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Upgrade for European light source

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 03:33
One of Europe's premier scientific research laboratories - the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility - is to go through a 150m-euro (£120m) upgrade.

Do people choose pain over boredom?

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 01:01
Some people are unhappy in their own company and prefer painful experiences to their own thoughts, claims a contentious new study.

VIDEO: How chimps use gestures to communicate

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:56
Researchers from the University of St Andrews say they have translated the meanings of gestures that wild chimpanzees use to communicate. The findings are published in the journal Current Biology.

Wild chimp language translated

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:40
Researchers say they have worked out the meaning of the gestures that wild chimpanzees use to communicate.

Headbanging brain injury warning

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:28
German doctors are highlighting the dangers of headbanging after a 50-year-old man developed bleeding in the brain following a Motorhead concert.

VIDEO: Chimpanzee gestures translated

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:26
Researchers work out the meaning of the gestures that wild chimpanzees use to communicate.

Bee watchers help to map species

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:40
Budding bumblebee enthusiasts are being encouraged to take part in a research project designed to help save crucial species.

Wastewater 'triggers US quake surge'

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:35
Disposing of fossil fuel wastewater is likely to have triggered a sharp rise in earthquakes in the US state of Oklahoma, say scientists.

The growing resistance to antibiotics

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 07:43
Prof Dame Sally Davies answers your questions

Rosetta edges towards Comet 67P

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:12
Europe's Rosetta spacecraft is edging ever closer to its quarry - the 4km-wide Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Rival 'inflation' teams to share data

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 02:23
Scientists on rival projects looking for evidence that the early Universe underwent a super-expansion are in discussion about working together and publishing a joint paper.

Study maps fracking methane risk

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 02:10
A major study into the potential of fracking to contaminate drinking water with methane is published, highlighting where shale deposits and aquifers coincide.

VIDEO: Secrets of plant roots revealed

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 02:10
Plants have been grown inside a microscope to allow scientists to watch their roots developing in 3D.

Public asked to spot woodland moths

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 02:09
Members of the public are being asked to send in their sightings of the UK's bizarre and beautiful woodland moths for Moth Night 2014.

Giraffe legs' strong, skinny secret

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 18:28
Scientists have worked out the unique anatomy that allows giraffes' long, spindly legs to support their weight.

Early bird 'had feather trousers'

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 18:24
Fossil reveals early bird's feathered "trousers"

Tackle food waste and feed the world

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 16:02
Tackle food waste and help feed the world

Oklahoma drought kindles spectre of 1930s 'Dust Bowl'

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:49
Oklahoma drought kindles spectre of 1930s crisis

VIDEO: US drought 'worst for decades'

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:11
Parts of the United States are experiencing the worst drought for decades with farmers warning that harvests are being badly hit.

Altitude gene 'from extinct species'

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:03
A gene that allows present-day people cope with life at high altitude was inherited from an extinct species of human, Nature journal has reported.