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Comet landing gets green light

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 06:51
The European Space Agency confirms the decision to try to land a robot on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Wednesday 12 November.

UK science 'losing ground' to rivals

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 03:28
Campaigners say the UK will lose its leading position in science and engineering unless current cutbacks are reversed.

Boost for 'next generation' biofuels

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:50
Italy will become the first country in Europe to legally require "advanced biofuels" in cars and trucks, the BBC has learned.

Comet lander pictures its target

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 07:50
The Philae robot, soon to attempt a landing on Comet 67P, takes another dramatic image of the icy object.

Ebola treatments - how far off?

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 05:18
How far away is a treatment and vaccine?

New form of space weather identified

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 03:01
A new form of solar cloud is identified by research led by Dundee University into "space weather" emanating from the Sun.

Plants 'absorb more CO2 than thought'

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 17:58
Global climate models under play the amount of CO2 being absorbed by plants, according to new research.

VIDEO: Mussels 'threat to UK waterways'

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:34
Scientists are warning that an army of shrimps and mussels from Turkey and Ukraine is poised to invade Britain's waterways and kill off native species.

Snail named after marriage equality

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 06:04
A new species of hermaphrodite land snail found in Taiwan has been named in support of marriage equality.

Woman finds three-inch leech in nose

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 05:52
A backpacker finds a leech which had been living in her nose for a month after returning from a trip to South East Asia.

VIDEO: Why are these mussels a menace?

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 02:28
A new species of mussel has been found in the UK which could be hugely damaging to British wildlife.

UK's 'Greatest Geosites' announced

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 17:10
Geologists name the UK's top 100 geological sites, including 10 "people's favourites".

Should spy-planes fight US crime?

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 16:41
Hi-res surveillance system causes US controversy

UK waters face 'invasional meltdown'

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 16:02
Scientists warn that an army of organisms from Turkey and Ukraine is poised to invade Britain's waterways and destroy native species.

The First Spacewalk

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 16:01
How the first human to walk in space nearly didn't return to Earth

Ancient mosaic found at Greece tomb

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 10:02
Archaeologists in Greece uncover a large floor mosaic at a huge burial site at Amphipolis dating to the time of Alexander the Great.

How English became language of science

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 16:57
How the US changed the language of science

VIDEO: Ponies munch a meadow back to life

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 16:20
Can a team of ponies munch a meadow back to life?

'Love drug' key to sexual behaviour

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 01:30
A small group of neurons that respond to the hormone oxytocin are key to controlling sexual behaviour in mice, a team finds.

Robot learns how snakes climb dunes

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 01:21
US researchers discover how sidewinders climb sand dunes by studying their motion in the lab and copying it with a robot.