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UK space shot's tribute to Newton

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 09:41
British astronaut Tim Peake has picked "Principia" to be the name of his mission into space next year.

Rosetta heads for 'space duck'

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 08:17
Europe's mission to land on a comet was always going to be difficult, but the pictures released this week of the giant ice ball illustrate just how daunting the task will be.

Rare butterfly found in East Anglia

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 05:42
A butterfly which was last seen in England more than 60 years ago is spotted on a nature reserve in Suffolk.

Australia votes to repeal carbon tax

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 21:50
Australia's Senate votes to repeal the so-called carbon tax, a levy on the biggest polluters brought in by the Labor Party.

'Biological pacemaker' tested in lab

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 19:49
Grow-your-own pacemakers are a step closer to reality, after pioneering experiments in pigs.

Pushing frontiers of deep sea exploration

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 17:14
Ocean exploration is going further than ever

Diamond crushed to Saturn's extremes

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:21
Diamond, nature's hardest material, has been crushed to record extremes using the "world's biggest laser".

Night vision fighter helmet unveiled

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:28
A new helmet that allows pilots to see in the dark via an integrated night vision camera is unveiled at the Farnborough Airshow.

Hawking: 'I support Assisted Dying'

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:10
The scientist Prof Stephen Hawking has said he supports a Bill to legalise assisted dying, ahead of a debate in the House of Lords.

Stand-off in brain project debate

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:09
After leaders of the billion-euro Human Brain Project hit back at critics, six top neuroscientists have expressed "dismay" at their public response.

Aids can be 'under control by 2030'

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:23
The Aids epidemic can be brought under control by 2030, according to a report by the United Nations Aids agency.

Clark promises continuity on science

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:21
New science minister Greg Clark says his brief is to continue the "excellent work" of his predecessor David Willetts.

Twitchers flock to glimpse rare bird

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:13
Hundreds of bird-watchers flock to the Norfolk coast in the hope of catching a rare glimpse of a migratory great knot in British waters.

VIDEO: Westwood: No mandate for fracking

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:15
Nearly half of the British people do not know what fracking is, says Vivienne Westwood in a personal film

55 dead sharks on beach 'horrific'

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 02:23
A marine biologist says the "horrific" sight of 55 sharks washed up on a Gower beach may be the result of trawling.

Climate-sceptic charity to be split

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 01:02
A climate-sceptic group founded by former Conservative Chancellor Lord Lawson is to relaunch after a complaint about its charitable status.

Four-winged dinosaur found in China

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:56
The largest ever four-winged dinosaur has been discovered in China, with remarkably long feathers on its hindwings and tail.

Captured carbon to feed farmed fish?

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:46
Carbon dioxide turned into food for farmed fish

VIDEO: Europa and the hunt for alien life

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 17:35
The search for life on other planets has long inspired science fiction novelists and Nasa missions but could one of Jupiter's moons, Europa, provide proof?

Europe's combat drone challenge

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 16:02
Europe develops advance unmanned combat planes