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Pop-up playgrounds fold themselves
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 04:04:28 GMT

US researchers build tiny electronic scaffolds using a new technique aimed at merging biology with electronics.

Dawn probe set for Ceres arrival
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:34:41 GMT

The US space agency's Dawn satellite is set to go into orbit around Ceres, the largest object in the Solar System between Mars and Jupiter.

Science 'squeezed out of primaries'
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:34:27 GMT

Science is being squeezed out of English primary schools, with a third not providing the recommended two hours of teaching a week, research suggests.

DNA reveals bird shift surprise
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:42:14 GMT

DNA samples reveal two species of forest-dwelling birds on remote Indonesian islands are actually members of the ground-dwelling pipit and wagtail family.

Global flood toll to triple by 2030
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:14:16 GMT

People affected by river flooding worldwide could triple by 2030, with climate change and population growth the main factors, says a new report.

African synchrotron bid gathers pace
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 03:44:52 GMT

The effort to build a synchrotron - a large accelerator that generates X-rays for research - in Africa is gaining momentum, a US conference hears.

'First human' discovered in Ethiopia
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:01:40 GMT

Scientists working in Ethiopia have uncovered a jawbone fossil which may push the origin of humans back 400,000 years.

Autism appears 'largely genetic'
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:49:17 GMT

Genetic influences on autism are estimated to be between 74-98%, a Medical Research Council study of 258 twins suggests.

Magic 'metamaterials' storm physics
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:22:45 GMT

The hot topic at a major US conference is materials that can be designed with surprising properties, from programmable rubber to springy ceramics.

Stegosaurus gives up body weight
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:17:30 GMT

Scientists work out the body mass of the superb Stegosaurus specimen recently put on display at London's Natural History Museum.

New threats to wild bees identified
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 05:22:52 GMT

Wild bumblebees are infected with many of the diseases found in honeybees looked after by bee keepers, according to a national survey.

Kew cuts 'a recipe for failure'
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:43:43 GMT

The government's financial management of Kew Gardens is a "recipe for failure", a Select Committee report warns.

Power plants paid to stay idle - MPs
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:08:28 GMT

The Energy and Climate Change Committee has warned that a government scheme to keep the lights on could lead to unnecessarily high energy costs.

Scientists produce TB-resistant cows
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:00:37 GMT

Researchers in China produce a herd of genetically engineered cows that are better able to ward off bovine TB.

Coffee linked to 'cleaner' arteries
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:08:56 GMT

Drinking a few cups of coffee a day may help people avoid clogged arteries - a known risk factor for heart disease - South Korean researchers believe.

New Higgs detection 'closes circle’
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:01:20 GMT

Physicists have detected a version of the Higgs Boson in a superconductor, but say this cannot substitute for the work of the LHC.

Rosetta catches its own shadow
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 09:13:24 GMT

The Rosetta satellite sees its own shadow in the highest resolution image it has so far taken of Comet 67P.

Bloodhound car begins to take shape
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:04:18 GMT

Good progress is being made on construction of the world's fastest car - the Bloodhound supersonic vehicle, which aims to run at over 1,000mph.

Google camera zips along rainforest
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:55:34 GMT

Google flew one of its Street View cameras down a zip wire in the Amazon rainforest to capture new images of the forest canopies.

UK to pioneer lagoon power plants
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:09:29 GMT

Plans to generate electricity from the world's first series of tidal lagoons are unveiled in the UK, with sites proposed in Wales, Somerset and Cumbria.

First tree seeds for Doomsday vault
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 01:39:48 GMT

The Svalbard "Doomsday" seed vault, which protects the world's food crops, accepts its first consignment of seeds from forest tree species.

Lords call for UK Arctic ambassador
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:15:16 GMT

The United Kingdom should create an ambassador for the Arctic or risk being pushed out of key decisions for the region, a House of Lords report says.

US sea level rise 'very unusual'
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:45:45 GMT

Sea levels along the northeast coast of the US rose dramatically during 2009-2010 in an event scientists describe as "very unusual".

VIDEO: New threats to wild bees identified
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:07:31 GMT

Bumblebees in the wild are infected with many diseases found in honeybees kept by bee keepers, according to a national survey.

VIDEO: Talking Movies: How Greenpeace began
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:01:45 GMT

Talking Movies' Tom Brook meets the director of the documentary How to Change the World - a film which focuses on the early days of Greenpeace.

VIDEO: The greatest threat to China's elephants
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:44:00 GMT

The greatest threat to China's wild elephants is no longer poaching but habitat destruction.

VIDEO: Prince's call to end ivory trade
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:47:54 GMT

Prince William condemns illegal wildlife trading in a speech on the final day of his tour of China.

VIDEO: MPs' warning over Kew Gardens cuts
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:13:17 GMT

The government's financial management of London's Kew Gardens is "a recipe for failure", MPs warn.

VIDEO: 'How I snapped weasel on bird photo'
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:29:54 GMT

The amateur photographer who took a picture of a weasel on the back of a woodpecker mid-flight says it is "almost a dream".

VIDEO: Dramatic volcanic eruption in Chile
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 22:26:36 GMT

The Villarrica volcano in southern Chile has erupted, spewing ash and lava up to 1,000m (3,300ft) into the air.

VIDEO: Baby orangutans need new mum
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 09:47:13 GMT

Staff are hoping two Sumatran orangutans will find new mothers at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset.

LHC restart: 'We want to break physics'
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:15:22 GMT

The world's biggest machine powers up again

Bloodhound Diary: 'Blink and you'll miss it'
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:51:26 GMT

How fast? Just blink and you'll miss it

Lucky Earth survived cosmic pinball
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:00:24 GMT

How Earth survived through violent times

Weasel rides on woodpecker's back
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:33:09 GMT

The weasel riding on the back of a woodpecker

How do you solve a problem like the 'Beefalo'?
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:26:21 GMT

The hybrid animal causing havoc in the Grand Canyon

Are humans getting cleverer?
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:03:55 GMT

Are people getting more intelligent?

Nuclear power: The future or the past?
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:04:27 GMT

Has nuclear power really had its day?

The man who invented the dinosaur
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:10:28 GMT

Remembering the man who invented the dinosaur

Is the world ready for GM animals?
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:29:23 GMT

Is the world ready for modified mosquitoes?

Waiting for the sea
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:03:04 GMT

The desert that may one day become water again