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MPs criticise government over flood protection plans

June 9, 2016 - 2:03am
The government is failing to do enough to protect communities at risk of flooding and needs to do more long-term planning, MPs say.
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Names proposed for new chemical elements

June 8, 2016 - 4:08pm
Nihonium, moscovium, tennessine, and oganesson are the names proposed for the four new chemical elements added to the periodic table in January.
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Scientists say three-person DNA babies are 'safe'

June 8, 2016 - 3:56pm
Using DNA from three people to create a baby is safe, according to a major research study, by scientists at the Wellcome Trust Centre at Newcastle University.
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Tim Peake's message from space ahead of return to Earth

June 8, 2016 - 2:05pm
Six months after Tim Peake blasted off to the International Space Station, he is preparing for his return to Earth.
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Tim Peake on the ISS: 'I miss the feeling of rain'

June 8, 2016 - 11:44am
British astronaut Tim Peake has been on the International Space Station for nearly six months, where the climate is unsurprisingly constant.
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Hobbit find shows tiny humans shrank 'rapidly'

June 8, 2016 - 11:11am
Researchers discover fossils that suggest the famous Hobbit species shrank on the Indonesian island of Flores within the space of 300,000 years.
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Isle of Man kayaker's close encounter with basking shark

June 8, 2016 - 10:18am
A kayaker has filmed a close encounter with a 23ft (7m) basking shark off the south coast of the Isle of Man.
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Rise of mammals 'began well before dinosaur extinction'

June 8, 2016 - 2:43am
Mammals began to flourish well before the end of the dinosaur age, a new study finds.
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Surprising global origins for regional food favourites

June 8, 2016 - 1:53am
Italy's tomatoes and Thailand's potent chillies, although closely associated with these nations, have their historical roots elsewhere, a study reveals.
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Drone footage shows Bryde's whale in New Zealand waters

June 7, 2016 - 4:50pm
Footage of Bryde's whales feeding has been caught on camera.
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Bleaching 'devastates' Chagos Marine Reserve

June 7, 2016 - 10:21am
Up to 85% of the corals in the Chagos Marine Reserve of the British Indian Ocean Territory are estimated to have been damaged or killed in the current global bleaching event.
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Gravity space mission passes big test

June 7, 2016 - 8:06am
The Lisa Pathfinder mission, which was designed to demonstrate the technologies needed to detect gravitational waves in space, has been a stunning success, say officials.
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Origin of mystery deep-sea mushroom revealed

June 7, 2016 - 2:15am
Australian scientists have used genetic material to pinpoint the origin of the deep-sea mushroom, an unusual gelatinous creature first dredged up near Tasmania in 1986.
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Cancer needs Ebola-level action - Biden

June 6, 2016 - 4:34pm
The hunt for a cancer cure should be treated with as much urgency as the Ebola outbreak, says US Vice-President Joe Biden.
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US bid to grow human organs for transplant inside pigs

June 6, 2016 - 9:27am
US scientists try to grow human organs inside pigs to solve the transplant shortage by injecting human stem cells into pig embryos.
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Gene editing lab tries to grow human organs inside pigs

June 5, 2016 - 3:27pm
Scientists in the United States are trying to grow human organs inside pigs.
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PM and Boris clash over EU fishing laws

June 4, 2016 - 6:04pm
David Cameron and Boris Johnson clash over the impact of the EU on the UK's fishing industry, during an interview with the BBC's Countryfile programme.
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Hubble clocks faster cosmic expansion

June 3, 2016 - 5:55am
The Universe may be expanding up to 9% faster than previously thought, according to new measurements from the Hubble Space Telescope.
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University of East Anglia experts find 'lost city' was created by nature

June 3, 2016 - 3:32am
Ancient underwater remains thought to be a "long lost city" are in fact the result of a naturally occurring phenomenon, researchers find.
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Snails decide using 'two brain cells'

June 3, 2016 - 3:31am
Snails use two brain cells to make "complex decisions", a team of scientists finds.
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