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VIDEO: How Philae probe will land on comet

November 11, 2014 - 6:36am
David Shukman explains how craft landed on a comet
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Fossil fuel promises 'being broken'

November 10, 2014 - 11:46pm
World governments are breaking promises to phase out subsidies for fossil fuels, a report by the Overseas Development Institute says.
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Ant and Dec asked to end 'animal abuse'

November 10, 2014 - 9:20pm
Springwatch host Chris Packham writes an open letter to Ant and Dec imploring them to end "abuse of animals" in I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!
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VIDEO: How comet particles are analysed

November 10, 2014 - 6:42pm
With the Rosetta spacecraft in orbit around comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, scientists are hoping for a windfall of new information about these strangest of objects.
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'Looking good' for comet landing bid

November 10, 2014 - 4:09pm
European Space Agency officials say all is well ahead of this week's historic bid to try to land a probe on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
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L'Aquila quake verdicts quashed

November 10, 2014 - 2:24pm
A group of Italian scientists convicted of manslaughter for failing to predict a deadly earthquake in 2009 have had the verdict quashed.
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Materials book scoops science prize

November 10, 2014 - 1:40pm
A book introducing the importance of materials wins the 2014 Royal Society Winton Prize.
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VIDEO: 'We need Ebola surveillance systems'

November 10, 2014 - 10:38am
Bill Gates says "surveillance systems" are needed to spot the signs of a disease outbreak earlier and prevent crises like the Ebola situation in West Africa.
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National Grid plans to bury cables

November 10, 2014 - 10:03am
Pylon cables will disappear from some parts of England and Wales as National Grid looks to reduce the impact of energy transmission on the landscape.
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Sea robots seek climate change data

November 10, 2014 - 9:56am
Robots roaming the remote Southern Ocean, controlled from Norfolk by satellite, are collecting information on how warm water is melting the Antarctic ice cap.
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Stinky invader 'could get to UK'

November 10, 2014 - 9:19am
An agricultural pest that can cause widespread damage to crops could establish itself within the UK, according to a scientist.
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VIDEO: Awards bring glamour to science

November 10, 2014 - 7:51am
Some of the world's top scientists have won huge cash prizes at an awards show in Silicon Valley, in California.
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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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