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US universities on symbolic visit to Iran

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 15:47
US universities make symbolic return to Iran

Bid for UK's fracking return debated

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 09:49
A bid to start the UK's first fracking operation in four years near the Lancashire coast is being examined

US invests in 'Star Wars hoverbikes'

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 08:08
'Star Wars'-style hover bikes could be coming to the US military after engineers in the UK and US struck a deal with the US Department of Defense.

'Organs-on-chips' wins design award

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 03:38
Silicon chips that mimic the function of living human organs win the Design of the Year award from the Design Museum in London.

'Radical' land reform plan unveiled

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 02:51
The Scottish government publishes "radical" proposals aimed at widening the ownership of land across the country.

VIDEO: Christopher Nolan on Interstellar science

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 21:56
Director Christopher Nolan talks about the importance of accurate science in making his film Interstellar, after a leading scientific journal calls for it to be shown in school lessons.

Call to show Interstellar in schools

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 21:55
A scientific journal calls for the film Interstellar to be shown in school science lessons.

EU Sentinel satellite to track crops

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 20:32
The second of the European Union's Sentinel Earth-observing satellites launches on a mission that will allow scientists to map the performance of the world's crop harvests.

Neanderthals mixed with us in Europe

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 10:21
Modern humans and Neanderthals interbred in Europe, according to an analysis of 40,000-year-old DNA.

Space video cameras to circle globe

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 04:55
Canadian group Urthecast plans to put a 16-satellite constellation in orbit to image the Earth, including making small movies of what is happening at the surface of the planet.

Earth 'enters new extinction phase'

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 20:55
The Earth has entered a "new period of extinction", a study by three US universities concludes, and humans could be among the first casualties.

Illegal ivory crushed in New York

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 19:51
More than a ton of confiscated ivory is crushed in New York's Times Square to send a message that the illegal trade will not be tolerated.

Volcanic eruptions glimpsed on Venus

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:11
Scientists say they have the best evidence yet that there is hot lava spewing from the surface of Venus.

Comet lander Philae renews contact

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 08:45
Europe's Philae comet lander has been back in touch with Earth - its first contact since Sunday.

VIDEO: 'Carpet of crabs' covers US beaches

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 23:03
Hundreds of thousands of tiny crabs have been washing up on Southern California's beaches, after warm ocean currents carried them closer to the shoreline than usual.

The women whom science forgot

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 16:58
The women scientists who failed to get credit

VIDEO: Pope: Global warming 'mostly man-made'

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 14:56
The Pope issued his letter on the environment on Thursday. In it he said that climate change was mostly a man-made problem.

Most kangaroos are 'left-handed'

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 14:44
Scientists report that wild kangaroos tend to favour their left hands in common tasks - the first example of non-human, species-wide "handedness".

Elephant poaching hotspots identified

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 13:54
Most illegally poached African elephant ivory can be traced back to just two areas of Africa, research shows.

DNA reignites ancient skeleton row

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 10:16
DNA tests show an ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man is related to modern Native Americans - reigniting a debate over whether his bones should be returned to local tribes and reburied.