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Swarm ‘delivers on magnetic promise’

By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News, Vienna Europe’s Swarm mission to measure the Earth’s magnetic field in unprecedented detail is achieving impressive levels of performance, scientists say. Even though the trio of satellites were only launched in November, they are already sensing the global field to a precision that … Continue reading

Prehistoric North Sea ‘Atlantis’ hit by 5 metre tsunami

By Paul Rincon Science editor, BBC News website A prehistoric “Atlantis” in the North Sea may have been abandoned after being hit by a 5m tsunami 8,200 years ago. The wave was generated by a catastrophic subsea landslide off the coast of Norway. Analysis suggests the tsunami over-ran Doggerland, a … Continue reading

Orang-utan using sign language

Helping save the orang-utan. Palm oil is the greatest threat to the future of the orang-utan. Find out more about the orang-utan here. Also check out the Before It’s Too Late orangutan iPhone & iPad App here. 20% of revenue goes to save the orangutan. Continue reading

How sloths breathe upside down explained by scientists

From the BBC A Swansea University team has found out how sloths are able to spend up to 90% of their lives hanging upside down yet continue breathing normally. The research found the mammals, which live in the rainforests of south and central America, have a way of fixing their … Continue reading

Mystery of ‘ocean quack sound’ solved

By Rebecca Morelle Global science correspondent, BBC News The mystery of a bizarre quacking sound heard in the ocean has finally been solved, scientists report. The noise – nicknamed “the bio-duck” – appears in the winter and spring in the Southern Ocean. However, its source has baffled researchers for decades. … Continue reading

Croaking Frogs

Today is International Frog Day. The world’s frogs are under attack and are dying off at an incredible rate. Here’s our award winning documentary about what is happening to the frogs and those who are trying to save them from extinction – before it’s too late. Continue reading

Amazon trees vulnerable to fire and climate combination

By Mark Kinver Environment reporter, BBC News The combination of fire and extreme weather could accelerate tree mortality in the Amazon, a study has suggested. Researchers said field experiments showed that severe droughts could trigger dieback of forests in the near-term. Efforts to curb deforestation needed to be accompanied by … Continue reading

Females have penises in sex-reversed cave insects

By James Morgan Science reporter, BBC News Female insects with “penises” have been discovered in Brazil – the first example of an animal with sex-reversed genitalia, scientists say. Neotrogla females insert the erectile organs into males’ vagina-like openings. The elaborate structure, dubbed a “gynosome”, is used to suck out sperm … Continue reading

Germany’s green dreams meet harsh reality

David Shukman BBC Science editor A vision for a greener future for the world seems very distant if you descend into the heart of one of Germany’s largest coal mines. While researchers and officials are in Berlin preparing the next report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the … Continue reading

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