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Last updated on  May 29th, 2015

Barrier Reef spared 'danger' listing: Click here
The Great Barrier Reef should not go on the World Heritage danger list, according to a United Nations draft report.

Alloy bounces back 10 million times: Click here
Engineers produce a "shape memory alloy" that can pop back into shape more than 10 million times, shattering previous records for this type of material.

Black hole seen 'playing billiards': Click here
A series of images captures two vast blobs of plasma, shot out by a black hole, cannoning into each other in a nearly light-speed cosmic collision.

'Man-eating tiger' to stay in zoo: Click here
A court in India's Rajasthan state rejects a plea to release a tiger who has been branded a killer and caged.

Earliest evidence of human violence: Click here
A human skull from a deep cave in northern Spain shows evidence of a lethal violent attack 430,000 years ago, a study shows.

'New species' of ancient human found: Click here
A new species of ancient human has been unearthed in the Afar region of Ethiopia, scientists report.

Food bug 'found in 73% of chickens': Click here
Nearly three-quarters of fresh shop-bought chickens test positive for food poisoning bug campylobacter in year-long study.

Robots adapt to damage in seconds: Click here
Researchers develop a system that adapts to damage in less than a minute, paving the way for robots in the home.

Mice in space develop thin skin: Click here
A study of three mice that spent 91 days on the International Space Station finds abnormalities in their skin.

Crowd size estimated with phone data: Click here
A study tests the idea that large crowds can be counted using data from mobile phone usage and Twitter.

Nepal seeks expert advice on tourism: Click here
Tourism operators in earthquake-hit Nepal seek guidance from international experts on which areas can be declared safe for trekking and mountaineering.

How Arctic ozone hole was avoided: Click here
The Antarctic ozone hole would have been 40% bigger and a hole over the Arctic would have opened up if ozone-depleting chemicals had not been phased out, according to research.

Big Bang show creates $4m scholarship: Click here
The cast and creators of TV comedy The Big Bang Theory create a scholarship fund for low-income science students.

US-China tensions rise over Beijing's 'Great Wall of Sand': Click here
The US is expected to have tough words with China at a regional security meeting, over Beijing's building activities in the South China Sea, says Jonathan Marcus.

Cold sore virus 'treats skin cancer': Click here
A genetically engineered version of a virus that normally causes cold sores shows real promise for treating skin cancer, say researchers.

Ramakrishnan to lead Royal Society: Click here
Nobel-winning structural biologist Venki Ramakrishnan is elected to become the next president of the Royal Society.

Tiger-tagging app to boost tracking: Click here
A new iPad app is asking users to "tag" tigers in images gathered from the internet, to help researchers with counting and tracking the animals.

Europe drops asteroid sampling idea: Click here
Europe will not be mounting a sample-return mission to an asteroid, having rejected the MarcoPolo concept at the third time of asking.

Ministers challenged over CO2 cuts: Click here
The UK government’s claim that the country leads the world in cuts of carbon emissions is challenged by researchers at Leeds University.

Huge marine reserve for Pitcairn: Click here
The UK government is to establish the largest marine reserve in the world around the Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific.

Mercury pollution risk to Arctic gull: Click here
Mercury pollution has risen nearly 50-fold in the feathers of a gull that feeds and breeds in the Arctic, say scientists.

Tidal lagoon 'negotiations open': Click here
Negotiations are opening on a £1bn tidal lagoon scheme in Swansea as the chancellor gives his Budget speech in the House of Commons.

VIDEO: 'New species' of ancient human unearthed: Click here
A new species of ancient human has been unearthed in the deserts of Ethiopia, after 3,500,000 years.

VIDEO: Why the Common Dolphin is becoming more common: Click here
The BBC's John Maguire joins a scientific expedition that is studying the Common Dolphin population off the west coast of Scotland, and trying to find out why, until recently, it was quite a rare sight.

VIDEO: Where does Crossrail waste earth go?: Click here
The BBC's Andrew Bomford finds out where the millions of tonnes of earth go that have been excavated during the cross rail project.

VIDEO: Solar plane pilot: 'Weather risk too big': Click here
The planned flight of the sun powered plane, Solar Impulse 2, has been postponed.

VIDEO: How an ancient parasite was frozen in time: Click here
Professor David Siveter from the University of Leicester explains how a 425 million year-old parasite was frozen in time at a site in Herefordshire.

VIDEO: Dog evolution 'earlier than thought': Click here
Dogs may have been domesticated much earlier than previously though, Swedish researchers suggest.

VIDEO: Inuit challenge to EU seal ban: Click here
The Inuit people of Greenland are challenging an EU ban on seal hunting and the trade in seal meat and skins, arguing it has "crashed" the Inuits' economy.

VIDEO: New ways to grow food in space: Click here
A project will see thousands of schoolchildren experiment on seeds that have spent six months on the International Space Station.

Virgin Galactic flight trials face delay after crash: Click here
Virgin Galactic's long road to commercial service

Great Barrier Reef status at risk: Click here
Awaiting Unesco's decision on a wonder of the natural world

How do you pick up an oil platform?: Click here
How do you pick up an oil platform?

Sending ice to Antarctica: Click here
Sending ice from the Alps to Antarctica

Solar Impulse awaits 'moment of truth': Click here
Solar plane needs weather on its side for week-long Pacific flight

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