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Rosetta goes into orbit around comet

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 02:00
In a historic first, a European spacecraft arrives at a speeding comet after a 10-year chase.

Fish still on decline in Irish Sea

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 00:56
Restrictions on cod and salmon fishing aimed to rejuvenate falling stocks in the Irish Sea and inland waterways do not appear to have halted the decline.

Rosetta probe set to meet comet

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 23:38
Europe's long travelling satellite is set to rendezvous in a few hours with one of the strangest objects in the solar system.

Can we overcome our dread of comets?

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 17:41
Will Rosetta finally end our fear of comets?

AUDIO: Futurist: Moon mining 'is possible'

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:08
A futurist says it is "possible" the Chinese could start mining for fuel on the Moon.

Stem cell scientist found dead

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:58
A Japanese scientist involved in a scandal over discredited stem cell research has been found dead in an apparent suicide.

Comets up close

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 10:08
Five other space rocks we've seen from close range

Wallaby reports spark police calls

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 05:36
Police receive calls about a wallaby in Kingsclere, but the RSPCA says there is no cause for alarm.

Horses' ears 'communication tool'

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 23:45
Horses look to the ears to work out what another animal is thinking, according to a study.

DNA fingerprinting pioneer honoured

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 17:00
Prof Sir Alec Jeffreys, who invented genetic fingerprinting in 1984, receives the world's oldest science prize, the Royal Society's Copley Medal.

Euro forest disturbances increasing

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 16:57
Climatic change was a "key driver" behind forest disturbance increase in the 20th Century but uncertainty still surrounds the future, a study suggests.

Equation 'can predict happiness'

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 13:26
Scientists find an equation which predicts momentary happiness, when participants performed better than expected during a task.

VIDEO: Scientists film UK undersea mountain

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 06:24
Marine scientists have explored an underwater mountain off the west coast of Scotland for the first time.

UK's deep sea mountain life filmed

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 18:36
Scientists send a remotely operated vehicle to film one of the UK's deep sea mountains for the first time.

Gold-coloured bat is 'new species'

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 18:30
A golden bat from Bolivia is described as a new species by scientists.

US tortoise held after brief chase

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 18:09
Police in Alhambra in greater Los Angeles recaptured a giant tortoise after a brief chase along city streets.

The next silicon revolution?

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 16:01
Sand has a big future in computing and solar power

Nasa rover to make oxygen on Mars

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 04:55
Instruments on the next Nasa rover will attempt to make air and fuel from the Martian atmosphere to support future human landings.

Technique turns bodies 'see-through'

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 16:13
New method could make entire bodies transparent

Dinosaurs 'shrank' to become birds

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 11:12
Huge meat-eating, land-living dinosaurs evolved into birds by constantly shrinking for over 50 million years, new research shows.