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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.

Goalkeepers' penalty 'flaw' revealed

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 09:17
Goalkeepers in penalty shoot-outs make a predictable error that could influence the outcome of the game according to new research.

Minister wants end to animal testing

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:49
Norman Baker - the minister in charge of regulating animal experiments - tells the BBC he wants them to end.

Broken robots 'learn to keep going'

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 16:08
Engineers take a step towards having machines that can operate even when they are damaged by developing a robot that can teach itself to walk, even with a broken leg.

Broody octopus keeps four-year vigil

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:01
A deep-sea octopus is observed nursing her eggs for more than four years - the longest brooding time seen in any animal.

Mystery of lemon-shaped Moon solved

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:14
Tides and spin gave the Moon its strange lemon shape more than four billion years ago, research reveals.

AUDIO: Why the Moon is shaped like a lemon

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 09:54
Professor of planetary sciences Ian Garrick-Bethell explains what gave the Moon its unusually distorted shape.

Tablet screens to correct sight loss

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:32
US engineers have developed a prototype tablet display that compensates for an individuals' vision problems.

The reindeer herders battling a mine

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:39
The reindeer herders fighting a British mining company

Birds beat machines in hover test

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 02:52
Micro-drones are just starting to catch up with the hovering and flight performance of the tiny hummingbird, say scientists.

Astronomers weigh up Milky Way

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 17:11
The Milky Way is lighter than previously thought and is only about half the mass of a neighbouring galaxy, researchers conclude.

Bumps, buzzards and critical species

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 17:10
Coral munching fish give insight into conservation

VIDEO: East Coast beaches 'fast disappearing'

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 15:23
Up to half a mile of land is being lost every 50 years due to coastal erosion, as Sian Lloyd reports.

First flamingo egg 'for eight years'

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 14:05
Flamingos at a wildlife centre in Wearside produce their first egg in eight years, according to the charity that runs it.

'Quantum Cheshire Cat' observed

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:36
Scientists have separated a particle from one of its physical properties - proving a theory known as the "quantum Cheshire Cat".

MPs bicker over climate report

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 23:53
Despite dissent, MPs have endorsed the findings of a UN climate panel that says humans are the dominant cause of global warming.