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The European Space Agency produces a list of four possible locations on Mars where it could send a rover in 2018.
12 more bodies have been recovered by rescue workers from from Mount Ontake, bringing to 48 the number of those killed by Saturday's volcanic eruption.
Researchers capture the social spread of a new type of tool use in a wild population of chimps for the first time.
The space agencies of India and the US sign an agreement on future co-operation at Mars and at Earth.
Panama inaugurates a museum designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry to celebrate one of the world's richest eco-systems.
Nasa is facing a delay to work on two new commercial spacecraft after a formal protest about the contract award process.
Researchers have captured the social spread of a new type of tool use in a wild population of chimps for the first time.
The global loss of species is even worse than previously thought, with wildlife populations halving in just 40 years, a report says.
New technology allows security services to analyse the contents of the sewers to discover where people are making home-made bombs.
Sewer sensors to sniff out bombs
New EU team to review Europe's green policies
The European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern) is celebrating its 60th birthday. Here is a quick look at its life so far - in 60 seconds.
Work is beginning to raise part of one of the main roads in the Somerset levels to protect it from future flooding.
Rescue teams in Japan have resumed their search for survivors of a volcanic eruption on Saturday.
A charity has developed a range of meat products made from the iconic Dartmoor Pony, in what it says is a bid to save the species.
Are male and female brains that different?
How new medical tools change our relationship with doctors
Mount Ontake in Japan erupted on Saturday, sending a large plume of ash into the sky.
Exercising in coat tails and corsets
A Canadian man is charged with wildlife smuggling after guards at the US border found 51 turtles in his trousers, authorities have said