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Rosetta edges towards Comet 67P

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:12
Europe's Rosetta spacecraft is edging ever closer to its quarry - the 4km-wide Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Rival 'inflation' teams to share data

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 02:23
Scientists on rival projects looking for evidence that the early Universe underwent a super-expansion are in discussion about working together and publishing a joint paper.

Study maps fracking methane risk

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 02:10
A major study into the potential of fracking to contaminate drinking water with methane is published, highlighting where shale deposits and aquifers coincide.

VIDEO: Secrets of root development revealed

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 02:10
Plants have been grown inside a microscope to allow scientists to watch their roots developing in 3D.

Public asked to spot woodland moths

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 02:09
Members of the public are being asked to send in their sightings of the UK's bizarre and beautiful woodland moths for Moth Night 2014.

Giraffe legs' strong, skinny secret

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 18:28
Scientists have worked out the unique anatomy that allows giraffes' long, spindly legs to support their weight.

Early bird 'had feather trousers'

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 18:24
An ancient creature halfway between a dinosaur and a bird had feathered "trousers" on its hindlimbs, a new fossil reveals.

Tackle food waste and feed the world

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 16:02
Tackle food waste and help feed the world

Oklahoma drought kindles spectre of 1930s 'Dust Bowl'

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:49
Oklahoma drought kindles spectre of 1930s crisis

VIDEO: US drought 'worst for decades'

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:11
Parts of the United States are experiencing the worst drought for decades with farmers warning that harvests are being badly hit.

Altitude gene 'from extinct species'

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:03
A gene that allows present-day people cope with life at high altitude was inherited from an extinct species of human, Nature journal has reported.

EU plans tough new rules on waste

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:00
The UK will have to divert a significant amount of waste away from landfill under new EU proposals on recycling.

New plan 'needed to stop cattle TB'

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:07
New research shows that the spread of TB in cattle can only be controlled if more radical measures are adopted.

Major stem-cell findings retracted

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 04:45
Research reporting one of the biggest "breakthroughs" in stem-cell science has been withdrawn after "critical errors" were discovered.

VIDEO: Blast-off for Nasa CO2 satellite

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 03:58
Nasa has launched a mission dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide (CO2) from space.

Fish memory spans days, not seconds

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:08
African cichlid fish's memory of feeding areas can span up to twelve days, scientists show.

Caribbean coral reefs 'could vanish'

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 23:01
Many coral reefs in the Caribbean could vanish in the next 20 years, according to a report published by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Dormice 'take naps to fatten up'

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 21:23
Naps may help dormice help them save energy and survive until it is time to hibernate, say scientists.

PM warns of antibiotic resistance

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 18:17
Medicine could soon be "cast back into the dark ages" unless action is taken to tackle the growing resistance to antibiotics, David Cameron says.

Deep-diving devil rays solve mystery

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 09:47
New tracking data shows that Chilean devil rays dive down nearly 2km below the ocean surface.