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Last updated on  April 19th, 2014

Ancient life 'frozen' by impacts: Click here
Ancient grasses from the Pampas of Argentina were preserved in glass when asteroids struck the area, scientists report.

SpaceX launches station cargo flight: Click here
US company SpaceX launches its latest re-supply mission to the International Space Station, sending up a Dragon freighter to rendezvous with the orbiting platform on Sunday.

Female cave insects have 'penises': Click here
Female insects with 'penises' have been discovered in Brazil - the first example of an animal with sex-reversed genitalia.

'Most Earth-like planet yet' found: Click here
A planet that is close in size to the Earth and that could hold water on its surface has been identified by the Kepler telescope.

EU green light for UK carbon project: Click here
A British project to capture CO2 and bury it under the North Sea looks set to receive a 300m-euro boost from the EU.

Birth of 'new Saturn moon' witnessed: Click here
Scientists say they have discovered what could be the birth of a new moon in the rings of Saturn.

EU Sentinel returns first images: Click here
The first images come back from the radar satellite launched as part of the European Union's new flagship Earth-observation project.

Artists have unique brain structure: Click here
Artists' brains are structurally different to non-artists in areas relating to fine motor movements and visual imagery, a study finds.

Beard trend 'guided by evolution': Click here
The boom and bust of men's beard fashions may mirror Darwinian selection, scientists say.

Early air points to cold, dry Mars: Click here
Scientists use impact craters to work out the characteristics of the air on Mars 3.6 billion years ago.

EU approves alien species blacklist: Click here
The European Parliament has approved new legislation to stem the spread of invasive species such as "killer" shrimp or Japanese knotweed.

Double whammy threatens Amazon trees: Click here
The combination of fire and extreme weather events could accelerate tree mortality in the Amazon, a study suggests.

Asia pollution drives Pacific storms: Click here
Air pollution in China and other Asian countries is having far-reaching impacts on weather patterns across the Northern Hemisphere, a study suggests.

Birds choose best building materials: Click here
Birds learn to choose the the best building materials for their nests, rather than building from instinct, say scientists.

Privacy fears over FBI database: Click here
A facial recognition database being built by the FBI could contain over 52m images by 2015 causing concern to privacy campaigners

Americas see 'Blood moon' eclipse: Click here
Skywatchers in the Americas have caught a rare celestial show caused by the Earth's shadow falling across the Moon.

Hepatitis C trial a 'turning point': Click here
A new treatment for hepatitis C cured 90% of patients with the infection in 12 weeks, say scientists after studies in Europe and the US.

Pentagon eyes drone wi-fi hotspots: Click here
The US defence department is working on how to use old drones to provide wi-fi in remote locations, such as on the battlefield.

Airbus wins major weather prize: Click here
The competition to manufacture the next generation of Europe's most important series of weather satellites is won by Airbus Defence and Space.

Doctors implant lab-grown vagina: Click here
Four women have had new vaginas grown in the laboratory and implanted by doctors in the US.

Flies manoeuvre like fighter jets: Click here
New research shows that when a threat comes into view fruit flies make split-second turns reminiscent of those made by fighter jets.

Water quality at beaches 'excellent': Click here
A record 73% of beaches in the UK have "excellent" water quality because of last summer's dry weather, says the Marine Conservation Society.

Dutch unveil glow in the dark road: Click here
Streetlights on a 500m stretch of highway in the Netherlands are replaced by glow in the dark road markings in a pilot project.

Male monkey cares for dying partner: Click here
A wild male marmoset is filmed embracing and caring for his dying female partner.

World must end 'dirty' fuel use - UN: Click here
A long-awaited report on how to curb climate change says the world must rapidly move away from carbon-intensive fuels.

Germany's green dreams meet harsh reality: Click here
As the UN's climate panel meets in Berlin, Germany's fossil fuel industry is as busy as ever, reports David Shukman.

Call to review pet rabbit protection: Click here
Pet rabbits need better legal protection in the UK, according to an animal welfare researcher.

New London Zoo cubs in 'rude health': Click here
Six months after a rare tiger cub died, London Zoo's new triplet cubs have been given a clean bill of health.

Female osprey returns to Lakes nest: Click here
A female osprey which produced two chicks last year returns to the same nest in the Lake District.

Cameras capture first osprey egg: Click here
CCTV cameras capture the first osprey egg of the season to be laid at a reserve in the south west of Scotland.

VIDEO: Footage of rare 'blood moon' eclipse: Click here
People in the Americas have been treated to a rare "blood moon" lunar eclipse. Jonathan Amos explains the science behind the colour change.

VIDEO: Water voles fighting back in Sussex: Click here
The number of water voles has declined by a fifth in the UK since 2011, recent figures suggest. But in one small part of Sussex, the water vole is surviving as Roger Finn reports.

VIDEO: The end of the beard is nigh: Click here
The end of the beard is nigh - not according to fashion stylists, but to evolutionary biologists.

VIDEO: 'Most Earth-like planet yet' found: Click here
A planet that is close in size to the Earth and that could hold water on its surface has been identified by the Kepler telescope.

VIDEO: How to pack a dinosaur for a move: Click here
How to prep dinosaur remains for a 2,000 mile road trip

VIDEO: World 'must end dirty fuel use': Click here
A long-awaited UN report on how to curb climate change says the world must rapidly move away from carbon-intensive fuels.

VIDEO: The films making science captivating: Click here
David Reid travels to the Cern institute in Switzerland to find out how film-makers are helping to make science stories more accessible to the public.

VIDEO: Below deck of Syria chemical destroyer: Click here
Time is fast running out for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons stocks, the international body in charge of their destruction says.

Chlorine: From toxic chemical to household cleaner: Click here
The element that makes a familiar smell when mixed with urine

Fire ice: The energy of the future?: Click here
Could mining ice provide for all our energy needs and save the world?

Sweet or sour? Duping our taste buds: Click here
Would this dessert taste different on a black plate?

A 13-year-old eagle huntress in Mongolia: Click here
A 13-year-old catching foxes with her golden eagle

How to move a T-Rex dinosaur: Click here
Moving a dinosaur skeleton across the US

What was the mysterious black ring in Leamington Spa?: Click here
Just what is the black ring in Leamington Spa?

'Blood moon' eclipse in Americas: Click here
Your photos across the Americas of lunar eclipse

The IPCC and the elephant in the room: Click here
How legacy of Elvis shaped latest UN climate report

Climate fears over Colombia drought: Click here
Colombia's Casanare region ill-prepared for drought

10 inventions that owe their success to World War One: Click here
...and nine other inventions that owe their success to WW1

Mini-sub starts search for MH370 wreckage: Click here
Mapping the ocean floor where missing Malaysian jet may be

UN dilemma over 'Cinderella' technology: Click here
Why isn't plan to remove CO2 from atmosphere catching on?

Cities on frontline of climate change struggle: Click here
Cities on frontline of climate change struggle

VIDEO: Global solar-powered plane unveiled: Click here
Secrets of the solar-powered plane set to fly around the world

Between the covers of Evelyn's Sylva: Click here
The 1664 book that changed the landscape of Britain

A shark cull divides a nation: Click here
Is a shark cull the right way to deal with attacks on humans?

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