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Worms live longer when starved

20th June 2014
Tiny nematode worms "stop ageing" when they are starved and can go on to live twice as long as normal, a new study shows.

Vixen out-foxes bird reserve wardens

19th June 2014
A dedicated feeder is installed at a Teesside nature reserve to stop a fox stealing the birds' food.

VIDEO: Baby monkeys born at Highland Park

19th June 2014
Three baby Japanese macaques, also known as snow monkeys, are born at Highland Wildlife Park near Aviemore.

Barn owl boxes stolen and vandalised

19th June 2014
Five barn owl boxes which are part of a Suffolk community project are stolen or vandalised, with the animals taken.

Unesco delays Barrier Reef decision

19th June 2014
Unesco delays its decision to list the Great Barrier Reef as endangered, amid controversy over a plan to dump dredged sediment in the marine park.

Fish-eating spiders 'widespread'

18th June 2014
Scientists have discovered that a number of spider species catch and eat fish.

New Official Mouser at distillery

18th June 2014
Peat the kitten lands the job of Official Mouser at the Glenturret distillery in Perthshire, home of the Famous Grouse.

Obama doubles global marine reserves

17th June 2014
President Obama plans to create the world's largest marine protected area (MPA) in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Clam harvesting concerns at beach

17th June 2014
Concerns are raised that gangs of people are harvesting shellfish on a Conwy beach.

VIDEO: Can you teach a dolphin to talk?

17th June 2014
A new documentary unearths recordings of a 'talking' dolphin, who took part in a 1960s experiment

Personality dictates spiders' roles

17th June 2014
Social spiders' personalities determine the tasks they perform and the division of labour in their societies, a new study finds.

Ponds 'predict Arctic sea-ice melt'

17th June 2014
A UK team believes it can now make skilful predictions of how much sea ice will melt during Arctic summers, and says this year's minimum extent will likely be very similar to last year's.

'Weedy thing' thrives as Pole warms

16th June 2014
Rising temperatures in Antarctica are helping a meek little moss species thrive at the expense of other marine creatures.

'Unclear' if badger jabs cut TB

16th June 2014
It is unclear whether vaccinating badgers in north Pembrokeshire has cut TB in cattle, Wales' chief vet says.

Super infuriating animals?

16th June 2014
Dealing with invasive species

I raised tiger cubs in my front room

15th June 2014
The tiger supervisor at Australia Zoo describes how he hand-reared two rare Sumatran tiger cubs at his family home.

Deforestation leaves fish hungry

14th June 2014
Deforestation is reducing the amount of leaf litter falling into rivers and lakes, resulting in less food being available to fish, a study suggests.

African elephants' 'survival threat'

13th June 2014
The survival of Africa's elephants is under threat, with estimated poaching levels well above their birth rate, an environmental report says.

Crustaceans experience 'anxiety'

13th June 2014
Crayfish, once thought too primitive to experience emotion, may feel anxious, a study suggests.

VIDEO: The man who turns hubcaps into owls

13th June 2014
Ptolemy Elrington sees animals in everyday objects - usually unwanted objects that have been discarded and left as rubbish.