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'New species' of ancient human found

A new species of ancient human has been unearthed in the Afar region of Ethiopia, scientists report.

Robots adapt to damage in seconds

Researchers develop robots that adapt to damage in less than a minute, instead of the many hours needed by traditional self-learning systems.

Earliest evidence of human violence

A human skull from a deep cave in northern Spain shows evidence of a lethal violent attack 430,000 years ago, a study shows.

Mice in space develop thin skin

A study of three mice that spent 91 days on the International Space Station finds abnormalities in their skin.

Crowd size estimated with phone data

A study tests the idea that large crowds can be counted using data from mobile phone usage and Twitter.

Nepal seeks expert advice on tourism

Tourism operators in earthquake-hit Nepal seek guidance from international experts on which areas can be declared safe for trekking and mountaineering.

How Arctic ozone hole was avoided

The Antarctic ozone hole would have been 40% bigger and a hole over the Arctic would have opened up if ozone-depleting chemicals had not been phased out, according to research.

Cold sore virus 'treats skin cancer'

A genetically engineered version of a virus that normally causes cold sores shows real promise for treating skin cancer, say researchers.

Volcano erupts on Galapagos island

A volcanic eruption on one of the Galapagos Islands potentially puts Charles Darwin's evolution ecosystem at risk.

'Loud wakeup call' over rare dolphin

The smallest and rarest marine dolphin in the world could be extinct within 15 years if protection is not stepped up, according to research.

Coastal farm sold to National Trust

Parts of the iconic Great Orme headland in north Wales are safeguarded for the future after being bought by the National Trust.

IS threat to rare bird near Palmyra

Islamic State's capture of Palmyra in Syria threatens the last surviving colony of the northern bald ibis in the Middle East, experts says.

'Dementor' wasp among 139 new species

The 'Dementor' wasp named after the Harry Potter creature is just one of many new species discovered in the Greater Mekong.

DNA hints at earlier dog evolution

Swedish researchers say that dogs may have been domesticated much earlier than some studies suggest.

Ramakrishnan to lead Royal Society

Nobel-winning structural biologist Venki Ramakrishnan is elected to become the next president of the Royal Society.

Tiger-tagging app to boost tracking

A new iPad app is asking users to "tag" tigers in images gathered from the internet, to help researchers with counting and tracking the animals.

Europe drops asteroid sampling idea

Europe will not be mounting a sample-return mission to an asteroid, having rejected the MarcoPolo concept at the third time of asking.

Ministers challenged over CO2 cuts

The UK government’s claim that the country leads the world in cuts of carbon emissions is challenged by researchers at Leeds University.

Huge marine reserve for Pitcairn

The UK government is to establish the largest marine reserve in the world around the Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific.

Mercury pollution risk to Arctic gull

Mercury pollution has risen nearly 50-fold in the feathers of a gull that feeds and breeds in the Arctic, say scientists.

Tidal lagoon 'negotiations open'

Negotiations are opening on a £1bn tidal lagoon scheme in Swansea as the chancellor gives his Budget speech in the House of Commons.

VIDEO: Where does Crossrail waste earth go?

The BBC's Andrew Bomford finds out where the millions of tonnes of earth go that have been excavated during the cross rail project.

VIDEO: Solar plane pilot: 'Weather risk too big'

The planned flight of the sun powered plane, Solar Impulse 2, has been postponed.

VIDEO: How an ancient parasite was frozen in time

Professor David Siveter from the University of Leicester explains how a 425 million year-old parasite was frozen in time at a site in Herefordshire.

VIDEO: Dog evolution 'earlier than thought'

Dogs may have been domesticated much earlier than previously though, Swedish researchers suggest.

VIDEO: Inuit challenge to EU seal ban

The Inuit people of Greenland are challenging an EU ban on seal hunting and the trade in seal meat and skins, arguing it has "crashed" the Inuits' economy.

VIDEO: New ways to grow food in space

A project will see thousands of schoolchildren experiment on seeds that have spent six months on the International Space Station.

VIDEO: Saving North Yorkshire's Tansy beetle

A breeding programme is being set up for the rare Tansy beetle, which is threatened with extinction.

VIDEO: Will your favourite beach fail new test?

Dozens of British beaches and lakes are at risk of failing to meet tougher European water quality standards this summer.

Sending ice to Antarctica

Sending ice from the Alps to Antarctica


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