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'Exquisite' gravity probe leaves UK

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 02:54
UK industry completes construction of the modules that make up the Lisa Pathfinder satellite - a remarkable probe that will test the key technologies needed to detect gravitational waves in space.

Fungus plays 'biomusic' duet

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 01:52
Scientists at Plymouth University play improvised pieces of music with the help of slime mould.

Wheat present in UK 'for 8,000 years'

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 19:23
Fragments of wheat DNA suggest wheat was present in Britain 8,000 years ago, long before it was grown by British farmers.

Lords call for UK Arctic ambassador

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 19:15
The United Kingdom should create an ambassador for the Arctic or risk being pushed out of key decisions for the region, a House of Lords report says.

Nuclear power: The future or the past?

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 16:04
Has nuclear power really had its day?

Giant caiman packed fierce bite

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 08:24
A team of Brazilian scientists says they have calculated that the bite of a giant prehistoric caiman was twice has strong as that of a T-Rex.

Killer frog disease hits Madagascar

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 06:21
A devastating disease that has wiped out amphibians around the world has been discovered in Madagascar, scientists report.

'Concern' over bugs in shop chicken

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 05:49
Concerns are growing about antibiotic resistance of bacteria carried by poultry, according to a new report.

Solar loses out in renewables auction

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 03:24
The results of the UK government's first auction for renewable energy subsidies are a boost for offshore wind, with solar the biggest loser.

MPs call for reform of GM crop rules

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 03:15
Europe's approval system for GM crops is "fundamentally flawed" and should be overhauled, say MPs.

VIDEO: Bionic eye will 'restore sight'

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 02:35
Scientists at a North East university are working to help "restore sight" to people who have lost their eyes.

VIDEO: An eco-system inside your home

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 00:48
The smart garden that fits inside your house and provides fresh healthy food

The man who invented the dinosaur

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 16:10
Remembering the man who invented the dinosaur

Machine learns to play video games

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:00
A machine inspired by the human brain has learned how to play 49 classic Atari video games - a step towards self-thinking robots, scientists say.

In pictures: Vintage Nasa photographs for sale

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 09:37
A collection of vintage Nasa photos is set for auction

Dutch town terrorised by rogue owl

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 09:36
Residents of the Dutch town of Purmerend are advised to take umbrellas out at night after a rogue owl leaves man requiring stitches to head wounds.

Russia extends space station role

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 07:43
Russia commits itself to operations on the International Space Station until 2024, matching the intentions of the Americans.

Isle of Man declared 'bee pest-free'

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 06:47
The European Union officially declares Isle of Man bees to be free of the deadly Varroa pest which has wiped out billions around the world.

Is the world ready for GM animals?

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 06:29
Is the world ready for modified mosquitoes?

Europe's 'Landsat' ready for launch

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 01:32
The "workhorse" satellite in Europe's new multi-billion-euro Earth observation programme is built and ready to go into orbit.