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Current affairs

December 3, 2010 - 5:26am
Satellite tags reveal how elephant seals use ocean eddies to find dinner

Climate science gallery explored

December 3, 2010 - 2:18am
With international climate talks under way in Cancun, the Science Museum in London is opening a new gallery on climate science.

Wind-win situation

December 2, 2010 - 8:30pm
How one Italian town fell in love with renewable energy

2010 sets new temperature records

December 2, 2010 - 2:04pm
Temperatures reached record levels in several regions during 2010, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says, confirming the year is likely to be among the warmest three on record.

'New form of life' loves arsenic

December 2, 2010 - 1:23pm
A bacterium that uses arsenic in place of phosphorus breaks a golden rule of life on Earth, widening the scope of a hunt for life on other planets.

'Super-Earth' atmosphere measured

December 2, 2010 - 12:54pm
The atmosphere of a relatively nearby extrasolar planet - just three times bigger than Earth - has been measured in a pioneering experiment.

Not yet great

December 2, 2010 - 7:35am
Adolescent great white sharks' jaws are surprisingly weak

Mass burials at ancient Isle site

December 2, 2010 - 6:03am
Archaeologists on Orkney are investigating what is thought to be a 5,000-year-old tomb complex.

How Africa 'can feed itself'

December 2, 2010 - 5:57am
Africa could feed itself within a generation, and become a major agricultural exporter, claims a Harvard University professor.

Strange 'whiskered owl' spotted

December 2, 2010 - 5:05am
Tourists in Peru catch a rare glimpse of a strange owlet not seen for more than 25 years

War zone turns sanctuary

December 2, 2010 - 1:42am
Sri Lanka is turning a vast area of jungle formerly used by Tamil Tiger rebels into a wildlife sanctuary.

First coca chewed 8,000 years ago

December 1, 2010 - 10:20pm
The earliest known medicinal use of the coca plant - from which cocaine is made - has been pushed back by thousands of years.

Urban tree planting plan launched

December 1, 2010 - 8:45pm
A £4.2m scheme to plant a million trees in urban areas over the next four years has been unveiled by the government.

Meteosat project in further hitch

December 1, 2010 - 3:04pm
Portugal's financial difficulties could delay the start of work on the European programme for next-generation weather satellites.

Star bonanza hints at many Earths

December 1, 2010 - 2:48pm
Astronomers say the Universe may contain three times the number of stars as is currently thought and therefore many more planets, too.

Amazon deforestation 'down again'

December 1, 2010 - 2:39pm
Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has fallen to its lowest rate in 22 years, according to the government of Brazil.

Prescott: 'We poisoned the world'

December 1, 2010 - 9:19am
Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott on why he is off to Cancun for the UN summit in Mexico.

Mercury 'turns birds homosexual'

December 1, 2010 - 6:05am
White ibises are "turned homosexual" by doses of mercury similar to concentrations found in their habitat, according to research.

Migration heaven

December 1, 2010 - 4:19am
How Israel copes with one billion migrating birds

Ball lightning 'may explain UFOs'

November 30, 2010 - 9:16pm
Some UFO sightings could be explained by ball lightning and other atmospheric phenomena, says an Australian astrophysicist who studied a fireball event over Brisbane.