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'Artificial eye' to detect particles
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:12:25 GMT

The human eye has inspired physicists to create a processor that can analyse particle collisions 400 times faster than currently possible.

Forest land rights need global focus
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:21:47 GMT

Recognising the land rights of local people could provide cost-effective protection for many of the world's tropical forests, a report says.

Slippery banana study wins Ig Nobel
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:48:00 GMT

Research that investigated why bananas are slippery when you step on them wins one of this year's Ig Nobel prizes.

Murder 'comes naturally' to chimps
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:43:17 GMT

A major international study finds that killings among chimpanzees result from normal competition, not human interference.

Europeans drawn from three 'tribes'
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:46:29 GMT

Most present-day Europeans are a mixture of three ancient populations, according to a major study published in the journal Nature.

Chin strap turns chewing into power
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:27:12 GMT

Engineers build a chin strap that harnesses the energy produced by jaw movements, and could one day power hearing aids or bluetooth earpieces.

Better mobility key for clean cities
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:29:09 GMT

Effective urban transit systems can encourage people out of their cars and provide a cost-effective way to tackle climate change, a report suggests.

Nasa picks astronaut ship designs
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:42:09 GMT

The US space agency picks the companies it hopes can take the country's astronauts back into space - a capability lost when the shuttles retired in 2011.

Richard III death injuries revealed
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:29:50 GMT

King Richard III was probably killed by two blows to the head during a "sustained attack", according to new research.

Ebola vaccine trial begins
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:04:45 GMT

A trial of an experimental vaccine against the Ebola virus is to begin in Oxford.

VIDEO: Lasers deliver brighter 3D films
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:16:04 GMT

BBC Click looks at a new laser projector that promises to deliver brighter and clearer pictures.

Inky prints show state of hedgehogs
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:30:48 GMT

Hedgehogs are more thinly spread in the UK than previously believed, a study using ink pads to record their paw prints reveals.

Ebola global security threat - Obama
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:12:41 GMT

US President Barack Obama calls the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a threat to security worldwide while announcing a larger US role, including 3,000 troops, to help fight the virus.

Red card for 'greenest' government
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:44:59 GMT

The government is failing to reduce air pollution, protect biodiversity and prevent flooding, a cross-party body of MPs says.

Climate change remedies 'affordable'
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:57:55 GMT

A global commission says the extra costs of tackling climate change will be 'modest', but doing nothing could put the world economy at risk.

Goldfish has brain operation
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:46:37 GMT

An Australian goldfish called George is recovering from successful microsurgery in which a large tumour was removed from his brain.

China boy finds 3,000-year-old sword
Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:01:34 GMT

Archaeologists date the weapon to the Shang or Zhou dynasties - the dawn of Chinese civilisation.

Rosetta comet landing site chosen
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:14:30 GMT

Europe's Rosetta mission, which aims to land on a 4km-wide comet later this year, identifies what it thinks is the safest place to touch down.

Progress for giant laser instrument
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:07:53 GMT

The Advanced Ligo instrument, a laser "ruler" built to measure the traces of gravitational waves, is progressing at amazing speed, scientists say.

Robot could load up dishwasher
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:38:26 GMT

A robot unveiled today at the British Science Festival will be loading dishwashers next year, its developers claim.

'Giant swimming dinosaur' unearthed
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:08:10 GMT

A giant fossil, unearthed in the Sahara desert, has given scientists an unprecedented look at Spinosaurus - the largest-known carnivorous dinosaur.

Brain 'still active during sleep'
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:31:35 GMT

The brain is still active while we sleep, say scientists, who found people were able to classify words according to their meaning during their slumber.

Rosetta comet chaser takes 'selfie'
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:08:04 GMT

The Rosetta spacecraft has sent a hauntingly beautiful picture of itself from deep space.

Ancient China fish 'nearly extinct'
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 06:28:47 GMT

The Chinese sturgeon, thought to have existed for more than 140 million years, is now on the brink of extinction, say local media.

