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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.

Robot could load up dishwasher

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 16:38
A robot unveiled today at the British Science Festival will be loading dishwashers next year, its developers claim.

Squeezing out water to save the future

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 16:22
The business of saving water for all of our futures

'Giant swimming dinosaur' unearthed

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 11:08
A giant fossil, unearthed in the Sahara desert, has given scientists an unprecedented look at Spinosaurus - the largest-known carnivorous dinosaur.

Rosetta comet chaser takes 'selfie'

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:08
The Rosetta spacecraft has sent a hauntingly beautiful picture of itself from deep space.

Concussion 'breathalyser' proposed

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 19:30
Scientists in Birmingham are trialling new medical tests that lead to rapid, pitchside diagnosis of concussion in sport.

Consumers driving 'shock' tree loss

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 17:17
Around five football fields of tropical forest have been illegally cleared every minute between 2000 and 2012 according to a new report.

Amazon destruction increases again

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 17:09
New figures show destruction of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has risen again, with more than almost 6,000 sq km (2,315 sq miles) being cleared.

'Signs of recovery' in ozone layer

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 16:49
The ozone layer around the earth is showing its first sign of thickening after years of steady depletion, a UN team says.