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Last updated on  July 28th, 2014

How faces drive first impressions: Click here
UK scientists model the physical attributes that underpin our social judgements about strangers.

Beauty spots still at fracking 'risk': Click here
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': Click here
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: Click here
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: Click here
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': Click here
A Russian satellite containing geckos could plummet to earth if control is not regained, according to reports.

'Fluffy' dinosaurs were widespread: Click here
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: Click here
Specially designed mobile games can help scientists answer important questions about cognition, a team finds.

Africa 'needs green revolution': Click here
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': Click here
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: Click here
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: Click here
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: Click here
Europe's Rosetta probe has acquired new images of the comet it is chasing through space.

Nasa seeks aid with Earth-Mars links: Click here
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: Click here
The timing of when a girl reaches puberty is controlled by hundreds of genes, say scientists.

Dogs 'hardwired' to be jealous wags: Click here
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: Click here
A crew of sailors is embarking on a pioneering citizen science expedition through the Northwest Passage between Canada and Greenland.

Secret of sandstone shapes revealed: Click here
Geologists discover that the stress applied by gravity is what controls the shape of dramatic sandstone landmarks.

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

Kepler sees world with distant orbit: Click here
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: Click here
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: Click here
British astronaut Tim Peake has picked "Principia" to be the name of his mission into space next year.

'Biological pacemaker' tested in lab: Click here
Grow-your-own pacemakers are a step closer to reality, after pioneering experiments in pigs.

Rosetta heads for 'space duck': Click here
Europe's mission to land on a comet was always going to be difficult, but the pictures released this week of the giant ice ball illustrate just how daunting the task will be.

Scientists develop robotic fingers: Click here
A group of MIT scientists announces the development of supplementary fingers controlled by sensors attached to the human hand.

EU sets 30% energy savings target: Click here
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: Click here
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: Click here
Some seals prefer to forage for food at offshore wind farms, UK study suggests.

Software can decode bird songs: Click here
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: Click here
Australia's Senate votes to repeal the so-called carbon tax, a levy on the biggest polluters brought in by the Labor Party.

Twitchers flock to glimpse rare bird: Click here
Hundreds of bird-watchers flock to the Norfolk coast in the hope of catching a rare glimpse of a migratory great knot in British waters.

Fur seals feel climate impacts: Click here
Changes in the Antarctic climate are showing up in the fur seal population, say scientists who have studied the animals for 30 years on the British Overseas Territory of South Georgia.

Bats 'fly by polarised light': Click here
Zoologists find that bats use the pattern of polarised light in the sky at sunset to help them navigate.

Two rare Amur leopards born at zoo: Click here
A pair of Amur leopards, which zookeepers say are on the brink of extinction, are born at Leicestershire's Twycross Zoo.

VIDEO: Seals 'stressed' by warming seas: Click here
Warming seas are reducing the food supply for Antarctic seals, say researchers.

VIDEO: Drones homing in on wildlife poachers: Click here
Civilian drones are being tested across Africa's game reserves in a hi-tech battle with poachers threatening the continent's wildlife tourism industry.

VIDEO: Call for end to 'throwaway society': Click here
MPs have called for a ban on food waste going in to landfill.

VIDEO: 'Depressed' polar bear not moving: Click here
Arturo, the polar bear dubbed 'the world's saddest animal', will be staying at his zoo in Argentina, despite a massive petition calling for him to be moved to a colder climate.

VIDEO: Giant python gets a health check: Click here
A team at Chester Zoo has given a check-up, including heart ultrasound scan to its giant reticulated python, named JF.

VIDEO: Scientists survey jellyfish after boom: Click here
More and more jellyfish are being spotted on the UK's coastline during the summer months, and now scientists have decided to try and find out why.

AUDIO: Warm weather boosts slug numbers: Click here
There has been an increase in the number of slugs in Britain's gardens due to the warm and damp weather.

VIDEO: Loris success in Sri Lanka: Click here
The Loris, one of world's smallest primates is under threat through loss of habitat. Naturalist Chaminda Jayasekara runs a conservation site to protect the animals.

Tedium, tragedy and tar: The slowest drops in science: Click here
What do experiments that go on for decades actually tell us?

Perils of the English countryside: Click here
The risks of walking in the English countryside

Row over 'bonkers' EU energy plan: Click here
European spat over energy savings target

The mystique of the 'child prodigy': Click here
Scientist claims 'child prodigy' getting credit for his discovery

The ship that totally failed to change the world: Click here
The atomic ship that totally failed to change the world

VIDEO: Who was that man on the Moon?: Click here
Why the US public lost interest in lunar exploration

Do butterfly wing patterns really mimic predator eyes?: Click here
Do butterfly wing patterns really mimic predator eyes?

Giant python gets a health check: Click here
Enormous reticulated python gets annual check-up

Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas: Click here
Models and concepts by famous car manufacturers

Climate change shuttle diplomacy: Click here
UK Climate Secretary travels the world for emissions deal

The virus detective who discovered Ebola: Click here
The young medic who found the deadly Ebola bug

Pushing frontiers of deep sea exploration: Click here
Ocean exploration is going further than ever

The beaches where Lego keeps washing up: Click here
The beaches where Lego keeps washing up

Europe's combat drone challenge: Click here
Europe develops advance unmanned combat planes

VIDEO: Rare blue butterflies given fresh hope: Click here
A rare British butterfly is given a new home

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