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Europe to press ahead on new rocket

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 19:33
Research ministers approve the development of a new Ariane rocket for Europe, with pledges of 5.924bn euros for space programmes.

VIDEO: Controversial DNA test comes to UK

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 18:39
A personal DNA test that has sparked controversy in the US launches in the UK.

Does rampant AI threaten humanity?

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 09:03
Are we really at risk of smart machines killing us off?

Richard III DNA: Infidelity surprise

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 08:11
Analysis of Richard III's DNA has thrown up surprising evidence of infidelity somewhere in his family tree.

Hawking: AI could end human race

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 05:02
Prof Stephen Hawking, one of the world's leading scientists, warns that artificial intelligence "could spell the end of the human race".

Controversial DNA test comes to UK

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 03:24
A personal DNA test that has sparked controversy in the US has launched in the UK.

HIV evolving 'into milder form'

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 13:41
HIV is evolving to become less deadly and less infectious as it spends more time infecting people, according to a major scientific study.

Climate talks open as world heats up

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 08:21
Delegates are set to meet in Peru to try and agree a negotiating text for a new global climate deal to be signed at the end of 2015.

Scientists make enzymes from scratch

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 08:17
Experts say they have achieved a scientific milestone - creating enzymes out of artificial genetic material that they made in their lab.

US footballers 'show brain changes'

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 22:00
After one season of playing American football, some teenagers appear to show changes in their brains even when they did not suffer concussion, a small study suggests.

VIDEO: Scientific posts could go at Kew

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 01:49
More than 50 science jobs at Kew gardens could go

VIDEO: New threat to humpback whales?

Sat, 11/29/2014 - 23:28
Once hunted to near extinction, the humpback whales of the Canadian Pacific are back in larger numbers, and the government has downgraded their status from "threatened" to that "of special concern".

Graphene promise for body armour

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 02:44
The "wonder material" graphene could be used to make bulletproof armour, new research suggests.

VIDEO: Grey squirrels 'should be culled'

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 00:15
The government is reviewing the way grey squirrels numbers are managed in England, and is assessing whether more needs to be done to control numbers.

How could we intervene to change the climate?

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 17:49
The possibilities of geo-engineering

Bear back in Chernobyl after century

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 17:23
Camera traps, used by a project assessing radioactive exposure impacts on wildlife, record the first photos of a brown bear in Chernobyl's exclusion zone.

Finding long lost treasures of the deep

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 16:16
Finding bounty in the depths of Davy Jones's locker

The rubbish collector left on the scrap heap as his city goes green

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 16:13
Why going green isn't good for everyone

VIDEO: Extreme weather and its risk to lives

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 23:58
Climate change and population growth will hugely increase the risk to people from extreme weather, a report says.

Somerset flood spend 'driven by politics', say experts

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 18:56
Did politics or science drive flood protection effort?