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Step forward for quantum computing

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 00:50
Scientists have made progress towards correcting the errors that are expected to arise in quantum computing.

Tesla unveils battery to power homes

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 23:38
US electric carmaker Tesla Motors unveils batteries that can power homes and businesses in a bid to expand beyond its vehicle business.

Animals need 'airspace reserves'

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 19:14
Areas of airspace where human use is restricted could help to protect billions of animals, scientists say.

Heatwaves 'more likely' in England

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 19:11
England is set for more record-breaking warm years like 2014, say scientists.

The migration of the eagle hunters

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 16:05
The migration of the eagle hunters

Mercury mission ends with a bang

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 13:22
After a decade in space and four years in orbit, Nasa's Messenger spacecraft reaches the end of its mission and crashes into the surface of Mercury.

Climate change risk 'to many species'

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 12:18
One in six species on the planet could face extinction due to the effects of climate change if nothing is done to reduce emissions, according to analysis.

VIDEO: Lava overflow from Hawaii volcano

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 08:39
There have been stunning scenes at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano which has been overflowing lava.

US says 'No' to modifying embryo DNA

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 08:19
Modifying the DNA of embryos is a "line that should not be crossed" and poses serious safety and ethical issues, a leading figure in US research says.

Seeking comet splatter on Mercury

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 03:30
UK scientists hunt for comet remains on Mercury

Bezos conducts New Shepard flight

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 02:46
Blue Origin, the US space company set up by Amazon entrepreneur Jeff Bezos, says it has conducted the first test flight of a new sub-orbital vehicle, reaching an altitude of 93km.

VIDEO: Cat chat: Can felines talk to humans?

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 02:33
An American vet has claimed to have decoded the language that cats use, believing that cats use more than a dozen sounds, each having its own meaning.

Messenger heads for crash on Mercury

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 17:52
After a decade in space and four years in orbit, Nasa's Messenger spacecraft will end its mission on Thursday by crashing into the surface of Mercury.

VIDEO: Solving the big cat conflict

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 16:28
How thorn bushes and donkeys could save Africa’s predators

Pluto may have ice cap at pole

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 16:20
Pluto may have a polar cap of nitrogen ices. This is the tantalising prospect revealed in the latest images to come down from the New Horizons spacecraft.

California ramps up emissions fight

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 14:25
The US state of California has stepped up its attempts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by setting tough new targets for 2030.

Beavers 'adapting well to Scotland'

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:22
Wild beavers living in the Tay and Earn have adapted well to living in Scotland, studies by Scottish Natural Heritage suggest.

Court orders UK to cut pollution

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:51
The Supreme Court has ruled that the UK government must draw up plans to reduce air pollution by the end of this year.

UK to be giant telescope's HQ

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 09:51
The permanent headquarters of the Square Kilometre Array - the world's biggest radio telescope - will be based in Britain.

Russian spacecraft 'out of control'

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 09:33
A Russian spacecraft delivering supplies to the International Space Station is out of control and will fall back to Earth, unnamed officials say.