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Watch the skies

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 08:10
Who was subject of latest Google Doodle?

Who was Caroline Herschel?

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 08:10
Who was subject of latest Google Doodle?

Islamic art inspires switchable material

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 22:40
A new selection of stretchy but switchable 'metamaterials' is created based on intricate, repeating motifs found in Islamic art.

Cooing contraband

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 18:24
The world's most unlikely pigeon smuggling route

In search of Syria's pigeon smugglers

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 18:24
The world's most unlikely pigeon smuggling route

Dog owners warned about tick disease

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 17:57
Dog owners are being warned about an outbreak of a lethal tick-borne disease.

DNA identifies 'early Neanderthals'

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 06:50
The oldest genome sequence from a human has identified some early representatives of the Neanderthal lineage.

Physics of ribbon curling unravelled

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 06:14
Scientists unveil the first full description of how and why a ribbon curls when we scrape one side of it with scissors.

Google's AI wins final Go challenge

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 02:02
In the final challenge between man and machine, Google's AI emerges victorious.

UK pledges 'zero carbon' climate laws

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 00:10
Climate laws will be tightened to cut carbon emissions effectively to zero, the government says.

Mars probe despatched on methane quest

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 14:26
A joint European and Russian satellite is successfully launched on a path to Mars where it will study the atmosphere for life signatures.

VIDEO: Dinosaur find resolves T. rex mystery

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 13:09
Meet the newly discovered dinosaur that could hold the evolutionary key to how T. rex became such a giant.

Dinosaur find resolves T. rex mystery

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 12:57
A newly discovered species of tyrannosaur reveals clue to T-Rex's great size, according to scientists.

Wellcome Book Prize shortlist revealed

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 10:20
The shortlist for the 2016 Wellcome Book Prize, which recognises books about health or illness, has been revealed.

VIDEO: Blast off for Europe Russia Mars mission

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 03:03
Europe and Russia have launched a joint mission to the Red Planet.

VIDEO: Meet Bruno, the Mars mission rover

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 17:14
BBC News has a look at the European Space Agency rover that will explore the red planet and look for signs of life

Human scores first win over AlphaGo

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 04:36
Go master Lee Se-dol wins a game against Google's AlphaGo program, after losing three in a row in a best-of-five competition

EDF 'confident' of Hinkley go-ahead

Sat, 03/12/2016 - 04:33
Energy firm EDF says it remains "confident" the £18bn Hinkley Point nuclear power plant will go ahead despite uncertainties over its funding.

New forensic science service planned

Sat, 03/12/2016 - 02:00
A new forensic and biometrics service is planned by the Home Office, four years after it controversially shut its predecessor.

Mars mission targets Monday launch

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 21:58
All looks good for an on-time launch on Monday of the joint European and Russian ExoMars mission, which will try to track down the Red Planet's sources of methane.