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VIDEO: What is the digital 'Dark Age'?

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 06:19
Millions of us routinely upload photos and other personal information onto the internet, believing it will stay safe and be easily accessible.

VIDEO: Ultrasound glimpse of pygmy hippo baby

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 05:49
Ultrasound images of a baby pygmy hippopotamus kicking inside its mother's womb have been released by Melbourne Zoo.

Net pioneer warns of data Dark Age

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 03:25
Vint Cerf, a "father of the internet", says a way must be found to stop all our images and documents being lost through technological obsolescence.

Gannet colony 'is world's largest'

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 02:11
The Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth now has the world's largest colony of gannets following a count by experts.

'I'm close to a one-way ticket to Mars'

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 21:27
Why this 24-year-old wants a one-way trip

Conservation concern for UK insects

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 18:31
More than 30 British insect species have been classified as in danger of extinction, due to pollution and habitat loss.

US 'at risk of mega-drought future'

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 16:18
The American south-west and central plains may be on course for droughts the like of which they have not seen in over a 1,000 years, scientists say.

Plastic heading for oceans quantified

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:38
About eight million tonnes of plastic waste find their way into the world's oceans each year, a new scientific assessment suggests.

Scientists urged to seek alien contact

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:38
Scientists at a US conference in say the time has come to try actively to make contact with intelligent life on other worlds.

Dogs 'can spot happy human faces'

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:01
Dogs can tell the difference between happy and angry human facial expressions, a study suggests.

Ocean carbon leak 'ended Ice Age'

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 04:35
Carbon dioxide escaping from the depths of the ocean heralded the end of the last Ice Age, a study suggests.

Early results from farm bird count

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 03:32
Early results from a major count of farmland birds reveal sightings of several rare species.

Art and science collide to reopen Whitworth gallery

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 21:49
Making new art from old in a Nobel Prize winner's lab

Sao Paulo water crisis adds to Brazil business woes

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 18:15
Sao Paulo's water crisis hobbles Brazilian business

VIDEO: Do dogs know a happy face?

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 16:16
Dogs can tell the difference between happy and angry human facial expressions, a touch-screen study reveals.

VIDEO: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 15:45
An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a space weather satellite successfully launches from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on its third attempt.

'Space weather' mission launches

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 15:43
The Deep Space Climate Observatory launches from Florida on a mission to monitor both the Sun and the Earth.

Darwin finches' messy family tree

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 12:19
DNA analysis reveals frequent interbreeding between Darwin's famous Galapagos finches, and uncovers a gene linked to their different beak shapes.

Europe's mini-space shuttle returns

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 07:25
A prototype for a versatile mini-spaceplane has successfully completed its first test flight, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.

VIDEO: How do you save an endangered pear?

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 06:51
Students at a college in Bedfordshire are trying to save an type of cooking pear, which is through have been first cultivated in the 13th century.