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Last updated on  April 29th, 2016

Tim Peake drives remote robot on Earth: Click here

UK astronaut Tim Peake controls a robot vehicle on Earth from the space station, simulating how humans could one day remotely command vehicles on other worlds.


Lizards share sleep patterns with humans: Click here

Scientists say sleep patterns previously thought exclusive to mammals and birds are also found in lizards.


Weasel shuts down Large Hadron Collider: Click here

The Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator in Switzerland is offline after suffering a short circuit - caused by a weasel.


Kenyan call to stamp out ivory trade: Click here

President Kenyatta of Kenya urges action to end Africa's illegal trade in ivory as he prepares to host a summit on saving elephants from extinction.


'Sleepless slugs' on rise, say experts: Click here

Last year's wet summer, followed by one of the warmest winters on record, has helped to create a generation of sleepless slugs, wildlife experts have warned.


Japan to abandon space satellite forever: Click here

Japan's space agency says it will abandon efforts to restore a multimillion dollar satellite sent to explore black holes, after it spun out of control.


New EU radar satellite takes first image: Click here

The EU's newest Earth observation satellite, Sentinel-1b, has returned its first radar imagery - of Svalbard, the Norwegian archipelago.


Neonics 'not equally harmful' to bees: Click here

The largest field-study so far in to the group of pesticides called "neonicotinoids" has concluded that each acts differently on the brains of the bees.


Glaciers with a flotilla of 'ice sails': Click here

Scientists describe the processes that drive "ice sails" - a rare and somewhat esoteric feature of debris covered glaciers.


Gene therapy reverses sight loss: Click here

A genetic therapy improves the vision of some patients who would otherwise have gone blind.


Delayed Russian rocket lifts off: Click here

Russia launches the first rocket from its new Vostochny cosmodrome, following a 24-hour delay that drew the ire of President Vladimir Putin.


Brain's 'atlas' of words revealed: Click here

Scientists in the US have mapped out how the brain organises language.


Mars mission by 2018 says SpaceX: Click here

Billionaire Elon Musk plans to send his Dragon spacecraft to Mars as early as 2018.


'Secret of youth' in ginger gene: Click here

Scientists say they have made a leap in knowing why some people retain their youthful looks while others age badly.


Volcano implicated in Maya upheaval: Click here

Scientists think they can now tie the disruption that hit Maya civilisation in the 6th Century to an eruption of the El Chichon volcano.


VIDEO: Helping hand for chilly owls: Click here

Barn owls can struggle to survive in cold, wet weather and as low temperatures persist people in Yorkshire are doing their best to give the birds a helping hand as Paul Murphy reports.


VIDEO: Tim Peake drives remote Mars rover: Click here

UK astronaut Tim Peake has performed a challenging remote control experiment on the International Space Station.


VIDEO: Meet the decoys protecting tiny seabirds: Click here

Conservationists have come up with a novel solution, using fake versions of the Little Tern, to try to attract the real ones to find suitable nesting spots.


VIDEO: Rescued circus lions to fly to South Africa: Click here

More than 30 lions which have been rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia are to be flown to a sanctuary in South Africa.


VIDEO: 'Fat' gorilla surprises zoo with baby: Click here

A gorilla has given birth at Prague Zoo, without keepers noticing she was pregnant.


VIDEO: Gene therapy could reverse sight loss: Click here

A pioneering new treatment is giving is new hope for those with macular degeneration, as Pallab Ghosh reports.


VIDEO: When will China get to Mars?: Click here

China is due to announce more details about a mission to Mars.


VIDEO: Space station gets inflatable extension: Click here

An experimental inflatable module has been attached to the International Space Station remotely by a Nasa ground control team.


VIDEO: The world's worst nuclear disaster: Click here

The aftermath of the Chernobyl explosion


What is the most expensive object on Earth?: Click here

A new nuclear power station in the UK will be the most expensive thing ever built on the planet. True or false?


Bloodhound Diary: Planning for the roughest of rides: Click here

What's it going to be like to drive at 1,000mph?


Is world's greenest office also smart?: Click here

The building is high tech but are the workers on board?