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Goldfish has brain operation

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:46
An Australian goldfish called George is recovering from successful microsurgery in which a large tumour was removed from his brain.

US gas leaks not caused by fracking

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 06:16
A new study suggests that the contamination of drinking water by shale gas is due to faulty wells and not hydraulic fracturing.

VIDEO: Apes to rulers of the world

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 02:46
Nick Higham talks to Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari about his book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Rosetta comet landing site chosen

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 02:14
Europe's Rosetta mission, which aims to land on a 4km-wide comet later this year, identifies what it thinks is the safest place to touch down.

Ancient China fish 'nearly extinct'

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 23:28
The Chinese sturgeon, thought to have existed for more than 140 million years, is now on the brink of extinction, say local media.

Mers: Saudis in push to keep Hajj free from deadly virus

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 21:07
Have Saudis done enough to keep Hajj safe from deadly virus?

Brazil builds giant Amazon tower

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 14:51
Construction has begun on a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon basin in Brazil to monitor climate change.

Decision due on comet landing site

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 10:13
The European Space Agency is about to announce the site on Comet 67P where the Rosetta mission will try to make a historic landing.

Ban on shark trade comes into force

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 19:52
In a significant step forward for shark conservation, all trade in five named species is to be regulated from today.

Alien species making England home

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 16:11
Why do terrapins live in canals?

Pakistan-India monsoon floods: Averting future disasters

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 18:22
Dams and reservoirs could mitigate South Asia floods

Future of Scottish science contested

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 16:21
What impact could Scotland vote have on research?

VIDEO: Formula E ready to race

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 08:17
Formula E is backed by some of the biggest names in the industry and on Saturday Beijing will hold the inaugural race of the season.

Drugs 'entering waterways' through urine

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:01
As drugs pass through us, they enter the UK's waterways., leading to a startling change in the habits of wildlife.

Progress for giant laser instrument

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 03:07
The Advanced Ligo instrument, a laser "ruler" built to measure the traces of gravitational waves, is progressing at amazing speed, scientists say.

Mars probe 'inspired by lobsters'

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 01:35
Designers of new Mars instrument draw on nature

Western Australia shark cull blocked

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 21:02
Western Australia's shark cull is to be halted after the state's environmental regulator advised against it, citing "scientific uncertainty".

VIDEO: People power sparking renewable energy

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 17:54
In a shantytown in Rio De Janeiro, a British-backed scientific initiative harnesses the energy we generate in our daily lives to light up a football pitch.

Brain 'still active during sleep'

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 17:31
The brain is still active while we sleep, say scientists, who found people were able to classify words according to their meaning during their slumber.

Robot could load up dishwasher

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 16:38
A robot unveiled today at the British Science Festival will be loading dishwashers next year, its developers claim.