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VIDEO: Turning a wish into a butterfly

11th July 2014
How to turn a wish into a virtual butterfly at Barbican's Digital Revolution exhibition

How much science in new Planet of the Apes film?

11th July 2014
Hw much did science inform the new Planet of the Apes film?

Warning after jellyfish sighting

11th July 2014
People in Guernsey are being warned to be careful on the beach after blue jellyfish were spotted off the coast.

VIDEO: Rescuers free beached whale

10th July 2014
Rescuers have managed to free a young whale stranded for two days on a beach in Queensland, Australia.

Rare bird image sparks bags warning

10th July 2014
RSPB Scotland is urging people to discard unwanted plastic bags carefully after a rare bird was photographed with one caught in its beak.

VIDEO: Explorer emerges after living underwater

10th July 2014
Ocean explorer Fabien Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau, has just resurfaced after spending 31 days living underwater.

Rescuers refloat stranded baby whale

10th July 2014
Rescuers manage to refloat a young whale that has been stranded on a beach in Queensland, Australia, for two days.

Dispersal 'key to reptile survival'

10th July 2014
Reptiles whose offspring's gender is dependent on temperature must spread out to survive the effects of climate change, new research shows.

Bird decline linked to pesticide use

9th July 2014
A new report says the widespread use of a neonicotinoid chemical is linked to a marked decline in bird numbers in Europe.

Ancient arachnid 'walks again'

9th July 2014
Computer graphics are used to show how one of the first land predators on Earth would have moved 410 million years ago.

Butterfly wings inspire cosmetics and bomb detectors

9th July 2014
The iridescent wings of a butterfly have inspired a range of new uses, including self-cleaning surfaces and explosives detectors.

Female shrimps are more aggressive

9th July 2014
Female snapping shrimps are more aggressive than males when defending their territories despite their smaller claw size, a study shows.

VIDEO: A baby panda for Edinburgh zoo?

8th July 2014
Edinburgh Zoo's Giant Panda Tian Tian has conceived after being artificially inseminated earlier this year, but experts say she is not technically pregnant.

'Largest flying bird' identified

7th July 2014
The fossilised remains of the largest flying bird ever found are identified by scientists.

VIDEO: Suburban peacocks ruffle feathers

7th July 2014
Peacocks have been causing a flap in a suburb of Greater Manchester.

Rats alter the way they use whiskers

7th July 2014
Rats can change the way they use their whiskers depending on how well they know their surroundings, new research shows.

Uganda cop shoots 'aggressive' tortoise

7th July 2014
Policeman kills reptile after being 'attacked' at home.

Worries over 'cruel' elephant trade

6th July 2014
Wild elephants are being held in horrific conditions in Myanmar as smugglers seek to resume a lucrative trade to Thailand, a report says.

VIDEO: Teaching an endangered bird to love again

6th July 2014
Scientists at the Smithsonian's Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia teach international groups to track wild animals - a skill they hope will help keep count of endangered species around the globe.

Osprey spotted hunting on the Mersey

5th July 2014
A rare bird of prey has been spotted hunting on the River Mersey, says a wildlife charity.