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Asteroid probe begins seven-year quest

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 16:07
Nasa launches its Osiris-Rex probe, which will try to grab a sample of rock from an asteroid and return it to Earth.

Giraffe DNA study identifies four distinct species

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 11:24
A study into the DNA of giraffes reveals they are not one species, but four.

This invention by a British student could save millions of lives across the world

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 10:52
A British student has invented a mobile fridge to transport vaccines on long journeys at the right temperature.

Global effort launched to preserve precious sites

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 10:23
UK researchers launch a global effort to source photos of threatened or destroyed cultural landmarks and compile them into 3D reconstructions, housed within an online map.

Giraffe genetic secret: Four species of tallest mammal identified

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 09:24
It is a famous, gentle giant of the African savannah, but the giraffe's genetics have only just revealed that there is not one species, but four.

Hundreds of key sites in England at risk of floods

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 07:39
As many as 530 key infrastructure sites across England are vulnerable to flooding, according to a government review.

Astronomers search for the vanishing star

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 02:55
Astronomers at St Andrews university have observed tantalising glimpses of how our own planet may have been born

DNA confirms cause of 1665 London's Great Plague

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 23:01
DNA testing has for the first time confirmed the identity of the bacteria behind the Great Plague of London.

Yosemite National Park unveils 400-acre expansion

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 17:03
Yosemite National Park in California is to gain a 400-acre addition, its largest expansion in nearly 70 years.

India and Nepal concern over Tibet flood advice gap

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 16:36
India and Nepal are concerned about flash floods due to a lack of information from China about the state of glacial lakes and rivers in Tibet.

Smartphone study on weather and pain reveals early data

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 11:24
An 18-month study looking at how the weather affects chronic pain reveals some surprising preliminary results.

Solar tuk-tuk journey halted by robbery in France

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 05:15
A seven-month solo journey from India to the UK in a solar and electric-powered tuk-tuk has been paused after the driver's passport was stolen near Paris.

Older drivers no more dangerous, accident data study says

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 23:53
Elderly drivers are less likely to have an accident than young motorists, a study suggests - challenging the idea they are more dangerous on the roads.

Oesophageal cancer tests raise hopes for earlier detection

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 16:35
UK researchers are developing ways to spot the early signs of oesophageal cancer, which is often not detected until its advanced stages.

Arctic Ocean shipping routes 'to open for months'

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 12:13
Shipping routes across the Arctic are going to open up significantly this century even with a best-case reduction in CO2 emissions, a new study suggests.

Swedish Nobel judges fired in Karolinska medical scandal

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 08:05
Two judges are asked to leave a Swedish panel that picks the Nobel prize for medicine in a scandal over a disgraced Italian transplant surgeon.

Could air pollution cause brain damage?

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 15:26
New research suggests air pollution could be contributing to diseases such as Alzheimer's.

Planet smash-up 'brought carbon to Earth'

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 10:37
Much of Earth's life-giving carbon could have been delivered in an asteroid collision about 4.4 billion years ago, a theory suggests.

Airlifting ice from the alps

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 09:01
Ice taken from a retreating Alpine glacier is moved into a freezer at the start of a mission to store it permanently in Antarctica.

Endangered glaciers: Alpine ice begins Antarctic voyage

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 09:00
Ice taken from a retreating Alpine glacier is moved into a freezer at the start of a mission to store it permanently in Antarctica.