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Like a cycling peloton, birds solve their flocking dilemma by taking it in turns, research reveals.
MPs will hold a crucial vote on Tuesday to decide whether to allow the creation of babies using DNA from three people.
A pioneer of medical technologies that have benefited millions of people is the latest winner of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.
US President Obama seeks to raise funding for Nasa in the Fiscal Year 2016 to $18.5bn (£12.3bn).
Like cyclists in a peloton, birds solve their flocking dilemma by taking it in turns, research reveals.
Police forces have uploaded up to 18 million "mugshots" to a facial recognition database, many of them of innocent people, Newsnight learns.
The science and ethics behind the controversial technique
The technology behind GM crops is safe, according to scientific consensus, says the outgoing science adviser to the European Commission.
Why isn't more data on Ebola being made public?
The UK satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat launches the second of its I5 series of spacecraft - part of its next-generation Global Xpress constellation.
Scientists in France have a found a way to look inside fragile charred scrolls from the ancient Roman library in Herculaneum.
Nasa has launched an Earth-observing satellite, which will measure the amount of moisture in soil.
People in Norwich have been turning their heads skywards at thousands of starlings performing a "mesmerising murmuration" en route to a new city roost.
Scientists who claimed to have found direct evidence for a cosmic super-expansion at the Big Bang made no such discovery, a soon-to-be published study will say.
The European Space Agency says it will conduct no more dedicated searches for its lost comet lander, and will now wait for the probe itself to call home.
Norovirus, the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the world, can be killed with "cold plasma", scientists report.
What do falling oil prices mean for green energy?
Scientists studying one of the most mysterious whale species find they form long-term alliances, sometimes lasting many years.
The Baird's beaked whale - one of the most mysterious marine mammals - forms long-term alliances that last many years, footage reveals.
Scientists in Italy find that baby chickens associate low and high numbers with left and right, respectively - suggesting they may count using a "mental number line" like humans do.