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Engineers produce child-safe batteries that could prevent thousands of injuries, because a special insulating layer makes them safe to swallow.
Laser experts head an Australian space industry boom
People could be offered the chance to buy shares in local wind farms, solar farms and hydro power stations under new industry guidelines.
Ideal growing conditions means British fruit farmers are still harvesting strawberries into November.
The Woodland Trust asks for votes to choose England's first Tree of the Year to compete in a Europe-wide contest.
Safety board gives early details of fatal Virgin crash
A safety device on the Virgin Galactic spacecraft that crashed on Friday deployed early during the fatal test flight, US investigators say.
Virgin Galactic insists safety has always been central to its operations, following the crash of its experimental spacecraft in the US on Friday.
The unrestricted use of fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100, if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, a UN-backed expert panel says.
The unrestricted use of fossil fuels must end soon if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, according to scientists on a UN-backed panel.
The investigation into the Virgin Galactic spacecraft crash in California could take about 12 months, the US transport safety chief says.
US investigators begin an inquiry into why a Virgin Galactic space rocket crashed on a test flight, killing a pilot.
Researchers in the US investigate whether the hum and rumble of urban life is what makes rhinos reluctant to breed in captivity.
Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson vows to continue his space tourism venture despite the SpaceShipTwo craft crashing in the US, killing a pilot.
Results from a citizen science online experiment suggests that the Spice Girls' Wannabe is the UK's catchiest hit single.
A pilot is killed and another is injured as Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism craft crashes in California.
Climate talks stalked by spectre of the past
Animal charity Peta takes out an advert in a US magazine complaining about One Direction's use of chimpanzees in the Steal My Girl video.
A breeder in China's Chendgu province was trying to give these two baby pandas medicine instead of their usual bamboo leaves- and they were having none of it.
A team has developed micro-sized rockets, powered by seawater, that can neutralise chemical and biological weapons.