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Robins' nighttime singing probed

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 04:50
A new project at Glasgow University aims to help resolve why robins are up all night singing in cities.

Hubble's star refuses to fade

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 21:28
Hubble's star refuses to fade away

VIDEO: How to create a virtual black hole

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 16:28
The Oscar nominees behind the film Interstellar explain how they created some of the visual effects in the movie.

Penguins lost ability to taste fish

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 16:14
Penguins lost most of their sense of taste long ago in evolution, scientists have discovered.

Mystery Mars haze baffles scientists

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 08:00
Scientists struggle to explain a vast haze that was spotted high above the Martian surface in 2012 by amateur astronomers.

X-ray machine opens new frontier

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 07:14
Researchers in Palo Alto in the US state of California are working with the most powerful X-ray laser in the world.

Satellites track snail disease risk

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 21:07
Scientists are monitoring snail habitats from space in a bid to combat the spread of the parasitic disease schistosomiasis in Africa.

VIDEO: Cern gears up to discover new particle

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 10:10
A senior researcher at the Large Hadron Collider says a new particle could be detected this year that is even more exciting than the Higgs boson.

VIDEO: 'Hopes are high' to save NZ whales

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 05:17
Hopes are high that over 60 stranded pilot whales have survived after they were refloated by whale conservation workers and volunteers.

VIDEO: Videos of 1,500 beating human hearts

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 01:33
Researchers in London are storing digital videos of the beating hearts of more than 1,500 people, along with their genetic data.

Collider hopes for a 'super' restart

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 20:18
When Large Hadron Collider fires up again after its upgrade, scientists will be hoping to find a new particle they say could "rock the world".

Doctors store 1,600 hearts for study

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 20:10
Doctors have stored more than one and a half thousand beating human hearts in digital form on a computer.

'Next Pinatubo' a test of geoengineering

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 18:22
Scientists who study geoengineering say Earth's next major volcanic eruption will be a good test of whether the intervention technique might help mitigate global warming.

Camera seeks dark energy clues

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 07:33
California scientists have given details of a telescope camera they are assembling to study "dark energy".

VIDEO: UK leaders unite on climate change

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 00:02
The UK's political leaders have pledged to work together to combat climate change, whatever the election result.

Synthetic vaccine sought for polio

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 23:42
An international team of scientists is to try to develop a wholly artificial vaccine to finally eradicate polio.

Drone to scan for ancient Amazonia

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 19:49
Scientists are to scan the Amazon forest with a drone-mounted laser to look for evidence of occupation by ancient civilisations.

How to get a date using data

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 19:17
Could an algorithm help you find true love?

Party leaders in climate commitment

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 16:56
The UK's three main political leaders make a pledge to work together to combat climate change, whatever the election result.

VIDEO: Time-lapse: Five years of the Sun

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 13:50
Space agency Nasa has released a time-lapse video showing the Sun over period of nearly five years - capturing one frame every eight hours.