When most of us think of Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, we think of moai, the 887 magnificent statues that guard its shores. But the mystery of BBC4's Easter Island: Mysteries of a Lost World wasn't how these monoliths were made, or how they were moved into place (aliens, obviously) or even whether the ancient Rapa Nui people were responsible for their own decline, it's why the myths have persisted for so long.
The likelihood of people developing diseases including type two diabetes and Crohn's could be affected by genes inherited from Neanderthals
Six NHS trusts have “persistently” high death rates for patients who die in hospital or within 30 days of discharge, according to new data.
The peace talks are offering a way out of a vicious cycle, and it is one of the very few hopes for the vast majority of Syrians who reject extremism
Black rats are also implicated in both outbreaks, which took place 800 years apart
Francis has already used the symbolic power of his office to change attitudes
Protecting habitat and engaging the local community are crucial for both rhinos and elephants, says Christian Lambrechts, the managing director of Rhino Ark
Australian police have shot dead two crocodiles after a 12-year-old boy's disappearance
To most of us, lions are African, but many of the great beasts of legend were Indian. Now a zoo plans to breed more of them
Gone are the days when a “Save the Rhino” advert was enough. Only about 25,000 rhinos are left in the wild, and thanks to poaching the species is critically endangered. Now, in an effort to drive down demand, conservationists are working on campaigns to understand what makes rhino horn consumers tick.
Spend most of the first day in Largo Bay, south-west of Kirkcaldy. There may be no finer location to watch the wintering seaduck for which Scotland is renowned. If the tide is high and the sun shining, start with the light behind you at the bay’s eastern edge, Ruddon’s Point. Look westwards for dense black rafts of scoters, mainly common scoter. A flash of white wings draws your attention to velvet scoters secreted among them. Check the flock carefully and you could even see surf scoter. There is no more regular British site for this North American visitor.
Freedom Party event welcomed Marine le Pen and 'extremists'
Identity of swine shrouded in secrecy
In the late 1980s, Africa’s elephant population was decimated to just 600,000. Bringing the elephant slaughter to consumers' televisions had a profound impact. Can it be done again?
The Home Secretary is under increasing pressure from Jewish groups and others to ban the Hungarian ultra-nationalist party from spreading hatred at a London rally this weekend
Gypsies and Irish Travellers are more likely to live in a house than a caravan, the first official data on the group shows.