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Do we really need to fear AI?

Sun, 09/27/2015 - 16:58
There is much talk about the dangers of AI but are the concerns overblown and will it be the machines that really need rights?

Voyage traces stirred-up Arctic heat

Sun, 09/27/2015 - 16:57
Oceanographers gather evidence of a 'vicious circle' of wind-driven turbulence in the Arctic Ocean, stirring up heat from the depths.

VIDEO: Month at sea probes Arctic mixing

Sun, 09/27/2015 - 16:53
Oceanographers have been gathering evidence of a 'vicious circle' of wind-driven turbulence in the Arctic Ocean, stirring up heat from the depths.

Rare 'healthy' smokers' lungs explained

Sun, 09/27/2015 - 16:07
The mystery of why some people appear to have healthy lungs despite a lifetime of smoking has been explained by scientists.

VIDEO: See the telescopes of the future

Sun, 09/27/2015 - 16:04
As India launches its first space telescope, BBC News looks at some of the innovations getting astronomers excited.

VIDEO: Seeing red as eclipse meets supermoon

Sun, 09/27/2015 - 10:59
The moon is going to turn a rusty shade of red and appear larger than usual in the early hours of the morning of 28 September.

VIDEO: Kit helps children hunt new antibiotics

Sat, 09/26/2015 - 16:14
Designer and entrepreneur Vidhi Mehta has developed a biology kit that helps children become ''citizen scientists'', hunting new antibiotics.

Gaia Vince wins science book prize

Sat, 09/26/2015 - 04:24
The UK's premier science book prize is won by Gaia Vince - the first time in its near 30-year history that it has been awarded outright to a female writer.

Howler monkeys return to Rio forest

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 18:36
Rio park gets noisy new inhabitants

Asia's creatures of the deep

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 16:48
Images of deep sea creatures from waters of Asia

VIDEO: UN approves new poverty targets

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 12:15
Leaders from around 200 nations have gathered in New York to approve a new set of ambitious goals aimed at tackling poverty, hunger, climate change and other global problems.

VIDEO: Pope defends 'right of environment'

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 08:30
Pope Francis calls on countries to respect the "right of the environment", in a speech to the UN General Assembly.

Warming tempts China in from the cold

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 08:27
China has signalled its desire to tackle climate change - but it seems to want to keep a foot in both camps, says Matt McGrath.

China wants 'win-win' ties with US

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 07:38
China's President Xi Jinping calls for "win-win co-operation" with the US on his first state visit to Washington.

Lunar eclipse to meet 'supermoon'

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 07:26
The Moon will turn a rusty hue on Monday and may seem larger in the sky, say astronomers.

VIDEO: Drax abandons carbon reduction plans

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 06:51
Energy company Drax has abandoned plans to introduce new technology to cut carbon dioxide emissions at the biggest coal-fired power station in the UK.

North Sea cod put back on the menu

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 03:52
North Sea cod is taken off the Marine Conservation Society's list of fish to avoid eating, although it should be only an "occasional treat", it says.

Pluto shows off its 'dragon scales'

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 02:50
A great swathe of Pluto that features a strange rippling terrain is perhaps the highlight of the latest image release from the New Horizons mission.

Drax pulls out of carbon capture scheme

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 02:34
Energy company Drax has pulled out of a £1bn carbon capture project because of the government's decision to reduce subsidies for renewable energy.

Naledi fossil prints come to London

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 01:46
Visitors to London's Natural History Museum are being given the opportunity to see 3D prints of the sensational new Homo naledi fossils.