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Stem cell scientist found dead

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:58
A Japanese scientist involved in a scandal over discredited stem cell research has been found dead in an apparent suicide.

Comets up close

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 10:08
Five other space rocks we've seen from close range

Wallaby reports spark police calls

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 05:36
Police receive calls about a wallaby in Kingsclere, but the RSPCA says there is no cause for alarm.

Horses' ears 'communication tool'

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 23:45
Horses look to the ears to work out what another animal is thinking, according to a study.

DNA fingerprinting pioneer honoured

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 17:00
Prof Sir Alec Jeffreys, who invented genetic fingerprinting in 1984, receives the world's oldest science prize, the Royal Society's Copley Medal.

Euro forest disturbances increasing

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 16:57
Climatic change was a "key driver" behind forest disturbance increase in the 20th Century but uncertainty still surrounds the future, a study suggests.

Equation 'can predict happiness'

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 13:26
Scientists find an equation which predicts momentary happiness, when participants performed better than expected during a task.

VIDEO: Scientists film UK undersea mountain

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 06:24
Marine scientists have explored an underwater mountain off the west coast of Scotland for the first time.

UK's deep sea mountain life filmed

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 18:36
Scientists send a remotely operated vehicle to film one of the UK's deep sea mountains for the first time.

Gold-coloured bat is 'new species'

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 18:30
A golden bat from Bolivia is described as a new species by scientists.

US tortoise held after brief chase

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 18:09
Police in Alhambra in greater Los Angeles recaptured a giant tortoise after a brief chase along city streets.

The next silicon revolution?

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 16:01
Sand has a big future in computing and solar power

Nasa rover to make oxygen on Mars

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 04:55
Instruments on the next Nasa rover will attempt to make air and fuel from the Martian atmosphere to support future human landings.

Technique turns bodies 'see-through'

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 16:13
New method could make entire bodies transparent

Dinosaurs 'shrank' to become birds

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 11:12
Huge meat-eating, land-living dinosaurs evolved into birds by constantly shrinking for over 50 million years, new research shows.

Goalkeepers' penalty 'flaw' revealed

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 09:17
Goalkeepers in penalty shoot-outs make a predictable error that could influence the outcome of the game according to new research.

Minister wants end to animal testing

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:49
Norman Baker - the minister in charge of regulating animal experiments - tells the BBC he wants them to end.

Broken robots 'learn to keep going'

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 16:08
Engineers take a step towards having machines that can operate even when they are damaged by developing a robot that can teach itself to walk, even with a broken leg.

Broody octopus keeps four-year vigil

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:01
A deep-sea octopus is observed nursing her eggs for more than four years - the longest brooding time seen in any animal.

Mystery of lemon-shaped Moon solved

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:14
Tides and spin gave the Moon its strange lemon shape more than four billion years ago, research reveals.