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'Light pipes' key to colour vision

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 17:55
Physicists pin down precisely how pipe-shaped cells in our retina filter the incoming colours.

Dawn probe achieves Ceres orbit

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 09:11
Nasa confirms that its Dawn probe has gone into orbit around Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

Outcry as IS 'wrecks' Assyrian site

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 07:17
Archaeologists and officials express outrage about the reported bulldozing of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in Iraq by Islamic State (IS) militants.

VIDEO: The Ceres space probe - in 60 secs

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 06:56
The US space agency's Dawn probe is set to go into orbit around Ceres. What will it find there?

Bloodhound Diary: 'Blink and you'll miss it'

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 02:51
How fast? Just blink and you'll miss it

VIDEO: Hot water from a 'satellite dish'?

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 01:49
Why the Sun Tracer could be the greenest way to heat water in your home.

MH370: Behind the tenacious deep-sea hunt for missing plane

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 22:01
The team scouring the ocean floor to find MH370

Pop-up playgrounds fold themselves

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 21:04
US researchers build tiny electronic scaffolds using a new technique aimed at merging biology with electronics.

Science 'squeezed out of primaries'

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 17:34
Science is being squeezed out of English primary schools, with a third not providing the recommended two hours of teaching a week, research suggests.

Autism appears 'largely genetic'

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:49
Genetic influences on autism are estimated to be between 74-98%, a Medical Research Council study of 258 twins suggests.

DNA reveals bird shift surprise

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 05:42
DNA samples reveal two species of forest-dwelling birds on remote tropical islands are actually members of the ground-dwelling pipit and wagtail family.

VIDEO: New threats to wild bees identified

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 05:07
Bumblebees in the wild are infected with many diseases found in honeybees kept by bee keepers, according to a national survey.

Global flood toll to triple by 2030

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 22:14
People affected by river flooding worldwide could triple by 2030, with climate change and population growth the main factors, says a new report.

African synchrotron bid gathers pace

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 20:44
The effort to build a synchrotron - a large accelerator that generates X-rays for research - in Africa is gaining momentum, a US conference hears.

LHC restart: 'We want to break physics'

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 17:15
The world's biggest machine powers up again

VIDEO: Talking Movies: How Greenpeace began

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 17:01
Talking Movies' Tom Brook meets the director of the documentary How to Change the World - a film which focuses on the early days of Greenpeace.

VIDEO: The greatest threat to China's elephants

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 16:44
The greatest threat to China's wild elephants is no longer poaching but habitat destruction.

'First human' discovered in Ethiopia

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:01
Scientists working in Ethiopia have uncovered a jawbone fossil which may push the origin of humans back 400,000 years.

VIDEO: Prince's call to end ivory trade

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:47
Prince William condemns illegal wildlife trading in a speech on the final day of his tour of China.

Magic 'metamaterials' storm physics

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 06:22
The hot topic at a major US conference is materials that can be designed with surprising properties, from programmable rubber to springy ceramics.