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Last updated on  August 4th, 2015

Obama unveils clean energy plan: Click here
US President Barack Obama unveils what he calls "the biggest, most important step we have ever taken" in tackling climate change.

Ancient life form's complex sex life: Click here
One of the oldest-known complex organisms had a surprising complicated sex life, scientists report.

Empire State hosts wildlife display: Click here
Images of endangered animals are flashed across the Empire State Building in New York to highlight the issue of potential mass extinction.

Poll to find UK's favourite insect: Click here
An online poll is launched by the Royal Society of Biology to find the UK's favourite insect.

Zimbabwe seeks second 'lion killer': Click here
Zimbabwe says it is seeking a second American over the illegal killing of a lion, as the outcry over the death of famed animal Cecil continues.

Earth magnetic shield is much older: Click here
Researchers have revealed that the Earth's magnetic field is 550 million years older than previously believed.

AA joins protest at green changes: Click here
The AA joins green groups in warning that recent changes in energy policy will harm the climate.

Wales surf wave generator starts up: Click here
The first waves have peeled across an artificial surf lagoon built on the site of an old aluminium works on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park.

Comet yields 'rich array' of organics: Click here
The spacecraft which made a spectacular landing on a comet last year has discovered a rich array of carbon compounds.

Robot can leap from water's surface: Click here
Scientists in South Korea develop a tiny robot - based on the water strider insect - that can jump on water

Aquariums 'deliver health benefits': Click here
People who spend time watching fish swim in aquarium tanks could improve their physical and mental wellbeing, a study shows.

Aurora found beyond our Solar System: Click here
An aurora has been spotted around a brown dwarf more than 18 light years away, scientists report.

Gunman injured by armadillo ricochet: Click here
A man in East Texas is wounded after a bullet he fired at an armadillo ricocheted and hit him, the local sheriff says.

How ant armies move massive meals: Click here
In a new study, physicists reveal how ants co-operate to carry huge chunks of food back to their nests.

Alarm over Cambodia 'timber grab': Click here
A new report says that highly valuable forests are being lost at an "unprecedented" rate from protected lands in Cambodia.

VIDEO: Island volcano's spectacular lava show: Click here
Milton Nkosi takes a helicopter ride to witness the latest volcanic eruption by the Piton de la Fournaise, or 'Peak of the Furnace' on Reunion Island.

VIDEO: 'Blue moon' as seen around the world: Click here
There has been a rare opportunity to witness a unique lunar event in the night sky; a so-called "blue moon".

VIDEO: New science for James Webb Telescope: Click here
Mark Clampin from Nasa explains how the James Webb Space Telescope will help us to see even deeper into the Universe.

VIDEO: The robot that jumps on water: Click here
Scientists in South Korea develop a tiny robot - based on the water strider insect - that can jump on water.

VIDEO: Chimps eating clay 'as supplement': Click here
A community of chimpanzees in Uganda is increasingly eating clay to boost their mineral intake, research suggests.

VIDEO: Virgin Galactic crash: Brakes blamed: Click here
Investigators have said a Virgin Galactic spaceship crash was caused by structural failure after the co-pilot unlocked a braking system early.

VIDEO: Chasing Britain's most threatened duck: Click here
Why conservationists in the Scottish Highlands are chasing the UK's most threatened breeding duck.

VIDEO: Scientists fear robotic weapons: Click here
More than 1,000 scientists, including Stephen Hawking, have called for a ban on developing artificial intelligence for military use and to build robotic weapons.

Big year ahead for James Webb telescope: Click here
The James Webb Space Telescope is Nasa's long-awaited successor to Hubble

In pictures: Ecology photo prize: Click here
Spectacular image competition winners

Great robotic missions to explore space: Click here
Past space missions that have changed our understanding

Why we like to believe that dinosaurs were scaly: Click here
Why do we like to believe that dinosaurs were scaly?

Bloodhound Diary: A riveting 'tail': Click here
Project approaches the end of the mechanical build

Iberian lynx returns to Spain from verge of extinction: Click here
Hard work saves Spanish lynx from extinction

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