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'Superhero DNA' keeps diseases at bay

April 11, 2016 - 9:34am
Some people appear to be born with 'superhero DNA' that cancels out genetic diseases like cystic fibrosis, say researchers.
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'Longest-ever' captured python dies

April 11, 2016 - 8:17am
A python estimated to be 8m (26ft) long has died three days after being captured on the Malaysian island of Penang, officials say.
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Major Tim 'catches the Dragon'

April 11, 2016 - 4:56am
UK astronaut Tim Peake successfully captures and berths the latest cargo ship to visit the International Space Station.
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World tiger numbers show increase

April 11, 2016 - 2:02am
The estimated number of wild tigers in the world has risen for the first time in more than a century, say conservationists.
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VIDEO: Wild tiger numbers on the rise

April 11, 2016 - 12:40am
The number of wild tigers has gone up for the first time in a century, according to new figures released by the World Wildlife Fund.
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Planet Nine's profile fleshed out

April 10, 2016 - 7:06am
Astrophysicists outline what Planet Nine might be like - if indeed it exists.
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VIDEO: SpaceX lands rocket on ocean barge

April 9, 2016 - 4:00am
The private space company SpaceX successfully lands a rocket on a barge floating off the Florida coast.
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Reusable rocket lands on sea platform

April 9, 2016 - 2:59am
The US aerospace company SpaceX successfully lands a reusable rocket on an ocean platform, after four previous attempts failed.
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Tata windfall from carbon permits

April 8, 2016 - 9:51am
Tata Steel is refusing to comment on claims it has made £700m windfall profits from a policy designed to protect the climate.
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Lab cooks up sugars from 'comet ice'

April 8, 2016 - 5:04am
Experiments show how ribose - an important sugar for life - can form when a simple icy mixture is hit by UV light.
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Baby wombat becomes tourism ambassador

April 8, 2016 - 2:45am
An online competition to become the "chief wombat cuddler" of a baby wombat in Tasmania, has made the tiny marsupial something of a celebrity.
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Clue to Neanderthal breeding barrier

April 8, 2016 - 2:34am
Incompatibilities in the DNA of Neanderthals and modern humans may have limited the extent of interbreeding between the two groups.
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VIDEO: BBC reporter takes Antarctic dip

April 7, 2016 - 5:04pm
While reporting from the Antarctic, the BBC's Victoria Gill takes a dip in the near-freezing sea.
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'Key piece of ageing puzzle' identified

April 7, 2016 - 10:01am
A common drug, lithium, could hold the key to long life, in flies at least, according to research.
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Food waste key in emissions cuts

April 7, 2016 - 7:46am
Reducing food waste and changing the way people consume calories will help deliver a sustainable food system and reduce emissions, a study suggests.
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Public asked to aid Antarctic research

April 7, 2016 - 6:17am
British scientists who have set up a network of penguin-monitoring cameras in Antarctica are asking the public to help them carry out their research.
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VIDEO: UK's youngest Antarctic researchers

April 7, 2016 - 6:14am
How a newly launched Antarctic citizen science project allows young amateur explorers to adopt and monitor their own penguin colony.
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Exploding stars left mark on Earth

April 6, 2016 - 12:26pm
Two studies confirm that multiple supernovae have showered the Earth with radiation within the last few million years.
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Computer paints 'new Rembrandt'

April 6, 2016 - 5:22am
A team of technologists working with Microsoft and others produce a 3D-printed painting in the style of Dutch master Rembrandt.
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'Mystery voyage' of Scottish island deer

April 6, 2016 - 1:51am
Red deer on the outer Scottish islands were probably brought there in boats by Neolithic humans from as far away as mainland Europe, according to a study of ancient and modern deer DNA.
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