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New York Times in cartoon apology

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 23:07
The New York Times apologises for a cartoon on India's Mars Mission following readers' complaints that it mocked India.

New cracks in Hunterston reactor

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 22:13
New cracks found in the core of the Hunterston-B nuclear reactor in Scotland could threaten operator EDF's plans to extend the lives of some power stations.

Height differences 'caused by DNA'

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 09:57
Many subtle DNA changes could explain why some people are taller than others, according to the largest ever study of the genetics behind height.

Depth key to ocean warming trends

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 09:33
The deeper half of the ocean did not get any hotter in the last decade, but warming of the surface layer since the 1970s has been seriously underestimated, according to two new studies.

VIDEO: Worldwide protests against ivory trade

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 20:29
Neha Bhatnagar reports from a demonstration in Nairobi, as protests are held in over a hundred cities across the world calling for an end to the trade of ivory and rhino horns.

VIDEO: Intern invents 'smart' wheelchair

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 15:00
Why connecting wheelchairs to the net could save lives

AUDIO: Why do butterflies shimmer?

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 00:52
New research published by the Natural History Museum has shown that it is possible to culture cells from butterfly wings to produce iridescent colours in the laboratory.

Files to 'print your own' comet

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:55
The European Space Agency releases a shape model of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which, among other things, allows enthusiasts to print their own 3D version of the "ice mountain".

VIDEO: The car that's powered by air

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 06:54
At the Paris Motor Show, Theo Leggett looks at the Peugeot 208 Hybrid Air - a concept car that brings a new meaning to the term "gas guzzler".

VIDEO: Hairy pigs restore Dorset heath land

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 00:39
Conservationists have revealed the latest weapon in their fight to preserve and restore threatened heath land in Dorset.

Aids origin 'was 1920s Kinshasa'

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 15:37
The origin of the Aids pandemic has been traced back to 1920s Kinshasa, in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, scientists say.

Marooned baboon: Africa's loneliest monkey

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 15:07
Meet Robinson - the loneliest monkey in Africa

Toyota plans for a fuel cell future

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 15:03
Japan's Toyota says it will prove its critics wrong again

Texas checks 100 for Ebola exposure

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:02
As many as 100 people in Texas are being checked for exposure to Ebola after a man was diagnosed in Dallas with the disease, health officials say.

'Thousands' of new ocean mountains

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 10:12
New satellite data reveals thousands of previously unrecognised mountains on the bottom of the world's oceans.

VIDEO: Largest robot fleet maps UK waters

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 10:07
British scientists are hoping robots will be able to give the most detailed picture yet of life deep below the waterline. The BBC's Science Editor David Shukman reports

Big robot fleet takes to UK waters

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:01
A fleet of marine robots is being launched in the largest deployment of its kind in British waters.

What’s it like being a cat?

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 08:32
How do domestic cats really see the world?

Ship identified in Franklin search

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:11
A shipwreck recently found in north Canada is identified as HMS Erebus - lost in Sir John Franklin's famous Victorian-era Northwest Passage voyage.

Sharks can be 'social or solitary'

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 19:17
A UK study finds that the most feared predators in the sea have individual personalities, which determine how readily they socialise.