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Dark matter becomes less 'ghostly'

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 23:59
Scientists have uncovered a vital new insight into the nature of dark matter.

Coloured Pluto comes into view

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 20:47
The New Horizons probe, which is bearing down on Pluto, has captured its first colour image of the distant dwarf planet.

Whale's record migration across Pacific

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 20:30
A gray whale makes a 22,500 km (14,000 mile) journey across the Pacific Ocean - the longest migration of any mammal, say scientists.

SpaceX nearly recovers rocket

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 18:57
US firm SpaceX narrowly fails to recover its rocket booster in an otherwise successful mission to the space station.

VIDEO: Shipment of groceries en route to ISS

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 18:54
The SpaceX supply ship is on its way to the ISS with a supply of groceries and a specially designed espresso machine.

Zombie worms ate plesiosaur bones

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 16:46
A deep-sea worm that eats whale bones has existed for 100 million years and may have chewed up chunks of the fossil record, a study suggests.

Comet lander tells magnetic story

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 12:42
The comet being trailed through space by Europe's Rosetta probe has no magnetic field of its own - an important observation in the understanding of how the icy dirt-ball formed billions of years ago.

Dutch court bid on climate change

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 04:32
Campaigners in the Netherlands are taking the government to court for allegedly failing to protect its citizens from climate change.

VIDEO: Call to rethink hare culling

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 03:19
Environmental groups are calling for a three-year ban on the culling of mountain hares on grouse moors across Scotland.

'Robot chef' aimed at home kitchen

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 00:14
From chopping the ingredients to doing the washing up - an all-action "robo-chef" for the home is being developed by a London-based company.

Rare whale found on Australia beach

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 21:01
The carcass of a rare whale is washed up on a Western Australia beach following Tropical Cyclone Olwyn, which hit the region last month.

ULA unveils Vulcan rocket concept

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 16:43
ULA, the company that conducts most of America's rocket launches, releases details of its next generation vehicle, which it is calling the Vulcan.

VIDEO: Robot films scene in Fukushima reactor

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 15:39
A small robot which filmed the first images inside the reactor of Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, stopped working just three hours into its mission.

Dark matter map yields first results

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 12:13
A huge effort to make a map of dark matter, the invisible stuff holding galaxies in place across the cosmos, releases its first batch of results.

Evidence of liquid water on Mars

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:32
Nasa's Curiosity rover has found that water can exist as a liquid near the Martian surface.

VIDEO: Japan's green pledge falls short

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 08:59
Japan is offering to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2030 - falling short of its earlier Kyoto Agreement pledge.

Warmer seas 'may change fish menus'

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 08:02
Warming seas will push traditional fish and chips off the British menu, a study suggests.

Dwarf Ceres captured in colour

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 07:11
The US space agency's Dawn mission to Ceres has released its first colour map of the dwarf planet.

UK university leaders lobby Brussels

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 02:59
More than 50 UK university leaders will travel to Brussels on Monday to lobby European policymakers against possible cuts to research funding.

Hunters win Malta bird referendum

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 07:40
Malta in a referendum narrowly rejects proposals to ban controversial spring hunting, during which migrating birds are shot before they can breed.