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The world's rarest bird is facing extinction unless it finds a new home, say conservationists
The European Space Agency releases time-lapse footage of the Aurora Australis, or southern lights, filmed from the International Space Station.
The last remaining population of the world's rarest bird, the Madagascar pochard, needs a new wetland home if it is to thrive again, a study reveals.
New Antarctic atlas catalogues 9,000-plus species
Gibraltar is planning to banish some of its Barbary macaque population which have become too cheeky or aggressive
Divers discover rare species of marine life such as stalked jellyfish and squat lobsters in a study of Somerset's Porlock Bay.
Baby coral and fish can smell the difference between good and bad reefs, say marine ecologists.
The arrival of three baby anacondas at West Midland Safari Park is heralded as a 'miraculous virgin birth' by staff.
How can trees prevent human-elephant conflict?
Palaeolithic humans in Spain began eating snails 10,000 years earlier than their Mediterranean neighbours, a study reveals.
A pair of rare ospreys nest at a nature reserve in Cumbria for the first time, conservationists confirm.
Marine mammals brought tuberculosis to the Americas before the Europeans arrived, a study suggests.
Female orb-weaving spiders grow larger and have an increased ability to reproduce when living in urban areas, a new study shows.
A new assessment from Europe's CryoSat spacecraft shows Greenland to be losing about 375 cu km of ice each year.
For the first time, biologists measure the force applied by climbing snakes and find that they squeeze up to five times harder than necessary.
A new study suggests the number of Africa's elephants has declined to a critical point.
A primate confiscated during a drugs raid by police in the Maldives is flown 5,000 miles to the UK to start a new life.
Filmmakers capture spectacular defensive lightshow
A man is killed by a giant saltwater crocodile as he fished with his wife in northern Australia - the fourth fatal attack this year.
Basing their work on the techniques used by octopuses and cuttlefish, US engineers have produced a flexible, colour-changing material.