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Illuminating the crystalline structure of matter
Story of Bletchley Park's top female codebreaker
Footage has emerged of the moment two waterspouts appeared simultaneously off the coast of Liguria, Italy,
The brain has dedicated neurons for each of the five taste categories - salty, bitter, sour, sweet and umami - scientists have discovered.
The testes have been identified as the most distinctive type of human tissue, by a major project in Sweden.
If the Rosetta probe can get into just the right position around Comet 67P on Wednesday, it will eject the Philae lander on to a seven-hour descent to the surface of the 4km-wide icy object.
An unseasonal plague of fruit flies, being experienced by some parts of the UK, is down to an "exceptionally mild winter", according to Dr Michelle Fountain, an entomologist specialising in fruit crops at the East Malling Research Station in Kent.
A species of bat has been observed for the first time interfering with the sound signals of competitors to "steal" food.
Scientists say they have identified parts of the brain that generate feelings of a phantom-like presence and create an experiment that makes people feel like a ghost is nearby.
The genetic ancestry of the earliest Europeans survived the last Ice Age, DNA analysis suggests.
A new study of the universe's background light suggests that as many as half its stars might be hidden in the space between galaxies.
Norfolk gamekeeper Allen Lambert has been sentenced for what wildlife groups are calling the worst case of bird of prey poisoning recorded in England.
Observations of a cosmic confrontation between a huge gas cloud and the black hole at the centre of our galaxy spark a debate.
A gamekeeper convicted of "the worst case of bird of prey poisoning" recorded in England, according to the RSPB, is given a suspended sentence.
A fisherman captures images on his mobile phone of a humpback whale breaching in the sea off the Isle of Skye.
The Alma radio telescope has snapped the clearest ever image of planets forming around a very young star.
As everyone rushes to get the newest phones with the latest gizmos, the BBC's Tamasin Ford finds out what happens to all the old ones.
How do pharma firms make such fat profits?
A prototype inflatable incubator for prematurely born babies has been picked as 2014's winner of the James Dyson Award for engineering.
Space epic tests brain and stamina