Birds' eggs show adaptations in pigment concentration and thickness to allow the right amount of sun for embryos, scientists say.
UK scientists model the physical attributes that underpin our social judgements about strangers.
Scientists have identified a part of the brain that may help us predict when things are about to go wrong and could play a part in depression.
Government guidance that fracking licences can only be issued for beauty spots in "exceptional circumstances" receives a mixed response from campaigners.
Dinosaurs might have survived if the asteroid that wiped them out had hit the Earth a few million years later or earlier, a new study suggests.
Two fast-moving fires in California destroy 10 homes and force the evacuation of hundreds more, as a man dies in a lightning strike in Los Angeles.
New research suggests that the global reduction in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery.
A Russian satellite containing geckos could plummet to earth if control is not regained, according to reports.
A discovery of 150 million year old fossils in Siberia indicates that feathers were much more widespread among dinosaurs than previously thought.
Specially designed mobile games can help scientists answer important questions about cognition, a team finds.
Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a Chatham House report.
A ban on sending leftover food to landfill is needed to move away from a 'throwaway society', say MPs.
The UK government wants to scrap a community veto which allows local politicians to block a future £12bn nuclear waste repository.
Burning wood to fuel power stations can create as many harmful carbon emissions as burning coal, according to a government report.
Europe's Rosetta probe has acquired new images of the comet it is chasing through space.
Nasa is asking for help to get data back from future science missions orbiting Mars or roaming its surface.
The timing of when a girl reaches puberty is controlled by hundreds of genes, say scientists.
Geologists discover that the stress applied by gravity is what controls the shape of dramatic sandstone landmarks.
The largest ever four-winged dinosaur has been discovered in China, with remarkably long feathers on its hindwings and tail.
Jealousy is not just part of the human condition, a study suggests, it appears to be hard wired into the brains of dogs too.
A crew of sailors is embarking on a pioneering citizen science expedition through the Northwest Passage between Canada and Greenland.
The Kepler Space Telescope has spotted a distant world with the longest year of any planet in the mission's inventory.
At least six passengers on the Malaysia Airlines plane were heading to a major international Aids conference in Australia.
British astronaut Tim Peake has picked "Principia" to be the name of his mission into space next year.
Grow-your-own pacemakers are a step closer to reality, after pioneering experiments in pigs.
Members of the European Union will have to boost their energy efficiency by 30% by 2030, according to the European Commission.
A new study says the production of beef is around 10 times more damaging to the environment than any other form of livestock.
Some seals prefer to forage for food at offshore wind farms, UK study suggests.
Scientists have developed a highly advanced bird song decoder, which can automatically identify the call of a vast variety of birds.
Australia's Senate votes to repeal the so-called carbon tax, a levy on the biggest polluters brought in by the Labor Party.