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Putin Signs Law Banning Smoking

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Putin Signs Law Banning Smoking

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law banning smoking in public places. The law will take effect in two stages. Beginning in June, the law will ban smoking in some public places, including subways and...

Kielder Water & Forest Park to reintroduce water voles

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Kielder Water & Forest Park to reintroduce water voles

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An endangered species is set to return to a Northumberland forest more than 30 years after it was wiped out. Conservationists at Kielder Water & Forest Park plan to reintroduce water voles to the area after they ...

Greenpeace calls for zero deforestation globally by 2020

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Greenpeace calls for zero deforestation globally by 2020

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Greenpeace reiterated its call for an end to deforestation in Brazil by 2015 and globally by 2020 during its launch of an awareness-raising expedition down the Amazon River aboard the Rainbow Warrior. "Brazil is...

Alzheimer’s: Deep brain stimulation ‘reverses’ disease

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Alzheimer’s: Deep brain stimulation ‘reverses’ disease

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Scientists in Canada have raised a tantalising prospect - reversing Alzheimer's disease. Brain shrinkage, declining function and memory loss had been thought to be irreversible. They used a technique known as deep...

Crime rate falls to lowest level since 1973

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Crime rate falls to lowest level since 1973

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Canada's crime rate is the lowest in nearly 40 years, according to Statistics Canada, as the volume of crime dropped five per cent in 2010 from the year before. "The national crime rate has been falling steadily ...

British butterflies bounce back

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British butterflies bounce back

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Some of Britain's most threatened butterflies are showing promising signs of recovery after decades of decline, according to a new study. The new data comes from the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme, which has been m...

Drug offers hope for treating muscular dystrophy

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Drug offers hope for treating muscular dystrophy

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A drug that can boost muscle strength in mice shows promise as a possible treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, research suggests. The work could one day lead to a daily pill to treat all patients with the mu...

Rare hazel pot beetle colony found thriving in Sherwood Forest

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Rare hazel pot beetle colony found thriving in Sherwood Forest

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A thriving colony of one of England's rarest beetles the hazel pot beetle - has been found hiding out in Sherwood Forest. The study raises hopes that with careful management, a species that is all but extinct in t...

Huge Coral Reefs Discovered off Puerto Rico

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Huge Coral Reefs Discovered off Puerto Rico

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A new discovery of thriving coral reefs off the coast of Puerto Rico may offer hope for other shallower reefs. Scuba diving scientists discovered sprawling and diverse coral reefs at 100 to 500 feet (30 to 150 mete...

Some good news about SPAM!

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Some good news about SPAM!

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Levels of spam have fallen by almost 50% since August 2010, suggest figures. Figures compiled by security firm Symantec show that the amount of junk e-mail messages flowing around the net has dropped 47% in three mon...