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Spider-style sensor for vibrations

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 03:39
By copying organs found in spiders’ legs, engineers build a sensor that can detect tiny vibrations, including speech and blood flow.

Water woes in Lima: A glimpse of our future?

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 18:20
The Lima suburb where 10% of income goes on water

Greenpeace sorry for Nazca stunt

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 18:17
Activists apologise for any "moral offence" that Greenpeace has caused, after a publicity stunt on the ancient Nazca lines in Peru.

Superbugs to kill 'more than cancer'

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 16:29
Drug resistant infections will kill an extra 10 million people a year worldwide by 2050 unless action is taken, a study says.

Comets 'not source of Earth's water'

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 11:05
Data from Europe's Rosetta probe suggest that water on Earth may not have come from comets, scientists conclude.

VIDEO: Seals thriving year after tidal surge

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 09:18
A record number of seals have been born at the Donna Nook sanctuary nature in Lincolnshire.

'It's the job on Earth that matters'

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 06:56
Singing spaceman Chris Hadfield meets Manchester pupils

VIDEO: Astronaut sets space challenge

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:01
UK astronaut Tim Peake has invited members of the public to suggest digital experiments to be carried out in space.

Bishops call for end to fossil fuels

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 03:49
Catholic bishops from around the world are calling for an end to fossil fuel use and increased efforts to secure a global climate treaty.

Is personality unique to humans?

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 02:54
Are personality differences widespread in the animal world?

Poor 'need help' with energy bills

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 16:25
Poor families in the UK will need more help to pay for heating their homes as energy bills rise, government advisors have warned.

VIDEO: Dian Fossey: The woman who lived with gorillas

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 16:07
The life and death of zoologist Dian Fossey

DNA scientist to get back sold Nobel

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 14:57
Russia's richest man Alisher Usmanov reveals that he bought US scientist James Watson's Nobel Prize gold medal in order to return it to him.

Clay composites modelled in computer

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:51
Scientists build a 'virtual lab' to predict the useful properties of clay-polymer composites from their atomic make-up.

VIDEO: 'Ecological deficit being ignored'

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 06:55
Wildlife campaigners and people from the countryside head to Westminster in a bid to move nature up the MPs' agenda.

Mars rover 'solves mountain riddle'

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 01:35
Scientists working on Nasa's Curiosity rover think they can now explain why there is a huge mountain at the robot's landing site in Mars' Gale Crater.

Hoverfly kiss wins photo prize

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 00:26
Hoverfly takes ecology photo prize

Scientists focus on urban wellbeing

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 18:40
A global scientific research programme is launched in China to examine the unintended consequences of urban policies on human health and wellbeing.

Australia 'worst climate performer'

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 18:14
Australia was the worst performing industrial country in terms of climate change in 2014, a new report says.

How to beat malaria

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 16:03
How are we winning the fight against the disease?