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Babies created from three people

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 18:11
The science and ethics behind the controversial technique

Ex-science chief: GM tech 'is safe'

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 11:17
The technology behind GM crops is safe, according to scientific consensus, says the outgoing science adviser to the European Commission.

Ebola: Call for more sharing of science

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 06:53
Why isn't more data on Ebola being made public?

Inmarsat launches next-gen satellite

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 06:46
The UK satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat launches the second of its I5 series of spacecraft. - part of its next-generation Global Xpress constellation.

VIDEO: Secrets of ancient scrolls unlocked

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 22:39
Scientists in France have a found a way to look inside fragile charred scrolls from the ancient Roman library in Herculaneum.

VIDEO: NASA launch to study soil moisture

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 10:29
NASA has launched an Earth-observing satellite, which will measure the amount of moisture in soil.

VIDEO: Starlings 'ballet' thrills city

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 01:41
People in Norwich have been turning their heads skywards at thousands of starlings performing a "mesmerising murmuration" en route to a new city roost.

Controllers banking on Philae wake-up

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 06:28
The European Space Agency says it will conduct no more dedicated searches for its lost comet lander, and will now wait for the probe itself to call home.

'Cold plasma' kills off norovirus

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 06:03
Norovirus, the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the world, can be killed with "cold plasma", scientists report.

Will the falling oil price undermine green energy?

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 04:25
What do falling oil prices mean for green energy?

Leak suggests cosmic study was wrong

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 03:29
Scientists who claimed to have found evidence for a cosmic super-expansion at the Big Bang made no such discovery, a leak of a concluding study suggests.

Scars reveal ageing whales' secrets

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 18:28
Scientists studying one of the most mysterious whale species find they form long-term alliances, sometimes lasting many years.

VIDEO: Bottlenose whales show their scars

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 16:20
The giant bottlenose whale - one of the most mysterious marine mammals - forms long-term alliances that last many years, footage reveals.

Chicks place low numbers on the left

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:03
Scientists in Italy find that baby chickens associate low and high numbers with left and right, respectively - suggesting they may count using a "mental number line" like humans do.

Diplodocus v blue whale: Who'd win?

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 08:15
Who'd win fantasy fight between diplodocus and blue whale?

Shell revives Arctic drilling plans

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 06:36
Royal Dutch Shell revives Arctic drilling plans, despite announcing a $15bn cut in global spending and profit figures that disappointed investors.

VIDEO: 'New generation' drug research plan

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 02:26
Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has announced a research programme to develop a new generation of medicines to treat the genetic causes of many debilitating diseases.

Icebergs 'have sound signature'

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 00:55
Listening to icebergs could help to assess the extent of glacier melt, a study suggests.

Climate concern 'linked to floods'

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 00:52
Belief in the reality of climate change has risen among the British public, partly because of the 2013 winter floods, according to a report.

Astra Zeneca drive for genetic drugs

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 23:00
Astra Zeneca announces a research programme to develop a generation of medicines to treat the genetic causes of many debilitating diseases.