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Dawn probe set for Ceres arrival

BBC Nature news - Fri, 06/03/2015 - 01:34

The US space agency's Dawn satellite is set to go into orbit around Ceres, the largest object in the Solar System between Mars and Jupiter.

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Science 'squeezed out of primaries'

BBC Nature news - Fri, 06/03/2015 - 01:34

Science is being squeezed out of English primary schools, with a third not providing the recommended two hours of teaching a week, research suggests.

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Autism appears 'largely genetic'

BBC Nature news - Thu, 05/03/2015 - 18:49

Genetic influences on autism are estimated to be between 74-98%, a Medical Research Council study of 258 twins suggests.

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DNA reveals bird shift surprise

BBC Nature news - Thu, 05/03/2015 - 13:42

DNA samples reveal two species of forest-dwelling birds on remote Indonesian islands are actually members of the ground-dwelling pipit and wagtail family.

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VIDEO: New threats to wild bees identified

BBC Nature news - Thu, 05/03/2015 - 13:07

Bumblebees in the wild are infected with many diseases found in honeybees kept by bee keepers, according to a national survey.

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Global flood toll to triple by 2030

BBC Nature news - Thu, 05/03/2015 - 06:14

People affected by river flooding worldwide could triple by 2030, with climate change and population growth the main factors, says a new report.

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African synchrotron bid gathers pace

BBC Nature news - Thu, 05/03/2015 - 04:44

The effort to build a synchrotron - a large accelerator that generates X-rays for research - in Africa is gaining momentum, a US conference hears.

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LHC restart: 'We want to break physics'

BBC Nature news - Thu, 05/03/2015 - 01:15

The world's biggest machine powers up again

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VIDEO: Talking Movies: How Greenpeace began

BBC Nature news - Thu, 05/03/2015 - 01:01

Talking Movies' Tom Brook meets the director of the documentary How to Change the World - a film which focuses on the early days of Greenpeace.

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VIDEO: The greatest threat to China's elephants

BBC Nature news - Thu, 05/03/2015 - 00:44

The greatest threat to China's wild elephants is no longer poaching but habitat destruction.

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'First human' discovered in Ethiopia

BBC Nature news - Wed, 04/03/2015 - 19:01

Scientists working in Ethiopia have uncovered a jawbone fossil which may push the origin of humans back 400,000 years.

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VIDEO: Prince's call to end ivory trade

BBC Nature news - Wed, 04/03/2015 - 17:47

Prince William condemns illegal wildlife trading in a speech on the final day of his tour of China.

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Magic 'metamaterials' storm physics

BBC Nature news - Wed, 04/03/2015 - 14:22

The hot topic at a major US conference is materials that can be designed with surprising properties, from programmable rubber to springy ceramics.

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Prince condemns illegal ivory trade

BBC Nature news - Wed, 04/03/2015 - 12:02

Prince William condemns illegal wildlife trading and calls for more international help in a speech on the final day of his tour of China.

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VIDEO: MPs' warning over Kew Gardens cuts

BBC Nature news - Wed, 04/03/2015 - 11:13

The government's financial management of London's Kew Gardens is "a recipe for failure", MPs warn.

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New threats to wild bees identified

BBC Nature news - Wed, 04/03/2015 - 06:22

Wild bumblebees are infected with many of the diseases found in honeybees looked after by bee keepers, according to a national survey.

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Power plants paid to stay idle - MPs

BBC Nature news - Wed, 04/03/2015 - 02:08

The Energy and Climate Change Committee has warned that a government scheme to keep the lights on could lead to unnecessarily high energy costs.

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Kew cuts 'a recipe for failure'

BBC Nature news - Wed, 04/03/2015 - 01:43

The government's financial management of Kew Gardens is a "recipe for failure", a Select Committee report warns.

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Stegosaurus gives up body weight

BBC Nature news - Wed, 04/03/2015 - 01:17

Scientists work out the body mass of the superb Stegosaurus specimen recently put on display at London's Natural History Museum.

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VIDEO: Dramatic volcanic eruption in Chile

BBC Nature news - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 23:26

The Villarrica volcano in southern Chile has erupted, spewing ash and lava up to 1,000m (3,300ft) into the air.

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