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Time, not material goods, 'raises happiness'

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:42:38 GMT

Contentment comes from paying others to take on chores such as cleaning and cooking, a study says.

South African child 'virtually cured' of HIV

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:32:15 GMT

The nine-year-old has no active HIV in the body after catching the infection at birth.

High risk of 'unprecedented' winter downpours - Met Office

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:05:51 GMT

A new analysis suggests there's a greater chance of the heavy rain that led to extensive flooding in 2014.

World's first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 19:31:12 GMT

The revolutionary technology allows wind power to be harvested in waters too deep for current turbines.

Electricity shake-up could save consumers 'up to £40bn'

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:13:22 GMT

New rules will encourage UK consumers to generate and store their own power, ministers say.

Fukushima disaster: Robot finds possible melted nuclear fuel

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:07:10 GMT

An underwater robot spotted the lava-like rocks inside a reactor of Japan's destroyed nuclear plant.

Farm subsidies 'must be earned' - Michael Gove

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:41:58 GMT

Environment Secretary Michael Gove plans to pay farmers for protecting the environment and creating rural jobs.

New Mexico boy trips over 1.2 million year old fossil

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:07:31 GMT

A 10-year-old boy's stumble unearthed a prehistoric skull, which he then got the chance to help excavate.

Elephant seals 'recognise vocal rhythm'

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:05:37 GMT

Male elephant seals recognise the rhythm of one another's voices, researchers say.

Poaching pushes pangolin closer to extinction

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:13:15 GMT

Pangolins in the forests of Africa are at risk of being pushed to extinction like their Asian relatives.

Moon dust bag sold for $1.8m at New York auction

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:28:58 GMT

The bag was used by astronaut Neil Armstrong to collect the first ever samples of the Moon in 1969.

Why dogs are friendly - it's written in their genes

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:06:55 GMT

Being friendly is in dogs' nature and could be key to how they were domesticated from wolves.

UK rhino eggs 'could save last northern whites'

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:04:28 GMT

A UK zoo is taking part in a radical plan to save the world's last northern white rhinos from extinction.

Australia human history 'rewritten by rock find'

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:28:27 GMT

Research shows Aboriginal people entered Australia up to 18,000 years earlier than thought.

Mighty T. rex 'walked rather than sprinted'

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:00:14 GMT

New research suggests the dinosaur could go no faster than a very brisk walking pace.

Scientist describes life on the ice in Greenland

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:43:31 GMT

Glacial microbiologist Dr Joe Cook is in Greenland to examine the effect of algae on melting ice.

Greenland ice sheet: How do you go the toilet?

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:00:42 GMT

There's one question the BBC's science editor keeps being asked about life on the ice.

How the body responds to stress

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 23:16:07 GMT

We analysed how the body responds to stress - by making presenter Jordan Dunbar do a comedy performance.

The rather rude sounds of an elephant seal

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 06:40:01 GMT

Male elephant seals recognise the rhythm of one another's voices, researchers say.

Norfolk Broads python discovery mystery

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:49:33 GMT

A 12ft-long python found on the Norfolk Broads has still not been found.

US Republican asks Nasa if civilisation on Mars existed

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:49:28 GMT

A US congressman asked scientists if the Red Planet could have been occupied "thousands of years ago".

Gif and image written into the DNA of bacteria

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 23:31:43 GMT

Images and a short film are inserted into bacteria DNA and recovered with 90% accuracy.

Lark or night owl? Blame your ancestors

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 23:52:13 GMT

Our ancestors could be to blame for the wide variety of human sleeping habits, from larks to night owls.

Newquay is go!

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:06:44 GMT

World Land Speed record holder Andy Green looks forward to the first, low-speed runs of the Bloodhound supersonic car.

Zoo keepers

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 23:07:32 GMT

Galaxy Zoo is one of the most successful citizen science projects ever conceived. We look back at what it's achieved over 10 years.

Fusion wait

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:50:54 GMT

We will have to wait until the second half of the century for fusion reactors to start generating electricity, experts have announced.

Sprouting wings

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 01:23:05 GMT

We're all used to ants sprouting wings and taking to the air during summer, but is there really such a thing as a "flying ant day"?

'Beam me up, Scotty'

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:27:05 GMT

Chinese scientists have "teleported" a photon particle to a satellite - could humans be next?

Splitting the atom

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:07:31 GMT

The government is about to set out its position on membership of Europe's nuclear regulator after Brexit.

DNA data

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:53:01 GMT

Could an effort to gather genetic data from its population of one billion people help India take the lead in advanced healthcare?

Ribbiting stuff

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 20:48:20 GMT

The huge diversity of frogs we see today is mainly a consequence of the asteroid strike that killed off the dinosaurs, a study suggests.

Desert wall?

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 00:42:35 GMT

Science reporter Victoria Gill joins researchers in Arizona to find out how President Trump's wall could affect endangered desert wildlife.

Dino domination

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:59:45 GMT

A million-year-long period of volcanic activity led to the rise of the dinosaurs, a study suggests.

Quantum leap

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:17:07 GMT

Chinese scientists say their experimental Micius spacecraft paves the way for a new kind of internet.

Saving big cats

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:27:37 GMT

Amy Dickman has had some close shaves with big cats and humans while working with cheetahs and lions.