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Slippery banana study wins Ig Nobel

September 18, 2014 - 7:48pm
Research that investigated why bananas are slippery when you step on them wins one of this year's Ig Nobel prizes.
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Forest land rights need global focus

September 18, 2014 - 6:21pm
Recognising the land rights of local people could provide cost-effective protection for many of the world's tropical forests, a report says.
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'Artificial eye' to detect particles

September 18, 2014 - 6:12pm
The human eye has inspired physicists to create a processor that can analyse particle collisions 400 times faster than currently possible.
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Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014

September 18, 2014 - 4:19am
Twinkling stars and swirling gases - winning visions of the night sky
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Murder 'comes naturally' to chimps

September 18, 2014 - 1:43am
A major international study finds that killings among chimpanzees result from normal competition, not human interference.
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VIDEO: Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014

September 18, 2014 - 1:41am
Twinkling stars and swirling gases - winning visions of the night sky
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Europeans drawn from three 'tribes'

September 17, 2014 - 11:46am
Most present-day Europeans are a mixture of three ancient populations, according to a major study published in the journal Nature.
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Ebola global security threat - Obama

September 17, 2014 - 6:12am
US President Barack Obama calls the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a threat to security worldwide while announcing a larger US role, including 3,000 troops, to help fight the virus.
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Richard III death injuries revealed

September 17, 2014 - 3:29am
King Richard III was probably killed by two blows to the head during a "sustained attack", according to new research.
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Ebola vaccine trial begins

September 17, 2014 - 12:04am
A trial of an experimental vaccine against the Ebola virus is to begin in Oxford.
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Inky prints show state of hedgehogs

September 16, 2014 - 7:30pm
Hedgehogs are more thinly spread in the UK than previously believed, a study using ink pads to record their paw prints reveals.
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Better mobility key for clean cities

September 16, 2014 - 7:29pm
Effective urban transit systems can encourage people out of their cars and provide a cost-effective way to tackle climate change, a report suggests.
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Chin strap turns chewing into power

September 16, 2014 - 7:27pm
Engineers build a chin strap that harnesses the energy produced by jaw movements, and could one day power hearing aids or bluetooth earpieces.
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VIDEO: Examining a rare colossal squid

September 16, 2014 - 6:18pm
Scientists have had the extremely rare chance to examine an intact colossal squid after it was accidentally caught in the Antarctic, as Mauricio Olmedo-Perez reports
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Five bugs that lurk in changing rooms

September 16, 2014 - 5:25pm
Five bugs that lurk in changing rooms
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The freedivers who swim with whales

September 16, 2014 - 5:16pm
The freedivers risking their lives to swim with whales
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VIDEO: Lasers deliver brighter 3D films

September 16, 2014 - 5:16pm
BBC Click looks at a new laser projector that promises to deliver brighter and clearer pictures.
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VIDEO: Leonardo DiCaprio's UN climate role

September 16, 2014 - 4:08pm
The Hollywood actor, Leonardo diCaprio, has been appointed as a United Nations representative on climate change.
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Nasa picks astronaut ship designs

September 16, 2014 - 2:42pm
The US space agency picks the companies it hopes can take the country's astronauts back into space - a capability lost when the shuttles retired in 2011.
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UN calls for $1bn to fight Ebola

September 16, 2014 - 11:12am
The UN says it needs $1bn to fight the West Africa Ebola outbreak, described as "unparalleled in modern times", as experts warn time is running out.
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