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Marine population 'halved since 1970'

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 20:45
Populations of marine mammals, birds, fish and reptiles have nearly halved since 1970 due to human activity and climate change, a report says.

How video games can change your brain

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 16:22
Can video games make a positive difference?

VIDEO: OAP video gamers outscore youngsters

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 12:44
Researchers develop a game for pensioners that is designed to help them sharpen their mental faculties.

Amazon founder signals space intent

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 12:44
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announces plans to build and launch rockets from Florida’s “space coast”.

Video shows real-time comet landing

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 06:12
A new reconstruction captures the moment Europe's Philae probe first approached Comet 67P in November last year.

VIDEO: 'Ride along' with Philae's landing

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 06:12
A smoothed reconstruction captures the moment the Philae probe first approached Comet 67P in November last year.

Pylons 'to go' from four beauty spots

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 02:01
Electricity pylons are to be removed in four areas of England and Wales to reduce their visual impact on the landscape.

Kidman praised for West End return

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 01:14
Critics hail Nicole Kidman as "luminous" and "compelling" in Photograph 51, her first London stage appearance since 1998.

Virgin boosts rocket capability

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 01:04
British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson's space company says it is boosting the capability of its forthcoming satellite launcher.

Call for a ban on robots for sex

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 16:10
A robot ethicist launches a campaign against sex robots, saying such products demean women and reinforce stereotypes.

How safe can artificial intelligence be?

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 16:10
How safe is artificial intelligence?

US Navy limits 'whale-harming' sonar

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 15:45
The US Navy agrees to limit its use of sonar that inadvertently harms whales and dolphins in waters near Hawaii and California.

Bats perform 'vital pest control'

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 15:30
Bats provide a service worth an estimated US$1bn globally by controlling pests on corn crops, a study suggests.

VIDEO: Are robots a real threat to jobs?

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 14:45
Research by Oxford University and accountancy firm Deloitte says many of today's jobs are at high risk of being automated in the next two decades.

VIDEO: Two years to find 'missing' space balloon

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 14:11
Scientists in the US who lost a weather balloon carrying a camera sent to the edge of space have found it - and two years on are able to view its spectacular footage.

Bloodhound Diary: How flat is flat?

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 08:09
Ensuring the fastest car runs on the flattest track

VIDEO: Buzz Aldrin: We will settle Mars

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 02:31
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin thinks humans can not only land on Mars by 2019, but also colonise the red planet.

Ada Lovelace: Letters shed light on tech visionary

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 00:21
Rarely-seen letters shed light on Victorian tech visionary

Next two years hottest, says Met Office

Sun, 09/13/2015 - 19:45
The next two years could be the hottest on record globally, says research from the UK's Met Office.

VIDEO: How El Nino affects global weather

Sun, 09/13/2015 - 16:06
An El Nino climate event is under way that could potentially become one of the strongest since 1950.