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Solar Impulse breaks solo record

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 02:15
Swiss adventurer Andre Borschberg breaks the record for the longest ever non-stop solo-flight without refuelling, as his solar-powered plane continues to reach across the Pacific.

'Celeb mind game' gives memory clues

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 00:52
Researchers use "mind games" to reveal clues about how brain cells change when making new memories.

Boat-leap dolphin breaks woman's legs

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 20:55
A dolphin jumps into a boat off the coast of southern California, hitting a woman and breaking both of her ankles.

New test pins down 'time of death'

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 16:12
Forensic researchers develop a new method for establishing an accurate time of death after as much as 10 days.

Seventh shark attack in N Carolina

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 13:57
A 68-year-old man is badly injured by a shark in North Carolina in the seventh attack off the state's coast in less than three weeks.

Rosetta spies cometary sinkholes

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 10:04
The comet being studied by Europe’s Rosetta probe is riddled with pits that formed much like sinkholes here on Earth, say scientists.

Probe refines Pluto flyby path

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 05:50
The American New Horizons spacecraft makes its last planned targeting manoeuvre as it bears down on Pluto.

Oranges bug 'hacks insect behaviour'

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 04:37
A deadly disease of citrus plants spreads by manipulating its insect host, research suggests.

New director general takes Esa reins

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 03:18
Johann-Dietrich Woerner moves from the German space agency to head up the European Space Agency.

Light crystals clinch physics medal

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 17:08
US physicist Eli Yablonovitch, who first created "photonic crystals" to repel, trap and steer light, will receive the Newton Medal from the UK's Institute of Physics.

'Leap second' delays midnight

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 17:05
Midnight came later on Tuesday as for the first time in three years an extra second was added to the official time set by atomic clocks.

'Circademics' get serious about circus

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 16:02
'Circademics' get serious about the circus

VIDEO: 'I feel like I can fly forever'

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 14:16
A solar-powered plane that is attempting to cross the Pacific Ocean is encountering its first weather front.

Solar plane attempts to cross front

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 09:37
A solar powered plane is encountering its first weather front during its attempt to cross the Pacific Ocean.

Babbler bird calls 'convey meaning'

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 09:28
A bird can communicate by rearranging sounds into calls that convey meaning in the same way that humans use language, say scientists.

VIDEO: Leap second: What does it mean?

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 06:26
Midnight will come later tonight, as for the first time in three years, an extra second is added to the official time set by atomic clocks.

China climate change plan unveiled

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 06:19
China - the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases - has announced details of its climate action plan.

Climate change 'action needed'

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 03:35
The UK must take urgent action to prepare for the impacts of climate change in the UK, according to a report submitted to the government.

China 'to set out climate pledges'

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 20:24
China is set to reveal how much it will cut carbon emissions by beyond 2020, says Premier Li Keqiang during a visit to Europe.

Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti on life in space

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 18:24
Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti on life in space