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Artists have unique brain structure
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:35:53 GMT

Artists' brains are structurally different to non-artists in areas relating to fine motor movements and visual imagery, a study finds.

Birth of 'new Saturn moon' witnessed
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:44:31 GMT

Scientists say they have discovered what could be the birth of a new moon in the rings of Saturn.

EU Sentinel returns first images
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:23:05 GMT

The first images come back from the radar satellite launched as part of the European Union's new flagship Earth-observation project.

Beard trend 'guided by evolution'
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:56:03 GMT

The boom and bust of men's beard fashions may mirror Darwinian selection, scientists say.

Early air points to cold, dry Mars
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:23:21 GMT

Scientists use impact craters to work out the characteristics of the air on Mars 3.6 billion years ago.

EU approves alien species blacklist
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:47:39 GMT

The European Parliament has approved new legislation to stem the spread of invasive species such as "killer" shrimp or Japanese knotweed.

Double whammy threatens Amazon trees
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:18:57 GMT

The combination of fire and extreme weather events could accelerate tree mortality in the Amazon, a study suggests.

Asia pollution drives Pacific storms
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:24:01 GMT

Air pollution in China and other Asian countries is having far-reaching impacts on weather patterns across the Northern Hemisphere, a study suggests.

Americas see 'Blood moon' eclipse
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:34:25 GMT

Skywatchers in the Americas have caught a rare celestial show caused by the Earth's shadow falling across the Moon.

SpaceX stands down Falcon launch
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:41:21 GMT

SpaceX postpones its latest cargo re-supply mission to the space station after a helium leak is detected in the Falcon launch vehicle.

Water quality at beaches 'excellent'
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:40:34 GMT

A record 73% of beaches in the UK have "excellent" water quality because of last summer's dry weather, says the Marine Conservation Society.

Dutch unveil glow in the dark road
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:25:39 GMT

Streetlights on a 500m stretch of highway in the Netherlands are replaced by glow in the dark road markings in a pilot project.

Birds choose best building materials
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:55:07 GMT

Birds learn to choose the the best building materials for their nests, rather than building from instinct, say scientists.

Privacy fears over FBI database
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:33:40 GMT

A facial recognition database being built by the FBI could contain over 52m images by 2015 causing concern to privacy campaigners

Hepatitis C trial a 'turning point'
Sat, 12 Apr 2014 05:01:41 GMT

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.

Pentagon eyes drone wi-fi hotspots
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:22:36 GMT

The US defence department is working on how to use old drones to provide wi-fi in remote locations, such as on the battlefield.

Airbus wins major weather prize
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:19:47 GMT

The competition to manufacture the next generation of Europe's most important series of weather satellites is won by Airbus Defence and Space.

Doctors implant lab-grown vagina
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:45:48 GMT

Four women have had new vaginas grown in the laboratory and implanted by doctors in the US.

Flies manoeuvre like fighter jets
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:10:22 GMT

New research shows that when a threat comes into view fruit flies make split-second turns reminiscent of those made by fighter jets.

'Millions wasted' on flu drug
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:56:06 GMT

Hundreds of millions of pounds have been wasted on Tamiflu, a drug for flu that may work no better than paracetamol, a landmark analysis says.

Male monkey cares for dying partner
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:33:42 GMT

A wild male marmoset is filmed embracing and caring for his dying female partner.

World must end 'dirty' fuel use - UN
Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:46:32 GMT

A long-awaited report on how to curb climate change says the world must rapidly move away from carbon-intensive fuels.

Germany's green dreams meet harsh reality
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:01:47 GMT

As the UN's climate panel meets in Berlin, Germany's fossil fuel industry is as busy as ever, reports David Shukman.

Call to review pet rabbit protection
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 01:01:54 GMT

Pet rabbits need better legal protection in the UK, according to an animal welfare researcher.

