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VIDEO: Orion space capsule splashes down

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 11:20
The US space agency's new Orion crew capsule has completed its maiden, unmanned voyage with a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico.

Watson's DNA Nobel sells for $4.8m

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:14
James Watson has sold the Nobel Prize medal he won for the discovery of the structure of DNA.

Orion deep space capsule launches

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 04:06
The US space agency's new Orion crew capsule launches from Florida on an unmanned technology demonstration mission.

VIDEO: Caring for sick and orphaned seals

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 16:10
The RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre in Norfolk is caring for a record number of ill and orphaned seals. Manager Alison Charles introduced BBC News to some of the pups.

Electric eels 'remotely control prey'

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 14:00
Electric eels' high-voltage strikes can actively control the muscles of the fish they hunt, research reveals.

Chimpanzee 'has no human rights'

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 13:50
A chimpanzee is not entitled to the same rights as people and does not have to be freed from captivity by its owner, a US court has ruled.

Orion 'Mars ship' launch postponed

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 13:44
The first test flight of the US space agency's Orion "Mars ship" is postponed by 24 hours because of weather and technical issues.

Scientists' greener future vision

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:50
A global initiative bringing together researchers across scientific disciplines launches it 10-year strategy to identify key sustainability priorities.

Climate plans for poorest 'on ice'

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 04:21
Projects to help world's poor tackle climate change are at risk

Animals' 3D brain compass found

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 04:16
Bats have a "neural compass" that allows them to keep track of exactly where and which way up they are, scientists say.

Orion 'Mars ship' set for test flight

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 04:05
Orion, the US space capsule that could one day help get humans to Mars, is about to make its maiden flight from Cape Canaveral.

Shell has 'earliest human engraving'

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 03:37
Zig-zag patterns on a fossilised shell in Indonesia may be the earliest known engravings by a human ancestor, scientists say.

VIDEO: Bats reveal their inner compass

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 03:10
A study of fruit bats as they fly and land upside-down reveals a 3-D compass in their brains, researchers say.

VIDEO: Thriving community to graveyard

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 01:59
As a key UN climate change conference continues, BBC News visits a Nepali village destroyed by a landslide and finds a lack of funds is delaying protection projects.

World on course for warmest year

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 00:08
This year is in the running to be the hottest globally and for the UK since records began, early estimates show.

Genetic diversity of Africa revealed

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 21:09
Scientists have completed a comprehensive study of genetic diversity in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Africa 'soil crisis threat' to future

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 17:25
Neglecting the health of Africa's soil will lock the continent into a cycle of food insecurity for generations to come, a report warns.

Project to solve Stegosaurus mystery

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 14:31
Scientists at London's Natural History Museum have begun the most detailed analysis ever carried out on a Stegosaurus skeleton.

VIDEO: How to build a stegosaurus skeleton

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 14:00
Scientists have begun the most detailed analysis ever carried out on a stegosaurus skeleton.

Driverless car UK test cities named

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:04
Bristol, London, Coventry and Milton Keynes are selected as the hosts of driverless car tests set to begin in 2015.