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Last updated on  May 27th, 2016

DNA 'tape recorder' to trace cell history: Click here

Researchers invent a DNA "tape recorder" that can trace the family history of every cell in a body.


Geologists revisit giant Zion landslide: Click here

US scientists produce their most precise date yet for the colossal landslide that shaped the big red canyon running through what is now Zion National Park.


Flexi-space room expansion suspended: Click here

A halt is called to the deployment of a new, expandable "room" on the International Space Station when it fails to open up as expected.


Australia removed from UN climate report: Click here

All references to climate change's impact on World Heritage sites in Australia are removed from a UN report after a government request.


Solar Impulse lands in Pennsylvania: Click here

The sun-powered aircraft Solar Impulse has landed in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, after a near-17-hour flight.


Neanderthal stone structures discovered: Click here

Researchers investigating a cave in France have identified mysterious stone rings that were probably built by Neanderthals.


HS2 'over-priced' say transport experts: Click here

HS2 is an over-priced, gold-plated project and will fail in many of its objectives a group of transport experts warns.


Exxon takes 'small step' on climate: Click here

Shareholders at Exxon Mobil AGM reject most proposals but voted in favour of a resolution that could see a climate activist elected to the board in the future.


Contract to construct giant telescope: Click here

The contract is signed that will lead to the construction of one of this century's key astronomical facilities - the European Extremely Large Telescope.


'Polar bear hybrid' shot in Canada: Click here

A possible grizzly-polar bear hybrid has been shot by a hunter in northern Canada.


Crayfish and worms may die out together: Click here

A study finds that bizarre, tentacled worms which live attached to crayfish are at risk of extinction, alongside the crayfish themselves.


Cattle drugs 'could fuel climate change': Click here

Dosing farm animals with antibiotics increases greenhouse gas emissions from cow dung, research suggests.


Exxon 'has to change or die' on climate: Click here

The world's biggest publicly traded oil company faces a critical AGM under pressure from a broad coalition of shareholders on climate change.


Solar Impulse aims for Pennsylvania: Click here

The sun-powered aircraft Solar Impulse takes off from Dayton, Ohio, on a 750km flight to Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania.


Navy investigates 'lost submarine find': Click here

The Royal Navy is investigating claims the wreckage of a British submarine lost during World War Two has been discovered off the coast of Sardinia.


Juries 'could enter virtual crime scenes': Click here

Virtual reality technology used in the gaming industry could be utilised to recreate crime scenes for jurors, researchers claim.


Yellowstone in 1871 and today: Click here

Stunning photos of Yellowstone beauty spots in 1871 and today


Evolutionary engineer wins tech prize: Click here

US biochemical engineer Frances Arnold takes the million-euro Millennium Technology Prize for pioneering 'directed evolution'.


Sentinel satellite probes coral health: Click here

European scientists are working on techniques that would allow them to routinely monitor the health of corals worldwide from orbit.


VIDEO: A haven for endangered water voles: Click here

The water vole has become Britain's most endangered mammal, but a project in Worcestershire is trying to reverse the decline.


VIDEO: Did Neanderthals create stone rings?: Click here

Stone rings thought to be created by Neanderthals have been found in France


VIDEO: China's new deep sea submarine: Click here

Look inside a life-size model of a submarine which the Chinese hope will take humans to the very bottom of the ocean - the Mariana Trench, in the Pacific.


VIDEO: Storm-chasers film Kansas tornados: Click here

A news crew has been filming tornados outside Dodge City in Kansas. At least two people were injured in severe storms.


VIDEO: Hunting universe's strangest particles: Click here

Deep underground, beneath Daya Bay in the south of China, scientists are hunting for the oddest particles in the cosmos - neutrinos.


VIDEO: How this pig helped a man to see again: Click here

Wu Pinggui talks to the BBC after having an operation to transplant a pig's cornea into his eye.


VIDEO: Building the world's largest radio telescope: Click here

BBC science correspondent Rebecca Morelle travels to China to take a close up tour of the Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope - or Fast for short.


VIDEO: 'Scary but beautiful' lightning on film: Click here

Darren Soh, a landscape photographer, creates a composite image that captures the beauty of Singapore's lightning storms.


'Dinosaur crater' drill project success: Click here

Chicxulub drill project declared a success


The gene's still selfish: Dawkins' famous idea turns 40: Click here

The scientist and author discusses his legacy - and giving up Twitter


China's science revolution: Click here

Five glimpses inside China's scientific revolution


Paradise lost in a tourism boom: Click here

Beautiful places threatened by mass tourism


Bloodhound Diary: Riding four 'gyroscopes': Click here

The effects from riding four 'gyroscopes'


Is there any point in planting new trees?: Click here

Is there any point in planting new trees?