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'Forgotten' US smallpox found in box

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:20
Long forgotten vials of smallpox left in a cardboard box are discovered by a government scientist at a research centre near Washington, officials say.

Memories 'need space' in brain

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 09:00
Similar memories overlap physically in the brain and this produces less confusion if the brain area responsible is larger, new research shows.

Ebola deaths up by 25 in West Africa

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 08:46
Health officials in West Africa say 25 more people have died from Ebola since 3 July, taking the total number of deaths to 518.

Same genes 'drive maths and reading'

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 08:00
Around half of the genes that influence a child's reading ability also play a role in how easily they learn maths, say scientists.

VIDEO: Artificial snow in hotter Australia

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 06:26
Australia is sometimes the petri dish of climate change - a place where global warming is not just a theoretical concept but a tangible reality.

Nasa equips robots with smartphones

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 04:55
Nasa plans to send Google's 3D smartphones into space to function as the "eyes and brains" of the free-flying robots inside the International Space Station.

'Major step' towards Alzheimer's test

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 16:03
British scientists have made a "major step forwards" in developing a blood test for Alzheimer's disease.

'Largest flying bird' identified

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 13:49
The fossilised remains of the largest flying bird ever found are identified by scientists.

Human brain project 'off-course'

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 11:02
Senior neuroscientists attack a major European project aiming to simulate the human brain.

Rats alter the way they use whiskers

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 09:57
Rats can change the way they use their whiskers depending on how well they know their surroundings, new research shows.

'Remote control' contraceptive chip

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 09:42
A contraceptive computer chip that can be controlled by remote control has been developed in Massachusetts.

Worries over 'cruel' elephant trade

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 10:01
Wild elephants are being held in horrific conditions in Myanmar as smugglers seek to resume a lucrative trade to Thailand, a report says.

VIDEO: Teaching an endangered bird to love again

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 20:29
Teaching an endangered species to love again

Glasgow 2014: 'Green pledges broken'

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 17:08
Environmentalists accuse Commonwealth Games organisers of reneging on promises to create low emission zones around venues.

Osprey spotted hunting on the Mersey

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 09:38
A rare bird of prey has been spotted hunting on the River Mersey, says a wildlife charity.

Academics 'Yes' vote research fears

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 08:07
Medical and scientific research across the UK will suffer if Scotland votes for independence, claim the heads of three academic institutions.

Ariane 6: Customers call the shots

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 06:37
Customers call the shots on Ariane 6

VIDEO: Baby rhino cared for by sheep surrogate

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 01:06
A baby rhino who was saved after his mother was killed by poachers is on the road to recovery, his rescuers have said.

Web users in Hawaii invaders hunt

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:19
US conservationists and a satellite imaging company have teamed up to use the power of crowdsourcing to halt the spread of destructive invasive plants.

Upgrade for European light source

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 03:33
One of Europe's premier scientific research laboratories - the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility - is to go through a 150m-euro (£120m) upgrade.