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Antarctic science archive unlocked

Aerial photographs from the 1940s and 1950s are being used to probe the climate history of the Antarctic Peninsula.

LA River's flood role is 'paramount'

Any moves to modify the concrete Los Angeles River, to return parts of it to a more natural setting or to capture water, must not compromise its flood-protection function, say scientists.

Nasa emails spanner into space

Astronauts on the International Space Station use a 3-D printer to make a wrench from instructions sent up in an email.

Stem cell scandal scientist resigns

A Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned.

Birds 'fled day before US tornadoes'

Tracking data reveals that golden-winged warblers fled one day before the April 2014 US tornado outbreak, probably because they "heard it coming".

Carbon mission returns global maps

Nasa's Orbiting Carbon Observatory produces its first global maps of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere.

New record for deepest fish

Fish are filmed more than 8,000m down in the Mariana Trench - the deepest place on Earth.

Shrink ship bubbles ‘for climate fix’

Shrinking the bubbles generated by ships could counteract the impact of climate change, a study suggests.

7ft marine reptile fossil beach find

An amateur fossil hunter has unearthed a 7ft skeleton of a carnivorous marine reptile on a beach in south Wales.

Badger cull fails to meet target

Fewer than half the target number of badgers were killed in this year's cull in Gloucestershire, Defra announces.

Bats 'showing signs of recovery'

Populations of most of Britain's bat species are stable or increasing following previous years of decline, report says.

Philae comet landing 'all a blur'

An image has been released that shows the hairy moment that the Philae comet lander bounced back into space.

Festival lights viewed from space

Satellites view how Christmas in the US and Ramadan in the Middle East brighten the globe.

'Vast store' of world's oldest water

The world's oldest water, which is locked deep within the Earth's crust, is present at a far greater volume than was thought, scientists report.

Sentinel tracks continued Napa slip

The creeping movement of the ground in California's Napa Valley, following its August earthquake, has been observed from space.

Ministers unveil science strategy

The UK government has formally unveiled its strategy for science and innovation.

Squirrels are 'climate culprit'

Arctic ground squirrels could play a greater role in climate change than was previously thought, research suggests.

Yeti polar bear theory challenged

A theory that the Himalayas' mythical yeti is a rare polar bear-brown bear hybrid animal is being challenged.

Methane 'belches' detected on Mars

Nasa's Curiosity rover has detected "belches" of methane gas on Mars - a gas that could hint at past or even present life on the planet.

California's water woes quantified

Scientists assess the scale of the epic California drought and say it will require more than 40 cubic km of water to return the US state to normal.

Even in colour, Comet 67P is grey

The first colour image from the Rosetta spacecraft shows that Comet 67P is even more dark and monochrome than expected.

Cosmic bangs 'common on Earth'

Scientists shed light on the energetic emission of radiation that occurs in thunderstorms.

Autism link to air pollution raised

A link between autism and air pollution during pregnancy has been suggested by scientists.

Life from 'deepest drill' revealed

Tiny microbes uncovered by the deepest-ever marine drilling expedition are analysed by scientists to see how they can survive under the seabed.

Peat is Amazon's carbon superstore

Satellite data reveals that the most dense stores of carbon in Amazonia is not above ground in trees but below ground in peatlands.

Deal reached at UN climate talks

UN member states reach agreement on how countries should tackle climate change, after differences cause talks to overrun by two days.

Threatened birds of prey 'vanish'

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

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.

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.

VIDEO: Mexico welcomes migrating butterflies

Millions of monarch butterflies have arrived in Mexico's forests as part of their annual migration from Canada and the United States.


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