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Sharks can be 'social or solitary'

A UK study finds that the most feared predators in the sea have individual personalities, which determine how readily they socialise.

Moon's hidden valley system revealed

Scientists identify a huge rectangular feature on the Moon that is probably the buried remains of an ancient rift valley system.

Texas checks 100 for Ebola exposure

As many as 100 people in Texas are being checked for exposure to Ebola after a man was diagnosed in Dallas with the disease, health officials say.

Farmers to protest milk price cuts

Following the announcement of fresh price cuts, dairy farmers say they will take direct action within the next four days.

Sites vie for European Mars landing

The European Space Agency produces a list of four possible locations on Mars where it could send a rover in 2018.

Record haul-out for Pacific walrus

Tens of thousands of Pacific walrus have been photographed moving ashore in northwest Alaska.

Chimp culture captured on camera

Researchers capture the social spread of a new type of tool use in a wild population of chimps for the first time.

US and India sign space agreement

The space agencies of India and the US sign an agreement on future co-operation at Mars and at Earth.

Protest halts Nasa spaceflight plans

Nasa is facing a delay to work on two new commercial spacecraft after a formal protest about the contract award process.

Panama opens biodiversity museum

Panama inaugurates a museum designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry to celebrate one of the world's richest eco-systems.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

Novel antibiotic class created

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

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.

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.

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.

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.


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