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Physicists pin down precisely how pipe-shaped cells in our retina filter the incoming colours.
Nasa confirms that its Dawn probe has gone into orbit around Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
Archaeologists and officials express outrage about the reported bulldozing of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in Iraq by Islamic State (IS) militants.
The US space agency's Dawn probe is set to go into orbit around Ceres. What will it find there?
How fast? Just blink and you'll miss it
Why the Sun Tracer could be the greenest way to heat water in your home.
The team scouring the ocean floor to find MH370
US researchers build tiny electronic scaffolds using a new technique aimed at merging biology with electronics.
Science is being squeezed out of English primary schools, with a third not providing the recommended two hours of teaching a week, research suggests.
Genetic influences on autism are estimated to be between 74-98%, a Medical Research Council study of 258 twins suggests.
DNA samples reveal two species of forest-dwelling birds on remote tropical islands are actually members of the ground-dwelling pipit and wagtail family.
Bumblebees in the wild are infected with many diseases found in honeybees kept by bee keepers, according to a national survey.
People affected by river flooding worldwide could triple by 2030, with climate change and population growth the main factors, says a new report.
The effort to build a synchrotron - a large accelerator that generates X-rays for research - in Africa is gaining momentum, a US conference hears.
The world's biggest machine powers up again
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.
The greatest threat to China's wild elephants is no longer poaching but habitat destruction.
Scientists working in Ethiopia have uncovered a jawbone fossil which may push the origin of humans back 400,000 years.
Prince William condemns illegal wildlife trading in a speech on the final day of his tour of China.
The hot topic at a major US conference is materials that can be designed with surprising properties, from programmable rubber to springy ceramics.