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BBC News - Science/Nature - UK Edition 

Physics reveals how nature sparkles

Researchers reveal that the same physical mechanism is behind many of nature's most dazzling shines.

Slumbering lions win top photo prize

A black and white image of lions resting on a rock outcrop in the Serengeti has won the 2014 Wildlife Photographer of the Year award.

Tractor beam breaks distance record

Scientists have turned a laser into a reversible "tractor beam" that can repel or attract objects.

Pesticide bans 'could hit UK crops'

The EU's decision to ban the use of some pesticides could threaten UK crops, increase food prices and hit farmers' profits, a report claims.

Aussie bees fight 'hive wars'

Bee colonies in Brisbane are waging war for months on end, according to a new study, and the victorious swarms are taking over the hives of rival species.

Man walks again after transplant

A paralysed man becomes the first in the world to walk again following a pioneering therapy which involved transplanting cells from his nose into his severed spinal cord.

Ebola serum for Africa 'in weeks'

Treatments to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa should become available in the coming weeks and months, says the World Health Organization.

Europe 'will fail to protect climate'

IPCC expert says EU's plan consigns future leaders to “extraordinary and unprecedented” CO2 cuts.

African solar plan to power UK homes

Investors are seeking funding from the UK government for an ambitious plan to import solar energy generated in North Africa.

Comet Siding Spring skims past Mars

A recently discovered comet known as Siding Spring passes Mars, giving scientists a unique chance to study the object.

Sex emerged in ancient Scottish lake

The first animals to copulate were small fish that lived 385 million years ago in what is now Scotland, a study suggests.

UK city planning advice for China

UK planning experts are to advise Chinese mayors on the benefits of building environmentally friendly cities.

Mysterious US space plane returns

An unmanned US military plane on a secretive two-year mission in space has returned to Earth in California.

Solar farms 'blight on landscape'

Environment Secretary Liz Truss says large-scale solar farms are "ugly" as she confirms plans to cut a taxpayer subsidy for the schemes.

New disease 'killing amphibians'

A deadly new disease has emerged in Spain that is wiping out amphibians, scientists report.

Giant kangaroo 'walked on two feet'

A family of extinct kangaroos, three times bigger than living species, probably walked rather than hopped, according to a detailed study of their bones.

Carnivores 'help trees shed thorns'

The presence of carnivores, which control herbivore numbers, helps plants without thorny defences thrive, a study of life on the savannah reveals.

Audi claims self-drive speed record

Audi says one of its self-drive test cars topped 149mph (240km/h) at a race track in Germany, beating a human-driven version.

Students build Oculus Moon robot

US team develop a robot that can send back live pictures from the Moon as part of attempt to win Google's Lunar X-Prize.

Death Star moon is 'wonky or watery'

The internal structure of Saturn's moon Mimas is either irregularly shaped or awash with water, according to a new study of its tell-tale wobbling movements.

Name sought for comet landing site

The public are being invited to name the site on a comet where a European robot will try to land on 12 November.

UK science 'losing ground' to rivals

Campaigners say the UK will lose its leading position in science and engineering unless current cutbacks are reversed.

Mercury's hidden water-ice revealed

A Nasa spacecraft has provided the first optical images of ice within permanently shadowed craters on the planet Mercury.

Ancient mosaic found at Greece tomb

Archaeologists in Greece uncover a large floor mosaic at a huge burial site at Amphipolis dating to the time of Alexander the Great.

New form of space weather identified

A new form of solar cloud is identified by research led by Dundee University into "space weather" emanating from the Sun.

Smart meters open to hack attack

Smart meters widely used in Spain can be hacked to cut power bills, two security researchers find.

Plants 'absorb more CO2 than thought'

Global climate models under play the amount of CO2 being absorbed by plants, according to new research.

Paterson in 'lights out' warning

The government's energy policy will "fail to keep the lights on", the former environment secretary has said.

UK waters face 'invasional meltdown'

Scientists warn that an army of organisms from Turkey and Ukraine is poised to invade Britain's waterways and destroy native species.

Woman finds three-inch leech in nose

A backpacker finds a leech which had been living in her nose for a month after returning from a trip to South East Asia.


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