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BBC News - Science/Nature - UK Edition 

'Beautiful Mind' mathematician killed

Renowned mathematician John Nash, subject of the film A Beautiful Mind, dies in a New Jersey taxi crash with his wife.

Spiders strum on leaves for love

Purring spiders use leaves as microphones and speakers to transmit their purring courtship song to a female, scientists find.

Ocean's 'tiniest organisms' revealed

Thousands of species of the ocean's tiniest organisms are revealed in a series of studies.

Antarctic in 'dramatic' ice loss

Satellites have recorded a big sudden change in the behaviour of glaciers on the Antarctica Peninsula, according to a UK-based team.

Ancient parasite 'frozen in time'

Researchers discover the 425-million-year-old remains of a new species of parasite - still clamped to the host animal it invaded.

DNA hints at earlier dog evolution

Swedish researchers say that dogs may have been domesticated much earlier than some studies suggest.

Bronze Age Danish girl 'German-born'

New research reveals that a girl buried 3,400 years ago in Denmark who became one of the country's best-known Bronze Age relics was probably born in Germany.

LHC smashes collision energy record

The Large Hadron Collider is smashing protons at the highest energy ever attempted - but they are only test collisions, as the LHC continues to gear up its second run.

California probes oil spill cause

Clean-up crews are working around the clock as investigators look into how tens of thousands of gallons of oil spewed into the sea off Santa Barbara.

Oldest tools pre-date first humans

Stones tools that are 3.3 million years old have been unearthed pre-dating the earliest-known humans in the Homo genus.

El Nino could 'disrupt food markets'

The El Nino event predicted for later this year has the potential to increase food prices, say climate scientists.

Advanced gravity hunt is green lit

Scientists hold a dedication ceremony to inaugurate the Advanced Ligo facilities, which will be trying to detect gravitational waves from some of the most violent events in the cosmos.

'Home-brewed morphine' made possible

Scientists have figured out how to brew morphine using the same kit used to make beer at home.

Tim Peake launches space food test

British astronaut Tim Peake invites schoolchildren to help him in an experiment to learn more about how to grow food in space.

Engineering prize names shortlist

Three firms working in very different fields make the 2015 shortlist for the MacRobert Award, the UK's longest-running engineering prize.

Ramakrishnan to lead Royal Society

Nobel-winning structural biologist Venki Ramakrishnan is elected to become the next president of the Royal Society.

Tiger-tagging app to boost tracking

A new iPad app is asking users to "tag" tigers in images gathered from the internet, to help researchers with counting and tracking the animals.

Europe drops asteroid sampling idea

Europe will not be mounting a sample-return mission to an asteroid, having rejected the MarcoPolo concept at the third time of asking.

Ministers challenged over CO2 cuts

The UK government’s claim that the country leads the world in cuts of carbon emissions is challenged by researchers at Leeds University.

Huge marine reserve for Pitcairn

The UK government is to establish the largest marine reserve in the world around the Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific.

Mercury pollution risk to Arctic gull

Mercury pollution has risen nearly 50-fold in the feathers of a gull that feeds and breeds in the Arctic, say scientists.

Tidal lagoon 'negotiations open'

Negotiations are opening on a £1bn tidal lagoon scheme in Swansea as the chancellor gives his Budget speech in the House of Commons.

VIDEO: How an ancient parasite was frozen in time

Professor David Siveter from the University of Leicester explains how a 425 million year-old parasite was frozen in time at a site in Herefordshire.

VIDEO: Dog evolution 'earlier than thought'

Dogs may have been domesticated much earlier than previously though, Swedish researchers suggest.

VIDEO: Inuit challenge to EU seal ban

The Inuit people of Greenland are challenging an EU ban on seal hunting and the trade in seal meat and skins, arguing it has "crashed" the Inuits' economy.

VIDEO: New ways to grow food in space

A project will see thousands of schoolchildren experiment on seeds that have spent six months on the International Space Station.

VIDEO: Saving North Yorkshire's Tansy beetle

A breeding programme is being set up for the rare Tansy beetle, which is threatened with extinction.

VIDEO: Will your favourite beach fail new test?

Dozens of British beaches and lakes are at risk of failing to meet tougher European water quality standards this summer.

VIDEO: Wheelchair user to cross Pennine Trail

Roy Taylor will cross 68 miles of the Trans Pennine Trail in his wheelchair to help raise money to "get rid of obstacles" to give the disabled greater access to the countryside.

VIDEO: 'Simple shaving cut could kill you'

Economist Jim O'Neill, the head of a UK government-appointed team looking at the impact of superbugs, tells Victoria Derbyshire the antibiotics crisis could cost millions of lives.


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