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Female cave insects have 'penises'

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

Ancient life 'frozen' by impacts

Ancient grasses from the Pampas of Argentina were preserved when asteroids struck the area, scientists report.

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.

'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.

Beard trend 'guided by evolution'

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

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.

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.

Birds choose best building materials

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

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

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.

Flies manoeuvre like fighter jets

New research shows that when a threat comes into view fruit flies make split-second turns reminiscent of those made by fighter jets.

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.

Male monkey cares for dying partner

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

World must end 'dirty' fuel use - UN

A long-awaited report on how to curb climate change says the world must rapidly move away from carbon-intensive fuels.

Germany's green dreams meet harsh reality

As the UN's climate panel meets in Berlin, Germany's fossil fuel industry is as busy as ever, reports David Shukman.

Call to review pet rabbit protection

Pet rabbits need better legal protection in the UK, according to an animal welfare researcher.

New London Zoo cubs in 'rude health'

Six months after a rare tiger cub died, London Zoo's new triplet cubs have been given a clean bill of health.

Female osprey returns to Lakes nest

A female osprey which produced two chicks last year returns to the same nest in the Lake District.

Cameras capture first osprey egg

CCTV cameras capture the first osprey egg of the season to be laid at a reserve in the south west of Scotland.


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