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BBC News - Science/Nature - UK Edition 

MH370 search faces tough next phase

The next part of the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 will be very challenging in places, sea-floor mapping data suggests.

Galileo satellites on wrong orbit

The European Space Agency says the latest two satellites for Europe's version of the US GPS sat-nav system have not gone into the correct orbit.

Iceland issues volcano red alert

Iceland issues a red alert to the aviation industry for Bardarbunga volcano, meaning significant ash emissions are likely.

Urban areas are hives for wild bees

A study finds a "considerable richness" of bee species in urban habitats, suggesting cities could help maintain healthy populations of the vital pollinators.

Warming 'pause' may last until 2025

The hiatus in the rise in global temperatures is being caused by the Atlantic Ocean and could last another 10 years, say researchers.

Stench of decay turns coral away

Baby coral and fish can smell the difference between good and bad reefs, say marine ecologists.

Hints of elusive early stars found

Astronomers may have discovered the chemical signature of one of the Universe's earliest stars.

Curiosity drill test cut short

Nasa's Curiosity rover looks to examine another sample of Martian rock, but its drill test in a slab dubbed "Bonanza King" fails to complete properly.

US Ebola patients out of hospital

One of the US aid workers who recovered from the Ebola virus says he is "thrilled to be alive" as he and another patient are discharged from hospital.

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.

Aircraft to have 'human-like skin'

A British defence firm is working on technology that will give aircraft a "skin" of sensors, allowing it to feel in a similar way to humans.

Four white lion cubs born in Germany

Four rare white lion cubs - three males and one female - are born at a circus on tour in eastern Germany.

Darwin's barnacles found in Denmark

A gift from the world-famous naturalist is to go on display in Copenhagen.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Beetles' whiteness understood

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

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.

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.

Magpies 'don't steal shiny objects'

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

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.

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.

Rare species found in marine study

Divers discover rare species of marine life such as stalked jellyfish and squat lobsters in a study of Somerset's Porlock Bay.

Osprey pair nest at nature reserve

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

Drugs-bust primate given UK asylum

A primate confiscated during a drugs raid by police in the Maldives is flown 5,000 miles to the UK to start a new life.


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