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Butterfly wings inspire cosmetics and bomb detectors

BBC Nature news - Wed, 09/07/2014 - 02:09

Shiny butterfly wings yield tech surprises

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Female shrimps are more aggressive

BBC Nature news - Wed, 09/07/2014 - 01:38

Female snapping shrimps are more aggressive than males when defending their territories despite their smaller claw size, a study shows.

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Could this be the end of the Grand Canyon?

BBC Nature news - Tue, 08/07/2014 - 22:56

Would shopping and cable cars ruin the Grand Canyon?

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VIDEO: A baby panda for Edinburgh zoo?

BBC Nature news - Tue, 08/07/2014 - 21:26

Edinburgh Zoo's Giant Panda Tian Tian has conceived after being artificially inseminated earlier this year, but experts say she is not technically pregnant.

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Lift-off for British demo satellites

BBC Nature news - Tue, 08/07/2014 - 21:24

Two UK spacecraft, including the first satellite made in Scotland, head into orbit on a Russian Soyuz rocket.

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'Forgotten' US smallpox found in box

BBC Nature news - Tue, 08/07/2014 - 20:20

Long forgotten vials of smallpox left in a cardboard box are discovered by a government scientist at a research centre near Washington, officials say.

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Memories 'need space' in brain

BBC Nature news - Tue, 08/07/2014 - 17:00

Similar memories overlap physically in the brain and this produces less confusion if the brain area responsible is larger, new research shows.

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Ebola deaths up by 25 in West Africa

BBC Nature news - Tue, 08/07/2014 - 16:46

Health officials in West Africa say 25 more people have died from Ebola since 3 July, taking the total number of deaths to 518.

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Same genes 'drive maths and reading'

BBC Nature news - Tue, 08/07/2014 - 16:00

Around half of the genes that influence a child's reading ability also play a role in how easily they learn maths, say scientists.

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VIDEO: Artificial snow in hotter Australia

BBC Nature news - Tue, 08/07/2014 - 14:26

Australia is sometimes the petri dish of climate change - a place where global warming is not just a theoretical concept but a tangible reality.

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Nasa equips robots with smartphones

BBC Nature news - Tue, 08/07/2014 - 12:55

Nasa plans to send Google's 3D smartphones into space to function as the "eyes and brains" of the free-flying robots inside the International Space Station.

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'Major step' towards Alzheimer's test

BBC Nature news - Tue, 08/07/2014 - 00:03

British scientists have made a "major step forwards" in developing a blood test for Alzheimer's disease.

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'Largest flying bird' identified

BBC Nature news - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 21:49

The fossilised remains of the largest flying bird ever found are identified by scientists.

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Human brain project 'off-course'

BBC Nature news - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 19:02

Senior neuroscientists attack a major European project aiming to simulate the human brain.

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Rats alter the way they use whiskers

BBC Nature news - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 17:57

Rats can change the way they use their whiskers depending on how well they know their surroundings, new research shows.

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'Remote control' contraceptive chip

BBC Nature news - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 17:42

A contraceptive computer chip that can be controlled by remote control has been developed in Massachusetts.

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Be gull able not gullible to bad PR

RSPB news - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 16:31

Climate change is having an impact on gulls. The RSPB's urging everyone to be good neighbours to these refugees.

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RSPB Scotland asks crofters to "mind the corncrake"

RSPB news - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 16:06

Characteristic bird of the Western Isles relies on sensitive mowing for survival

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Worries over 'cruel' elephant trade

BBC Nature news - Sun, 06/07/2014 - 18:01

Wild elephants are being held in horrific conditions in Myanmar as smugglers seek to resume a lucrative trade to Thailand, a report says.

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VIDEO: Teaching an endangered bird to love again

BBC Nature news - Sun, 06/07/2014 - 04:29

Teaching an endangered species to love again

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