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Pushing frontiers of deep sea exploration

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 17:14
Ocean exploration is going further than ever

Diamond crushed to Saturn's extremes

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:21
Diamond, nature's hardest material, has been crushed to record extremes using the "world's biggest laser".

Night vision fighter helmet unveiled

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:28
A new helmet that allows pilots to see in the dark via an integrated night vision camera is unveiled at the Farnborough Airshow.

Hawking: 'I support Assisted Dying'

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:10
The scientist Prof Stephen Hawking has said he supports a Bill to legalise assisted dying, ahead of a debate in the House of Lords.

Stand-off in brain project debate

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:09
After leaders of the billion-euro Human Brain Project hit back at critics, six top neuroscientists have expressed "dismay" at their public response.

Aids can be 'under control by 2030'

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:23
The Aids epidemic can be brought under control by 2030, according to a report by the United Nations Aids agency.

Clark promises continuity on science

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:21
New science minister Greg Clark says his brief is to continue the "excellent work" of his predecessor David Willetts.

Twitchers flock to glimpse rare bird

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:13
Hundreds of bird-watchers flock to the Norfolk coast in the hope of catching a rare glimpse of a migratory great knot in British waters.

VIDEO: Westwood: No mandate for fracking

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:15
Nearly half of the British people do not know what fracking is, says Vivienne Westwood in a personal film

55 dead sharks on beach 'horrific'

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 02:23
A marine biologist says the "horrific" sight of 55 sharks washed up on a Gower beach may be the result of trawling.

Climate-sceptic charity to be split

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 01:02
A climate-sceptic group founded by former Conservative Chancellor Lord Lawson is to relaunch after a complaint about its charitable status.

Four-winged dinosaur found in China

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:56
The largest ever four-winged dinosaur has been discovered in China, with remarkably long feathers on its hindwings and tail.

Captured carbon to feed farmed fish?

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:46
Carbon dioxide turned into food for farmed fish

VIDEO: Europa and the hunt for alien life

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 17:35
The search for life on other planets has long inspired science fiction novelists and Nasa missions but could one of Jupiter's moons, Europa, provide proof?

Europe's combat drone challenge

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 16:02
Europe develops advance unmanned combat planes

Rosetta's target is 'double' comet

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 10:35
Europe's Rosetta probe acquires some sensational new images of its comet quarry, showing what appears to be two distinct parts in contact with each other.

Wild bees disappear across the UK

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 09:56
Does disappearance of wild honeybees matter?

Science minister has tough job ahead

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 09:04
Greg Clark has a tough act to follow as the new science and universities minister, commentators say.

Scottish wildcat 'safe haven' set up

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:42
A location on the remote Ardnamurchan peninsula in the north west Highlands has been designated as a Scottish wildcat sanctuary.

Spaceport Britain: 'No challenge is insurmountable'

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:10
Can we really have a British spaceport by 2018?