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Brain wrinkles replicated in a jar

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 09:44
Scientists recreate the furrows of a human brain using a simple two-layered gel model, showing that the brain's folds have physical origins.

VIDEO: Copying the brain's origami using gel

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 09:43
Scientists replicate how the human brain folds using a 3D model made out of gel, and computer simulations.

Emissions boosted England storm risk

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 09:01
A new study says that man-made climate change increased the chances of a once in century wet January in southern England in 2014 by 43%.

UK approves embryo 'gene editing'

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 07:33
UK scientists win permission to genetically modify human embryos for the first time.

Fears grow amid Brazil's Zika crisis

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 06:59
An alarming mixture of confusion and fear is blighting the pregnancies of thousands of women across Brazil, writes David Shukman.

Lions rediscovered in Ethiopia park

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 05:32
A previously unknown population of at least 100 lions is discovered by a wildlife charity in a remote park in north-western Ethiopia.

'Living fossil' breeding ends in triumph

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 05:25
A reptile believed to pre-date most species of dinosaur hatches at Chester Zoo after a 38-year wait by conservationists.

Challenger and the misunderstanding of risk

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 00:11
How the misunderstanding of risk destroyed a shuttle

Do we need to wipe out clingons?

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 23:34
A bid is launched to uncover the secret life of clingy sea creatures.

The country that supplies eyes

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 16:13
The country that donates eyes to the rest of the world

Bloodhound Diary: How fast is your car?

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 15:49
The challenge of setting a mini land speed record

Proton cancer therapy 'proves effective'

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 05:28
Proton beam cancer therapy - at the centre of an NHS controversy in 2014 - causes fewer side effects in children than conventional radiotherapy, research suggests.

Thousands join Big Garden Birdwatch

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 04:19
More than half a million people are expected to take part in an annual birdwatch this weekend and record species spotted in gardens and parks.

Lift-off for space laser network

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 02:53
Europe begins the roll out of a space data superhighway, which will allow faster delivery of satellite images of unfolding natural disasters.

Tim Peake asks for help in plant test

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 09:10
British astronaut Tim Peake asks schoolchildren to help him with one of his scientific experiments.

Boosting yields 'can save wildlife'

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 07:58
Increasing crop yields could help meet the rising global demand for more food while sparing land to protect biodiversity, a study suggests.

VIDEO: Bite by bite: Shark eats shark

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:16
A female sand tiger shark has slowly eaten a smaller male shark in a Seoul aquarium, bite by bite

Babylonians 'first to use geometry'

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 00:18
Sophisticated geometry - the branch of mathematics that deals with shapes - was being used at least 1,400 years earlier than previously thought, a study suggests.

Europe's summers 'warmest in 2,000 years'

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 00:18
The past 30 years in Europe have been the warmest in more than two millennia, according to new research.

Octopus colour change 'is social tool'

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 21:53
Octopuses that stand tall, darken and spread their web in a "Nosferatu pose" are likely displaying complex social interactions, according to new research.