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Build your Martian dream home

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 16:00
Is this how the cities of Mars will be built?

Goldfish has brain operation

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:46
An Australian goldfish called George is recovering from successful microsurgery in which a large tumour was removed from his brain.

US gas leaks not caused by fracking

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 06:16
A new study suggests that the contamination of drinking water by shale gas is due to faulty wells and not hydraulic fracturing.

VIDEO: Apes to rulers of the world

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 02:46
Nick Higham talks to Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari about his book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Rosetta comet landing site chosen

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 02:14
Europe's Rosetta mission, which aims to land on a 4km-wide comet later this year, identifies what it thinks is the safest place to touch down.

Ancient China fish 'nearly extinct'

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 23:28
The Chinese sturgeon, thought to have existed for more than 140 million years, is now on the brink of extinction, say local media.

Mers: Saudis in push to keep Hajj free from deadly virus

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 21:07
Have Saudis done enough to keep Hajj safe from deadly virus?

Brazil builds giant Amazon tower

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 14:51
Construction has begun on a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon basin in Brazil to monitor climate change.

Decision due on comet landing site

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 10:13
The European Space Agency is about to announce the site on Comet 67P where the Rosetta mission will try to make a historic landing.

Ban on shark trade comes into force

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 19:52
In a significant step forward for shark conservation, all trade in five named species is to be regulated from today.

Alien species making England home

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 16:11
Why do terrapins live in canals?

Pakistan-India monsoon floods: Averting future disasters

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 18:22
Dams and reservoirs could mitigate South Asia floods

Future of Scottish science contested

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 16:21
What impact could Scotland vote have on research?

VIDEO: Formula E ready to race

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 08:17
Formula E is backed by some of the biggest names in the industry and on Saturday Beijing will hold the inaugural race of the season.

Drugs 'entering waterways' through urine

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:01
As drugs pass through us, they enter the UK's waterways., leading to a startling change in the habits of wildlife.

Progress for giant laser instrument

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 03:07
The Advanced Ligo instrument, a laser "ruler" built to measure the traces of gravitational waves, is progressing at amazing speed, scientists say.

Mars probe 'inspired by lobsters'

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 01:35
Designers of new Mars instrument draw on nature

Western Australia shark cull blocked

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 21:02
Western Australia's shark cull is to be halted after the state's environmental regulator advised against it, citing "scientific uncertainty".

VIDEO: People power sparking renewable energy

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 17:54
In a shantytown in Rio De Janeiro, a British-backed scientific initiative harnesses the energy we generate in our daily lives to light up a football pitch.

Brain 'still active during sleep'

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 17:31
The brain is still active while we sleep, say scientists, who found people were able to classify words according to their meaning during their slumber.