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Paper test can detect Ebola strains

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 12:51
DNA-programmed blotting paper could soon be giving doctors a simple disease test that will reveal an infection in 30 minutes for just a few pence.

VIDEO: Two by two? How to move 1,700 animals

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 03:54
Wetheriggs Animal Rescue Centre in Cumbria move their 1700 animals to a new home County Durham.

10 things you may not know about laughter

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 16:15
10 things you may not have known about being amused

VIDEO: Record skydive from edge of space

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 23:36
Google executive Alan Eustace has broken the world altitude record for a parachute jump by leaping from 135,890 feet (41,419 metres) beating Felix Baumgartner's record.

Baffling ballet

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:20
Can science explain the flocking habits of starlings?

Google boss sets new skydive record

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 15:35
Google executive Alan Eustace breaks the world altitude record for a parachute jump set two years ago by Felix Baumgartner.

Autumnwatch returns to Leighton Moss

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 08:56
Stags, starlings and more turn out for Autumnwatch

Sci-fi short promotes comet mission

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 08:15
The European Space Agency releases a short sci-fi movie to promote its audacious bid to land on a comet next month.

First transplant of 'dead' heart

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 05:00
Surgeons in Australia say they have performed the first heart transplant using a "dead heart".

The Queen sends her first tweet

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 03:51
The Queen sends her first tweet to launch the London Science Museum's ambitious new Information Age gallery.

Legal fight begins to save beavers

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 02:48
Campaigners start legal action to prevent the government from capturing a family of wild beavers.

EU leaders agree CO2 emissions cut

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 01:59
The EU agrees what it calls "the world's most ambitious" deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030, overcoming deep divisions.

North America experiences eclipse

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 01:09
Skywatchers in North America are treated to the final eclipse of the year.

Egyptian obelisk revealed anew

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:47
Egyptian hieroglyphs seen in a new light

Science chief warns on acid oceans

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 22:18
The UK's chief scientist says the oceans face a serious and growing risk from man-made carbon emissions.

Roman gums 'healthier than ours'

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:45
People living in Roman Britain had healthier gums than their modern-day descendants, a feat of archaeological dentistry shows.

VIDEO: Farmland birds show rapid decline

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:57
Farmland birds are at their lowest levels since records began, according to government figures.

Turtles tracked on swimming frenzy

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:26
Small tags stuck to the undersides of baby loggerhead turtles are used to follow the animals' frenetic first hours.

Monster shark 'kept whales in check'

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 08:23
The extinction of the biggest shark known to science may have triggered whales to grow to their current hefty sizes, a study suggests.

Farmland birds show rapid decline

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:39
Farmland birds are at their lowest levels since records began, according to government figures.