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Scars reveal ageing whales' secrets

Scientists studying one of the most mysterious whale species find they form long-term alliances, sometimes lasting many years.

Chicks place low numbers on the left

Scientists in Italy find that baby chickens associate low and high numbers with left and right, respectively - suggesting they may count using a "mental number line" like humans do.

Climate concern 'linked to floods'

Belief in the reality of climate change has risen among the British public, partly because of the 2013 winter floods, according to a report.

Icebergs 'have sound signature'

Listening to icebergs could help to assess the extent of glacier melt, a study suggests.

Skull clue to exodus from Africa

An ancient skull discovered in Israel could shed light on the migration of modern humans out of Africa some 60,000 years ago.

Ebola virus mutating, scientists say

Scientists at the Institut Pasteur in France who are tracking the Ebola outbreak in Guinea say the virus has mutated.

Shell revives Arctic drilling plans

Royal Dutch Shell revives Arctic drilling plans, despite announcing a $15bn cut in global spending and profit figures that disappointed investors.

Astra Zeneca drive for genetic drugs

Astra Zeneca announces a research programme to develop a generation of medicines to treat the genetic causes of many debilitating diseases.

Scottish fracking block announced

The Scottish government announces a block on planned fracking operations, pending the outcome of further inquiries.

Curiosity rover back in the groove

Nasa's Curiosity rover gets straight back to work after a software upgrade by drilling a new test hole.

First step towards saving rhino

Experts are pinning their hopes on in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) to save the northern white rhino from extinction.

'World can cut carbon emissions and live well'

Cutting carbon emissions can be achieved while improving living standards - but big trade-offs in land use and energy are needed, say ministers.

Kepler finds ancient solar system

An ancient solar system similar to our own is discovered by scientists at the University of Birmingham studying data from the Kepler telescope.

Planet hosts giant ring system

Astronomers say they have discovered a gigantic ring system around a distant planet - the first such structure discovered outside our Solar System.

'Dippy' makes way for blue whale

London's Natural History Museum is re-modelling its entrance, moving out the famous Diplodocus skeleton and moving in the bones of a blue whale.

US museums consider London outpost

The world's largest museum and research institution could be heading for London as part of a multi-million dollar redevelopment of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Best ever view of asteroid Ceres

The best image ever acquired of Ceres, the largest asteroid in the Solar System, is now in the hands of science.

AI won't run amok, says Microsoft

The chief of one of Microsoft's research divisions says he does not believe artificial intelligence systems are going to run out of control, threatening humankind.

Near asteroid 2004 BL86 has a moon

Scientists who tracked the large asteroid 2004 BL86 as it passed by Earth say it has a small satellite.

Metal explosions 'driven by charge'

New high-speed video footage suggests that the classic chemistry explosion of an alkali metal in water is driven by positive charges repelling each other.

England's environment 'in decline'

England's natural environment is in decline and its deterioration is harming the economy, an independent advisory group warns.

Risk of extreme weather 'doubles'

Extreme weather arising from a climate phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean will get much worse as the world warms, according to climate modelling.

'Time to link nature and wellbeing'

Scientists need to work together to capitalise on a growing body of evidence showing a link between biodiversity and human wellbeing, a US review suggests.

Obama push to expand Alaskan refuge

President Barack Obama is to propose setting aside the majority of Alaska's national wildlife refuge as a wilderness area.

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: Bottlenose whales show their scars

The giant bottlenose whale - one of the most mysterious marine mammals - forms long-term alliances that last many years, footage reveals.

VIDEO: 'New generation' drug research plan

Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has announced a research programme to develop a new generation of medicines to treat the genetic causes of many debilitating diseases.

VIDEO: How beavers can change our rivers

Claire Marshall looks at the impact beavers have on the environment, after a decision to allow a family of wild beavers to stay on the River Otter in Devon.


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