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Nasa 'flying saucer' tests Mars tech

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 15:54
Nasa uses a flying saucer-shaped vehicle to test new landing technologies for use at Mars - with partial success.

'Citizen science' hits 50-year mark

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 16:20
The Biological Records Centre, which supports more than 80 of the UK's wildlife recording societies and schemes, celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Increased protection for war wrecks

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 16:04
Ships sunk in World War One to be offered increased protection

Huge X-ray space telescope planned

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 03:31
The European Space Agency initiates the process that should lead to the biggest X-ray telescope ever built going into orbit in 2028.

Auditors probe green power contracts

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 22:19
The government may have failed to protect the interests of bill payers when awarding green energy contracts, say auditors.

Is animal welfare killing wild apes?

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 16:51
Is animal welfare helping to kill wild apes?

Odours distract insects from flowers

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 11:08
Insects find locating their favourite flowers gets harder when there are competing smells around, new research shows.

Tough test for US Orion spaceship

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 06:08
Nasa says the most complex test yet of the parachute system for its Orion spacecraft proceeded without a snag.

'Drastic action' needed on Ebola

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 05:32
"Drastic action" is needed to contain the spread of deadly Ebola in West Africa, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

MH370: Refined analysis drives new search area

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 05:31
What information is driving new search for flight MH370?

Monkeys' looks prevent crossbreeding

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 03:54
Guenon monkeys' colourful and varied faces have evolved as a way to avoid crossbreeding, new research shows.

VIDEO: Making solar cells with tofu salt

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 01:48
Making solar cells with a salt used in tofu manufacturing could make generating energy from the Sun much cheaper, say scientists.

Call to save Pitcairn's ocean bounty

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 01:44
Researchers say that "immediate protection" is required for the pristine waters around the remote Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific.

Oldest faeces show Neanderthal diet

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 17:13
Analysis of a 50,000-year-old scrap of human faeces adds weight to the view that Neanderthals ate plants as well as meat.

VIDEO: Police capture crime scenes in 3D

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 16:00
Police forces use latest scanning tech to record crime scenes

The growing problem of Pablo Escobar’s hippos

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 16:00
Late drug lord's hippo herd stages local land grab

£10m prize to focus on antibiotics

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 11:25
Antibiotic resistance has been selected as the focus for a £10m prize set up to tackle a major challenge of our time.

Solar cells made using bath salts

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:17
Researchers have developed a new manufacturing method which could bring down the cost of making a type of solar cell.

Jab 'protects mice against tumours'

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:00
Scientists have developed a vaccine that they say provides some protection against brain tumours in mice by boosting the immune system.

Researchers create goosebump sensor

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:34
A South Korean research institute has developed a goosebump sensor that it says could be used to measure changes in a wearer's emotional state.