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BBC News - Science/Nature - UK Edition 

Eggshells may act like 'sunblock'

Birds' eggs show adaptations in pigment concentration and thickness to allow the right amount of sun for embryos, scientists say.

How faces drive first impressions

UK scientists model the physical attributes that underpin our social judgements about strangers.

'Brain hub predicts negative events'

Scientists have identified a part of the brain that may help us predict when things are about to go wrong and could play a part in depression.

Beauty spots still at fracking 'risk'

Government guidance that fracking licences can only be issued for beauty spots in "exceptional circumstances" receives a mixed response from campaigners.

Dinosaurs' extinction 'bad luck'

Dinosaurs might have survived if the asteroid that wiped them out had hit the Earth a few million years later or earlier, a new study suggests.

California hit by raging wildfires

Two fast-moving fires in California destroy 10 homes and force the evacuation of hundreds more, as a man dies in a lightning strike in Los Angeles.

Wildlife loss link to child slavery

New research suggests that the global reduction in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery.

Gecko sex satellite 'not responding'

A Russian satellite containing geckos could plummet to earth if control is not regained, according to reports.

'Fluffy' dinosaurs were widespread

A discovery of 150 million year old fossils in Siberia indicates that feathers were much more widespread among dinosaurs than previously thought.

Mobile test illuminates risk taking

Specially designed mobile games can help scientists answer important questions about cognition, a team finds.

Africa 'needs green revolution'

Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a Chatham House report.

Call for end to 'throwaway society'

A ban on sending leftover food to landfill is needed to move away from a 'throwaway society', say MPs.

Government to end nuclear waste veto

The UK government wants to scrap a community veto which allows local politicians to block a future £12bn nuclear waste repository.

Carbon concerns over wood burning

Burning wood to fuel power stations can create as many harmful carbon emissions as burning coal, according to a government report.

Rosetta's comet seen in close-up

Europe's Rosetta probe has acquired new images of the comet it is chasing through space.

Nasa seeks aid with Earth-Mars links

Nasa is asking for help to get data back from future science missions orbiting Mars or roaming its surface.

Genetic clues to age of first period

The timing of when a girl reaches puberty is controlled by hundreds of genes, say scientists.

Secret of sandstone shapes revealed

Geologists discover that the stress applied by gravity is what controls the shape of dramatic sandstone landmarks.

Four-winged dinosaur found in China

The largest ever four-winged dinosaur has been discovered in China, with remarkably long feathers on its hindwings and tail.

Dogs 'hardwired' to be jealous wags

Jealousy is not just part of the human condition, a study suggests, it appears to be hard wired into the brains of dogs too.

Voyage to unlock Arctic secrets

A crew of sailors is embarking on a pioneering citizen science expedition through the Northwest Passage between Canada and Greenland.

Kepler sees world with distant orbit

The Kepler Space Telescope has spotted a distant world with the longest year of any planet in the mission's inventory.

Aids researchers on crashed plane

At least six passengers on the Malaysia Airlines plane were heading to a major international Aids conference in Australia.

UK space shot's tribute to Newton

British astronaut Tim Peake has picked "Principia" to be the name of his mission into space next year.

'Biological pacemaker' tested in lab

Grow-your-own pacemakers are a step closer to reality, after pioneering experiments in pigs.

EU sets 30% energy savings target

Members of the European Union will have to boost their energy efficiency by 30% by 2030, according to the European Commission.

Beef's greater environment burden

A new study says the production of beef is around 10 times more damaging to the environment than any other form of livestock.

Seals 'feed' at offshore wind farms

Some seals prefer to forage for food at offshore wind farms, UK study suggests.

Software can decode bird songs

Scientists have developed a highly advanced bird song decoder, which can automatically identify the call of a vast variety of birds.

Australia votes to repeal carbon tax

Australia's Senate votes to repeal the so-called carbon tax, a levy on the biggest polluters brought in by the Labor Party.


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