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Last updated on  November 28th, 2014

Graphene promise for body armour: Click here
The "wonder material" graphene could be used to make bulletproof armour, new research suggests.

Risk from extreme weather rises: Click here
Royal Society says combination of population growth and climate change will increase danger to cities.

Bear back in Chernobyl after century: Click here
Camera traps, used by a project assessing radioactive exposure impacts on wildlife, record the first photos of a brown bear in Chernobyl's exclusion zone.

UK team's data bonanza from comet: Click here
UK researchers obtain "rich" data from the Philae lander just before its power died.

Climate fixes 'could harm billions': Click here
Schemes to tackle climate change could prove disastrous for billions of people, but might be required for the good of the planet, scientists say.

Watson to sell Nobel Prize for DNA: Click here
James Watson is to sell the Nobel Prize medal he won for the discovery of the structure of DNA.

Gravity map traces ocean circulation: Click here
Scientists use gravity data to produce what they say is the most accurate space view yet of global ocean currents and the speed at which they move.

Stone age axe found with wood handle: Click here
Archaeologists in Denmark have uncovered an incredibly rare find: a stone age axe held within its wooden handle.

Urban farming helps feed the world: Click here
Urban agriculture plays a much more extensive role in global food security than previously estimated, a study using satellite data suggests.

Brain's dementia weak spot found: Click here
The brain has a weak spot for Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia, according to experts who have pinpointed the region using scans.

Dark sky status bid for South Downs: Click here
A campaign begins to reduce light pollution in South Downs National Park and give it dark skies special status.

Polar sub gauges sea ice thickness: Click here
A novel autonomous sub acquires the first detailed, high-resolution 3D maps of Antarctic sea ice.

Peru probes 500 sea lion deaths: Click here
Peru's environmental police launch an investigation into the deaths of some 500 sea lions found on a northern beach.

Embrace the arts, engineers told: Click here
Engineering needs to emphasise its creative side to encourage more young people to take it up as a career, says a leading member of the profession.

Fish and chips 'harming' eider ducks: Click here
Eider ducks on Northumberland's coastal areas are being harmed by people feeding them fish and chips and bread, a wildlife expert warns.

Climate fund receives $9.3bn pledge: Click here
Thirty nations meeting in Berlin have pledged $9.3bn (£6bn) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for climate change.

Shakespeare Folio found in France: Click here
A rare Shakespeare First Folio, regarded as the most important book in English literature, is discovered in a small French town.

Museum fossils are new dino species: Click here
A new species of horned dinosaur is identified from fossils held in a Canadian museum for 75 years.

Geckos inspire 'Spider-Man' gloves: Click here
The way geckos climb has inspired a device that allowed a 70kg man to scale a glass wall like Spider-Man.

UK 'to lead moon landing in 10 years': Click here
A British-led consortium outlines its plans to land a robotic probe, paid for by public donations, on the Moon in 10 years' time.

Organic molecules detected on comet: Click here
The Philae lander has detected organic molecules on the surface of its comet, scientists have confirmed.

Europe signs on to Orion venture: Click here
The European Space Agency and Airbus sign a contract that will see the aerospace giant build the "back end" of America's new manned spaceship.

World's biggest crane ship sets sail: Click here
The world's largest crane ship, which is capable of lifting oil rigs, sets sail from its shipyard in Korea for Rotterdam port in the Netherlands.

Camera sees Philae's hairy landing: Click here
High-resolution pictures have now been released of the Philae probe around the time of landing on Comet 67P last Wednesday.

Polynesia's billion dollar claim: Click here
Overseas territory demands compensation for atom bomb tests.

Court puts more heat on diesels: Click here
UK government comes under renewed pressure to cut pollution from diesel vehicles following the latest ruling in a battle over clean air.

Planning law change 'catastrophic': Click here
Proposed changes to planning policy would be "catastrophic" for rural areas, rural housing and planning authorities warn.

Sun boosts UK lightning strikes: Click here
The number of lightning strikes across the UK has been significantly affected by solar activity, according to new research.

Wildlife crime wanted list released: Click here
The public are being asked to provide information on the locations of nine fugitives suspected of serious environmental crimes.

Culling to begin at bird flu farm: Click here
A cull of 6,000 ducks is due to start following a confirmed case of bird flu at a breeding farm in East Yorkshire.

Rabies risk from puppy smuggling: Click here
An increasing number of dogs are being transported to the UK from eastern Europe, risking an outbreak of rabies, a charity is warning.

Threatened birds of prey 'vanish': Click here
Two of the rarest birds of prey in England, which had been satellite tagged, vanish in unexplained circumstances.

Hyenas feast at vulture restaurants: Click here
"Restaurants" of dead meat set up for endangered vultures also attract an undesirable clientele of hyenas and jackals, according to a six-year study.

Brazil releases 'good' mosquitoes: Click here
Brazilian researchers release thousands of mosquitoes infected with a bacteria that suppresses dengue fever into the environment in Rio de Janeiro.

VIDEO: Grey squirrels 'should be culled': Click here
The government is reviewing the way grey squirrels numbers are managed in England, and is assessing whether more needs to be done to control numbers.

VIDEO: Extreme weather and its risk to lives: Click here
Climate change and population growth will hugely increase the risk to people from extreme weather, a report says.

AUDIO: Horned dinosaur species identified: Click here
A new species of horned dinosaur has been identified from fossils held in a Canadian museum for 75 years.

VIDEO: How to hack a molecular microscope: Click here
A PhD student from Brunel University London has saved himself £100,000 by 'hacking' his own kit.

AUDIO: Songwriters' bad science lyrics: Click here
Blue Peter Scientist Steve Mould is given the task of looking at some of the worst offenders.

VIDEO: First Italian woman arrives at ISS: Click here
Italy's first female astronaut has arrived at the International Space Station.

VIDEO: 'King of Fish' returns to UK rivers: Click here
Successful conservation projects have reversed the decline of salmon in many UK rivers, as John Maguire reports.

VIDEO: Volcano erupts on Cape Verde island: Click here
A volcano has erupted on the Cape Verde island of Fogo, resulting in the evacuation of hundreds of residents and the closure of a local airport.

How could we intervene to change the climate?: Click here
The possibilities of geo-engineering

Finding long lost treasures of the deep: Click here
Finding bounty in the depths of Davy Jones's locker

The rubbish collector left on the scrap heap as his city goes green: Click here
Why going green isn't good for everyone

Somerset flood spend 'driven by politics', say experts: Click here
Was campaign to guard Somerset Levels driven by politics or science?

Tracing the Ebola outbreak: Click here
Tracking first Ebola victim and and how virus spread

The problem with freezing stem cells: Click here
What went wrong with stem cell cancer treatment

VIDEO: 15 secs: Female astronaut pioneer: Click here
Tasks for Italy's first female astronaut

VIDEO: HIV now and then: 1982 vs 2014: Click here
How 30 years has changed living with the virus

Paul Rincon: Where next for Philae mission?: Click here
What are the next steps in comet landing mission?

Space agency plans Mars rover from Lego bricks: Click here
Space agency plans Mars mission with plastic bricks

The self-publicist whose medical text books caused a stir: Click here
A strangely accurate book of anatomy from 1543

Is it OK to leave objects on the Moon?: Click here
Is it OK to leave objects on the Moon?

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