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VIDEO: Intern invents 'smart' wheelchair

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 16:00
Why connecting wheelchairs to the net could save lives

AUDIO: Why do butterflies shimmer?

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 01:52
New research published by the Natural History Museum has shown that it is possible to culture cells from butterfly wings to produce iridescent colours in the laboratory.

Files to 'print your own' comet

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 13:55
The European Space Agency releases a shape model of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which, among other things, allows enthusiasts to print their own 3D version of the "ice mountain".

VIDEO: The car that's powered by air

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 07:54
At the Paris Motor Show, Theo Leggett looks at the Peugeot 208 Hybrid Air - a concept car that brings a new meaning to the term "gas guzzler".

VIDEO: Hairy pigs restore Dorset heath land

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 01:39
Conservationists have revealed the latest weapon in their fight to preserve and restore threatened heath land in Dorset.

Aids origin 'was 1920s Kinshasa'

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 16:37
The origin of the Aids pandemic has been traced back to 1920s Kinshasa, in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, scientists say.

Marooned baboon: Africa's loneliest monkey

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 16:07
Meet Robinson - the loneliest monkey in Africa

Toyota plans for a fuel cell future

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 16:03
Japan's Toyota says it will prove its critics wrong again

Texas checks 100 for Ebola exposure

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 13:02
As many as 100 people in Texas are being checked for exposure to Ebola after a man was diagnosed in Dallas with the disease, health officials say.

'Thousands' of new ocean mountains

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:12
New satellite data reveals thousands of previously unrecognised mountains on the bottom of the world's oceans.

VIDEO: Largest robot fleet maps UK waters

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:07
British scientists are hoping robots will be able to give the most detailed picture yet of life deep below the waterline. The BBC's Science Editor David Shukman reports

Big robot fleet takes to UK waters

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 10:01
A fleet of marine robots is being launched in the largest deployment of its kind in British waters.

What’s it like being a cat?

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:32
How do domestic cats really see the world?

Ship identified in Franklin search

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 08:11
A shipwreck recently found in north Canada is identified as HMS Erebus - lost in Sir John Franklin's famous Victorian-era Northwest Passage voyage.

Sharks can be 'social or solitary'

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 20:17
A UK study finds that the most feared predators in the sea have individual personalities, which determine how readily they socialise.

Farmers to protest milk price cuts

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:45
Following the announcement of fresh price cuts, dairy farmers say they will take direct action within the next four days.

Moon's hidden valley system revealed

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:44
Scientists identify a huge rectangular feature on the Moon that is probably the buried remains of an ancient rift valley system.

VIDEO: Zookeeper rears leopard in bathroom

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:20
A rare clouded leopard has been hand-reared in the bathroom of a zookeeper after she was rejected by her mother.

Record haul-out for Pacific walrus

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:04
Tens of thousands of Pacific walrus have been photographed moving ashore in northwest Alaska.

Sites vie for European Mars landing

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 09:42
The European Space Agency produces a list of four possible locations on Mars where it could send a rover in 2018.