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Computers 'good judge of character'

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 17:57
Computers can be better at predicting our personality than friends and family, an experiment with tens of thousands of volunteers suggests.

Regular naps are 'key to learning'

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 17:54
Regular and lengthy naps are the key to memory and learning in early life, say scientists.

VIDEO: Elephant goes on rampage in Thai park

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 07:27
An elephant in Thailand is caught on camera as it goes on the rampage in Thailand.

SpaceX capsule docks with ISS

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 05:28
The privately built Dragon capsule has docked with the International Space Station carrying a much needed cargo of supplies.

New species of marine reptile found

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 04:54
A new species of marine reptile that lived about 170 million years ago is identified from fossils found on the Isle of Skye.

Rare shark birth captured on camera

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 03:23
Divers capture what they believe to be the first photograph ever taken of the live birth of an oceanic shark.

In search of a personalised diet

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 18:18
Do obese people have slower metabolisms?

Should tourists be banned from Antarctica?

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 16:09
Should tourists be banned from visiting the Antarctic?

SpaceX rocket test ends in crash

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 02:35
US company SpaceX says its experiment to bring part of its Falcon rocket down to a soft landing on a floating sea platform did not work - but its cargo mission to the space station remains on track.

Unusual number of UK flowers bloom

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 09:57
Botanists have been stunned by the results of their annual hunt for plants in flower on New Year’s Day.

Disease 'major threat' to EU olives

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:23
A virulent pathogen that starves and can kill olive trees poses a serious threat to EU olive production, experts warn.

'Bent time' tips pulsar out of view

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:12
One of deep space's spinning "lighthouses" fades from view as it warps space-time, tilting its radio beams away from Earth.

'Planet' Pluto comes into view

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:15
The little world is finally about to come into view

Saturn pinpointed to within one mile

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 02:44
Astronomers measure Saturn’s position with unprecedented accuracy thanks to a continent-wide radio telescope.

VIDEO: Deadly snakes aid medical research

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 17:55
How milking snake venom could save thousands of lives

Computer program 'perfect at poker'

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 13:39
Scientists in Canada create a computer program that they say is the perfect poker player - never making a mistake.

The future of drones is up in the air

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 02:26
What is the future for drones?

Explosive stellar tussle revealed

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 19:44
Astrophysicists studying the unstable "stellar monster" Eta Carinae unveil fresh insights and a 3D model of the destructive maelstrom at its heart.

The robots moving in to your home

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 17:09
The hardware helpers invading your home

The world's biggest ship - for 53 days

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 16:56
The world's biggest ship - for 53 days