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VIDEO: Visiting one of Africa's biggest solar farms

March 18, 2016 - 3:16am
How one of Africa's biggest solar farms could help South Africa solve its energy crisis.
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Sperm bunch up when fluid is gloopy

March 17, 2016 - 7:57pm
Physicists studying the motion of sperm discover that the little swimmers flock together in tight groups if the surrounding fluid is "viscoelastic".
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How extinct humans left their mark on us

March 17, 2016 - 7:49pm
Most of us share 2-4% of DNA with Neanderthals; some have genes from Denisovans; but their genetic mark has vanished in some stretches of genetic code.
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Ben Nevis gains a metre thanks to GPS

March 17, 2016 - 6:58pm
Ben Nevis, Britain's tallest mountain, is re-measured by Ordnance Survey and is now officially put at 1,345m high - a metre taller than before.
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SeaWorld to stop breeding orcas

March 17, 2016 - 9:33am
US theme park operator SeaWorld says it is ending its controversial orca breeding programme, after facing criticism over alleged poor treatment of its captive orcas.
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Hubble telescope spies 'land of giants'

March 17, 2016 - 9:07am
Astronomers use the Hubble Space Telescope to investigate a clutch of monster stars on the edge of our Milky Way Galaxy.
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Meteor sighting reports across Britain

March 17, 2016 - 7:32am
A meteor has been sighted above Britain in the early hours with witnesses describing seeing a green flash.
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Tick disease dog 'lucky to be alive'

March 17, 2016 - 6:42am
A dog owner says her pet is "lucky to be alive" after contracting a deadly tick-borne disease that is expected to spread around the UK.
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Nefertiti hunt 'finds organic material'

March 17, 2016 - 5:14am
A search for pharaonic Queen Nefertiti's resting place finds possible "organic material" inside spaces behind walls in Tutankhamun's tomb, Egypt says.
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Supercomputer copies human blood flow

March 16, 2016 - 7:04pm
Physicists say a supercomputer simulation of blood flow around the entire human body is showing promise, based on an experimental test.
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Name sought for new UK polar ship

March 16, 2016 - 7:03pm
The public are being asked to name the UK's new polar research ship, which will begin operations in 2019.
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What would it take to put a man on Mars?

March 16, 2016 - 6:24pm
What would it take to put an astronaut on Mars?
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Fishy origin of fossil 'monster'

March 16, 2016 - 12:05pm
Scientists say a strange worm-like fossil with mysterious origins is actually the ancestor of living fish.
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Budget oil tax breaks condemned

March 16, 2016 - 11:49am
The Chancellor was accused by greens of promising a Budget for the next generation whilst doing too little to combat climate change.
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Who was Caroline Herschel?

March 16, 2016 - 9:10am
Who was subject of latest Google Doodle?
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Islamic art inspires switchable material

March 15, 2016 - 11:40pm
A new selection of stretchy but switchable 'metamaterials' is created based on intricate, repeating motifs found in Islamic art.
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In search of Syria's pigeon smugglers

March 15, 2016 - 7:24pm
The world's most unlikely pigeon smuggling route
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Dog owners warned about tick disease

March 15, 2016 - 6:57pm
Dog owners are being warned about an outbreak of a lethal tick-borne disease.
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DNA identifies 'early Neanderthals'

March 15, 2016 - 7:50am
The oldest genome sequence from a human has identified some early representatives of the Neanderthal lineage.
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Physics of ribbon curling unravelled

March 15, 2016 - 7:14am
Scientists unveil the first full description of how and why a ribbon curls when we scrape one side of it with scissors.
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