Brazil builds giant Amazon tower
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:51:04 GMT

Construction has begun on a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon basin in Brazil to monitor climate change.

Western Australia shark cull blocked
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 04:02:01 GMT

Western Australia's shark cull is to be halted after the state's environmental regulator advised against it, citing "scientific uncertainty".

Ban on shark trade comes into force
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:52:44 GMT

In a significant step forward for shark conservation, all trade in five named species is to be regulated from today.

Consumers driving 'shock' tree loss
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:17:01 GMT

Around five football fields of tropical forest have been illegally cleared every minute between 2000 and 2012 according to a new report.

Blue whale numbers bounce back
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 10:11:25 GMT

Researchers believe that California blue whales have recovered in numbers and the population has returned to sustainable levels.

Spitting fish 'adjust for distance'
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 01:52:58 GMT

Scientists say the jets of water that archer fish use to shoot down prey are precisely tuned, to make maximum impact at just the right distance.

Badger vaccination scheme under way
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:58:34 GMT

A scheme to vaccinate badgers against bovine tuberculosis in a bid to tackle the disease in cattle is launched by the government.

Rare antelope births 'fantastic'
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:24:05 GMT

The birth of a pair of rare bongo antelopes in captivity is "fantastic news" for the "critically endangered" species, say conservationists.

VIDEO: Hurricane Odile stuns Mexico resorts
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:10:26 GMT

Hurricane Odile causes devastation in the beach resorts of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, triggering looting in some areas.

VIDEO: Examining a rare colossal squid
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:18:03 GMT

Scientists have had the extremely rare chance to examine an intact colossal squid after it was accidentally caught in the Antarctic, as Mauricio Olmedo-Perez reports

VIDEO: Leonardo DiCaprio's UN climate role
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:08:26 GMT

The Hollywood actor, Leonardo diCaprio, has been appointed as a United Nations representative on climate change.

VIDEO: Haiti's disease-fighting eco toilet
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:29:17 GMT

Poor sanitation has caused serious health problems in Haiti - but could a special eco toilet improve the situation?

VIDEO: People power sparking renewable energy
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:54:37 GMT

In a shantytown in Rio De Janeiro, a British-backed scientific initiative harnesses the energy we generate in our daily lives to light up a football pitch.

VIDEO: Apes to rulers of the world
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:46:55 GMT

Nick Higham talks to Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari about his book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

VIDEO: Formula E ready to race
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:17:12 GMT

Formula E is backed by some of the biggest names in the industry and on Saturday Beijing will hold the inaugural race of the season.

VIDEO: 'Audacious' comet landing site chosen
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:45:39 GMT

Europe's Rosetta mission, which aims to land on a 4km-wide comet later this year, identifies what it thinks is the safest place to touch down.

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:19:39 GMT

Twinkling stars and swirling gases - winning visions of the night sky

Build your Martian dream home
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:00:30 GMT

Is this how the cities of Mars will be built?

The freedivers who swim with whales
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:16:14 GMT

The freedivers risking their lives to swim with whales

Five bugs that lurk in changing rooms
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:25:06 GMT

Five bugs that lurk in changing rooms

Mers: Saudis in push to keep Hajj free from deadly virus
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:07:57 GMT

Have Saudis done enough to keep Hajj safe from deadly virus?

Alien species making England home
Sat, 13 Sep 2014 23:11:41 GMT

Why do terrapins live in canals?

Pakistan-India monsoon floods: Averting future disasters
Sat, 13 Sep 2014 01:22:26 GMT

Dams and reservoirs could mitigate South Asia floods

Mars probe 'inspired by lobsters'
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:35:33 GMT

Designers of new Mars instrument draw on nature

Squeezing out water to save the future
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:22:23 GMT

The business of saving water for all of our futures

How do you stop lava?
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:09:45 GMT

Can human engineering stop the flow of volcanic lava?

China's Island Factory
Mon, 08 Sep 2014 23:15:59 GMT

China makes new territory in the South China Sea

Selfie science: taking perfect pics
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 23:40:20 GMT

Tips and tricks on taking the perfect photo