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What AI can learn from Tube passengers

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 10:38
Neuroscientists find that when we navigate a train network, our brains split the task into a hierarchy of different jobs - a strategy that AI developers want to mimic.

Agricultural emissions 'reality check'

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 07:51
A new report says that global agricultural emissions must be slashed to prevent the planet warming by more than 2C over the next century.

VIDEO: China's new deep sea submarine

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 05:14
Look inside a life-size model of a submarine which the Chinese hope will take humans to the very bottom of the ocean - the Mariana Trench, in the Pacific.

Zika virus may reach Europe this summer

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 05:01
The Zika virus could spread to Europe this summer, although the likelihood of an outbreak is low to moderate according to the World Health Organization.

VIDEO: Hunting universe's strangest particles

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 04:52
Deep underground, beneath Daya Bay in the south of China, scientists are hunting for the oddest particles in the cosmos - neutrinos.

Satellite pictures 'clear skies' Africa

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 04:03
The EU's new Sentinel-2a satellite builds a cloud-free view of Africa as it moves towards full capacity mapping.

Life 'went large' a billion years ago

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 14:36
Life was already organising itself into large communities of cells more than a billion years ago, new evidence from China suggests.

VIDEO: Fireball captured on police dashcam

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 14:34
A bright fireball lit up the sky across several states in the US early on Tuesday - and was captured on a police officer's dashcam.

Paradise lost in a tourism boom

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 10:18
Beautiful places threatened by mass tourism

Call for 'more Britons in space'

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 10:00
Britain's first astronaut says the UK risks becoming a "backward nation" if the government does not pay to send more people into space.

Brexit 'risk' for UK universities

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 04:44
UK universities could find it harder to recruit international students if the UK leaves the EU, suggests a survey.

Shakespeare theatre remains revealed

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 03:06
A 'bird whistle' thought to have been used for sound effects in 16th century performances of Romeo and Juliet is discovered at the site of one of Shakespeare's theatres.

Dog cancer's global march mapped

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 17:04
In a major genetic study, scientists trace the historic global spread of a cancer transmitted between mating dogs.

Bison calf put down after car boot trip

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 14:34
Officials at Yellowstone National Park reveal that they had to put down a newborn bison after some tourists put it in the boot of their car.

UK-built Qashqais 'cheated emissions'

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 13:19
Nissan Qashqai cars built at the firm's Sunderland plant in the UK were fitted with so-called emissions defeat devices, South Korean officials allege.

'Smart leg' makes engineering prize list

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 06:35
An "intelligent" prosthetic limb, improved MRI scanners and green engines are the three finalists for a major UK engineering prize.

April breaks global temperature record

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 05:08
April was the seventh month in a row to have broken global temperature records, Nasa figures show.

Bloodhound Diary: Riding four 'gyroscopes'

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 03:57
The effects from riding four 'gyroscopes'

India to 'divert rivers' to tackle drought

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 01:01
India is to divert water from major rivers like the Brahmaputra and the Ganges to deal with severe drought, a senior minister tells the BBC.

Largest plane draws crowds in Australia

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 21:56
Thousands of Australian aircraft enthusiasts have watched the world's largest plane, the Antonov An-225 Mriya, arrive in Perth.