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2 200 artefacts seized in European crackdown

Over 2 200 looted artefacts, many from ancient Egypt, have been seized as part of a Europe-wide crackdown that also snared 35 suspected traffickers, Europol announced.

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Electric fence may stop sharks from taking a bite

2015-01-29 07:58

Dozens of people are attacked by sharks every year. A new underwater electric fence - developed and tested in Cape Town - aims to stop sharks from getting close to bathers.

Saved Mali manuscripts threatened

2015-01-29 05:00

Saved from Islamic extremists, Mali manuscripts are facing damage in their new home.

Faraway planet is lord of the rings

2015-01-28 23:03

Astronomers said they have found the first-ever ringed planet beyond our Solar System, a super-world with a girdle of halos 200 times bigger than Saturn's.

Ancient Israeli skull may document migration from Africa

2015-01-28 21:13

An ancient partial skull from an Israeli cave linked to migration of humans from Africa to Europe has been found.

'No kangaroos in Austria' - not

2015-01-28 21:14

A Kangaroo is surviving the alpine winter on the hop, dispelling the 'No kangaroos in Austria' T-shirt slogan.

Scotland stops shale gas projects

2015-01-28 21:13

Scotland has imposed a moratorium on shale gas planning permits and is launching an assessment of the impact of shale gas on public health.

Kruger gate closed at Punda Maria

2015-01-28 19:09

Violent protests in Malamulele, Limpopo, have prompted the Kruger National Park to close its Punda Maria gate.

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UK council defers shale gas permits

2015-01-28 17:40

A local English government council has voted to delay a decision on whether shale gas firm Cuadrilla can progress with two fracking projects.

Obama floats offering first-ever drilling lease in Atlantic

2015-01-28 10:06

The Obama administration has floated a plan that for the first time would open up a broad swath of the Atlantic Ocean to drilling.

Earth-skimming asteroid has own moon

2015-01-27 22:42

An unusually large asteroid that just skimmed by Earth has its own moon, Nasa says.

No chance of beating climate change without India - Obama

2015-01-27 14:00

President Barack Obama has warned that the world doesn’t "stand a chance against climate change" unless developing countries such as India reduce their dependence on fossil fuels.

Bid to block fracking in UK fails

2015-01-27 11:00

A group of British lawmakers have failed to block plans for shale gas fracking in Britain, but the government agreed to tougher regulation and a ban on fracking in national parks.

Boeing, SpaceX will beat Russia on price

2015-01-27 07:37

Boeing and SpaceX capsules will beat Russia on price for US astronaut rides to the space station.

Comets give us shooting stars

2015-01-26 21:12

Suspicions that shooting stars come from comet dust, transformed into fiery streaks as they hit Earth's atmosphere, have been bolstered by Europe's Rosetta space mission.

Watch asteroid in near earth flyby

2015-01-26 20:00

An asteroid the size of a mountain is shaving by Earth, in a rare type of flyby that will not be seen for another decade. WATCH

East Antarctica’s largest glacier melting - scientists

2015-01-26 19:28

Australian scientists say the largest glacier in East Antarctica, containing ice equivalent to a 6m rise in global sea levels, is melting due to warm ocean water.

Obama to propose protecting US Arctic wildlife refuge

2015-01-26 16:32

President Barack Obama will call on Congress to expand protection of Alaska’s Arctic refuge where oil and gas drilling is prohibited to 5 million hectares, an area that includes 1.4 million oil-rich acres along the coast.

Bamboo, coconut leaf home heralds new cheap housing

2015-01-26 15:03

At a cost of less than $4 000, Vo Van Duong's bamboo and coconut leaf house could herald a new wave of cheap, sustainable housing.

Emergency meeting held to save rhino in Kenya

2015-01-28 15:51

Conservationists and scientists have held talks in Kenya this week to come up with a last ditch plan to save the northern white rhinoceros from extinction.

Astronomers find oldest known star

2015-01-28 08:33

International astronomers say they have discovered the oldest known star in a distant galaxy encircled by five Earth-sized planets, signalling that planets formed throughout the history of the universe.

Monarch butterflies rebound in Mexico

2015-01-27 20:55

Monarch butterflies numbers recovered this year in Mexico, but are still dangerously low.

Suspected poachers to appear in court

2015-01-27 12:47

Three police constables and an ex-field ranger implicated in rhino poaching are expected to appear in Mbombela Regional Court.

Name a cockroach after your ex this Valentine’s Day

2015-01-27 08:43

The San Francisco Zoo is giving the spurned and broken-hearted a new reason to mark Valentine's Day - the chance to adopt a giant scorpion or hissing cockroach named after a heart-trampling ex.

Namibia to beef up rhino, elephant protection

2015-01-27 05:00

The Namibian government will beef up protection for rhino and elephants and tighten laws to curb increased poaching, which suddenly surged last year, it says.

La Nina turning nasty says study

2015-01-26 21:12

La Nina, a weather phenomenon that periodically causes devastating droughts and storms, will probably occur more frequently and more violently this century.

EU blacklists Sri Lanka over illegal fishing

2015-01-26 19:28

The European Union has blacklisted Sri Lanka for failing to combat illegal fishing, officially banning imports of fisheries products from Sri Lanka-flagged vessels into the EU.

South Sudan finds hope in honey

2015-01-26 16:32

A harvest of honey from the equatorial forests of South Sudan will help its struggling poor and, through the pollination of bees, improve the nation's crop yields, those involved say.

No threat as asteroid passes by Earth

2015-01-26 15:03

Nasa says an asteroid measuring about half a kilometre in diameter will make a relatively close, but harmless pass by Earth.

Navy wants to increase use of sonar-emitting buoys

2015-01-26 11:45

The US Navy is seeking permits to expand sonar and other training exercises off the Pacific Coast, a proposal raising concerns from animal advocates who say that more sonar-emitting buoys would harm whales.

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