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Being human: Big toe clung on longest to primate origins

Tuesday August 14th, 2018 01:35:32 PM
Our big toe was one of the last parts of the foot to become human-like, as our early ancestors evolved to walk on two legs.

Palm oil: A new threat to Africa's monkeys and apes?

Tuesday August 14th, 2018 09:16:23 AM
Large-scale expansion of palm oil in Africa will very likely risk the lives of primates, a study finds.

Next few years 'may be exceptionally warm'

Tuesday August 14th, 2018 03:31:54 PM
The next few years could be "anomalously warm", according to a new study.

Tax haven link to rainforest destruction and illegal fishing

Monday August 13th, 2018 03:00:41 PM
Deforestation of the Amazon and illegal fishing have both been linked to tax havens according to a new study.

Winged reptiles thrived before dinosaurs

Monday August 13th, 2018 03:20:39 PM
A newly discovered species of pterosaur that lived about 210 million years ago has been found in the Utah desert.

Jakarta, the fastest-sinking city in the world

Sunday August 12th, 2018 11:10:14 PM
With frequent floods, sinking markets and engulfed homes, by 2050 parts of Jakarta will be underwater.

Parker Solar Probe: Nasa launches mission to 'touch the Sun'

Sunday August 12th, 2018 09:03:19 AM
The US space agency launches a probe that aims to travel closer to the Sun than ever before.

The Meg: the myth, the legend (the science)

Friday August 10th, 2018 03:33:34 PM
What to we really know about the giant prehistoric shark reincarnated by Hollywood?

Killer whale mother finally lets dead newborn calf go, after 17 days

Sunday August 12th, 2018 09:11:40 PM
After 17 days, the orca at last stops carrying her newborn and begins chasing salmon off Canada.

Hippo bite kills Taiwan tourist in Kenya

Monday August 13th, 2018 03:50:14 PM
The animal turned on the Taiwanese man after he got too close with his camera at Lake Naivasha.

Weedkiller glyphosate 'doesn't cause cancer' - Bayer

Saturday August 11th, 2018 01:25:52 PM
The new owner of the Monsanto group insists glyphosate use is safe despite a cancer payout.

Rise in wolf attacks alarms Dutch sheep farmers

Friday August 10th, 2018 11:57:55 AM
After one wolf killed 26 sheep Dutch farmers worry about installing costly electric fencing.

Organic solar cells set 'remarkable' energy record

Thursday August 9th, 2018 06:02:59 PM
Cheap, flexible solar panels could become a reality as organics achieve the same power efficiency as silicon.

Primate speech: How some species are 'wired' for talk

Thursday August 9th, 2018 09:17:30 PM
Primate brain study reveals a "wiring" key to our ability to talk.

Coral reefs 'weathered dinosaur extinction'

Friday August 10th, 2018 06:06:24 AM
Researchers have found that the algae living in coral reefs may have evolved 160 million years ago.

Online dating: Aim high, keep it brief, and be patient

Wednesday August 8th, 2018 06:07:44 PM
Researchers say that contacting people "out of your league", can be a successful online dating strategy.

The unpleasant reason men navigate better than women

Thursday August 9th, 2018 04:20:30 PM
Scientists show innate ability is not the explanation for men navigating better than women.

Elusive nightjar back at RSPB Sandy reserve

Thursday August 9th, 2018 01:21:26 PM
A pair have been spotted breeding at the Bedfordshire site for the first time in 45 years.

Climate change: 'Hothouse Earth' risks even if CO2 emissions slashed

Monday August 6th, 2018 07:07:38 PM
Researchers warn that even limited climate warming could trigger conditions not seen in a million years.

Why stealthy viruses are making you ill

Wednesday August 8th, 2018 03:31:02 PM
Newly discovered trick used by viruses makes them more dangerous.

Plastic food pots and trays are often unrecyclable, say councils

Saturday August 4th, 2018 02:54:59 PM
The majority of plastic containers used for yoghurts, ice cream, ready meals and fruit end up in landfill.

