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Microsoft Excel blamed for gene study errors

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 03:20
Microsoft's Excel has been blamed for some errors in academic papers on genomics.

Pneumatic octopus is a first for soft robotics

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 17:27
Engineers in the US have built a self-contained, entirely soft robot - in the shape of a 7cm octopus.

Meet the octobot: A first for soft robotics

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 17:27
For the first time, a soft robot has been built that moves on its own with no batteries or cables.

Seeking ET

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 16:28
How do astronomers decide whether a planet is potentially habitable?

Hottest day of 2016 recorded at Gravesend in Kent

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 12:41
The UK records its hottest temperature of the year so far - 33.9C (93F) at Gravesend in Kent - as experts warn of possible health risks.

Five ways Proxima b find is important

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 10:00
Scientists have discovered a planet similar to Earth that is orbiting our Sun's nearest neighbour, Proxima Centauri.

Earth-sized world 'around nearest star'

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 10:00
Scientists say their investigations of the closest star, Proxima Centauri, show it to have an Earth-sized planet in orbit around it.

Is depression a state of body not mind?

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 03:57
Prof Ed Bullmore from the University of Cambridge discusses a potential revolution: immunopsychiatry

Bane of the oceans

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 03:38
MPs have recommended banning the tiny particles of plastic called "microbeads" which are used in a number of cosmetics and cleaning products. But why have they taken the move?

Yuval Noah Harari: "We are probably one of the last generations of Homo sapiens."

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 01:09
Historian and author of the international bestseller Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari speaks about the future of humanity.

China unveils 2020 Mars mission probe and rover

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 21:43
China gives the world a first glimpse of the space probe and rover it plans to use in its first mission to Mars in 2020.

Depression: A revolution in treatment?

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 17:43
Can treating the immune system lead to a revolution in treating depression?

Perfume traces could help to solve crimes

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 16:48
Detecting traces of perfume could help in the fight against crime, a study suggests

MPs call for ban on plastic microbeads

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 16:48
A worldwide ban on plastic microbeads in cosmetics should be imposed as soon as possible, MPs demand.

Hundreds of thousands of dead fish wash up in New Jersey

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 15:15
Hundreds of thousands of fish, commonly known as peanut bunker fish, have washed up dead in a New Jersey creek.

How to shave a mountain

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 08:29
Tourists gather in Transylvania to help with the traditional mountain hay harvest. BBC Gaelic Journalist Teàrlach Quinnell went with them.

Most nations lack ability to deal with invasive species

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 04:33
Most countries in the world have little capacity to deal effectively with invasive species, a study suggests.

Are you rubbish at recycling?

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 22:33
There has been a massive spike in the amount of recycling that gets rejected.

New badger culling trials given go ahead across England

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 18:46
Badger culls are to be carried out in five new areas of England in a bid to control bovine TB, the BBC learns.

Mystery stone structure under Neolithic dump on Orkney

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 06:42
Archaeologists have uncovered a mysterious stone structure buried under what they describe as Scotland's "largest Neolithic rubbish dump".