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New detail in Ceres' bright spots

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 02:14
The US space agency's Dawn satellite continues to return remarkable images from the dwarf planet Ceres, in particular from its collection of bright spots in Occator Crater.

Frog foam could deliver drug therapy

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 18:24
Foam made by miniature frogs to protect their eggs could offer a clever way to deliver healing drugs to burns patients, scientists believe.

Frog foam could deliver drug therapy

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 18:24
Foam made by miniature frogs to protect their eggs could offer a clever way to deliver healing drugs to burns patients, scientists believe.

Ash tree set for extinction in Europe

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 18:23
The ash tree is likely to be wiped out in Europe, according to the largest-ever survey of the species.

Ash tree set for extinction in Europe

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 18:23
The ash tree is likely to be wiped out in Europe, according to the largest-ever survey of the species.

Paint drying test to boost nanotech

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 09:30
Scientists have been watching paint dry in experiments they say could improve the performance of everyday items, from sun screen to mobile phones.

Paint drying test boost to nanotech

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 09:30
Scientists have been watching paint dry in experiments they say could improve the performance of everyday items, from sun screen to mobile phones.

VIDEO: On board giant floating solar farm

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 00:52
With 23,000 panels covering an area the size of eight football pitches, Europe's biggest floating solar farm has begun generating power for the very first time.

Ancient scrolls give up their secrets

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 18:20
Metallic ink was used to write the Herculaneum scrolls, say scientists.

Rate of carbon emissions put in context

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 11:49
Humans are now putting carbon into the atmosphere at a rate unprecedented since at least the age of the dinosaurs, scientists say.

Go wild to protect food security

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 10:03
More needs to be done to ensure the genetic diversity of wild relatives of key food crops are conserved to ensure future food security, a study warns.

VIDEO: Cheetah cubs born in rare c-section

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 09:48
Five cheetah cubs are in critical care after being born in rare caesarean section procedure

Earliest evidence of humans in Ireland

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 07:30
A bear bone found in a cave may push back dates for the earliest human settlement of Ireland by 2,500 years.

'Boaty McBoatface' name may be overruled

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 04:32
Lord West, former First Sea Lord, says he hopes experts will not choose to call a new polar research ship Boaty McBoatface, after the name tops a public poll.

Tasmania forest logging bid dropped

Sun, 03/20/2016 - 02:57
The Australian and Tasmanian authorities abandon their campaign to allow logging in the Tasmanian Wilderness, a World Heritage site.

Giant web probes spider sensation

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 17:26
In an Oregon laboratory, a two-metre spider web made of aluminium and rope is beginning to unlock how orb weavers pinpoint struggling prey.

VIDEO: Bald eagle hatches in Washington DC

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 12:43
A camera has captured the hatching of bald eagles in Washington DC.

VIDEO: Ben Nevis: How high now?

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 10:37
High-tech GPS equipment means it is not just the height of Ben Nevis that is being reassessed.

Hedge-eating caterpillar tops pest list

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 04:02
A very hungry caterpillar that devours box plants - a staple of formal English gardens - is named "top pest" of 2015 by the UK's Royal Horticultural Society.

VIDEO: Visiting one of Africa's biggest solar farms

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 02:16
How one of Africa's biggest solar farms could help South Africa solve its energy crisis.