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Google robot severs its power cord

January 21, 2015 - 9:19am
Atlas - one of the most advanced robots in the world - is upgraded by its owner Google to include a battery pack, allowing it go "wireless".
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Why India should not get complacent over its tiger population

January 21, 2015 - 3:21am
India must not get complacent about its tiger recovery
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Warning over forensic science work

January 20, 2015 - 8:45pm
Forensic science standards risk slipping after work was transferred to in-house police labs and private firms, the spending watchdog warns.
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X-rays read burnt Vesuvius scroll

January 20, 2015 - 1:36pm
An X-ray scanning technique allows physicists to read letters from a fragile, burnt scroll dug from beneath Mount Vesuvius - without unrolling it.
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MPs urge action on milk price cuts

January 20, 2015 - 7:23am
MPs want more to be done to protect dairy farmers from falls in milk prices - including new powers to fine supermarkets over pricing disputes.
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VIDEO: Finding future drugs in the dirt

January 20, 2015 - 6:31am
Scientists in the US appeal for soil samples from across the world to help find new naturally occurring agents for future medicines.
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Global soil hunt for new drugs

January 20, 2015 - 1:41am
US scientists are asking the public to send in soil samples that can be screened for compounds that could be used to make vital new drugs to fight deadly infections and cancer.
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First transplant from UK newborn

January 19, 2015 - 10:16pm
Doctors have carried out the first organ transplant from a newborn in the UK, giving a dead baby's kidneys and liver cells to two separate recipients.
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Soviet collapse felt among wildlife

January 19, 2015 - 4:56pm
The socioeconomic shocks following the collapse of the Soviet Union also affected the region's wildlife, a study suggests.
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Probe gets an eyeful of dwarf Ceres

January 19, 2015 - 12:26pm
The American space agency's Dawn spacecraft is bearing down on Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
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Malaria resistance genetics revealed

January 19, 2015 - 10:21am
Genetic mutations that are associated with resistance to the frontline malaria drug are identified, scientists report.
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Micro-machines journey inside animal

January 19, 2015 - 5:55am
In a case of science fiction meeting reality, microscopic machines have journeyed inside a living animal for the first time.
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VIDEO: How do you vaccinate a badger?

January 19, 2015 - 3:09am
BBC Inside Out follows the badger vaccination team in Cornwall as they test whether vaccination could be an effective alternative to culling.
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Disease threat to wild bees

January 18, 2015 - 11:12pm
The trade in bees used for honey or to pollinate crops could have a devastating impact on wild bees and other insects, say scientists.
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'Designer baby debate should start'

January 18, 2015 - 6:47pm
Rapid progress in genetics is making "designer babies" more likely and society needs to be prepared, leading scientists have told the BBC.
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VIDEO: Video of SpaceX rocket crash landing

January 18, 2015 - 4:09pm
The inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk has shared video footage of the moment his SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket crashed into a floating sea platform.
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VIDEO: Seals' night 'secrets' revealed

January 17, 2015 - 6:43am
Thermal imaging filming techniques by BBC Winterwatch have revealed the nocturnal behaviour of England's largest seal colony.
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VIDEO: Scientists prepare for sub-Antarctic rat cull

January 17, 2015 - 3:26am
British scientists are preparing for the world's biggest rat cull on a sub-Antarctic island.
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Rosetta will prompt image rethink

January 16, 2015 - 3:56pm
The way some images have been drip-fed from the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission at Comet 67P should prompt a rethink on data policies, the organisation's chief says.
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2014 confirmed as warmest on record

January 16, 2015 - 11:29am
The 12 months of 2014 were the warmest on record, with global temperatures 0.68C (1.24F) above the long-term average, say US government scientists.
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