Curbing wind energy to push up bills
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 01:15:43 GMT

Researchers say that plans to restrict wind farms to the seas around Britain will require significantly larger subsidies.

UN set to warn over 'dash for gas'
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:06:17 GMT

The United Nations is likely to warn governments that a "dash for gas" will not solve climate change, the BBC's Roger Harrabin reports.

Alderney puffins 'need better laws'
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:50:53 GMT

As puffins return to Alderney following the devastating winter weather, conservationists demand tougher laws.

Canal fish removed to stop poaching
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:53:18 GMT

More than 1,098kg (2,421lb) of fish is removed from a Wiltshire canal in a bid to stop illegal fishing.

Panda is artificially inseminated
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:04:29 GMT

Edinburgh Zoo's giant Panda Tian Tian is artificially inseminated.

VIDEO: Footage of rare 'blood moon' eclipse
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:15:43 GMT

People in the Americas have been treated to a rare "blood moon" lunar eclipse. Jonathan Amos explains the science behind the colour change.

VIDEO: How to pack a dinosaur for a move
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:50:30 GMT

How to prep dinosaur remains for a 2,000 mile road trip

VIDEO: World 'must end dirty fuel use'
Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:50:47 GMT

A long-awaited UN report on how to curb climate change says the world must rapidly move away from carbon-intensive fuels.

VIDEO: The films making science captivating
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:20:16 GMT

David Reid travels to the Cern institute in Switzerland to find out how film-makers are helping to make science stories more accessible to the public.

VIDEO: Below deck of Syria chemical destroyer
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:51:44 GMT

Time is fast running out for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons stocks, the international body in charge of their destruction says.

AUDIO: CT scan reveals mummies' faces
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:52:59 GMT

The British Museum has been using CT scanners to reveal the faces of Egyptian mummies.

AUDIO: Britain's first cloned dog is born
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:41:46 GMT

Britain's first cloned dog has been born after her owner won a competition offering the procedure for free.

VIDEO: Close-up: Sub ready to locate MH370
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:22:47 GMT

Specialists are preparing the submarine which will be used when the general location of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 plane in the Indian Ocean is identified.

Fire ice: The energy of the future?
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:02:42 GMT

Could mining ice provide for all our energy needs and save the world?

Sweet or sour? Duping our taste buds
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:00:11 GMT

Would this dessert taste different on a black plate?

A 13-year-old eagle huntress in Mongolia
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:12:29 GMT

A 13-year-old catching foxes with her golden eagle

How to move a T-Rex dinosaur
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:16:49 GMT

Moving a dinosaur skeleton across the US

What was the mysterious black ring in Leamington Spa?
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:24:17 GMT

Just what is the black ring in Leamington Spa?

'Blood moon' eclipse in Americas
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:42:49 GMT

Your photos across the Americas of lunar eclipse

The IPCC and the elephant in the room
Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:15:37 GMT

How legacy of Elvis shaped latest UN climate report

Climate fears over Colombia drought
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:43:35 GMT

Colombia's Casanare region ill-prepared for drought

10 inventions that owe their success to World War One
Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:51:06 GMT

...and nine other inventions that owe their success to WW1

Mini-sub starts search for MH370 wreckage
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:14:02 GMT

Mapping the ocean floor where missing Malaysian jet may be

UN dilemma over 'Cinderella' technology
Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:35:16 GMT

Why isn't plan to remove CO2 from atmosphere catching on?

Cities on frontline of climate change struggle
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:19:34 GMT

Cities on frontline of climate change struggle

VIDEO: Global solar-powered plane unveiled
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:23:50 GMT

Secrets of the solar-powered plane set to fly around the world

Between the covers of Evelyn's Sylva
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:58:18 GMT

The 1664 book that changed the landscape of Britain

A shark cull divides a nation
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:32:57 GMT

Is a shark cull the right way to deal with attacks on humans?

Bamboo back in business for Taiwan
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:37:42 GMT

How Taiwan successfully regrew its bamboo industry