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Graphene promise for body armour

The "wonder material" graphene could be used to make bulletproof armour, new research suggests.

Risk from extreme weather rises

Royal Society says combination of population growth and climate change will increase danger to cities.

Bear back in Chernobyl after century

Camera traps, used by a project assessing radioactive exposure impacts on wildlife, record the first photos of a brown bear in Chernobyl's exclusion zone.

UK team's data bonanza from comet

UK researchers obtain "rich" data from the Philae lander just before its power died.

Climate fixes 'could harm billions'

Schemes to tackle climate change could prove disastrous for billions of people, but might be required for the good of the planet, scientists say.

Watson to sell Nobel Prize for DNA

James Watson is to sell the Nobel Prize medal he won for the discovery of the structure of DNA.

Gravity map traces ocean circulation

Scientists use gravity data to produce what they say is the most accurate space view yet of global ocean currents and the speed at which they move.

Stone age axe found with wood handle

Archaeologists in Denmark have uncovered an incredibly rare find: a stone age axe held within its wooden handle.

Urban farming helps feed the world

Urban agriculture plays a much more extensive role in global food security than previously estimated, a study using satellite data suggests.

Brain's dementia weak spot found

The brain has a weak spot for Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia, according to experts who have pinpointed the region using scans.

Dark sky status bid for South Downs

A campaign begins to reduce light pollution in South Downs National Park and give it dark skies special status.

Polar sub gauges sea ice thickness

A novel autonomous sub acquires the first detailed, high-resolution 3D maps of Antarctic sea ice.

Peru probes 500 sea lion deaths

Peru's environmental police launch an investigation into the deaths of some 500 sea lions found on a northern beach.

Embrace the arts, engineers told

Engineering needs to emphasise its creative side to encourage more young people to take it up as a career, says a leading member of the profession.

Fish and chips 'harming' eider ducks

Eider ducks on Northumberland's coastal areas are being harmed by people feeding them fish and chips and bread, a wildlife expert warns.

Climate fund receives $9.3bn pledge

Thirty nations meeting in Berlin have pledged $9.3bn (£6bn) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for climate change.

Shakespeare Folio found in France

A rare Shakespeare First Folio, regarded as the most important book in English literature, is discovered in a small French town.

Museum fossils are new dino species

A new species of horned dinosaur is identified from fossils held in a Canadian museum for 75 years.

Geckos inspire 'Spider-Man' gloves

The way geckos climb has inspired a device that allowed a 70kg man to scale a glass wall like Spider-Man.

UK 'to lead moon landing in 10 years'

A British-led consortium outlines its plans to land a robotic probe, paid for by public donations, on the Moon in 10 years' time.

Organic molecules detected on comet

The Philae lander has detected organic molecules on the surface of its comet, scientists have confirmed.

Europe signs on to Orion venture

The European Space Agency and Airbus sign a contract that will see the aerospace giant build the "back end" of America's new manned spaceship.

World's biggest crane ship sets sail

The world's largest crane ship, which is capable of lifting oil rigs, sets sail from its shipyard in Korea for Rotterdam port in the Netherlands.

Camera sees Philae's hairy landing

High-resolution pictures have now been released of the Philae probe around the time of landing on Comet 67P last Wednesday.

Polynesia's billion dollar claim

Overseas territory demands compensation for atom bomb tests.

Court puts more heat on diesels

UK government comes under renewed pressure to cut pollution from diesel vehicles following the latest ruling in a battle over clean air.

Planning law change 'catastrophic'

Proposed changes to planning policy would be "catastrophic" for rural areas, rural housing and planning authorities warn.

Sun boosts UK lightning strikes

The number of lightning strikes across the UK has been significantly affected by solar activity, according to new research.

Wildlife crime wanted list released

The public are being asked to provide information on the locations of nine fugitives suspected of serious environmental crimes.

Culling to begin at bird flu farm

A cull of 6,000 ducks is due to start following a confirmed case of bird flu at a breeding farm in East Yorkshire.

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