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New images from Flight MH370 hunt

The team looking for missing flight MH370 releases detailed images of the seabed for the first time, revealing extinct volcanoes and deep depressions.

Complex molecule discovered in space

The discovery of a branched carbon molecule 27,000 light-years from Earth suggests the building blocks of life may be ubiquitous throughout the galaxy.

World wildlife populations 'plummet'

The global loss of species is even worse than previously thought, with wildlife populations halving in just 40 years, a report says.

Date fixed for comet landing attempt

Europe's daring attempt to put a small robot on the surface of Comet 67P will take place on Wednesday 12 November.

Mars rover bites mountain's base

Nasa's Curiosity rover on Mars drills its first full hole since May - into a mudstone at the base of Mount Sharp in Gale Crater.

Obama expands Pacific marine reserve

US President Barack Obama expands a marine reserve in the Pacific, creating the largest network of oceanic protected areas in the world.

African fish nourish Amazon

The Amazon rainforest is being fertilised by the remains of ancient fish blown in by great duststorms from Africa.

'Turtle smuggling' Canadian arrested

A Canadian man is charged with wildlife smuggling after guards at the US border found 51 turtles in his trousers, authorities have said

Indian Mars probe sends first images

India's space agency releases its first pictures of Mars as its satellite begins work a day after entering orbit around the Red Planet.

Threatened birds of prey 'vanish'

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

Brazil releases 'good' mosquitoes

Brazilian researchers release thousands of mosquitoes infected with a bacteria that suppresses dengue fever into the environment in Rio de Janeiro.

Novel antibiotic class created

Scientists have designed a new class of antibiotic which seeks and destroys resistance genes in bacteria.

Melt ponds forecast ice retreat

A UK technique for projecting the extent of summer sea ice in the Arctic demonstrates its skill by accurately calling this year's melt events.

First Russian woman in ISS mission

Russia has sent a woman into space for the first time in 17 years as part of a joint US-Russian mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

Water seen on Neptune-sized planet

A cloud-free atmosphere reveals signs of water vapour on HAT-P-11b, the smallest planet beyond our Solar System ever to yield such an insight.

Cosmic study 'underestimated' dust

Scientists who claimed to have found evidence for a cosmic super-expansion just after the Big Bang underestimated a key confounding factor in their research, according to a new analysis.

Molten metal batteries for the grid

Engineers have invented a battery made of three liquefied metals, which they say is efficient and cheap enough to store power on the electric grid.

'Artificial eye' to detect particles

The human eye has inspired physicists to create a processor that can analyse particle collisions 400 times faster than currently possible.

Slippery banana study wins Ig Nobel

Research that investigated why bananas are slippery when you step on them wins one of this year's Ig Nobel prizes.

Nasa picks astronaut ship designs

The US space agency picks the companies it hopes can take the country's astronauts back into space - a capability lost when the shuttles retired in 2011.

Europeans drawn from three 'tribes'

Most present-day Europeans are a mixture of three ancient populations, according to a major study published in the journal Nature.

Liberia in 'trees for cash' deal

Liberia is to become the first nation in Africa to completely stop cutting down its trees in return for development aid.

Hyenas feast at vulture restaurants

"Restaurants" of dead meat set up for endangered vultures also attract an undesirable clientele of hyenas and jackals, according to a six-year study.

Farming 'vital for global growth'

Scientific agricultural advances can help "climate-proof" farming systems around the globe, especially in developing nations, a conference will hear.

Global protests over climate change

Street protests demanding urgent action on climate change attract hundreds of thousands of marchers across more than 2,000 locations worldwide.

Rockefellers to divest fossil fuels

The Rockefeller family, which made its fortune from oil, is to sell its investments in fossil fuels and put money into clean energy.

Murder 'comes naturally' to chimps

A major international study finds that killings among chimpanzees result from normal competition, not human interference.

Inky prints show state of hedgehogs

Hedgehogs are more thinly spread in the UK than previously believed, a study using ink pads to record their paw prints reveals.

Ancient China fish 'nearly extinct'

The Chinese sturgeon, thought to have existed for more than 140 million years, is now on the brink of extinction, say local media.

Brazil builds giant Amazon tower

Construction has begun on a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon basin in Brazil to monitor climate change.


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