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EU to back alien species blacklist

The European Parliament is voting on a bill to draw up a blacklist to fight the spread of invasive alien species such as killer shrimp.

Birds choose best building materials

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

Early air points to cold, dry Mars

Scientists have worked out the characteristics of the air on Mars 3.6 billion years ago.

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.

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.

SpaceX stands down Falcon launch

SpaceX postpones its latest cargo re-supply mission to the space station after a helium leak is detected in the Falcon launch vehicle.

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.

Robotic sub to search for MH370

Teams searching for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 are to deploy the Bluefin-21 robotic submarine for the first time.

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.

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.

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

Male monkey cares for dying partner

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

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.

'Millions wasted' on flu drug

Hundreds of millions of pounds have been wasted on Tamiflu, a drug for flu that may work no better than paracetamol, a landmark analysis says.

Guinea 'Ebola deaths pass 100'

The Ebola outbreak could take up to four months to contain as the number of people killed by the virus in Guinea passes 100, the UN says.

Cosmos speed-check for dark energy

Scientists produce a precise measurement of the rate at which the early Universe was expanding to try to get new insights on dark energy.

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.

Curbing wind energy to push up bills

Researchers say that plans to restrict wind farms to the seas around Britain will require significantly larger subsidies.

UN set to warn over 'dash for gas'

The United Nations is likely to warn governments that a "dash for gas" will not solve climate change, the BBC's Roger Harrabin reports.

The 100 most distinct and rare birds

Scientists list the world's most distinctive and endangered birds.

Global dip in renewables investment

Global investment in renewables fell during 2013, but the percentage of the world’s electricity generated by renewable sources continued to increase, a report shows.

Panda is artificially inseminated

Edinburgh Zoo's giant Panda Tian Tian is artificially inseminated.

Osprey lays 69th egg at reserve

A bird thought to be the world's oldest breeding osprey lays her 69th egg at a Perthshire nature reserve.

Work starts to protect rare seabird

Work is under way to protect one of the UK's rarest seabirds which breeds on a shingle beach in north Wales.

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