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VIDEO: 'We're going back to origins of life'

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:05
The Philae lander has detected organic molecules on the surface of its comet, scientists have confirmed.

Sun boosts UK lightning strikes

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 18:22
The number of lightning strikes across the UK has been significantly affected by solar activity, according to new research.

UK 'to lead moon landing in 10 years'

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 18:17
A British-led consortium outlines its plans to land a robotic probe, paid for by public donations, on the Moon in 10 years' time.

VIDEO: A timelapse tour of UK airspace

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 17:52
A timelapse video showing thousands of planes coming in and out of the UK has been released by NATS.

Giant robot trucks rise in Australia

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 13:06
Huge robots slog it out in Australia's outback

Organic molecules detected on comet

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 08:48
The Philae lander has detected organic molecules on the surface of its comet, scientists have confirmed.

Europe signs on to Orion venture

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 05:08
The European Space Agency and Airbus sign a contract that will see the aerospace giant build the "back end" of America's new manned spaceship.

Culling to begin at bird flu farm

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 21:40
A cull of 6,000 ducks is due to start following a confirmed case of bird flu at a breeding farm in East Yorkshire.

The self-publicist whose medical text books caused a stir

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 17:09
A strangely accurate book of anatomy from 1543

Paul Rincon: Where next for Philae mission?

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 13:32
What are the next steps in comet landing mission?

Wildlife crime wanted list released

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:55
The public are being asked to provide information on the locations of nine fugitives suspected of serious environmental crimes.

Bird flu case at Yorkshire duck farm

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 10:03
Officials confirm a case of bird flu at a duck breeding farm in East Yorkshire, but say the risk to public health is very low.

Camera sees Philae's hairy landing

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 06:39
High-resolution pictures have now been released of the Philae probe around the time of landing on Comet 67P last Wednesday.

'Skunk power' fires fusion confusion

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 17:53
Can nuclear fusion become a reality within 10 years?

One kiss 'shares 80 million bugs'

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 17:23
A small study by Dutch scientists suggests a single 10-second kiss can transfer as many as 80 million bacteria.

Pictures show comet probe 'bounce'

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 10:30
Images of the Philae probe moments after its initial touchdown on Comet 67P are published by the European Space Agency.

Chris Lintott: Elation and woe of comet landing

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 08:15
Dr Chris Lintott's take on ups and downs of comet landing

Philae comet lander loses power

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 01:47
The Philae comet lander finally loses power and drops into standby mode, but is able to send back a crucial batch of scientific data just in time.

VIDEO: Comet scientist's apology for shirt

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 09:16
One of the scientists involved in the Philae lander mission apologises for any offence caused over a shirt he wore earlier in the week.

Future of comet lander 'uncertain'

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 05:39
The Philae lander has attempted to drill into the surface of Comet 67P, amid fears that its battery may die in hours.