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Scientists recreate the furrows of a human brain using a simple two-layered gel model, showing that the brain's folds have physical origins.
Scientists replicate how the human brain folds using a 3D model made out of gel, and computer simulations.
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 scientists win permission to genetically modify human embryos for the first time.
An alarming mixture of confusion and fear is blighting the pregnancies of thousands of women across Brazil, writes David Shukman.
A previously unknown population of at least 100 lions is discovered by a wildlife charity in a remote park in north-western Ethiopia.
A reptile believed to pre-date most species of dinosaur hatches at Chester Zoo after a 38-year wait by conservationists.
How the misunderstanding of risk destroyed a shuttle
A bid is launched to uncover the secret life of clingy sea creatures.
The country that donates eyes to the rest of the world
The challenge of setting a mini land speed record
Proton beam cancer therapy - at the centre of an NHS controversy in 2014 - causes fewer side effects in children than conventional radiotherapy, research suggests.
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.
Europe begins the roll out of a space data superhighway, which will allow faster delivery of satellite images of unfolding natural disasters.
British astronaut Tim Peake asks schoolchildren to help him with one of his scientific experiments.
Increasing crop yields could help meet the rising global demand for more food while sparing land to protect biodiversity, a study suggests.
A female sand tiger shark has slowly eaten a smaller male shark in a Seoul aquarium, bite by bite
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.
The past 30 years in Europe have been the warmest in more than two millennia, according to new research.
Octopuses that stand tall, darken and spread their web in a "Nosferatu pose" are likely displaying complex social interactions, according to new research.