Voices elephants in rain

Protecting habitat and engaging the local community are crucial for both rhinos and elephants, says Christian Lambrechts, the managing director of Rhino Ark

Elephants in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda, remain at risk even there

Elephants could vanish in the next ten years, impacting on entire ecosystems

In 2011, more African elephants were killed than in any other year in history. Explore our interactive graphic to learn more.

Time is running out fast for Tanzania’s elephant herds

With poachers now killing almost 11,000 a year for their ivory, urgent steps need to be be taken to stop the cull

World's oldest prehistoric toilet unearthed in Argentina

Fossilised dung left by megaherbivores 240-million years ago have been found clustered together

Pricing nature is a capital idea

The destruction of forests and natural habitats makes us all poorer

We need a vibrant ecosystem of providers but I expect G4S to emerge stronger after review

The reward will be savings for taxpayers

Lythronax argestes: Scientists discover new ‘King of Gore’ dinosaur species that is ‘great-uncle’ to T-rex

Discovery of 24ft (7.3m) long, 8ft (2.4m) high predator changes our understanding of evolution of tyrannosaur family

Venezuelan palaeontologist Ascania Rincon shows the skull of a glyptodont

Armadillo as big as a car vs bus-sized croc: 12,000 fossils found in Venezuelan oil pit

Palaeontologists have found a 'Jurassic Park' of fossils in Venezuela

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Can’t make it to work? Skype could soon beam in your 3D body-double

Web telephone service developing new technology

The return of sea otters has caused a remarkable recovery of endangered sea grasses

Study finds endangered sea grasses boosted by return of sea otters

Scientists working in California found that a decline in sea-grass could be reversed when sea otters returned to the area

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at the launch of Microsoft Windows 8 in October 2012

'Titanic' changes at Microsoft: Will CEO Steve Ballmer create an ecosystem to rival Apple's?

There have long been promises for Microsoft to become a "devices and services company", but just how this will look remains unclear

A government inquiry into the adulteration of processed beef products with horsemeat and pig meat and an FSA review, both triggered by last year’s crisis, are due to report this year

Food safety testing to be beefed-up

Standards agency calls for tougher testing and monitoring by councils after horsemeat scandal

The Xbox Kinect motion sensing device for the Xbox One is shown during a press event unveiling Microsoft's new Xbox in Redmond, Washington

Been watching Game of Thrones? Have a reward: Microsoft Xbox One could could give 'awards' to gamers who watch TV and adverts

Have you gorged on an entire series of Game of Thrones? Then you deserve a reward. Microsoft plans to give special “awards” to viewers in return for watching television shows and adverts on its new Xbox One console.

Food chain in disarray after changes in voles' boom-and-bust breeding cycle

A small, brown rodent that is a staple source of food for a range of iconic species – from the barn owl to the Arctic fox – has undergone a dramatic and perplexing change in the way it breeds, scientist have found.

UK Border Agency undated handout photo of some the seizure of 94 kilos of dried caterpillars at Gatwick airport. The discovery was made after a 22-year-old man travelling from Burkina Faso via Istanbul was stopped at the south terminal of the airport

Monkeys in my pants? No, just 94kg of caterpillars in my luggage

Traveller attempts to bring massive haul of dried insects into the country from Africa

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee