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First farmers had diverse origins, DNA shows

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 10:07
Analysis of DNA from some of the world's first farmers shows that they had surprisingly diverse origins.

Damien Hirst formaldehyde artworks 'posed no risk to public'

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 08:24
A scientific paper that claimed a 2012 exhibition of Damien Hirst works led to the release of dangerous formaldehyde fumes is retracted by one of its authors after further tests.

Scientists warn of 'unsafe' decline in biodiversity

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 04:21
An international team of scientists has issued a warning that biodiversity is dropping below safe levels for the support and wellbeing of human societies.

Outdoor learning 'boosts children's development'

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 01:37
Outdoor learning can have a positive impact on children's development but it needs to be formally adopted by national curricula, a report suggests.

Tim Peake: 'Brexit will affect science'

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 23:13
British astronaut Tim Peake says that he is concerned about the future of scientific research in Britain, following the vote to leave the European Union.

Government axes climate department

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 08:54
The government has axed the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) in a major departmental shake-up.

Europe backs lunar drilling technology

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 06:03
The European Space Agency has signed a contract to build a prototype drill and chemistry lab that will be flown on a Russian mission to the Moon in 2021.

Predatory dinosaur had tiny arms like Tyrannosaurus rex

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 04:26
A new meat-eating dinosaur has been discovered in Argentina that possessed stubby arms like Tyrannosaurus rex.

'Britain's Pompeii' was 'Bronze Age new build' site

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 19:15
A Bronze Age village dubbed "Britain's Pompeii" which yielded an "extraordinary window" on the period burnt down after just months, it emerges.

'Three centuries' to catalogue all Amazon tree species

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 14:26
So many tree species are present in the Amazon basin that it would take 300 years to catalogue them all, scientists say.

Microscope observes life of the ocean floor

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 06:31
Marine scientists from Israel and California have developed a microscope that for the first time provides a window into the small scale behaviour of marine life.

Rescued koala's rare condition

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 05:55
This koala has heterochromia, so its rescuers called it Bowie; David Bowie actually had anisocoria, unequal pupil sizes.

Solar Impulse: Zero-fuel plane lands in Cairo

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 00:08
The Sun-powered aircraft Solar Impulse finishes its penultimate flight, landing in Egypt's capital, Cairo, after a 48-hour flight from Seville.

Juno probe returns first in-orbit Jupiter photo

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 18:03
The American space agency's new Juno mission to Jupiter returns its first imagery since going into orbit around the gas giant last week.

Flavour changing neutrinos give insight into Big Bang

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 08:46
Neutrinos and their antimatter counterparts have shown a small difference that may explain why the universe did not destroy itself during the Big Bang, scientists have reported at major conference.

Hidden red hair gene a skin cancer risk

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 08:01
People can carry a "silent" red hair gene that raises their risk of dangerous skin cancer, experts warn.

Drought triggers 'austerity' root system in grass crops

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 04:35
Grass species of crops adopt an "austerity" strategy and limits the development of its root system during times of drought, a study reveals.

Monkeys used stone tools 700 years ago

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 02:28
How non-human archaeology revealed ancient evidence of monkey tool-use.

Climate change: Advisers warn of climate change domino effect

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 17:09
Climate change could have a domino effect on key infrastructure, government advisers warn in a 2,000-page report assessing risks and opportunities for the UK.

Monkey archaeology: Ancient evidence of tool use found

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 09:54
Capuchin monkeys in Brazil have used stone tools for at least 700 years, according to scientists.