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How faces drive first impressions

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:23
UK scientists model the physical attributes that underpin our social judgements about strangers.

Beauty spots still at fracking 'risk'

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 11:15
Government guidance that fracking licences can only be issued for beauty spots in "exceptional circumstances" receives a mixed response from campaigners.

Perils of the English countryside

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 09:53
The risks of walking in the English countryside

Gecko sex satellite back in touch

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 07:47
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' extinction 'bad luck'

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 21:21
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.

California hit by raging wildfires

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 20:30
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.

Tedium, tragedy and tar: The slowest drops in science

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:21
What do long term experiments actually tell us?

The mystique of the 'child prodigy'

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:08
Scientist claims 'child prodigy' getting credit for his discovery

Gecko sex satellite 'not responding'

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:48
A Russian satellite containing geckos could plummet to earth if control is not regained, according to reports.

Mobile test illuminates risk taking

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:09
Specially designed mobile games can help scientists answer important questions about cognition, a team finds.

The ship that totally failed to change the world

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 01:26
The atomic ship that totally failed to change the world

Africa 'needs green revolution'

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 18:20
Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a Chatham House report.

'Fluffy' dinosaurs were widespread

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 18:19
A discovery of 150 million year old fossils in Siberia indicates that feathers were much more widespread among dinosaurs than previously thought.

Wildlife loss link to child slavery

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 18:17
New research suggests that the global reduction in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery.

VIDEO: Call for end to 'throwaway society'

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:57
MPs have called for a ban on food waste going in to landfill.

Call for end to 'throwaway society'

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:05
A ban on sending leftover food to landfill is needed to move away from a 'throwaway society', say MPs.

Rosetta's comet seen in close-up

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 08:11
Europe's Rosetta probe has acquired new images of the comet it is chasing through space.

Government to end nuclear waste veto

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:26
The UK government wants to scrap a community veto which allows local politicians to block a future £12bn nuclear waste repository.

Carbon concerns over wood burning

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:58
Burning wood to fuel power stations can create as many harmful carbon emissions as burning coal, according to a government report.

Nasa seeks aid with Earth-Mars links

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:33
Nasa is asking for help to get data back from future science missions orbiting Mars or roaming its surface.