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Orion 'Mars ship' set for test flight

December 4, 2014 - 6:05am
Orion, the US space capsule that could one day help get humans to Mars, is about to make its maiden flight from Cape Canaveral.
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Shell has 'earliest human engraving'

December 4, 2014 - 5:37am
Zig-zag patterns on a fossilised shell in Indonesia may be the earliest known engravings by a human ancestor, scientists say.
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VIDEO: Bats reveal their inner compass

December 4, 2014 - 5:10am
A study of fruit bats as they fly and land upside-down reveals a 3-D compass in their brains, researchers say.
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VIDEO: Thriving community to graveyard

December 4, 2014 - 3:59am
As a key UN climate change conference continues, BBC News visits a Nepali village destroyed by a landslide and finds a lack of funds is delaying protection projects.
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World on course for warmest year

December 4, 2014 - 2:08am
This year is in the running to be the hottest globally and for the UK since records began, early estimates show.
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Genetic diversity of Africa revealed

December 3, 2014 - 11:09pm
Scientists have completed a comprehensive study of genetic diversity in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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Africa 'soil crisis threat' to future

December 3, 2014 - 7:25pm
Neglecting the health of Africa's soil will lock the continent into a cycle of food insecurity for generations to come, a report warns.
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Project to solve Stegosaurus mystery

December 3, 2014 - 4:31pm
Scientists at London's Natural History Museum have begun the most detailed analysis ever carried out on a Stegosaurus skeleton.
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VIDEO: How to build a stegosaurus skeleton

December 3, 2014 - 4:00pm
Scientists have begun the most detailed analysis ever carried out on a stegosaurus skeleton.
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Driverless car UK test cities named

December 3, 2014 - 12:04pm
Bristol, London, Coventry and Milton Keynes are selected as the hosts of driverless car tests set to begin in 2015.
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Major deltas 'could be drowned'

December 3, 2014 - 12:02pm
Sea-level rise and river engineering "spell disaster" for many of the world's river deltas, say scientists.
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What makes different years warmer or colder?

December 3, 2014 - 9:03am
What makes temperatures vary from year to year?
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Osborne: UK lead role in Mars mission

December 3, 2014 - 8:39am
Among the commitments to science funding in his Autumn Statement, Chancellor George Osborne says the UK will play the "lead role" in Europe's 2018 Mars rover programme.
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Medieval city 'detected' with no dig

December 3, 2014 - 6:34am
A detailed plan of a medieval city near Salisbury in Wiltshire is produced by experts without the need for a single archaeological dig.
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Meat consumption risks climate goals

December 3, 2014 - 4:58am
An "awareness gap" among consumers about the impact of the livestock sector threatens to undermine efforts to curb climate change, a report warns.
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Warmest year on record predicted

December 2, 2014 - 10:14pm
This year could be the UK's warmest as measured by the world's oldest temperature record over almost 250 years, say researchers.
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Europe to press ahead on new rocket

December 2, 2014 - 9:33pm
Research ministers approve the development of a new Ariane rocket for Europe, with pledges of 5.924bn euros for space programmes.
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VIDEO: Controversial DNA test comes to UK

December 2, 2014 - 8:39pm
A personal DNA test that has sparked controversy in the US launches in the UK.
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Does rampant AI threaten humanity?

December 2, 2014 - 11:03am
Are we really at risk of smart machines killing us off?
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Richard III DNA: Infidelity surprise

December 2, 2014 - 10:11am
Analysis of Richard III's DNA has thrown up surprising evidence of infidelity somewhere in his family tree.
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