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What's the real story behind 'killing' of Ming the clam?
The results of a DNA study suggest that dogs were domesticated in Europe.
Prototype radar scanners that can detect weapons concealed on people in public spaces is set to undergo real-world testing next year.
A new report says the UK space sector needs a defined and properly funded national programme if it is to build on the successes of recent years.
How the chemical elements got their names
How did Mars become the barren world we know today?
Minutes of the meeting giving the go-ahead to a controversial extension of the badger cull reveal deep unease among several board members about the decision.
EasyJet has created and flown through a fake ash cloud in order to test a new piece of on-board equipment.
Provisional figures from the World Meteorological Organization show 2013 to be one of the hottest on record.
Welfare standards are on average higher in laying hens kept in new-style cages than in free range flocks, according to a leading animal welfare expert.
Oscar-winning director of March of the Penguins takes on the challenge of bringing a forest to life in his latest film.
The skull of a four million-year-old big cat resembling a modern snow leopard is found in the Himalayas, evidence that big cats first evolved in Asia not Africa.
UK researchers are awarded an emergency grant to track and predict a vast iceberg that could enter Southern Ocean shipping lanes.
Who will teach our children to code?
The US space agency releases a spectacular new picture of Saturn, acquired by the Cassini spacecraft on "the day the Earth smiled".
A team has found the specific olfactory receptor in zebrafish that responds to their innate aversion to rotting flesh.
Production of rice and coconuts hit dramatically as a result of the typhoon according to the UN's food and agriculture organisation.
Two species of dolphin can be indentified from one another by analysing the clicking sounds they make, new research suggests.
Depression can make us physically older by speeding up the ageing process in our cells, research suggests.
Miniature video cameras reveal life from a gannet's perspective