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Pop-up playgrounds fold themselves

US researchers build tiny electronic scaffolds using a new technique aimed at merging biology with electronics.

Dawn probe set for Ceres arrival

Nasa is waiting for confirmation that its Dawn probe has gone into orbit around Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

Science 'squeezed out of primaries'

Science is being squeezed out of English primary schools, with a third not providing the recommended two hours of teaching a week, research suggests.

Outcry as IS 'wrecks' Assyrian site

Archaeologists and officials express outrage about the reported bulldozing of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in Iraq by Islamic State (IS) militants.

DNA reveals bird shift surprise

DNA samples reveal two species of forest-dwelling birds on remote Indonesian islands are actually members of the ground-dwelling pipit and wagtail family.

Global flood toll to triple by 2030

People affected by river flooding worldwide could triple by 2030, with climate change and population growth the main factors, says a new report.

African synchrotron bid gathers pace

The effort to build a synchrotron - a large accelerator that generates X-rays for research - in Africa is gaining momentum, a US conference hears.

'First human' discovered in Ethiopia

Scientists working in Ethiopia have uncovered a jawbone fossil which may push the origin of humans back 400,000 years.

Autism appears 'largely genetic'

Genetic influences on autism are estimated to be between 74-98%, a Medical Research Council study of 258 twins suggests.

Magic 'metamaterials' storm physics

The hot topic at a major US conference is materials that can be designed with surprising properties, from programmable rubber to springy ceramics.

Stegosaurus gives up body weight

Scientists work out the body mass of the superb Stegosaurus specimen recently put on display at London's Natural History Museum.

New threats to wild bees identified

Wild bumblebees are infected with many of the diseases found in honeybees looked after by bee keepers, according to a national survey.

Kew cuts 'a recipe for failure'

The government's financial management of Kew Gardens is a "recipe for failure", a Select Committee report warns.

Scientists produce TB-resistant cows

Researchers in China produce a herd of genetically engineered cows that are better able to ward off bovine TB.

Coffee linked to 'cleaner' arteries

Drinking a few cups of coffee a day may help people avoid clogged arteries - a known risk factor for heart disease - South Korean researchers believe.

New Higgs detection 'closes circle’

Physicists have detected a version of the Higgs Boson in a superconductor, but say this cannot substitute for the work of the LHC.

Rosetta catches its own shadow

The Rosetta satellite sees its own shadow in the highest resolution image it has so far taken of Comet 67P.

Bloodhound car begins to take shape

Good progress is being made on construction of the world's fastest car - the Bloodhound supersonic vehicle, which aims to run at over 1,000mph.

Google camera zips along rainforest

Google flew one of its Street View cameras down a zip wire in the Amazon rainforest to capture new images of the forest canopies.

UK to pioneer lagoon power plants

Plans to generate electricity from the world's first series of tidal lagoons are unveiled in the UK, with sites proposed in Wales, Somerset and Cumbria.

Power plants paid to stay idle - MPs

The Energy and Climate Change Committee has warned that a government scheme to keep the lights on could lead to unnecessarily high energy costs.

First tree seeds for Doomsday vault

The Svalbard "Doomsday" seed vault, which protects the world's food crops, accepts its first consignment of seeds from forest tree species.

Lords call for UK Arctic ambassador

The United Kingdom should create an ambassador for the Arctic or risk being pushed out of key decisions for the region, a House of Lords report says.

VIDEO: New threats to wild bees identified

Bumblebees in the wild are infected with many diseases found in honeybees kept by bee keepers, according to a national survey.

VIDEO: Talking Movies: How Greenpeace began

Talking Movies' Tom Brook meets the director of the documentary How to Change the World - a film which focuses on the early days of Greenpeace.

VIDEO: The greatest threat to China's elephants

The greatest threat to China's wild elephants is no longer poaching but habitat destruction.

VIDEO: Prince's call to end ivory trade

Prince William condemns illegal wildlife trading in a speech on the final day of his tour of China.

VIDEO: MPs' warning over Kew Gardens cuts

The government's financial management of London's Kew Gardens is "a recipe for failure", MPs warn.

VIDEO: 'How I snapped weasel on bird photo'

The amateur photographer who took a picture of a weasel on the back of a woodpecker mid-flight says it is "almost a dream".

VIDEO: Dramatic volcanic eruption in Chile

The Villarrica volcano in southern Chile has erupted, spewing ash and lava up to 1,000m (3,300ft) into the air.


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