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Russia's Vostochny space port prepares for lift-off

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 20:08
Russia's troubled space port nears launch

VIDEO: Inside Russia's new space port

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 20:08
Work is nearing completion on building Russia's new Vostochny space port, designed to replace the Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan.

Are fitbands the future of genetic research?

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 19:55
Are fitbands the future of genetic research?

Would it be wrong to eradicate mosquitoes?

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 18:25
Would it be right to completely eradicate mosquitoes?

Intelsat rolls out next-gen system

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 16:22
Commercial satellite giant Intelsat launches the first of its new Epic spacecraft - a next-generation high-throughput telecommunications system - that will be critical to the future fortune of the company.

Google achieves AI 'breakthrough' at Go

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 10:09
An artificial intelligence program developed by Google beats Europe's top player at the ancient Chinese game of Go, about a decade earlier than expected.

'Passionate debate' on protected areas

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 09:11
The planned introduction of 30 Marine Protected Areas off Scotland has sparked a "passionate debate", says the environment secretary.

Death Valley fish a 'recent arrival'

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 07:32
The Devils Hole pupfish, one of the rarest species in world, may not have existed as a distinct population for as long as once thought.

Largest solar system discovered

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 04:42
Astronomers discover the largest known solar system, consisting of a large planet that takes a million years to orbit its star.

Facebook trains AI to beat humans at Go

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 04:06
Facebook says its is "getting close" to having artificial intelligence software capable of beating the top players of the board game Go.

Climate compensation 'missing poor'

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 22:12
Remote communities are not receiving the compensation they are entitled to from schemes designed to conserve tropical forests, a study suggests.

VIDEO: 'I could have been on board Challenger'

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 16:05
The woman who could have been on ill-fated shuttle flight

Conspiracies are 'prone to unravel'

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 11:40
It's difficult to keep a conspiracy under wraps, scientists say, because sooner or later, one of the conspirators will blow its cover.

AI pioneer Marvin Minsky dies aged 88

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 03:11
One of the founding fathers of artificial intelligence has died, aged 88.

Stephen Hawking’s Reith Lecture: Annotated transcript

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 01:01
A transcript of Stephen Hawking's first Reith Lecture, annotated by BBC science editor David Shukman

Hubble successor maintains course

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 17:56
James Webb, the space telescope that will take over from Hubble, is reaching some key milestones in its preparation for launch in 2018.

Explorer dies in Antarctic crossing

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 11:43
Explorer Henry Worsley dies during a solo attempt to cross Antarctica and complete the unfinished journey of his hero Sir Ernest Shackleton.

VIDEO: Why are whales washing up on UK beaches?

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 09:26
Five sperm whales have washed up on beaches in Lincolnshire and Norfolk.

Lanky bird's killer kick quantified

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 09:02
The secretary bird kicks snakes to death with a strike that packs five times the bird's own weight in a fraction of a second, scientists say.

VIDEO: 'Ninja eagle' kicks like a mule

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 09:02
UK researchers measure the power in the strike of the secretary bird, which hunts by kicking.