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Saturn probe to acquire Earth image
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 04:08:23 GMT
The Cassini probe in orbit around Saturn is going to picture the ringed planet in a special photo that also includes a distant Earth.
'Hoff' crab's oceanic 'road trip'
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 02:38:02 GMT
A hairy crab named after US actor David Hasselhoff hitched a ride on an ocean "super-highway" to colonise deep sea vents in the Atlantic tens of millions of years ago.
Applause is a 'social contagion'
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 00:04:34 GMT
The quality of a performance does not drive the amount of applause an audience gives, a study suggests.
Echoes reveal the shape of a room
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 09:50:37 GMT
The geometric shape of a room can be mapped using the echoes from a sound recorded by four microphones placed inside a room, research finds.
Wet summers down to warmer Atlantic
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 16:40:45 GMT
Meteorologists and scientists meeting at the Met Office say the UK's damp summers could be caused by a warmer Atlantic Ocean.
Europe's Mars missions 'on track'
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 07:19:45 GMT
Europe's plans to explore Mars with a satellite in 2016 and a rover in 2018 take a big step forward with the signing of new industrial contracts.
'Quiet epidemic' of UK male cancer
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 01:08:00 GMT
Action is needed to fight a "quiet epidemic" of oesophageal cancer, which is on the rise in the UK, particularly in men, say cancer experts.
Shark 'nursery' found on coral reef
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:10:45 GMT
Edinburgh marine biologists discover a deep-sea shark spawning ground on Scotland's only inshore coral reef.
Herschel telescope switched off
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 13:58:21 GMT
Controllers sever all communications with Europe's billion-euro Herschel space telescope, formally bringing to a close the observation phase of the mission.
China retakes supercomputer crown
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 13:39:12 GMT
A China-based supercomputer has been ranked the world's fastest, offering nearly double the processing speeds of the US's most powerful system.
Overseas climate change threatens UK
Sun, 16 Jun 2013 23:02:07 GMT
A new report suggests that climate change in other countries will impact the UK more quickly than rising temperatures at home.
Ash genome reveals fungus resistance
Sat, 15 Jun 2013 23:20:04 GMT
Scientists sequence the genome of a type of ash tree which is resistant to the deadly fungal disease sweeping the country.
Older beetles 'make better dads'
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 02:42:30 GMT
Older male burying beetles work harder at parental care and mating than younger counterparts, a study suggests.
Gagarin air crash details emerge
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 13:24:10 GMT
New details have emerged about the air crash that killed Yuri Gagarin - the first man in space.
Trans-US solar plane reaches Dulles
Sun, 16 Jun 2013 08:57:11 GMT
A solar powered plane aiming to cross the US lands at Washington Dulles airport, completing the fourth leg of the coast-to-coast endeavour.
Perfect pitch may not be 'perfect'
Fri, 14 Jun 2013 22:59:50 GMT
People classified with perfect pitch may not actually be as in tune with the sounds they hear as they think, a study finds.
Science plan lands 'star' researcher
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 06:07:03 GMT
A £50m project to attract world-class scientists to Wales makes its first appointment - a leading stem cell researcher looking at diseases of the nervous system.
A350 marks new phase in aero-engines
Fri, 14 Jun 2013 09:23:04 GMT
Rolls-Royce’s Trent XWB engine, fitted to the new Airbus A350, is claimed to be the most efficient aero power unit yet designed.
Men 'to blame for the menopause'
Fri, 14 Jun 2013 01:47:21 GMT
Men choosing young women as partners meant fertility in older women was pointless, leading to the menopause, researchers suggest.
Portrait honours physicist Higgs
Fri, 14 Jun 2013 23:46:02 GMT
The Royal Society of Edinburgh unveils a new portrait of scientist Prof Peter Higgs who gave his name to the so-called "God particle".
Deep-diving mammals' secret revealed
Fri, 14 Jun 2013 01:24:49 GMT
Study solves the mystery of one of the most extreme adaptations in the animal kingdom: how marine mammals store enough oxygen to hold their breath for up to an hour.
