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News reports of scientific breakthroughs may be nothing of the sort, say scientists who reckon the media are too ready to believe a press release.
Companies marketing toys at just boys or girls are damaging the economy by causing fewer women to take up science and engineering, a minister says.
A Nasa spacecraft in orbit around the Red Planet has spied a fresh impact crater on the Martian surface.
Slight modifications to sea defences - at little or no extra cost - can boost biodiversity found in intertidal zones, a study suggests.
A new Scottish government project creates new signs to help describe the solar system in sign language.
Scientists in Australia are working to classify a new species of giant jellyfish that washed up on a beach in Tasmania.
Temporary stints being blind heighten other senses and might become a useful therapy for people with hearing problems, animal research suggests.
A centuries-old tradition of herding livestock could be under threat in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia from new business and production methods, herdsmen are warning.
The proposal to curb plastic bag use in England by introducing a charge is far too complicated, say MPs.
Is Australia's love affair with solar power losing its heat?
First pictures of UK-built drone Taranis revealed
Shivering for 10-15 minutes a day could be equivalent to doing an hour of exercise, a study suggests.
Top performers in the Tour de France were considered better looking in an experiment that shows the power of evolution, say scientists.
Scientists believe fossil beds in northern China are packed with the victims of a volcanic explosion much like that that hit the Roman City of Pompeii.
Jackdaws' bright eyes frighten off their competitors, according to scientists.
Experts are concerned about the spread of a new strain of bird flu that has already killed one woman in China.
The dodo skeleton and other strange items on show
A river of ice in Greenland has become the fastest-flowing glacier currently known in the world, a study suggests.
Cuadrilla, one of the energy firms hoping to exploit the UK's shale gas resources, announces two new exploration sites in Lancashire.
Nasa's Curiosity Mars rover looks set to try to drive over a one metre-high dune that is currently blocking its path to smoother ground and its next science target.