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Controllers banking on Philae wake-up
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:28:09 GMT

The European Space Agency says it will conduct no more dedicated searches for its lost comet lander, and will now wait for the probe itself to call home.

Study fells cosmic inflation claim
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:54:50 GMT

Scientists who claimed to have found evidence for a cosmic super-expansion at the Big Bang made no such discovery, a soon-to-be published study will say.

'Cold plasma' kills off norovirus
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:03:08 GMT

Norovirus, the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the world, can be killed with "cold plasma", scientists report.

Scars reveal ageing whales' secrets
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:28:04 GMT

Scientists studying one of the most mysterious whale species find they form long-term alliances, sometimes lasting many years.

Chicks place low numbers on the left
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:03:14 GMT

Scientists in Italy find that baby chickens associate low and high numbers with left and right, respectively - suggesting they may count using a "mental number line" like humans do.

Climate concern 'linked to floods'
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:23:22 GMT

Belief in the reality of climate change has risen among the British public, partly because of the 2013 winter floods, according to a report.

Icebergs 'have sound signature'
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:55:04 GMT

Listening to icebergs could help to assess the extent of glacier melt, a study suggests.

Skull clue to exodus from Africa
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:43:49 GMT

An ancient skull discovered in Israel could shed light on the migration of modern humans out of Africa some 60,000 years ago.

Ebola virus mutating, scientists say
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:55:38 GMT

Scientists at the Institut Pasteur in France who are tracking the Ebola outbreak in Guinea say the virus has mutated.

Shell revives Arctic drilling plans
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:36:04 GMT

Royal Dutch Shell revives Arctic drilling plans, despite announcing a $15bn cut in global spending and profit figures that disappointed investors.

Astra Zeneca drive for genetic drugs
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:00:26 GMT

Astra Zeneca announces a research programme to develop a generation of medicines to treat the genetic causes of many debilitating diseases.

Scottish fracking block announced
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:57:04 GMT

The Scottish government announces a block on planned fracking operations, pending the outcome of further inquiries.

Curiosity rover back in the groove
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:40:28 GMT

Nasa's Curiosity rover gets straight back to work after a software upgrade by drilling a new test hole.

First step towards saving rhino
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:54:28 GMT

Experts are pinning their hopes on in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) to save the northern white rhino from extinction.

'World can cut carbon emissions and live well'
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:15:46 GMT

Cutting carbon emissions can be achieved while improving living standards - but big trade-offs in land use and energy are needed, say ministers.

'Dippy' makes way for blue whale
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:15:01 GMT

London's Natural History Museum is re-modelling its entrance, moving out the famous Diplodocus skeleton and moving in the bones of a blue whale.

US museums consider London outpost
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:09:12 GMT

The world's largest museum and research institution could be heading for London as part of a multi-million dollar redevelopment of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Kepler finds ancient solar system
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:06:30 GMT

An ancient solar system similar to our own is discovered by scientists at the University of Birmingham studying data from the Kepler telescope.

Planet hosts giant ring system
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:53:58 GMT

Astronomers say they have discovered a gigantic ring system around a distant planet - the first such structure discovered outside our Solar System.

Best ever view of asteroid Ceres
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:44:22 GMT

The best image ever acquired of Ceres, the largest asteroid in the Solar System, is now in the hands of science.

AI won't run amok, says Microsoft
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:54:36 GMT

The chief of one of Microsoft's research divisions says he does not believe artificial intelligence systems are going to run out of control, threatening humankind.

England's environment 'in decline'
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:52:40 GMT

England's natural environment is in decline and its deterioration is harming the economy, an independent advisory group warns.

Risk of extreme weather 'doubles'
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:11:59 GMT

Extreme weather arising from a climate phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean will get much worse as the world warms, according to climate modelling.

'Time to link nature and wellbeing'
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:46:35 GMT

Scientists need to work together to capitalise on a growing body of evidence showing a link between biodiversity and human wellbeing, a US review suggests.

Obama push to expand Alaskan refuge
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:55:19 GMT

President Barack Obama is to propose setting aside the majority of Alaska's national wildlife refuge as a wilderness area.

Threatened birds of prey 'vanish'
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 18:11:14 GMT

Two of the rarest birds of prey in England, which had been satellite tagged, vanish in unexplained circumstances.

Hyenas feast at vulture restaurants
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:18:18 GMT

"Restaurants" of dead meat set up for endangered vultures also attract an undesirable clientele of hyenas and jackals, according to a six-year study.

Brazil releases 'good' mosquitoes
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:38:42 GMT

Brazilian researchers release thousands of mosquitoes infected with a bacteria that suppresses dengue fever into the environment in Rio de Janeiro.

VIDEO: NASA launch to study soil moisture
Sat, 31 Jan 2015 18:29:41 GMT

NASA has launched an Earth-observing satellite, which will measure the amount of moisture in soil.

VIDEO: Starlings 'ballet' thrills city
Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:41:41 GMT

People in Norwich have been turning their heads skywards at thousands of starlings performing a "mesmerising murmuration" en route to a new city roost.

VIDEO: Giant beaked whales show their scars
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:20:06 GMT

The Baird's beaked whale - one of the most mysterious marine mammals - forms long-term alliances that last many years, footage reveals.

VIDEO: 'New generation' drug research plan
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:26:07 GMT

Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has announced a research programme to develop a new generation of medicines to treat the genetic causes of many debilitating diseases.

VIDEO: How beavers can change our rivers
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:36:09 GMT

Claire Marshall looks at the impact beavers have on the environment, after a decision to allow a family of wild beavers to stay on the River Otter in Devon.

VIDEO: Baby rhino; zoo's first in 35 years
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:55:19 GMT

A rhinoceros at Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark has given birth to a healthy male calf, the first to be born there for 35 years.

VIDEO: 3D printed heart saves girl's life
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:01:09 GMT

A two-year-old girl who was born with a serious heart defect has had a life-saving operation thanks to a 3D printer.

VIDEO: Will India act on climate change?
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:44:25 GMT

Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi and US President Barack Obama are holding talks on climate change.

Will the falling oil price undermine green energy?
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:25:57 GMT

What do falling oil prices mean for green energy?

Diplodocus v blue whale: Who'd win?
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:15:15 GMT

Who'd win fantasy fight between diplodocus and blue whale?

'Mystery' beavers permitted to stay
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:10:50 GMT

Mystery family of beavers allowed to stay in English river

Will the UK's gas holders be missed?
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:46:38 GMT

Will the UK's iconic 'gasometers' be missed?

No US-India deal on climate change
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:21:41 GMT

Why the US and India walk different paths on climate

How to build world's tallest lift
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:01:21 GMT

How to build the world's tallest lift

Winston Churchill's passion for science
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:06:35 GMT

Charting Winston Churchill's passion for research

Rat-eradication mission sets sail
Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:41:48 GMT

Eradicating rats from South Georgia to reclaim it for its seabirds

Poor outlook for Borneo's mammals
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:20:12 GMT

The threats to unique mammals of Borneo

Why India should not get complacent over its tiger population
Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:21:54 GMT

India must not get complacent about its tiger recovery

GM crops: What do new rules mean?
Wed, 14 Jan 2015 08:40:37 GMT

What do the new rules mean?

'Planet' Pluto comes into view
Fri, 09 Jan 2015 15:15:14 GMT

The little world is finally about to come into view