Cheetah acceleration key to success
Wed, 12 Jun 2013 17:06:08 GMT
A study of the movements of cheetahs suggests that their hunting prowess comes not from sheer speed, but from rapid acceleration and deceleration.
Bee ban pesticides have wider impact
Fri, 14 Jun 2013 01:32:00 GMT
A class of pesticides linked to the death of bees may be harming other species and the wider environment.
Record rise in US oil production
Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:07:35 GMT
A report by oil giant BP highlights that the US saw the largest single year increase in oil production ever recorded in 2012.
British wheat crop 'down by third'
Wed, 12 Jun 2013 11:43:33 GMT
Britain's wheat harvest could be a third smaller than it was last year because of extreme weather conditions, the National Farmers' Union warns.
China outsources carbon emissions
Tue, 11 Jun 2013 10:31:41 GMT
New research shows China is outsourcing carbon dioxide emissions within its own borders, just as the West outsources emissions to China.
Cuckoos clocked using satellite tags
Fri, 14 Jun 2013 10:24:33 GMT
Four cuckoos caught at sites in Lochalsh and Skye are fitted with satellite tags in an effort to track their migrations to Africa.
Police inquiry over eagle nest claim
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 16:01:18 GMT
Police are investigating allegations that a white-tailed eagle nest was destroyed on an estate in Angus, the BBC learns.
Bad winter sees 'huge loss of bees'
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 00:03:54 GMT
Over a third of honey bee colonies were lost over the winter, according to a survey by the British Beekeepers Association
VIDEO: Seven-spot ladybirds in decline
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 09:26:55 GMT
The most common species of the ladybird in Britain is in decline, according to research from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
VIDEO: Freediver reveals breath-holding secrets
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 16:41:11 GMT
Freediver Adam Drzazga reveals the training and relaxation exercises required to hold his breath for more than six minutes.
AUDIO: Professor's 'brain soup' experiment
Sat, 15 Jun 2013 08:16:03 GMT
Brazilian professor's "brain soup" shows the power of the human brain
VIDEO: Cat-cams capture secret lives of felines
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 06:15:50 GMT
An ambitious project set up by leading scientists and the BBC's Horizon science documentary set out to discover what cats get up to when they are outdoors.
VIDEO: 'Extinct' horses released in China
Fri, 14 Jun 2013 18:48:40 GMT
Rare Przewalski horses have been returned to their native habitat in northwest China
VIDEO: Deep-diving mammals' secret revealed
Fri, 14 Jun 2013 09:36:15 GMT
Scientists say they have solved the mystery of how marine mammals store enough oxygen to hold their breath for up to an hour.
VIDEO: Grass-free lawn opens in London park
Mon, 10 Jun 2013 23:15:47 GMT
A floral, scented lawn, planted in a west London park is friendlier to pollinating insects than traditional grass, according to researchers.
VIDEO: Ash dieback signs emerge in UK woods
Wed, 12 Jun 2013 11:36:08 GMT
A year since it was first discovered in the wider environment and ancient woodland, the impact of the disease is starting to become evident.
What's going on with the weather?
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 23:50:50 GMT
What's going on with the weather, asks David Shukman
Colours of space - Visions of the Universe
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 00:01:58 GMT
The vivid hues astronomers use to bring the cosmos to life
Man v seal: How we compare with our marine cousins
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 00:15:47 GMT
Can a human hold their breath for as long as a marine mammal?
How Napoleon's semaphore telegraph changed the world
Sun, 16 Jun 2013 23:50:37 GMT
How did these strange signals change the way we communicate?
The quest to build a brain in the lab
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 23:22:59 GMT
The quest to build a brain in the lab
The living dead: new way to embalm
Sat, 15 Jun 2013 00:08:11 GMT
How new embalming method will aid surgeons
The plane Airbus did not want built
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 23:15:26 GMT
The plane that Airbus did not want to build
Inside Facebook's new arctic data centre
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 23:44:17 GMT
Inside the social network's huge arctic data centre
Secret life of the cat: The science of tracking our pets
Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:26:43 GMT
The technology and science of monitoring cat behaviour
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