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Virgin crash probe 'may take a year'

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 22:45
The head of the US transport safety agency say the investigation into the Virgin Galactic spacecraft crash in California could take up to 12 months.

Fossil fuels 'gone by 2100' says IPCC

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 17:44
The unrestricted use of fossil fuels must end soon if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, according to scientists on the IPCC.

Virgin crash investigation begins

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 09:31
US investigators begin an inquiry into why a Virgin Galactic space rocket crashed on a test flight, killing one pilot.

Sound design for rhino breeding

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 06:49
Researchers in the US investigate whether the hum and rumble of urban life is what makes rhinos reluctant to breed in captivity.

Space project continues - Branson

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 23:17
Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson vows to continue his space tourism venture despite the SpaceShipTwo craft crashing in the US, killing a pilot.

Wannabe is 'catchiest hit single'

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 19:33
Results from a citizen science online experiment suggests that the Spice Girls' Wannabe is the UK's catchiest hit single.

Virgin spacecraft crashes in test

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:55
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism craft crashes in a California desert after experiencing what the firm described as "a serious anomaly".

IPCC keen to avoid old ghosts

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 09:09
Climate talks stalked by spectre of the past

1D chimp criticised by animal rights

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 06:11
Animal charity Peta takes out an advert in a US magazine complaining about One Direction's use of chimpanzees in the Steal My Girl video.

VIDEO: Baby pandas wrestle with their keeper

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 05:23
A breeder in China's Chendgu province was trying to give these two baby pandas medicine instead of their usual bamboo leaves- and they were having none of it.

Rockets 'destroy chemical weapons'

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 05:22
A team has developed micro-sized rockets, powered by seawater, that can neutralise chemical and biological weapons.

Newt flesh fungus 'brought by pets'

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 19:00
A skin-eating fungus threatens salamanders and newts across Europe, and probably arrived on pet amphibians imported from Asia.

A WW2 technology 'Plan B' for GPS

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 18:10
Technology developed during World War Two is to be used as a back-up for GPS in ports across England and Scotland.

VIDEO: Lab for world’s worst animal viruses

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 17:10
A look around a new lab at Pirbright Institute in Surrey, where the world’s most contagious livestock viruses will be kept.

Low oxygen 'delayed life on Earth'

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:04
Animals took so long to evolve and thrive on Earth because of incredibly low levels of oxygen during a period more than a billion years ago, scientists say.

Why scratching 'intensifies itching'

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:14
Scratching an itch releases serotonin, which paradoxically makes you more itchy, research suggests.

IPCC debates 'most important' report

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 06:34
Scientists and government officials are meeting in Copenhagen to edit a report on the causes, impact and solutions to global warming.

Is the traditional metal key becoming obsolete?

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 05:26
Keys are 4,000 years old but are their days numbered?

New species of frog in urban jungle

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:36
Scientists confirm that a frog found living in New York City wetlands is a new species.

How will future city signs look?

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:29
How jetpacks and driverless cars will change the cityscape