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The US space agency's new Orion crew capsule has completed its maiden, unmanned voyage with a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico.
James Watson has sold the Nobel Prize medal he won for the discovery of the structure of DNA.
The US space agency's new Orion crew capsule launches from Florida on an unmanned technology demonstration mission.
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' high-voltage strikes can actively control the muscles of the fish they hunt, research reveals.
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.
The first test flight of the US space agency's Orion "Mars ship" is postponed by 24 hours because of weather and technical issues.
A global initiative bringing together researchers across scientific disciplines launches it 10-year strategy to identify key sustainability priorities.
Projects to help world's poor tackle climate change are at risk
Bats have a "neural compass" that allows them to keep track of exactly where and which way up they are, scientists say.
Orion, the US space capsule that could one day help get humans to Mars, is about to make its maiden flight from Cape Canaveral.
Zig-zag patterns on a fossilised shell in Indonesia may be the earliest known engravings by a human ancestor, scientists say.
A study of fruit bats as they fly and land upside-down reveals a 3-D compass in their brains, researchers say.
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.
This year is in the running to be the hottest globally and for the UK since records began, early estimates show.
Scientists have completed a comprehensive study of genetic diversity in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Neglecting the health of Africa's soil will lock the continent into a cycle of food insecurity for generations to come, a report warns.
Scientists at London's Natural History Museum have begun the most detailed analysis ever carried out on a Stegosaurus skeleton.
Scientists have begun the most detailed analysis ever carried out on a stegosaurus skeleton.
Bristol, London, Coventry and Milton Keynes are selected as the hosts of driverless car tests set to begin in 2015.