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Software can decode bird songs

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 00:43
Scientists have developed a highly advanced bird song decoder, which can automatically identify the call of a vast variety of birds.

Public asked to count UK butterflies

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 00:34
Conservationists call on the public to help survey the state of Britain's countryside by counting butterflies.

VIDEO: Rare blue butterflies given fresh hope

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 17:04
One of Britain's rarest butterflies is given a new home

The virus detective who discovered Ebola

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 16:25
The young medic who discovered the deadly Ebola bug

VIDEO: The whalebone sculptor

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 16:24
The man making art from the bones of ocean giants

Scientists develop robotic fingers

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:06
A group of MIT scientists announces the development of supplementary fingers controlled by sensors attached to the human hand.

UK space shot's tribute to Newton

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 09:41
British astronaut Tim Peake has picked "Principia" to be the name of his mission into space next year.

Rosetta heads for 'space duck'

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 08:17
Europe's mission to land on a comet was always going to be difficult, but the pictures released this week of the giant ice ball illustrate just how daunting the task will be.

Rare butterfly found in East Anglia

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 05:42
A butterfly which was last seen in England more than 60 years ago is spotted on a nature reserve in Suffolk.

Australia votes to repeal carbon tax

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 21:50
Australia's Senate votes to repeal the so-called carbon tax, a levy on the biggest polluters brought in by the Labor Party.

'Biological pacemaker' tested in lab

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 19:49
Grow-your-own pacemakers are a step closer to reality, after pioneering experiments in pigs.

Pushing frontiers of deep sea exploration

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 17:14
Ocean exploration is going further than ever

Diamond crushed to Saturn's extremes

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:21
Diamond, nature's hardest material, has been crushed to record extremes using the "world's biggest laser".

Night vision fighter helmet unveiled

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:28
A new helmet that allows pilots to see in the dark via an integrated night vision camera is unveiled at the Farnborough Airshow.

Hawking: 'I support Assisted Dying'

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:10
The scientist Prof Stephen Hawking has said he supports a Bill to legalise assisted dying, ahead of a debate in the House of Lords.

Stand-off in brain project debate

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:09
After leaders of the billion-euro Human Brain Project hit back at critics, six top neuroscientists have expressed "dismay" at their public response.

Aids can be 'under control by 2030'

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:23
The Aids epidemic can be brought under control by 2030, according to a report by the United Nations Aids agency.

Clark promises continuity on science

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:21
New science minister Greg Clark says his brief is to continue the "excellent work" of his predecessor David Willetts.

Twitchers flock to glimpse rare bird

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:13
Hundreds of bird-watchers flock to the Norfolk coast in the hope of catching a rare glimpse of a migratory great knot in British waters.

VIDEO: Westwood: No mandate for fracking

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:15
Nearly half of the British people do not know what fracking is, says Vivienne Westwood in a personal film