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With the Rosetta spacecraft in orbit around comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, scientists are hoping for a windfall of new information about these strangest of objects.
European Space Agency officials say all is well ahead of this week's historic bid to try to land a probe on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
A group of Italian scientists convicted of manslaughter for failing to predict a deadly earthquake in 2009 have had the verdict quashed.
A book introducing the importance of materials wins the 2014 Royal Society Winton Prize.
Bill Gates says "surveillance systems" are needed to spot the signs of a disease outbreak earlier and prevent crises like the Ebola situation in West Africa.
Pylon cables will disappear from some parts of England and Wales as National Grid looks to reduce the impact of energy transmission on the landscape.
Robots roaming the remote Southern Ocean, controlled from Norfolk by satellite, are collecting information on how warm water is melting the Antarctic ice cap.
An agricultural pest that can cause widespread damage to crops could establish itself within the UK, according to a scientist.
Some of the world's top scientists have won huge cash prizes at an awards show in Silicon Valley, in California.
Top scientists have been awarded huge cash prizes at a ceremony on Sunday in California.
Illuminating the crystalline structure of matter
Story of Bletchley Park's top female codebreaker
Footage has emerged of the moment two waterspouts appeared simultaneously off the coast of Liguria, Italy,
The brain has dedicated neurons for each of the five taste categories - salty, bitter, sour, sweet and umami - scientists have discovered.
The testes have been identified as the most distinctive type of human tissue, by a major project in Sweden.
If the Rosetta probe can get into just the right position around Comet 67P on Wednesday, it will eject the Philae lander on to a seven-hour descent to the surface of the 4km-wide icy object.
An unseasonal plague of fruit flies, being experienced by some parts of the UK, is down to an "exceptionally mild winter", according to Dr Michelle Fountain, an entomologist specialising in fruit crops at the East Malling Research Station in Kent.
A species of bat has been observed for the first time interfering with the sound signals of competitors to "steal" food.
Scientists say they have identified parts of the brain that generate feelings of a phantom-like presence and create an experiment that makes people feel like a ghost is nearby.
The genetic ancestry of the earliest Europeans survived the last Ice Age, DNA analysis suggests.