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UK scientists model the physical attributes that underpin our social judgements about strangers.
Government guidance that fracking licences can only be issued for beauty spots in "exceptional circumstances" receives a mixed response from campaigners.
The risks of walking in the English countryside
Fears recede over the fate of a Russian space satellite carrying gecko lizards as part of a sex experiment, after ground control restores contact.
Dinosaurs might have survived if the asteroid that wiped them out had hit the Earth a few million years later or earlier, a new study suggests.
Two fast-moving fires in California destroy 10 homes and force the evacuation of hundreds more, as a man dies in a lightning strike in Los Angeles.
What do long term experiments actually tell us?
Scientist claims 'child prodigy' getting credit for his discovery
A Russian satellite containing geckos could plummet to earth if control is not regained, according to reports.
Specially designed mobile games can help scientists answer important questions about cognition, a team finds.
The atomic ship that totally failed to change the world
Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a Chatham House report.
A discovery of 150 million year old fossils in Siberia indicates that feathers were much more widespread among dinosaurs than previously thought.
New research suggests that the global reduction in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery.
MPs have called for a ban on food waste going in to landfill.
A ban on sending leftover food to landfill is needed to move away from a 'throwaway society', say MPs.
Europe's Rosetta probe has acquired new images of the comet it is chasing through space.
The UK government wants to scrap a community veto which allows local politicians to block a future £12bn nuclear waste repository.
Burning wood to fuel power stations can create as many harmful carbon emissions as burning coal, according to a government report.
Nasa is asking for help to get data back from future science missions orbiting Mars or roaming its surface.