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How to get a date using data

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 20:17
Could an algorithm help you find true love?

Party leaders in climate commitment

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 17:56
The UK's three main political leaders make a pledge to work together to combat climate change, whatever the election result.

VIDEO: Time-lapse: Five years of the Sun

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 14:50
Space agency Nasa has released a time-lapse video showing the Sun over period of nearly five years - capturing one frame every eight hours.

UN agrees draft text for Paris

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 08:20
UN climate talks in Geneva have ended with agreement on a draft text for a new climate agreement to be discussed in Paris in December.

VIDEO: What should we say to aliens?

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 08:14
After Scientists said that they want to send messages to aliens - BBC World viewers have their say on what they would tell extraterrestrial life.

VIDEO: Net pioneer warns of digital 'Dark Age'

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 08:09
Our digital data, such as photos and documents, could be lost forever if we are unable to find ways of preserving old formats while new technologies take hold.

VIDEO: What is the digital 'Dark Age'?

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:19
Millions of us routinely upload photos and other personal information onto the internet, believing it will stay safe and be easily accessible.

VIDEO: Ultrasound glimpse of pygmy hippo baby

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 06:49
Ultrasound images of a baby pygmy hippopotamus kicking inside its mother's womb have been released by Melbourne Zoo.

Net pioneer warns of data Dark Age

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 04:25
Vint Cerf, a "father of the internet", says a way must be found to stop all our images and documents being lost through technological obsolescence.

Gannet colony 'is world's largest'

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 03:11
The Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth now has the world's largest colony of gannets following a count by experts.

'I'm close to a one-way ticket to Mars'

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 22:27
Why this 24-year-old wants a one-way trip

Conservation concern for UK insects

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 19:31
More than 30 British insect species have been classified as in danger of extinction, due to pollution and habitat loss.

US 'at risk of mega-drought future'

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 17:18
The American south-west and central plains may be on course for droughts the like of which they have not seen in over a 1,000 years, scientists say.

Plastic heading for oceans quantified

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:38
About eight million tonnes of plastic waste find their way into the world's oceans each year, a new scientific assessment suggests.

Scientists urged to seek alien contact

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:38
Scientists at a US conference in say the time has come to try actively to make contact with intelligent life on other worlds.

Dogs 'can spot happy human faces'

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:01
Dogs can tell the difference between happy and angry human facial expressions, a study suggests.

Ocean carbon leak 'ended Ice Age'

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 05:35
Carbon dioxide escaping from the depths of the ocean heralded the end of the last Ice Age, a study suggests.

Early results from farm bird count

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 04:32
Early results from a major count of farmland birds reveal sightings of several rare species.

Art and science collide to reopen Whitworth gallery

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 22:49
Making new art from old in a Nobel Prize winner's lab

Sao Paulo water crisis adds to Brazil business woes

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 19:15
Sao Paulo's water crisis hobbles Brazilian business