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Teenage star of cancer diagnosis

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 17:25
The teen prodigy turned cancer detective

Camel infection 'led to Mers death'

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 16:33
Doctors believe they have found the first evidence that a new deadly virus in the Middle East has been transmitted from a camel to people.

Pollution tie to irregular heartbeat

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 16:33
Air pollution is linked to an increased risk of developing an irregular heartbeat and blood clots in the lung, research suggests.

'Record sightings' for invasive bee

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 07:09
Sightings of an invasive bumblebee species in Britain have reached a record high, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust says

Green opposition to coalition plans

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 06:35
Environmentalists are opposing the government's plans to boost roads, housing and fracking - all announced as part of the Infrastructure Bill.

A genome for the blind mole rat

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 05:17
Scientists have sequenced the genome of the blind mole rat, a mammal that digs with its teeth, lives for 20 years and has never naturally developed cancer

The ethics of solving global problems

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 03:25
How do you choose between six worthy challenges?

Church campaign to protect yew trees

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 00:44
A campaign to help protect yew trees which are often found in churchyards and are hundreds of years old is launched by the Church in Wales.

Nuclear plant safety limit raised

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 19:59
The operator of a UK nuclear power station wants a key safety limit raised to allow the life of the reactor to be extended, the BBC learns.

Centenarians 'are outliving disease'

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 16:41
Centenarians have found a way to beat the common diseases of old age, such as cancer and heart disease, new research suggests.

Minister attacks myth of girls' jobs

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 16:39
A government minister is set to challenge a "persistent and debilitating myth that girls don't do science".

Koalas hug trees to lose heat

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 16:33
Hugging trees helps koalas to keep cool, a study using thermal imaging cameras reveals.

VIDEO: Why koalas hug trees on hot days

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 16:05
Hugging trees helps koalas to keep cool, a study using thermal imaging cameras reveals.

Airbus drops model 'space jet'

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 10:17
Airbus releases pictures of the recent "drop test" it conducted off the Singapore coast for its concept spaceplane.

VIDEO: New 'digestion plant' recycles food

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 08:33
A new multi-million pound food recycling plant is opening near Chertsey in Surrey. Tom Edwards reports.

'Godfather of ecstasy' dies aged 88

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 05:51
The chemist who reinvented ecstasy as a party drug has died at the age of 88 from liver cancer.

Three-person babies 'in two years'

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 05:11
Scientists will be ready to create babies from three people in around two years, if it is made legal, a review says.

Honeybees 'read maps' to find home

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 02:13
Honeybees read "mental maps" to find their way home in a similar way to mammals and birds, new evidence shows.

Autism linked to 'male hormones'

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 01:20
Exposure to high levels of "male" hormones in the womb increases the chance of a baby boy developing autism, according to researchers.

Elephant work wins wildlife award

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 23:05
French sculptor Pascal Chesneau wins the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation 2014 Wildlife Artist of the Year award for Transparence Elephant.