Environment
Human settlement has cost Europe most of its forest cover

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought

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Investigations in Durham have identified the remains of up to 28 skeletons as prisoners of war

Troops at the brutal Battle of Dunbar in 1650 may have been as young as 12

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A doctor looks at a brain scan

The research challenges perceptions of ADHD as a condition which teenagers suffer from but 'grow out of'

News

Professor says study is important to highlight 'the need for extra support at school for children who are born pre-term'

News
The University of Birmingham says parts of a Koran manuscript in its library are from one of the oldest copies of the Islamic text in the world

Scholars have claimed that ancient artefact could potentially rewrite Islamic history

Life and Style
An embryologist examines human embryos at an IVF clinic

Genetic modification of human embryos 'could eliminate some genetic diseases'

News
An artist’s impression of tribes fishing during the Mesolithic period. The new study aims to reveal the culture and lifestyle of prehistoric humans

Exclusive: Unique research will unearth evidence submerged by rising oceans

News

Research has shown that ingredients can help with chronic pain, cancer, anxiety, diabetes, epilepsy, rheumatoid arthritis, PTSD, sleep disorders and more, company claims

News

But it's going to be difficult to be sure

News

Most months, we’re not really aware of the Moon’s changing diameter

News

Last night's Moon was 15 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than when it is at its smallest and dimmest

News
The dome is 36 feet (11 meters) in diameter and 20 feet (six meters) tall (AFP)

The team will have to survive without fresh air and fresh food

News

The full Moon will be at its closest point to the Earth

Life and Style

Even drinking water the night before makes little-to-no difference

News

Effect shows how the sky’s clouds come about

News
A blood red moon lights up the sky during a total lunar eclipse in Auckland, New Zealand

Some are convinced that the weird lunar events — a lunar eclipse on the same night as a Supermoon — will bring pull up the tides, bringing floods and earthquakes

News
Allonautilus scrobiculatus, photographed by Peter Ward off the coast of Papua New Guinea

Only two people have ever seen the sea creature

News

'We would have seen something of it by now,' said Nasa’s head asteroid spotter

News
Just 39 per cent of research studied could be reproduced universally

Of 100 studies, more than half could not be reproduced using the same method

News
Like other original thinkers, Woody Allen has suffered for his art

It could explain why so many original thinkers suffered for their art

Life and Style

Scientists have been looking for the most bizarre and horrifying animal 'junk'

Environment
Knut the polar bear, who drowned in 2011 in his outdoor enclosure

Scientists say wild polar bears may also suffer the same brain disorder as Knut

News

More teenagers are engaging in head-to-head contact, making the parasite spread

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