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New human-like species discovered

September 10, 2015 - 2:51am
Scientists in South Africa have discovered a new human-like species, which could change ideas about our early relatives.
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GM embryos 'essential', says report

September 10, 2015 - 1:25am
It is "essential" that the genetic modification of human embryos is allowed, according to a global group of scientists, ethicists and policy experts.
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Campaigner urges rethink on fracking

September 10, 2015 - 12:22am
Environmentalists should keep cool heads over fracking, says Bryony Worthington - Friends of the Earth's former climate campaigner and now Labour shadow energy minister.
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3D barcodes target counterfeiters

September 9, 2015 - 8:14pm
Engineers in Yorkshire have developed a system of 3D barcodes made from tiny indentations with variable heights, which could help tackle counterfeiting of drugs, watches or automotive parts.
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VIDEO: CRISPR genome editing 'important tool'

September 9, 2015 - 5:14pm
Prof Emmanuelle Charpentier spoke to BBC News on the potential of the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing system as a tool for research and treatment of disease.
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Eye test to spot future sports stars

September 9, 2015 - 12:23pm
Scientists are looking for a link between visual processing and sporting performance, and their battery of tests could help with talent spotting.
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Ceres' bright spots in sharp detail

September 9, 2015 - 11:30am
The US space agency's Dawn satellite returns its best views yet of the enigmatic bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres.
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China aims for Moon's far side

September 9, 2015 - 11:29am
China is planning to attempt the first ever landing of a lunar probe on the far side of the Moon, an engineer has said.
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'Transmittable Alzheimer's' concept raised

September 9, 2015 - 11:07am
People might be able to contract Alzheimer's during certain medical procedures, just like they can catch the brain disease CJD, say researchers.
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Social insights from whale chatter

September 9, 2015 - 3:46am
Scientists say the way sperm whales learn to chit-chat indicates they are behaving in ways that at some level mirror the operation of human cultures.
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Modelling spread of hospital bugs

September 8, 2015 - 5:56pm
A new computer model predicts that multi-bed hospital wards increase bacterial hand contamination by 20% compared with single-bed wards.
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Real deal or meal deal? Will new climate treaty be a 'nothing burger'?

September 8, 2015 - 5:46pm
Will new climate treaty be a 'nothing burger'?
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Science goes in search of the perfect wave

September 8, 2015 - 5:42pm
How science is helping to improve surfing
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The coming of the glacier men

September 8, 2015 - 5:08pm
Is it time to look for frozen climbers, as the ice melts?
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Wake-up call for later school starts

September 8, 2015 - 4:22pm
As they prepare a major trial of the idea, UK scientists say that starting school at 10:00 could have huge benefits for teenagers because it better matches their “body clock".
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Former minister backs clean air app

September 8, 2015 - 11:19am
Former science minister Lord Drayson launches a smartphone app that monitors local air quality and encourages people to choose cleaner ways to travel.
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Public given chance to name UK storms

September 7, 2015 - 7:35pm
Members of the public are being given the opportunity to name storms affecting the UK and Ireland.
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Online fossil hunters to comb desert

September 7, 2015 - 7:11pm
Archaeologists invite the public to help hunt for fossils in Africa's arid Turkana Basin, via a new online citizen science project.
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'Rivers of acid' in Zambian villages

September 7, 2015 - 5:36pm
The villagers taking on a copper mine over polluted water
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DNA cracks puzzle of Basque origins

September 7, 2015 - 2:06pm
DNA from ancient remains appears to have solved the puzzle of one of Europe's most enigmatic peoples: the Basques.
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