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A surgeon's downfall

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 17:06
Ground-breaking work on synthetic organ transplants made Paolo Macchiarini one of the most famous doctors in the world. Now his reputation lies in tatters.

Sleep 'prioritises memories we care about'

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 16:57
Researchers discover that during sleep the thoughts you care about are more likely to enter your memory.

History of flooding

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 09:15
Written in the sediments of north-west England's lakes is a record of extreme flood events - information that can inform future flood preparedness.

How Star Trek inspired 'two generations' of scientists

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 05:09
Star Trek has had an “inspirational relationship” with the space programme, says Robert Picardo, who played the medical hologram in Star Trek Voyager.

Musk: SpaceX fireball probe uncovering 'complex failure'

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 03:21
An investigation into how a SpaceX rocket exploded on the launchpad is uncovering 'the most difficult and complex failure we have ever had in 14 years' says founder Elon Musk.

Flight test for Virgin's replacement rocket plane

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 03:14
Virgin Galactic has flown its new rocket plane for the first time in a “captive-carry test” above California.

Nasa launches probe to study asteroid Bennu

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 02:08
A probe called Osiris-Rex will sample the asteroid, which is on Nasa's list of Potentially Hazardous Asteroids.

World's wilderness reduced by a tenth since 1990s

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 01:51
The world's wilderness is vanishing at an "alarming" rate, say conservationists.

Animal secrets

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 17:15
Specially designed tags that act as 'daily diaries' are revealing previously unknown animal behaviours.

Dormice in Britain 'vulnerable to extinction'

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 16:52
Britain's native dormouse has declined by more than a third since the year 2000 according to a new report by wildlife charity, the People's Trust for Endangered Species.

Fair game?

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 16:49
Lion hunting in South Africa is a big business, but some groups seem are shooting "canned meat" - animals bred in captivity just to be hunted, the BBC's Alastair Leithead reports.

Asteroid probe begins seven-year quest

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 16:07
Nasa launches its Osiris-Rex probe, which will try to grab a sample of rock from an asteroid and return it to Earth.

Giraffe DNA study identifies four distinct species

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 11:24
A study into the DNA of giraffes reveals they are not one species, but four.

This invention by a British student could save millions of lives across the world

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 10:52
A British student has invented a mobile fridge to transport vaccines on long journeys at the right temperature.

Global effort launched to preserve precious sites

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 10:23
UK researchers launch a global effort to source photos of threatened or destroyed cultural landmarks and compile them into 3D reconstructions, housed within an online map.

Giraffe genetic secret: Four species of tallest mammal identified

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 09:24
It is a famous, gentle giant of the African savannah, but the giraffe's genetics have only just revealed that there is not one species, but four.

Hundreds of key sites in England at risk of floods

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 07:39
As many as 530 key infrastructure sites across England are vulnerable to flooding, according to a government review.

Astronomers search for the vanishing star

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 02:55
Astronomers at St Andrews university have observed tantalising glimpses of how our own planet may have been born

DNA confirms cause of 1665 London's Great Plague

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 23:01
DNA testing has for the first time confirmed the identity of the bacteria behind the Great Plague of London.

Yosemite National Park unveils 400-acre expansion

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 17:03
Yosemite National Park in California is to gain a 400-acre addition, its largest expansion in nearly 70 years.