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Snails decide using 'two brain cells'

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 02:31
Snails use two brain cells to make "complex decisions", a team of scientists finds.

Flat lens promises possible revolution in optics

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 02:08
A flat lens made of paint whitener on a sliver of glass could revolutionise optics, its US inventors say.

Astronomers probe below Jupiter's clouds

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 19:17
US astronomers have managed to peer deep into the atmosphere of Jupiter using a radio telescope here on Earth.

Plastic in sea is 'fast food for fish'

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 15:49
Young fish become hooked on eating plastic in the seas in the same way that teenagers prefer unhealthy fast food, researchers say.

Nepal drains dangerous Everest lake

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 08:06
Nepal's army begins work to drain rising waters in a lake near Everest, one the highest projects of its kind.

Monk held over tiger skin 'smuggling'

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 05:29
A monk is detained for attempting to smuggle tiger skins and fangs from a Buddhist temple accused of animal trafficking, Thai authorities say.

First two Slovenian 'dragon eggs' hatch

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 04:25
Following a four-month wait, the clutch of eggs belonging to a curious Slovenian cave salamander has started to hatch.

King Tut's knife 'made from meteorite'

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 02:00
A dagger entombed alongside the mummy of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun was made with iron that came from a meteorite, researchers say.

MPs sound alarm on neglected soils

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 18:32
MPs warn that continued soil degradation risks putting some of the UK’s most productive agricultural land beyond profitable use within a generation.

VIDEO: Meet science's most famous insect

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 11:25
The scientific mystery behind one of British science's most famous insects has finally been solved.

Pluto's 'beating heart' explained

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 10:35
The spectacular, flat landscape that dominates the left side of Pluto's icy "heart" can now be explained, say scientists.

Textbook moth's dark secret revealed

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 10:05
Scientists unravel details of the famous mutation that turned moths black during the industrial revolution.

MSPs back fracking ban as SNP abstain

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 09:16
MSPs vote in favour of a Labour amendment calling for an outright ban on fracking in Scotland as SNP members abstain.

Gotthard tunnel: World's longest and deepest rail tunnel opens in Switzerland

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 07:37
The world's longest and deepest rail tunnel is officially opened in Switzerland, after almost two decades of construction work.

Forty dead tiger cubs at Thai temple

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 05:23
Forty dead tiger cubs are found in a freezer at a famous Thai Buddhist temple that is being closed amid accusations of trafficking and abuse.

UK's 'oldest' hand-written document found

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 04:01
Roman tablets discovered during excavations in London include the oldest hand-written document ever found in Britain, archaeologists say.

University responds to missed aurora

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 02:35
Aurora Borealis watchers switch from using detection equipment in England to kit in Scotland after missing spectacular displays in March.

VIDEO: Peake: Spacewalk my finest moment

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 23:20
While Tim Peake has been in space he has handed out Brit Awards, run the London Marathon, and even done a spacewalk.

Green energy surges to record levels

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 17:52
The world added far more renewable energy sources than fossil fuels in 2015, with developing countries overtaking richer nations on green spending.

Engineering triumph

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 16:19
As Switzerland opens the world's longest and deepest rail tunnel, the BBC's Imogen Foulkes assesses the huge challenge that engineers faced.