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Unusual number of UK flowers bloom

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 09:57
Botanists have been stunned by the results of their annual hunt for plants in flower on New Year’s Day.

Disease 'major threat' to EU olives

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:23
A virulent pathogen that starves and can kill olive trees poses a serious threat to EU olive production, experts warn.

'Bent time' tips pulsar out of view

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:12
One of deep space's spinning "lighthouses" fades from view as it warps space-time, tilting its radio beams away from Earth.

'Planet' Pluto comes into view

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:15
The little world is finally about to come into view

Saturn pinpointed to within one mile

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 02:44
Astronomers measure Saturn’s position with unprecedented accuracy thanks to a continent-wide radio telescope.

VIDEO: Deadly snakes aid medical research

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 17:55
How milking snake venom could save thousands of lives

Computer program 'perfect at poker'

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 13:39
Scientists in Canada create a computer program that they say is the perfect poker player - never making a mistake.

The future of drones is up in the air

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 02:26
What is the future for drones?

Explosive stellar tussle revealed

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 19:44
Astrophysicists studying the unstable "stellar monster" Eta Carinae unveil fresh insights and a 3D model of the destructive maelstrom at its heart.

The robots moving in to your home

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 17:09
The hardware helpers invading your home

The world's biggest ship - for 53 days

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 16:56
The world's biggest ship - for 53 days

Ebola: A day with the burial team

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 15:27
The teams burying the Ebola victims in Sierra Leone

Animal victims of Australian fires

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 13:47
The animals killed and maimed in Australia's bushfires

'Game-changing' antibiotic find

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:01
The decades-long drought in the search for new antibiotics to tackle drug-resistant infections could be over, after a breakthrough by US scientists.

Fossil fuels: The 'untouchable reserves'

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:00
Can we really give up fossil fuels?

Most fossil fuels are 'unburnable'

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:00
Most of the world's fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground if dangerous global warming is to be avoided, modelling work suggests.

Bloodhound Diary: Art meets science

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 04:53
What you need to drive at 1,000mph

Shell agrees Nigeria oil spill deal

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 03:16
Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell agrees to a $84m (£55m) settlement with residents of the Bodo community in the Niger Delta for two major oil spills.

VIDEO: Should planes be tracked in real time?

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 23:55
Should planes be tracked in real time?

In pictures: In Shackleton's footsteps

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 16:50
The Antarctic people treading in Shackleton's footsteps