Fossil find points to life on Earth 3.7bn years ago

2016-09-01 19:46

Life on Earth is even older than we thought, Australian scientists think after unveiling fossils dating back a staggering 3.7 billion years.

China's emissions overestimated says study

2015-08-19 22:02

The United Nations and other international bodies have vastly overestimated China's greenhouse gas emissions over the last decade or more, according to a new study.

Hole-in-one for Rosetta

2015-07-01 20:01

After billions of years of solitary travel through cold, dark outer space, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has recently yielded many secrets, often surprising, including 18 holes.

Drug-resistant typhoid now 'epidemic' in Africa

2015-05-11 18:33

Drug-resistant typhoid has become an invisible epidemic in Africa, scientists say after an unprecedented probe into the disease.

Science dates old dogs with new tricks

2015-02-05 22:41

Man's best friend has not been around for nearly as long as thought, according to a study that brings the emergence of modern dogs forward by some 15 000 years.

Honeybee genome throws up survival clues

2014-08-25 19:40

Honeybees probably originated in Asia, say scientists who have teased interesting tidbits from the busy little pollinators' genome that they hope can be used to protect it.

Anaesthesia may harm memory

2014-06-10 05:00

General anaesthesia before the age of one may impair memory later in childhood, possibly life-long.

Super spider nano silk opens way

2013-09-10 23:31

Scientists in the United States have coated spider silk with carbon nanotubes, creating a fibre that is not only super-strong but also conducts electricity.

Humans learned to throw 2m years ago

2013-06-26 21:51

The ability of humans to throw may have appeared nearly 2 million years ago.

Alga most sucessful life form

2013-06-13 07:30

It's just a tiny thing - a single-celled organism visible only under a microscope - yet it is one of the most successful life forms on the planet.


Recovering tropical forests a sponge for CO2

2016-02-04 20:35

Tropical forests reclaiming land cleared for agriculture or livestock not only grow quickly, but absorb far more CO2 from the atmosphere than old-growth trees.

Plants turning alien

2015-08-19 20:20

Many of the world's plants are becoming aliens, spread by people into new areas where they choke out native vegetation in a worsening trend.

Ancient spiky little sea 'monster' found

2015-06-30 20:07

More than half a billion years ago, a peculiar little creature with rows of spikes on its back and delicate, feather-like front limbs to strain bits of food from the water thrived in the primordial seas of what is now China.

Obesity DNA found

2015-02-11 22:57

The largest-ever DNA probe into obesity has thrown up scores of clues for the inherited factors behind a worsening health problem.

Scientists create genetic firewall

2015-01-21 22:24

A firewall means any GMOs that escapes a lab, manufacturing facility, or agricultural field will die.

Riddle of bulging Moon solved at last

2014-07-31 05:00

Far from being perfectly round, the Moon has a weird shape, with a highland bulge on the side facing the Earth and another bulge on its far side.

Turkeys enlisted in terror fight

2014-01-21 22:07

The flappy skin on the turkey's face and throat could help save human lives in a terror attack or a chemical spill - or maybe even from cancer.

Bats beat lifespan rule

2013-08-20 22:26

From the elephant to the mayfly, biologists say there is a general rule about longevity: the bigger the animal, the longer it lives.

Elephant tooth evolution rooted in grass

2013-06-26 20:29

Once they developed a taste for grass, the ancestors of today's elephants swiftly broadened their leaf-only diet and placed their progeny on a new evolutionary track.

Science sinks teeth into Neanderthals

2013-05-22 20:53

Neanderthals may have started weaning their young from seven months of age and transferred them to solid food by just over a year.

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