Hot weather reveals hidden history to archaeologists

Wednesday August 15th, 2018 03:44:59 AM
The UK heatwave has been good for aerial archaeologists spotting hidden treasures in the dry fields.

Study suggests drastic decline in mountain hares

Tuesday August 14th, 2018 05:36:03 PM
Conservation groups have called for an end to the "indiscriminate and ruthless" mountain hare culls.

Rare Chinese tree's flowers attract visitors to Roath Park

Tuesday August 14th, 2018 04:00:36 PM
The Chinese tree has flowered for the first time since it was planted in Cardiff more than 100 years ago.

Going plastic-free with kids

Monday August 13th, 2018 11:05:20 PM
Reducing your dependence on plastics can be daunting, especially if you've got a young family.

The farmers using sewage to make saris

Monday August 13th, 2018 11:08:44 PM
As groundwater supplies dwindle in rural India, farmers turn to wastewater to grow crops like mulberry, which is used to make silk.

US mid-term elections: Truth-seeking scientists run for office

Sunday August 12th, 2018 11:55:32 PM
"Scientists are not natural politicians... but they solve problems," says one of the record number running in the US mid-term elections.

How Greenland scorched its underside

Wednesday August 1st, 2018 02:10:25 PM
The world's largest island ran over Iceland's volcanic hotspot and has the rocky scar to prove it.

Beastie joys: Photographer's love of Scottish bug life

Thursday August 9th, 2018 12:20:51 AM
A woman passionate about insects and photography shares images of some of Scotland's colourful bug life.

Meet the nuns helping save a sacred species from extinction

Wednesday June 6th, 2018 11:24:38 PM
The axolotl - a salamander unique to Mexico - has almost been wiped out by pollution and over-fishing.

It'll be toasty

Monday August 6th, 2018 12:25:10 PM
When the Bloodhound supersonic car attempts to break the land speed record, managing heat around the vehicle is going to be important.

Big pong

Friday August 3rd, 2018 10:35:52 AM
Temperatures hit the 30s and there were no proper drains, bringing flies, disease and panic.

Rush to dam

Monday August 6th, 2018 01:13:31 AM
Developing economies around the world are investing in hydropower.

Heathrow high

Thursday August 2nd, 2018 02:08:32 AM
It's Europe's busiest airport but why is Heathrow also a magnet for hot weather?

Crop-spraying drones

Thursday August 2nd, 2018 11:43:05 PM
Drones are now delivering pesticides, fertilisers and crop monitoring to farms around the world.

In pictures

Thursday August 2nd, 2018 09:32:41 AM
Parts of eastern Australia are suffering their worst drought in memory, as these aerial images show.

Lovell lights

Friday July 20th, 2018 11:18:02 PM
How the giant Lovell radio telescope at Jodrell Bank is transformed into a 3,200 tonne art installation.

Having all the fin

Tuesday July 17th, 2018 04:58:25 PM
Research suggests new kinds of shark could migrate to UK waters as the oceans warm.

Turn the clock back

Wednesday July 11th, 2018 02:46:19 PM
Travelling in time might sound like fantasy, but some physicists think it might really be possible.

Charcoal grilling

Friday July 20th, 2018 06:42:56 AM
A growing taste for al fresco dining is driving record charcoal sales in the UK but is it also fuelling global deforestation and climate change?

Curious camera

Wednesday July 4th, 2018 01:04:37 AM
A new exhibition reappraises the work of Harry Burton, who photographed the decade-long Tutankhamun excavation.

Stephen Hawking: A life in pictures

Wednesday March 14th, 2018 11:24:37 AM
The physicist, who battled motor neurone disease for most of his life, has died at the age of 76.

Stephen Hawking dies: Scientist's most memorable quotes

Wednesday March 14th, 2018 01:06:16 PM
Remembering some of the key theories and quotes of the world renowned physicist, who has died.

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