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Hopes grow for climate-proof beans

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 18:23
A breakthrough in the development of temperature-resilient beans could help sustain a vital source of protein for millions of people around the globe.

The myths about food and pregnancy

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 17:14
Pregnant women are often told what to eat and what to avoid but sound advice can get lost in a mix of badly-reported science and old wives' tales.

Why I consumed my own blood

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 17:11
Michael Mosley on why he snacked on his own blood

Where does my personality fit in?

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 17:11
Is your personality suited to the place you live? New research maps the personality of 380 locations in Great Britain.

Short circuit slows LHC restart

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:37
The restart of the Large Hadron Collider is proceeding slowly, with one section of the vast machine trailing behind the other seven in its preparations.

Olive tree disease spreads in Italy

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 07:46
Italy must step up efforts to contain a bacterial disease blighting olive trees in the southern province of Lecce, EU officials warn.

Alien plants 'no threat' to UK flora

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 05:52
A study suggests that non-native plant species do not pose a risk to native flora, as widely assumed, because negative impacts are limited to localised areas.

VIDEO: Solar 'could provide 4% of UK electricity'

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 03:35
Solar power could provide up to 4% of the UK's electricity by the end of the decade, the government has said.

Big rise in solar energy use predicted

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 22:42
Solar energy could provide up to 4% of the UK's electricity by the end of the decade, the government forecasts.

'Monster salamanders' in mass grave

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 18:31
Scientists report a new species of giant amphibian after digging up multiple fossils from an ancient, dried-up lake where hundreds of the beasts probably died.

Australia finds 'huge asteroid impact'

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 17:23
Scientists in central Australia discover what they say is a 400km-wide underground asteroid crater - the largest impact area ever found.

Being comfortable in robotics' uncanny valley

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 16:09
The capability of the latest intelligent robots is forcing us to address how far we want these machines integrated into our lives and the sort of "human" relationship we'll have with them.

VIDEO: How robotic hand uses bio-signals

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 15:01
David Shukman looks at work being done at the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, as the government pushes for more investment and co-operation in the field.

EC funds switch 'good for science'

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:21
Taking money out of Europe's research budget for a special economic stimulus plan will end up boosting science, claims Research Commissioner Carlos Moedas.

Gold in faeces 'worth millions'

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:07
US researchers are investigating ways to extract the gold and precious metals from human faeces.

Flower-friendly farms 'boost bees'

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 09:00
Planting farmland with strips of flowers can boost the number of wild bumblebees, but rarer species need special attention, a study has confirmed.

National Trust in climate change plea

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 03:36
The National Trust says climate change is the "biggest threat" to the land it protects, as the charity unveils a 10-year plan to help the environment.

VIDEO: Does your pet have 'separation anxiety'?

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 02:39
Vets are warning that a growing number of dogs and other pets are suffering from separation anxiety as peoples' working habits change.

The hunters breaking an Ebola ban on bushmeat

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 01:07
Meet the hunters ignoring the Ebola bushmeat ban

Seminal geology map re-discovered

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 21:16
One of William Smith's original 1815 geological maps of England, Wales and part of Scotland is re-discovered in time to celebrate the 200th anniversary of its making.