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VIDEO: Formula E ready to race

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 08:17
Formula E is backed by some of the biggest names in the industry and on Saturday Beijing will hold the inaugural race of the season.

Drugs 'entering waterways' through urine

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:01
As drugs pass through us, they enter the UK's waterways., leading to a startling change in the habits of wildlife.

Progress for giant laser instrument

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 03:07
The Advanced Ligo instrument, a laser "ruler" built to measure the traces of gravitational waves, is progressing at amazing speed, scientists say.

Mars probe 'inspired by lobsters'

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 01:35
Designers of new Mars instrument draw on nature

Western Australia shark cull blocked

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 21:02
Western Australia's shark cull is to be halted after the state's environmental regulator advised against it, citing "scientific uncertainty".

VIDEO: People power sparking renewable energy

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 17:54
In a shantytown in Rio De Janeiro, a British-backed scientific initiative harnesses the energy we generate in our daily lives to light up a football pitch.

Brain 'still active during sleep'

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 17:31
The brain is still active while we sleep, say scientists, who found people were able to classify words according to their meaning during their slumber.

Robot could load up dishwasher

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 16:38
A robot unveiled today at the British Science Festival will be loading dishwashers next year, its developers claim.

Squeezing out water to save the future

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 16:22
The business of saving water for all of our futures

'Giant swimming dinosaur' unearthed

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 11:08
A giant fossil, unearthed in the Sahara desert, has given scientists an unprecedented look at Spinosaurus - the largest-known carnivorous dinosaur.

Rosetta comet chaser takes 'selfie'

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:08
The Rosetta spacecraft has sent a hauntingly beautiful picture of itself from deep space.

Concussion 'breathalyser' proposed

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 19:30
Scientists in Birmingham are trialling new medical tests that lead to rapid, pitchside diagnosis of concussion in sport.

Consumers driving 'shock' tree loss

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 17:17
Around five football fields of tropical forest have been illegally cleared every minute between 2000 and 2012 according to a new report.

Amazon destruction increases again

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 17:09
New figures show destruction of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has risen again, with more than almost 6,000 sq km (2,315 sq miles) being cleared.

'Signs of recovery' in ozone layer

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 16:49
The ozone layer around the earth is showing its first sign of thickening after years of steady depletion, a UN team says.

Wife on Mars

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 16:24
How does it feel when your wife signs up for a one-way space trip?

How do you stop lava?

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 16:09
Can human engineering stop the flow of volcanic lava?

VIDEO: Ozone layer 'shows signs of recovery'

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 15:02
The Earth's protective ozone layer is starting to repair itself, according to a panel of United Nations scientists.

Computers trained to understand music

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:06
New software presented at the British Science Festival aims to give music producers the power to manipulate sounds more intuitively.

Prioritising islands' pest control

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 08:14
Scientists develop a way to identify island habitats under threat from invasive vertebrates, such as rats, and in greatest need of protection.