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VIDEO: The bag designed to thwart terrorists

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 12:04
Scientists have developed what they're describing as a bomb proof material that could be a major step forward in aircraft security.

Device limits aircraft bomb impact

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 10:02
A new system that contains the explosion of bombs smuggled onto aircraft has been successfully tested.

Step forward for computing by light

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 01:23
Engineers and physicists have discovered a property of silicon which could aid the development of faster computers.

Australia's role in search for alien life

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 23:04
Searching for alien life with a telescope down under

Plastic bag use rises for fifth year

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 21:38
The number of single-use plastic bags handed out by UK supermarkets increases for the fifth year, rising to 8.5 billion.

Four-legged snake fossil discovered

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 17:24
Scientists find the first ever four-legged snake, which lived at the time of the dinosaurs and probably dug burrows.

Rudd criticised for climate plans

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 16:37
The energy and climate change secretary faced accusations of "grotesque hypocrisy" as she outlined the government's plan to tackle climate change.

Fresh water 'key' to monsoon forecast

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 16:07
Trying to predict the South Asian monsoon by studying the ocean

Ban lift on controversial pesticide

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 12:33
The government has temporarily lifted a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides in certain parts of the country.

Bronze Age skeleton found at dig

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 10:32
A 4,000 year-old Bronze Age skeleton, believed to be that of a child, is unearthed by archaeologists at a dig in Wiltshire.

'Earth 2.0' found by Nasa telescope

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 09:40
A haul of planets from Nasa's Kepler telescope includes a world sharing many characteristics with Earth.

The butterfly that feeds on rotting flesh

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:56
The butterfly that feeds on rotting flesh

Arsenic threat: Is it safer to cook rice in a coffee percolator?

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 05:43
Is it safer to cook rice in a coffee percolator?

Engineers create origami bridge

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 04:59
Engineers have successfully tested a mobile bridge based on origami that could be deployed in disaster zones.

VIDEO: Soyuz successfully docks at ISS

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 03:27
Astronauts from Russia, the US and Japan have successfully docked at the International Space Station.

VIDEO: Rare wildcat kittens emerge from den

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:32
Three wildcat kittens bred at a wildlife park in Scotland emerge from their den for the first time since birth.

Income bars access to natural beauty

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:26
Families need an annual household income of at least £45,000 to be able to enjoy the natural beauty of their environment.

Astronauts successfully dock at ISS

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 00:01
Astronauts from Russia, the US and Japan successfully dock at the International Space Station, on a flight postponed since April.

Boa constrictors' lethal secret revealed

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 17:23
Scientists work out how boa constrictors kill their prey, busting the myth that the snakes suffocate their victims.

VIDEO: Soyuz spacecraft blasts off for ISS

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 15:17
A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying three crew members to the International Space Station blasts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.