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Mystery of dazzling supernova solved

7 hours 22 min ago
An exceptionally bright supernova that baffled scientists has been explained - its light is amplified by another galaxy acting as a "lens".
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Human skin grown in laboratory

9 hours 6 min ago
Skin grown in the laboratory could replace animals in drug and cosmetics testing, according to UK scientists.
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Blood 'is not from headless king'

11 hours 36 min ago
An elaborately decorated gourd thought to contain the blood of French King Louis XVI may not be authentic, scientists say.
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VIDEO: Film features plight of African park

15 hours 21 min ago
The lethal realities of life in Virunga National Park are the subject of a British documentary which has just had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
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UK team to shoot for fusion record

16 hours 5 min ago
The director of a UK science facility says it could set a new world record in nuclear fusion by the end of the decade.
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Energy storage: The key to a smarter grid

April 23, 2014 - 16:16
Can energy grids cope with demand and volatile supply?
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'Friendly' drone flies on dog leash

April 23, 2014 - 16:01
Camera takes flight on a dog leash
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Czech deer still avoid Iron Curtain

April 23, 2014 - 10:56
A new study has found that deer on the border between the Czech Republic and old West Germany still stick to their sides despite the barrier having vanished long ago.
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'Little progress' on forest protection plan

April 23, 2014 - 07:12
Forest protection schemes make little progress
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Squirrel 'supermum' stuns wardens

April 23, 2014 - 05:21
A red squirrel at a conservation centre in Norfolk stuns wardens by producing her 48th kitten in six years.
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Mystery of 'ocean quacks' solved

April 22, 2014 - 17:01
The mystery of a bizarre quacking sound often heard in the Southern Ocean has finally been solved, scientists report.
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Asteroid impact risks 'underplayed'

April 22, 2014 - 11:18
A visualisation showing where sizeable asteroids have hit the Earth in recent years has been released by the B612 Foundation.
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Scottish wildlife rescues up 18%

April 22, 2014 - 07:10
The Scottish SPCA's new national wildlife rescue centre released nearly 2,800 injured animals back into the wild in 2013.
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Seal cull abandoned amid protests

April 22, 2014 - 06:59
A major wild salmon producer says it is giving up the culling of seals after protests at a harbour in the north east of Scotland.
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Graphene 'made with kitchen blender'

April 22, 2014 - 06:03
Scientists have outlined how they managed to make the wonder material graphene using a kitchen blender.
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'World's fastest' lift to be built

April 22, 2014 - 05:50
Hitachi says it will install a lift capable of reaching speeds of 72km/h (45mph) into a skyscraper in Guangzhou, southern China.
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Malta criticised for mass bird shoot

April 22, 2014 - 03:51
A leading British naturalist accuses Malta of failing to prevent large-scale illegal shooting of migratory birds by hunters.
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AUDIO: Migrant birds 'shot as trophies'

April 22, 2014 - 03:13
Wildlife expert Chris Packham and Sergei Golovkin from Malta's Wild Birds Regulation Unit discuss the number of illegal bird hunters operating in Malta.
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What are the hazards facing a plane stowaway?

April 21, 2014 - 17:28
How can a person endure clinging to a plane wheel?
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Flood defence assessment completed

April 21, 2014 - 02:25
For the first time in its history, the Environment Agency assesses the state of all flood defences in England following 'unprecedented' winter storms.
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