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Bright spotlight on Ceres mission

As Nasa's Dawn satellite prepares to enter into orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres, scientists say they are excited to learn more about the two bright spots on its surface.

DNA documents ancient mass migration

DNA analysis has revealed evidence for a massive migration into the heartland of Europe 4,500 years ago.

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.

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.

Signs of spring 'shifting' in trees

Scientists say climate change will lead to a shift in the timing of when trees come into leaf in British woodlands.

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.

SpaceX launches electric satellites

US rocket company SpaceX performs a dual-launch of all-electric satellites - what is expected to become a big trend in future spacecraft design and deployment.

'Exquisite' gravity probe leaves UK

UK industry completes construction of the modules that make up the Lisa Pathfinder satellite - a remarkable probe that will test the key technologies needed to detect gravitational waves in space.

Wheat present in UK 'for 8,000 years'

Fragments of wheat DNA suggest wheat was present in Britain 8,000 years ago, long before it was grown by British farmers.

Fungus plays 'biomusic' duet

Scientists at Plymouth University play improvised pieces of music with the help of slime mould.

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.

Killer frog disease hits Madagascar

A devastating disease that has wiped out amphibians around the world has been discovered in Madagascar, scientists report.

'Concern' over bugs in shop chicken

Concerns are growing about antibiotic resistance of bacteria carried by poultry, according to a new report.

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.

Call for global single-use syringes

Smart syringes that can be used only once should be used for injections, the World Health Organization has announced.

Bionic research project gets £1.4m

A new generation of bionic limbs could be the result of research being led by scientists at Newcastle University.

Machine learns to play video games

A machine inspired by the human brain has learned how to play 49 classic Atari video games - a step towards self-thinking robots, scientists say.

Russia extends space station role

Russia commits itself to operations on the International Space Station until 2024, matching the intentions of the Americans.

VIDEO: Brain-controlled drone shown off

A drone specialist in Portugal demonstrates a flight controlled by human brainwaves, and suggests a future of large-scale unmanned flying.

US sea level rise 'very unusual'

Sea levels along the northeast coast of the US rose dramatically during 2009-2010 in an event scientists describe as "very unusual".

Giant caiman packed fierce bite

A team of Brazilian scientists says they have calculated that the bite of a giant prehistoric caiman was twice has strong as that of a T-Rex.

Solar loses out in renewables auction

The results of the UK government's first auction for renewable energy subsidies are a boost for offshore wind, with solar the biggest loser.

Dutch town terrorised by rogue owl

Residents of the Dutch town of Purmerend are advised to take umbrellas out at night after a rogue owl leaves man requiring stitches to head wounds.

Threatened birds of prey 'vanish'

Two of the rarest birds of prey in England, which had been satellite tagged, vanish in unexplained circumstances.

Hyenas feast at vulture restaurants

"Restaurants" of dead meat set up for endangered vultures also attract an undesirable clientele of hyenas and jackals, according to a six-year study.

Brazil releases 'good' mosquitoes

Brazilian researchers release thousands of mosquitoes infected with a bacteria that suppresses dengue fever into the environment in Rio de Janeiro.

VIDEO: Baby orangutans need new mum

Staff are hoping two Sumatran orangutans will find new mothers at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset.

VIDEO: Astronauts brave week's third spacewalk

Two American astronauts have ventured out on a spacewalk for the third time in a week, to install cables on the International Space Station.

VIDEO: An eco-system inside your home

The smart garden that fits inside your house and provides fresh healthy food

VIDEO: How tidal lagoon power plants work

The BBC's Roger Harrabin has been to the site of one of six tidal lagoons planned in the UK to see how it would work.


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