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Big names add glitz to science prize

November 10, 2014 - 6:16am
Top scientists have been awarded huge cash prizes at a ceremony on Sunday in California.
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Crystal beauty: Illuminating the structure of matter

November 10, 2014 - 3:41am
Illuminating the crystalline structure of matter
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The woman who cracked Enigma cyphers

November 9, 2014 - 9:43pm
Story of Bletchley Park's top female codebreaker
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VIDEO: Twin waterspouts form off Liguria

November 9, 2014 - 4:14am
Footage has emerged of the moment two waterspouts appeared simultaneously off the coast of Liguria, Italy,
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Brain's taste secrets uncovered

November 8, 2014 - 6:00pm
The brain has dedicated neurons for each of the five taste categories - salty, bitter, sour, sweet and umami - scientists have discovered.
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Testes 'most distinct human tissue'

November 7, 2014 - 8:13pm
The testes have been identified as the most distinctive type of human tissue, by a major project in Sweden.
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History beckons for comet mission

November 7, 2014 - 12:50pm
If the Rosetta probe can get into just the right position around Comet 67P on Wednesday, it will eject the Philae lander on to a seven-hour descent to the surface of the 4km-wide icy object.
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AUDIO: Mild winter 'behind fruit fly plague'

November 7, 2014 - 6:59am
An unseasonal plague of fruit flies, being experienced by some parts of the UK, is down to an "exceptionally mild winter", according to Dr Michelle Fountain, an entomologist specialising in fruit crops at the East Malling Research Station in Kent.
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Bats jam rivals' senses in food race

November 6, 2014 - 7:49pm
A species of bat has been observed for the first time interfering with the sound signals of competitors to "steal" food.
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'Ghostly presence' created in lab

November 6, 2014 - 7:35pm
Scientists say they have identified parts of the brain that generate feelings of a phantom-like presence and create an experiment that makes people feel like a ghost is nearby.
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First Europeans 'weathered Ice Age'

November 6, 2014 - 2:05pm
The genetic ancestry of the earliest Europeans survived the last Ice Age, DNA analysis suggests.
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Half of stars are 'outside galaxies'

November 6, 2014 - 2:02pm
A new study of the universe's background light suggests that as many as half its stars might be hidden in the space between galaxies.
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VIDEO: Bird poisoning 'a shocking case'

November 6, 2014 - 1:06pm
Norfolk gamekeeper Allen Lambert has been sentenced for what wildlife groups are calling the worst case of bird of prey poisoning recorded in England.
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Mystery over monster cosmic cloud

November 6, 2014 - 9:12am
Observations of a cosmic confrontation between a huge gas cloud and the black hole at the centre of our galaxy spark a debate.
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Bird of prey poisoner sentenced

November 6, 2014 - 7:31am
A gamekeeper convicted of "the worst case of bird of prey poisoning" recorded in England, according to the RSPB, is given a suspended sentence.
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Whale makes a big splash off Skye

November 6, 2014 - 6:19am
A fisherman captures images on his mobile phone of a humpback whale breaching in the sea off the Isle of Skye.
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Planet formation captured in photo

November 6, 2014 - 6:03am
The Alma radio telescope has snapped the clearest ever image of planets forming around a very young star.
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VIDEO: Mobile phone recycling in Ivory Coast

November 6, 2014 - 5:27am
As everyone rushes to get the newest phones with the latest gizmos, the BBC's Tamasin Ford finds out what happens to all the old ones.
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Pharma industry gets high on profits

November 6, 2014 - 3:00am
How do pharma firms make such fat profits?
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Inflatable baby incubator wins award

November 5, 2014 - 11:01pm
A prototype inflatable incubator for prematurely born babies has been picked as 2014's winner of the James Dyson Award for engineering.
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