beam of twisted light 3km through the air above Vienna, transmitting information in this way for the very first time in the open air.

Mind-controlled gene switch made

A study shows that human brainwaves can wirelessly activate light-sensitive genes implanted in mice.

L'Aquila quake verdicts quashed

A group of Italian scientists convicted of manslaughter for failing to predict a deadly earthquake in 2009 have had the verdict quashed.

'World grappling with malnutrition'

Every nation on the planet, except China, is crossing a "malnutrition red line", suffering from too little or too much nutrition, a report warns.

Obama and Xi in emissions pledge

China and the US unveil "historic" new pledges on greenhouse gas emissions, as the two leaders meet for talks in Beijing.

Ministers' shale gas 'hype' attacked

Ministers have "completely oversold" the potential of shale gas, researchers from the UK Energy Research Centre tell the BBC.

Fossil fuel promises 'being broken'

World governments are breaking promises to phase out subsidies for fossil fuels, a report by the Overseas Development Institute says.

National Grid plans to bury cables

Pylon cables will disappear from some parts of England and Wales as National Grid looks to reduce the impact of energy transmission on the landscape.

Bats jam rivals' senses in food race

A species of bat has been observed for the first time interfering with the sound signals of competitors to "steal" food.

Threatened birds of prey 'vanish'

Two of the rarest birds of prey in England, which had been satellite tagged, vanish in unexplained circumstances.


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