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BBC News - Science/Nature - UK Edition 

Beef's greater environment burden

A new study says the production of beef is around 10 times more damaging to the environment than any other form of livestock.

Three person IVF plans 'progress'

A public review into the three person IVF technique has been broadly supportive, says the Department of Health.

Kepler sees world with distant orbit

The Kepler Space Telescope has spotted a distant world with the longest year of any planet in the mission's inventory.

Seals 'feed' at offshore wind farms

Some seals prefer to forage for food at offshore wind farms, UK study suggests.

Boom in satellite ship tracking

The demand for ship identification and tracking data acquired by satellites is growing rapidly.

EC 'confident' in brain project

The European Commission has responded to criticism of its billion-euro Human Brain Project, declaring confidence that objections will be satisfied.

'Shoved' sea eagle chick flies nest

A sea eagle chick, featured on BBC Springwatch, which was seen being pushed out of the nest by an intruder eagle successfully flies the nest.

Aids researchers on crashed plane

At least six passengers on the Malaysia Airlines plane were heading to a major international Aids conference in Australia.

UK space shot's tribute to Newton

British astronaut Tim Peake has picked "Principia" to be the name of his mission into space next year.

Public asked to count UK butterflies

Conservationists call on the public to help survey the state of Britain's countryside by counting butterflies.

Software can decode bird songs

Scientists have developed a highly advanced bird song decoder, which can automatically identify the call of a vast variety of birds.

'Biological pacemaker' tested in lab

Grow-your-own pacemakers are a step closer to reality, after pioneering experiments in pigs.

Rosetta heads for 'space duck'

Europe's mission to land on a comet was always going to be difficult, but the pictures released this week of the giant ice ball illustrate just how daunting the task will be.

Scientists develop robotic fingers

A group of MIT scientists announces the development of supplementary fingers controlled by sensors attached to the human hand.

Stand-off in brain project debate

After leaders of the billion-euro Human Brain Project hit back at critics, six top neuroscientists have expressed "dismay" at their public response.

Australia votes to repeal carbon tax

Australia's Senate votes to repeal the so-called carbon tax, a levy on the biggest polluters brought in by the Labor Party.

Secret of sandstone shapes revealed

Geologists discover that the stress applied by gravity is what controls the shape of dramatic sandstone landmarks.

Four-winged dinosaur found in China

The largest ever four-winged dinosaur has been discovered in China, with remarkably long feathers on its hindwings and tail.

Diamond crushed to Saturn's extremes

Diamond, nature's hardest material, has been crushed to record extremes using the "world's biggest laser".

Clark promises continuity on science

New science minister Greg Clark says his brief is to continue the "excellent work" of his predecessor David Willetts.

Hawking: 'I support Assisted Dying'

The scientist Prof Stephen Hawking has said he supports a Bill to legalise assisted dying, ahead of a debate in the House of Lords.

Night vision fighter helmet unveiled

A new helmet that allows pilots to see in the dark via an integrated night vision camera is unveiled at the Farnborough Airshow.

Rosetta's target is 'double' comet

Europe's Rosetta probe acquires some sensational new images of its comet quarry, showing what appears to be two distinct parts in contact with each other.

Aids can be 'under control by 2030'

The Aids epidemic can be brought under control by 2030, according to a report by the United Nations Aids agency.

Twitchers flock to glimpse rare bird

Hundreds of bird-watchers flock to the Norfolk coast in the hope of catching a rare glimpse of a migratory great knot in British waters.

Climate-sceptic charity to be split

A climate-sceptic group founded by former Conservative Chancellor Lord Lawson is to relaunch after a complaint about its charitable status.

NZ fights 'plague' of stoats and rats

New Zealand approves mass poisoning to protect native wildlife.

Dolphin attacks on bay porpoises

Dolphin attacks on porpoises in Cardigan Bay leave marine scientists scratching their heads.

55 dead sharks on beach 'horrific'

A marine biologist says the "horrific" sight of 55 sharks washed up on a Gower beach may be the result of trawling.

China 'admits' trading in tiger skins

China has publicly admitted permitting the trade in skins from captive tigers, an international convention to protect endangered species hears.


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