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Last updated on  July 24th, 2014

Wildlife loss link to child slavery: Click here
New research suggests that the global reduction in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery.

'Fluffy' dinosaurs were widespread: Click here
A discovery of 150 million year old fossils in Siberia indicates that feathers were much more widespread among dinosaurs than previously thought.

Africa 'needs green revolution': Click here
Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a Chatham House report.

Call for end to 'throwaway society': Click here
A ban on sending leftover food to landfill is needed to move away from a 'throwaway society', say MPs.

Government to end nuclear waste veto: Click here
The UK government wants to scrap a community veto which allows local politicians to block a future £12bn nuclear waste repository.

Carbon concerns over wood burning: Click here
Burning wood to fuel power stations can create as many harmful carbon emissions as burning coal, according to a government report.

Rosetta's comet seen in close-up: Click here
Europe's Rosetta probe has acquired new images of the comet it is chasing through space.

Nasa seeks aid with Earth-Mars links: Click here
Nasa is asking for help to get data back from future science missions orbiting Mars or roaming its surface.

Genetic clues to age of first period: Click here
The timing of when a girl reaches puberty is controlled by hundreds of genes, say scientists.

Dogs 'hardwired' to be jealous wags: Click here
Jealousy is not just part of the human condition, a study suggests, it appears to be hard wired into the brains of dogs too.

Fur seals feel climate impacts: Click here
Changes in the Antarctic climate are showing up in the fur seal population, say scientists who have studied the animals for 30 years on the British Overseas Territory of South Georgia.

Voyage to unlock Arctic secrets: Click here
A crew of sailors is embarking on a pioneering citizen science expedition through the Northwest Passage between Canada and Greenland.

EU sets 30% energy savings target: Click here
Members of the European Union will have to boost their energy efficiency by 30% by 2030, according to the European Commission.

Bats 'fly by polarised light': Click here
Zoologists find that bats use the pattern of polarised light in the sky at sunset to help them navigate.

Deep sea mining licences issued: Click here
The UN's seabed authority issues exploration licences that accelerate a search for valuable minerals on the ocean floor.

Quarantine over China plague death: Click here
Part of a city in north-west China is sealed off and dozens of people placed in quarantine after a man died of bubonic plague, state media say.

Three person IVF plans 'progress': Click here
A public review into the three person IVF technique has been broadly supportive, says the Department of Health.

Beef's greater environment burden: Click here
A new study says the production of beef is around 10 times more damaging to the environment than any other form of livestock.

Secret of sandstone shapes revealed: Click here
Geologists discover that the stress applied by gravity is what controls the shape of dramatic sandstone landmarks.

Four-winged dinosaur found in China: Click here
The largest ever four-winged dinosaur has been discovered in China, with remarkably long feathers on its hindwings and tail.

Kepler sees world with distant orbit: Click here
The Kepler Space Telescope has spotted a distant world with the longest year of any planet in the mission's inventory.

Aids researchers on crashed plane: Click here
At least six passengers on the Malaysia Airlines plane were heading to a major international Aids conference in Australia.

UK space shot's tribute to Newton: Click here
British astronaut Tim Peake has picked "Principia" to be the name of his mission into space next year.

'Biological pacemaker' tested in lab: Click here
Grow-your-own pacemakers are a step closer to reality, after pioneering experiments in pigs.

Rosetta heads for 'space duck': Click here
Europe's mission to land on a comet was always going to be difficult, but the pictures released this week of the giant ice ball illustrate just how daunting the task will be.

Scientists develop robotic fingers: Click here
A group of MIT scientists announces the development of supplementary fingers controlled by sensors attached to the human hand.

Seals 'feed' at offshore wind farms: Click here
Some seals prefer to forage for food at offshore wind farms, UK study suggests.

Software can decode bird songs: Click here
Scientists have developed a highly advanced bird song decoder, which can automatically identify the call of a vast variety of birds.

Australia votes to repeal carbon tax: Click here
Australia's Senate votes to repeal the so-called carbon tax, a levy on the biggest polluters brought in by the Labor Party.

Twitchers flock to glimpse rare bird: Click here
Hundreds of bird-watchers flock to the Norfolk coast in the hope of catching a rare glimpse of a migratory great knot in British waters.

Climate-sceptic charity to be split: Click here
A climate-sceptic group founded by former Conservative Chancellor Lord Lawson is to relaunch after a complaint about its charitable status.

Dolphin attacks on bay porpoises: Click here
Dolphin attacks on porpoises in Cardigan Bay leave marine scientists scratching their heads.

Two rare Amur leopards born at zoo: Click here
A pair of Amur leopards, which zookeepers say are on the brink of extinction, are born at Leicestershire's Twycross Zoo.

Two bee swarms hit town in one day: Click here
A Powys councillor tells how she photographed two swarms of bees in Newtown on the same day.

Sea turtle migrates 2,472 miles: Click here
A green sea turtle migrated a staggering 3,979 km (2,472 miles) in a year, according to Swansea University researchers.

VIDEO: Seals 'stressed' by warming seas: Click here
Warming seas are reducing the food supply for Antarctic seals, say researchers.

VIDEO: Drones homing in on wildlife poachers: Click here
Civilian drones are being tested across Africa's game reserves in a hi-tech battle with poachers threatening the continent's wildlife tourism industry.

VIDEO: Call for end to 'throwaway society': Click here
MPs have called for a ban on food waste going in to landfill.

VIDEO: 'Depressed' polar bear not moving: Click here
Arturo, the polar bear dubbed 'the world's saddest animal', will be staying at his zoo in Argentina, despite a massive petition calling for him to be moved to a colder climate.

VIDEO: Scientists survey jellyfish after boom: Click here
More and more jellyfish are being spotted on the UK's coastline during the summer months, and now scientists have decided to try and find out why.

AUDIO: Warm weather boosts slug numbers: Click here
There has been an increase in the number of slugs in Britain's gardens due to the warm and damp weather.

VIDEO: Loris success in Sri Lanka: Click here
The Loris, one of world's smallest primates is under threat through loss of habitat. Naturalist Chaminda Jayasekara runs a conservation site to protect the animals.

VIDEO: Troubled Glasgow tower reopens: Click here
The Glasgow Science Centre tower has reopened to the public after being closed for almost four years.

Row over 'bonkers' EU energy plan: Click here
European spat over energy savings target

VIDEO: Who was that man on the Moon?: Click here
Why the US public quickly lost interest in lunar exploration

Do butterfly wing patterns really mimic predator eyes?: Click here
Do butterfly wing patterns really mimic predator eyes?

Giant python gets a health check: Click here
Enormous reticulated python gets annual check-up

Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas: Click here
Models and conceptual drawings by famous car manufacturers

Climate change shuttle diplomacy: Click here
UK Climate Secretary travels world in hope of paving way for emissions deal

The virus detective who discovered Ebola: Click here
The young medic who discovered the deadly Ebola bug

Pushing frontiers of deep sea exploration: Click here
Ocean exploration is going further than ever

The beaches where Lego keeps washing up: Click here
The beaches where Lego keeps washing up

Captured carbon to feed farmed fish?: Click here
Carbon dioxide turned into food for farmed fish

Europe's combat drone challenge: Click here
Europe develops advance unmanned combat planes

VIDEO: Rare blue butterflies given fresh hope: Click here
One of Britain's rarest butterflies is given a new home

Spaceport Britain: 'No challenge is insurmountable': Click here
Can we really have a spaceport in Britain by 2018?

How much science in new Planet of the Apes film?: Click here
Is there any science behind Planet of the Apes?

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