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VIDEO: A year in space: Soyuz docks at ISS
  A Russian Soyuz spacecraft has docked at the International Space Station carrying three astronauts, two of whom are due to spend a record 12 months there.

Duo begin year-long space trip
  US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko arrive for 12-month tour of duty on the International Space Station.

What is the point of the Large Hadron Collider?
  David Shukman on the justifications for the Large Hadron Collider

Paris, the city of romance ... and smog
  By late March, the French capital shakes off its winter torpor as warmer weather awakens the flowers, and the museums, monuments and cafes gear up for their role as the backdrop of Paris, the eternal city of romance.But this year,...

Global warming? Forget cold hard facts
  Okay, so Ted Cruz said something, and we went back and forth about whether or not we should address it because it's just baffling. But then we figured, yes, even the baffling things deserve some sort of response.In an interview...

Greens ‘want 1% of GDP for science’
  A pledge by the Greens to double science funding contrasts with the statements offered by five other party leaders, answering a call to set out their policies on science.

Duo ready for one year in space
  US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko are about to undertake a 12-month tour of duty on the International Space Station.

VIDEO: Eels journey from Bermuda and back
  Millions of eels have been arriving in the south-west of England having travelled thousands of miles from the Sargasso Sea near Bermuda.

'Cat litter mix' closed nuclear site
  A team of experts says a mixture that included organic cat litter forced the closure of the only underground nuclear waste repository in the US.

Polar ice shelf thinning speeds up
  Eighteen years of satellite data reveal an acceleration in the thinning of many of Antarctica's floating ice shelves.

China's 'magic bunny' goes viral
  China's endangered Ili Pika goes viral

Dark matter flits through collisions
  A long-running study shows dark matter coasts unscathed through galactic collisions, betraying a ghostly lack of interaction with the known Universe.

River health revealed in 'shocking' figures
  Just 17% of England's rivers are judged to be in good health, according to "shocking" figures

Outdoors: Auckland Islands pigs draw scientists' interest
  On Auckland Islands, to borrow a line from the late Beatle George Harrison, everywhere there's lots of piggies ...Wild pigs released 200 years ago live throughout the main island, having developed extra-long snouts, perhaps for...

Brian Fallow: If not our backyard, then where?
  Economic growth, jobs and exports need recognition among the purpose and principles provisions of the Resource Management Act.At least that was the view expressed by Environment Minister Nick Smith in a speech two months ago, outlining...

Getting ready for the mission to hell
  Europe and America are building two satellites to study the Sun that will venture closer to the solar inferno than any previous ventures.

Drones bounce back from collisions
  Researchers in the US copy bird and bat wings to build a drone that can rebound and recover from mid-air collisions.

VIDEO: The drone wings that bounce back
  Researchers in the US copy bird and bat wings to build a drone that can rebound and recover after mid-air collisions.

What are the Designs of the Year?
  Weird and wonderful entries vie for Design of the Year

DNA of 'an entire nation' assessed
  The genetic code of "an entire nation" has effectively been deduced, say researchers in Iceland.

Sam Judd: Auckland's water threatened by poo?
  Recently I was having some friendly banter with a mate who lives in Hamilton. He rebuked my criticism of his hometown by telling me that we in Auckland are drinking Hamilton's poo. I had to investigate this and found that to a...

Water 'could warm a million homes'
  A million properties across England could in future be heated by water from rivers, canals and the sea, the government says.

Swimmer has Russian Ross Sea talks
  The record-breaking endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh discusses the possibility of an Antarctic Ross Sea marine reserve with the Russians.

Bloodhound car has engine fitting
  The Bloodhound Super Sonic Car has a fitting with the Rolls-Royce jet engine it will use to try to break the world land speed record.

House sparrow rule roost in Scotland
  House sparrows are the most commonly spotted bird in gardens in Scotland, according to an RSPB survey.

