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VIDEO: Solar plane takes off in Myanmar

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 16:58
The Solar Impulse 2 plane has departed from Mandalay in Myanmar as part of its round-the-world flight, Kasia Madera reports

Graphene light bulb set for shops

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:46
A light bulb made with graphene - said by its UK developers to be the first commercially viable consumer product using the super-strong carbon - is to go on sale later this year.

VIDEO: A year in space: Soyuz docks at ISS

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 21:09
A Russian Soyuz spacecraft has docked at the International Space Station carrying three astronauts, two of whom are due to spend a record 12 months there.

Duo begin year-long space trip

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 18:53
US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko arrive for a 12-month tour of duty on the International Space Station.

What is the point of the Large Hadron Collider?

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 18:49
What are the justifications for the £4bn Large Hadron Collider?

What drives people to murder-suicide?

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 17:13
What drives people to murder-suicide?

Greens ‘want 1% of GDP for science’

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 08:32
A pledge by the Greens to double science funding contrasts with the statements offered by five other party leaders, answering a call to set out their policies on science.

VIDEO: Eels journey from Bermuda and back

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 02:27
Millions of eels have been arriving in the south-west of England having travelled thousands of miles from the Sargasso Sea near Bermuda.

'Cat litter mix' closed nuclear site

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 18:35
A team of experts says a mixture that included organic cat litter forced the closure of the only underground nuclear waste repository in the US.

Polar ice shelf thinning speeds up

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 16:52
Eighteen years of satellite data reveal an acceleration in the thinning of many of Antarctica's floating ice shelves.

China's 'magic bunny' goes viral

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 15:39
China's endangered Ili Pika goes viral

Dark matter flits through collisions

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 13:31
A long-running study shows dark matter coasts unscathed through galactic collisions, betraying a ghostly lack of interaction with the known Universe.

River health revealed in 'shocking' figures

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:47
Just 17% of England's rivers are judged to be in good health, according to "shocking" Environment Agency figures.

Getting ready for the mission to Hell

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 05:38
Europe and America are building two satellites to study the Sun that will venture closer to the solar inferno than any previous missions.

Drones bounce back from collisions

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 04:58
Researchers in the US copy bird and bat wings to build a drone that can rebound and recover from mid-air collisions.

VIDEO: The drone wings that bounce back

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 04:55
Researchers in the US copy bird and bat wings to build a drone that can rebound and recover after mid-air collisions.

What are the Designs of the Year?

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 22:00
Weird and wonderful entries vie for Design of the Year

DNA of 'an entire nation' assessed

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 18:54
The genetic code of "an entire nation" has effectively been deduced, say researchers in Iceland.

Water 'could warm a million homes'

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 09:35
A million properties across England could in future be heated by water from rivers, canals and the sea, the government says.

Swimmer has Russian Ross Sea talks

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 08:39
The record-breaking endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh discusses the possibility of an Antarctic Ross Sea marine reserve with the Russians.