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Neanderthal brains 'grew more slowly'

A new study shows that Neanderthal brains developed more slowly than ours.

Plant-eating dinosaurs 'strayed from veggie diet'

The idea of plant-eating dinosaurs having a strict vegetarian diet is called into question.

Ancient DNA sheds light on African history

DNA from ancient remains is used to reconstruct thousands of years of population history in Africa.

UK strikes research deal with US in run-up to Brexit

The UK and US reach an agreement that aims to allow freer movement of research equipment and scientists.

Owls hold secret to ageless ears

Barn owls keep their acute sense of hearing into old age, scientists have discovered.

UK scientists edit DNA of human embryos

Understanding the first moments of life could lead to better IVF and explain why women miscarry.

Neolithic Orkney rivalries detailed in new study

Rivalries in Orkney more than 4,500 years ago led to competition between communities, according to new research.

Paris climate aim 'still achievable'

The ambitious goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C is still within reach, a study indicates.

Size matters when it comes to extinction risk

The biggest and the smallest of the world's fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles are most at risk of dying out.

Rhino horn smuggled as jewellery

Rhino horn is being processed into bangles, beads and bracelets, a charity's investigation reveals.

Snow leopard no longer 'endangered'

The conservation status of the elusive snow leopard is downgraded from "endangered" to "vulnerable".

Paris climate deal: US denies it will stay in accord

Reports say the US will no longer withdraw from the Paris deal or will change its approach.

Cassini: Probe incinerates on entry to Saturn

The US-led Cassini space probe reaches a spectacular climax, burning up in Saturn's atmosphere.

Why are there so many berries this year?

Berries are appearing early this year - and promise to last much longer than usual, according to experts.

Belfast scientists design flexible organic battery

Queen's University scientists design a flexible long-life battery that could be used in pacemakers.

Badger culling gets go-ahead in 11 new areas of England

A vaccination programme to stop the spread of bovine tuberculosis is also restarting.

Man-of-war spotted along coast in Cornwall and Wales

The RNLI closed Perranporth beach to swimmers because of large numbers of jellyfish-like creatures.

Row over AI that 'identifies gay faces'

Researchers and LGBT groups clash over facial recognition tech that supposedly spots gay people.

Offshore wind power cheaper than new nuclear

Figures from the government are seen as a milestone in the advance of renewable energy.

Bats 'tricked' into flying into buildings

Scientists warn of potential hazards from modern structures with large expanses of glass or mirrors.

How business is driving the new space race

Why firms are spending millions to beat each other into orbit

'We are planning weekly rocket launches'

The small satellite industry is the fastest growing part of the space sector "and they all require launch" says Rocket Lab boss Peter Beck.

Sir David Attenborough on his hunt for the Kimodo Dragon

Sir David Attenborough spoke to the BBC about Zoo Quest, the environment and the planet's future.

Horsey seal injured by flying ring 'making recovery'

Volunteers came to the aid of a seal after its neck was trapped within a plastic flying ring.

The man trying to save bats' lives

Meet Dr Matt Zeale who is leading a team of conservationists tracking the rare barbastrelle bat.

Henry the hippo reunites with his baby Fiona

A happy ending for a family of hippos.

Tackling the canine obesity crisis

Why, in the mission to improve the health of man's best friend, scientists say greedy Labradors are at the head of the pack.

Orchid gives up the secrets of its success

Science is laying bare the secrets of orchids, one of the biggest families of flowering plant.

Bright sparks

The fast-growing US solar industry is at odds with itself - and the decision may be left to Trump.

DNA dogma

Evolutionary biologist Matthew Cobb unpicks a lecture that, sixty years ago, set the course for the genetic revolution.

'What I saw'

In this photo essay, photographer Clayton Conn shares his experience of the Mexico City earthquake.


How tiny creatures with small brains outwit us so easily.

Moving on up

The people of the Guna Yala archipelago, off the Panama coast, may be among the first island communities to leave their homes and move onshore.

Down on the body farm

Would British forensic science benefit from having its own outdoor laboratory to study human decomposition?

Life after Earth

In September 1991, eight scientists sealed themselves inside a giant greenhouse for two years. Linda Leigh was one of them.

Flood capital

The reasons why the fourth-largest city in the US has become its flood capital.

Poisonous progress

The arguments nearly a century ago over the use of leaded petrol.

Terraforming Earth

A planetary takeover by ocean algae 650 million years ago was the kick that transformed life on Earth.

Alps melting?

A huge rockfall in Val Bondasca raises questions about how climate change is affecting the Alps.

High view

BBC correspondent James Cook views the total eclipse from 40,000ft above the Pacific Ocean.

Majestic archipelago

The Galapagos Conservation Trust has announced the winners in its annual photographic competition.

Not just stars

The shortlisted images in this year's Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year have now been selected.

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