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The man who invented the dinosaur

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 17:10
Remembering the man who invented the dinosaur

Machine learns to play video games

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 11:00
A machine inspired by the human brain has learned how to play 49 classic Atari video games - a step towards self-thinking robots, scientists say.

In pictures: Vintage Nasa photographs for sale

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:37
A collection of vintage Nasa photos is set for auction

Dutch town terrorised by rogue owl

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:36
Residents of the Dutch town of Purmerend are advised to take umbrellas out at night after a rogue owl leaves man requiring stitches to head wounds.

Russia extends space station role

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 08:43
Russia commits itself to operations on the International Space Station until 2024, matching the intentions of the Americans.

Isle of Man declared 'bee pest-free'

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 07:47
The European Union officially declares Isle of Man bees to be free of the deadly Varroa pest which has wiped out billions around the world.

Is the world ready for GM animals?

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 07:29
Is the world ready for modified mosquitoes?

Europe's 'Landsat' ready for launch

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 02:32
The "workhorse" satellite in Europe's new multi-billion-euro Earth observation programme is built and ready to go into orbit.

VIDEO: Brain-controlled drone shown off

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 17:03
A drone specialist in Portugal demonstrates a flight controlled by human brainwaves, and suggests a future of large-scale unmanned flying.

Waiting for the sea

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 17:03
The desert that may one day become water again

'Invest more' in protected areas

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 15:31
The world's national parks and nature reserves receive eight billion tourist visits a year, generating around $600bn of spending, according to research.

UK approves three-person babies

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 13:36
The UK has now become the first country to approve laws to allow the creation of babies from three people.

Obama vetoes oil pipeline bill

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 13:33
US President Barack Obama vetoes a bill that would have approved construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, White House officials say.

US sea level rise 'very unusual'

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:45
Sea levels along the northeast coast of the US rose dramatically during 2009-2010 in an event scientists describe as "very unusual".

VIDEO: Global sinkholes explained - in 60 secs

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:45
A brief look at some of the biggest sinkholes in recent history.

UN climate head Pachauri resigns

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:31
The head of the United Nations climate change panel, Rajendra Pachauri, steps down amid sexual harassment allegations he denies.

VIDEO: Finger on the pulse of bionic research

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 00:11
Scientists at the University of Newcastle are using microchips as fine as human hair to produce a prosthetic hand.

Rats 'not main cause of Black Death'

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 18:02
Gerbils from Asia rather than black rats were responsible for repeated outbreaks of the bubonic plague in Europe, a study suggests.

Bionic research project gets £1.4m

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 17:33
A new generation of bionic limbs could be the result of research being led by scientists at Newcastle University.

Kew announces new science plans

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 15:36
Kew Gardens, which is facing an annual £5m budget deficit, announces its new science strategy.