Badger TB vaccine expansion plans
  A trial to give Bovine TB vaccines to badgers will expand after it was deemed a success by scientists in Cornwall.

Mars rover detects 'useful nitrogen'
  The Curiosity rover makes a detection of nitrogen compounds which provide further evidence that ancient Mars would have been a habitable world.

Clean-up at NZ's 'most toxic site' begins
  Work has started cleaning up the old Waiuta mine site - described as New Zealand's most toxic contaminated site - in a joint $3 million operation.Arsenic levels at the Prohibition and Alexander mines at Waiuta, south of Reefton,...

Lockheed Martin develops climate change weapons
  The head of one of the world's most innovative fish farms sports a scruffy beard and talks about saving the planet by moving "toward a culture of nurture."His office is a trailer near the beach, where the views are of dolphins,...

Hopes grow for climate-proof beans
  A breakthrough in the development of temperature-resilient beans could help sustain a vital source of protein for millions of people around the globe.

The myths about food and pregnancy
  Pregnant women are often told what to eat and what to avoid but sound advice can get lost in a mix of badly-reported science and old wives' tales.

Why I consumed my own blood
  Michael Mosley on why he snacked on his own blood

Where does my personality fit in?
  Is your personality suited to the place you live? New research maps the personality of 380 locations in Great Britain.

One man's trash is another's treasure ... including your faeces
  One man's trash is another's treasure. And so, it seems, are his faeces.Human faeces contains gold and other precious metals that could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, experts say.Now the trick is how to retrieve them...

Short circuit delays LHC restart
  The restart of the Large Hadron Collider hits a delay, after a short circuit is detected in one of its powerful electromagnets.

Olive tree disease spreads in Italy
  Italy must step up efforts to contain a bacterial disease blighting olive trees in the southern province of Lecce, EU officials warn.

Alien plants 'no threat' to UK flora
  A study suggests that non-native plant species do not pose a risk to native flora, as widely assumed, because negative impacts are limited to localised areas.

VIDEO: Solar 'could provide 4% of UK electricity'
  Solar power could provide up to 4% of the UK's electricity by the end of the decade, the government has said.

Big rise in solar energy use predicted
  Solar energy could provide up to 4% of the UK's electricity by the end of the decade, the government forecasts.

'Monster salamanders' in mass grave
  Scientists report a new species of giant amphibian after digging up multiple fossils from an ancient, dried-up lake where hundreds of the beasts probably died.

Australia finds 'huge asteroid impact'
  Scientists in central Australia discover what they say is a 400km-wide underground asteroid crater - the largest impact area ever found.

Being comfortable in robotics' uncanny valley
  The capability of the latest intelligent robots is forcing us to address how far we want these machines integrated into our lives and the sort of "human" relationship we'll have with them.

VIDEO: How robotic hand uses bio-signals
  David Shukman looks at work being done at the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, as the government pushes for more investment and co-operation in the field.

EC funds switch 'good for science'
  Taking money out of Europe's research budget for a special economic stimulus plan will end up boosting science, claims Research Commissioner Carlos Moedas.

Gold in faeces 'worth millions'
  US researchers are investigating ways to extract the gold and precious metals from human faeces.

Flower-friendly farms 'boost bees'
  Planting farmland with strips of flowers can boost the number of wild bumblebees, but rarer species need special attention, a study has confirmed.

National Trust in climate change plea
  The National Trust says climate change is the "biggest threat" to the land it protects, as the charity unveils a 10-year plan to help the environment.

VIDEO: Does your pet have 'separation anxiety'?
  Vets are warning that a growing number of dogs and other pets are suffering from separation anxiety as peoples' working habits change.

The hunters breaking an Ebola ban on bushmeat
  Meet the hunters ignoring the Ebola bushmeat ban

Seminal geology map re-discovered
  One of William Smith's original 1815 geological maps of England, Wales and part of Scotland is re-discovered in time to celebrate the 200th anniversary of its making.

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