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Tim Peake asks for help in plant test

January 29, 2016 - 11:10am
British astronaut Tim Peake asks schoolchildren to help him with one of his scientific experiments.
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Boosting yields 'can save wildlife'

January 29, 2016 - 9:58am
Increasing crop yields could help meet the rising global demand for more food while sparing land to protect biodiversity, a study suggests.
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VIDEO: Bite by bite: Shark eats shark

January 29, 2016 - 5:16am
A female sand tiger shark has slowly eaten a smaller male shark in a Seoul aquarium, bite by bite
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Babylonians 'first to use geometry'

January 29, 2016 - 2:18am
Sophisticated geometry - the branch of mathematics that deals with shapes - was being used at least 1,400 years earlier than previously thought, a study suggests.
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Europe's summers 'warmest in 2,000 years'

January 29, 2016 - 2:18am
The past 30 years in Europe have been the warmest in more than two millennia, according to new research.
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Octopus colour change 'is social tool'

January 28, 2016 - 11:53pm
Octopuses that stand tall, darken and spread their web in a "Nosferatu pose" are likely displaying complex social interactions, according to new research.
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Design is settled for Ariane 6

January 28, 2016 - 5:42pm
The design for Europe's new Ariane 6 rocket has been settled and development will now move on apace to an anticipated first launch in 2020, say officials.
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VIDEO: WHO warns Zika could infect millions

January 28, 2016 - 5:07pm
The World Health Organisation has convened an emergency committee to discuss the spread of the Zika virus, which has been linked to thousands of birth defects in Latin America.
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Polecats 'spreading across Britain'

January 28, 2016 - 11:01am
Polecats, which were almost wiped out in Britain 100 years ago, are now spreading across Britain, a survey shows.
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VIDEO: Chris Packham on polecat comeback

January 28, 2016 - 11:00am
Polecats, which were almost wiped out in Britain in the last century, have made a remarkable recovery. Naturalist Chris Packham explains.
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Bed bugs resist widely used chemicals

January 28, 2016 - 8:00am
A study shows for the first time that bed bugs in the US have developed resistance to neonicotinoids, the world's most widely used insecticides.
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'Growing Zika crisis' in Brazilian city

January 28, 2016 - 6:06am
Health officials battling the Zika virus in Brazil say as many as 100,000 people could have been infected in one city alone.
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Russia's Vostochny space port prepares for lift-off

January 27, 2016 - 10:08pm
Russia's troubled space port nears launch
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VIDEO: Inside Russia's new space port

January 27, 2016 - 10:08pm
Work is nearing completion on building Russia's new Vostochny space port, designed to replace the Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan.
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Are fitbands the future of genetic research?

January 27, 2016 - 9:55pm
Are fitbands the future of genetic research?
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Would it be wrong to eradicate mosquitoes?

January 27, 2016 - 8:25pm
Would it be right to completely eradicate mosquitoes?
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Intelsat rolls out next-gen system

January 27, 2016 - 6:22pm
Commercial satellite giant Intelsat launches the first of its new Epic spacecraft - a next-generation high-throughput telecommunications system - that will be critical to the future fortune of the company.
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Google achieves AI 'breakthrough' at Go

January 27, 2016 - 12:09pm
An artificial intelligence program developed by Google beats Europe's top player at the ancient Chinese game of Go, about a decade earlier than expected.
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'Passionate debate' on protected areas

January 27, 2016 - 11:11am
The planned introduction of 30 Marine Protected Areas off Scotland has sparked a "passionate debate", says the environment secretary.
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Death Valley fish a 'recent arrival'

January 27, 2016 - 9:32am
The Devils Hole pupfish, one of the rarest species in world, may not have existed as a distinct population for as long as once thought.
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