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Auditors probe green power contracts

June 26, 2014 - 11:19pm
The government may have failed to protect the interests of bill payers when awarding green energy contracts, say auditors.
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Is animal welfare killing wild apes?

June 26, 2014 - 5:51pm
Is animal welfare helping to kill wild apes?
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Odours distract insects from flowers

June 26, 2014 - 12:08pm
Insects find locating their favourite flowers gets harder when there are competing smells around, new research shows.
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Tough test for US Orion spaceship

June 26, 2014 - 7:08am
Nasa says the most complex test yet of the parachute system for its Orion spacecraft proceeded without a snag.
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'Drastic action' needed on Ebola

June 26, 2014 - 6:32am
"Drastic action" is needed to contain the spread of deadly Ebola in West Africa, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
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MH370: Refined analysis drives new search area

June 26, 2014 - 6:31am
What information is driving new search for flight MH370?
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Monkeys' looks prevent crossbreeding

June 26, 2014 - 4:54am
Guenon monkeys' colourful and varied faces have evolved as a way to avoid crossbreeding, new research shows.
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VIDEO: Making solar cells with tofu salt

June 26, 2014 - 2:48am
Making solar cells with a salt used in tofu manufacturing could make generating energy from the Sun much cheaper, say scientists.
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Call to save Pitcairn's ocean bounty

June 26, 2014 - 2:44am
Researchers say that "immediate protection" is required for the pristine waters around the remote Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific.
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Oldest faeces show Neanderthal diet

June 25, 2014 - 6:13pm
Analysis of a 50,000-year-old scrap of human faeces adds weight to the view that Neanderthals ate plants as well as meat.
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VIDEO: Police capture crime scenes in 3D

June 25, 2014 - 5:00pm
Police forces use latest scanning tech to record crime scenes
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The growing problem of Pablo Escobar’s hippos

June 25, 2014 - 5:00pm
Late drug lord's hippo herd stages local land grab
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£10m prize to focus on antibiotics

June 25, 2014 - 12:25pm
Antibiotic resistance has been selected as the focus for a £10m prize set up to tackle a major challenge of our time.
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Solar cells made using bath salts

June 25, 2014 - 11:17am
Researchers have developed a new manufacturing method which could bring down the cost of making a type of solar cell.
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Jab 'protects mice against tumours'

June 25, 2014 - 11:00am
Scientists have developed a vaccine that they say provides some protection against brain tumours in mice by boosting the immune system.
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Researchers create goosebump sensor

June 25, 2014 - 9:34am
A South Korean research institute has developed a goosebump sensor that it says could be used to measure changes in a wearer's emotional state.
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UK faces 'significant' land shortage

June 25, 2014 - 1:36am
Britain is running out of land for food and faces a potential shortfall of two million hectares by 2030 according to new research.
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Butterflies use magnetic compass

June 24, 2014 - 9:38pm
The monarch butterfly uses a magnetic compass to navigate thousands of miles across North America, scientists discover.
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Vampire bats lose bitter taste

June 24, 2014 - 9:32pm
Vampire bats' strict blood diet makes them lose much of their ability to taste bitter flavours, scientists show.
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Scot to have double hand transplant

June 24, 2014 - 5:45pm
Scottish woman Corinne Hutton is to be the first person in the UK to have a double hand transplant, BBC Scotland reveals.
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