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Aquariums 'deliver health benefits'

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 09:54
People who spend time watching fish swim in aquarium tanks could improve their physical and mental wellbeing, a study shows.

Obama wants world's fastest computer

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 09:37
President Obama has signed an executive order calling for the US to build the world's fastest computer by 2025.

Olive tree blight spreads to Corsica

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 05:00
The virulent Xylella disease ravaging olive trees in Italy spreads to Corsica, prompting emergency measures.

Thunderbirds 'return' for anniversary

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 22:01
Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds are set to return to the site where they were originally created to mark the show's 50th anniversary.

'Extinct' fly found in nature reserve

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 17:59
A fly thought to be extinct in the UK is found in a Devon nature reserve.

Aurora found beyond our Solar System

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 16:48
An aurora has been spotted around a brown dwarf more than 18 light years away, scientists report.

Alarm over Cambodia 'timber grab'

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 14:16
A new report says that highly valuable forests are being lost at an "unprecedented" rate from protected lands in Cambodia.

Bendy tech promise for graphene

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 14:13
Scientists apply the paper art of kirigami to slice graphene, the world's thinnest material.

Tech experts caution on killer AI

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 10:10
More than 1,000 tech experts, scientists and researchers have written a letter warning about the dangers of autonomous weapons.

Hunter bailed over Cecil the lion

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 10:08
A professional hunter accused of helping a US tourist kill Zimbabwe's most famous lion is released on $1,000 bail by a court.

Pufflings hiding in coastal town

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 09:44
People in North Berwick are asked to look out for stray pufflings after two are found hiding in the coastal town.

Rare rhino death leaves just four

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 05:08
One of the last five Northern White Rhino left in the world has died.

Structural secret of T. rex's teeth

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 03:40
New research reveals the key to the serrated tooth structure that made carnivorous theropod dinosaurs such successful predators.

VIDEO: Chimps eating clay 'as supplement'

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 01:26
A community of chimpanzees in Uganda is increasingly eating clay to boost their mineral intake, research suggests.

How ant armies move massive meals

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 22:12
In a new study, physicists reveal how ants co-operate to carry huge chunks of food back to their nests.

VIDEO: Scientists fear robotic weapons

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 15:07
More than 1,000 scientists, including Stephen Hawking, have called for a ban on developing artificial intelligence for military use and to build robotic weapons.

VIDEO: Virgin Galactic crash: Brakes blamed

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 12:12
Investigators have said a Virgin Galactic spaceship crash was caused by structural failure after the co-pilot unlocked a braking system early.

Braking error led to spaceship crash

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 09:31
Investigators say a fatal Virgin Galactic spaceship crash last year was caused by structural failure after the co-pilot unlocked a braking system early.

Ancient tooth found in French cave

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 08:57
A human tooth dating to around 565,000 years ago has been found by a 16-year-old volunteer in France.

First English US founders identified

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 08:33
Scientists identify the remains of four English men who were among the early leaders of Virginia's Jamestown settlement - the first successful British colony.