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21 Apr
For the first time in its history, the Environment Agency assesses the state of all flood defences in England following 'unprecedented' winter storms.
18 Apr
Ancient grasses from the Pampas of Argentina were preserved in glass when asteroids struck the area, scientists report.
19 Apr
US company SpaceX launches its latest re-supply mission to the International Space Station, sending up a Dragon freighter to rendezvous with the orbiting platform on Sunday.
18 Apr
Female insects with 'penises' have been discovered in Brazil - the first example of an animal with sex-reversed genitalia.
18 Apr
A planet that is close in size to the Earth and that could hold water on its surface has been identified by the Kepler telescope.
18 Apr
A British project to capture CO2 and bury it under the North Sea looks set to receive a 300m-euro boost from the EU.
17 Apr
Scientists say they have discovered what could be the birth of a new moon in the rings of Saturn.
16 Apr
The first images come back from the radar satellite launched as part of the European Union's new flagship Earth-observation project.
17 Apr
Artists' brains are structurally different to non-artists in areas relating to fine motor movements and visual imagery, a study finds.
16 Apr
The boom and bust of men's beard fashions may mirror Darwinian selection, scientists say.
16 Apr
Scientists use impact craters to work out the characteristics of the air on Mars 3.6 billion years ago.
17 Apr
The European Parliament has approved new legislation to stem the spread of invasive species such as "killer" shrimp or Japanese knotweed.
15 Apr
The combination of fire and extreme weather events could accelerate tree mortality in the Amazon, a study suggests.
15 Apr
Air pollution in China and other Asian countries is having far-reaching impacts on weather patterns across the Northern Hemisphere, a study suggests.
16 Apr
Birds learn to choose the the best building materials for their nests, rather than building from instinct, say scientists.
15 Apr
A facial recognition database being built by the FBI could contain over 52m images by 2015 causing concern to privacy campaigners
15 Apr
Skywatchers in the Americas have caught a rare celestial show caused by the Earth's shadow falling across the Moon.
12 Apr
A new treatment for hepatitis C cured 90% of patients with the infection in 12 weeks, say scientists after studies in Europe and the US.
14 Apr
The US defence department is working on how to use old drones to provide wi-fi in remote locations, such as on the battlefield.
11 Apr
The competition to manufacture the next generation of Europe's most important series of weather satellites is won by Airbus Defence and Space.
11 Apr
Four women have had new vaginas grown in the laboratory and implanted by doctors in the US.
11 Apr
New research shows that when a threat comes into view fruit flies make split-second turns reminiscent of those made by fighter jets.
15 Apr
A record 73% of beaches in the UK have "excellent" water quality because of last summer's dry weather, says the Marine Conservation Society.
15 Apr
Streetlights on a 500m stretch of highway in the Netherlands are replaced by glow in the dark road markings in a pilot project.
15 Apr
A wild male marmoset is filmed embracing and caring for his dying female partner.
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