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Last updated on  March 2nd, 2015

Bright spotlight on Ceres mission: Click here
As Nasa's Dawn satellite prepares to enter into orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres, scientists say they are excited to learn more about the two bright spots on its surface.

DNA documents ancient mass migration: Click here
DNA analysis has revealed evidence for a massive migration into the heartland of Europe 4,500 years ago.

Bloodhound car begins to take shape: Click here
Good progress is being made on construction of the world's fastest car - the Bloodhound supersonic vehicle, which aims to run at over 1,000mph.

UK to pioneer lagoon power plants: Click here
Plans to generate electricity from the world's first series of tidal lagoons are unveiled in the UK, with sites proposed in Wales, Somerset and Cumbria.

Signs of spring 'shifting' in trees: Click here
Scientists say climate change will lead to a shift in the timing of when trees come into leaf in British woodlands.

First tree seeds for Doomsday vault: Click here
The Svalbard "Doomsday" seed vault, which protects the world's food crops, accepts its first consignment of seeds from forest tree species.

SpaceX launches electric satellites: Click here
US rocket company SpaceX performs a dual-launch of all-electric satellites - what is expected to become a big trend in future spacecraft design and deployment.

'Exquisite' gravity probe leaves UK: Click here
UK industry completes construction of the modules that make up the Lisa Pathfinder satellite - a remarkable probe that will test the key technologies needed to detect gravitational waves in space.

Wheat present in UK 'for 8,000 years': Click here
Fragments of wheat DNA suggest wheat was present in Britain 8,000 years ago, long before it was grown by British farmers.

Fungus plays 'biomusic' duet: Click here
Scientists at Plymouth University play improvised pieces of music with the help of slime mould.

Lords call for UK Arctic ambassador: Click here
The United Kingdom should create an ambassador for the Arctic or risk being pushed out of key decisions for the region, a House of Lords report says.

Killer frog disease hits Madagascar: Click here
A devastating disease that has wiped out amphibians around the world has been discovered in Madagascar, scientists report.

'Concern' over bugs in shop chicken: Click here
Concerns are growing about antibiotic resistance of bacteria carried by poultry, according to a new report.

Google camera zips along rainforest: Click here
Google flew one of its Street View cameras down a zip wire in the Amazon rainforest to capture new images of the forest canopies.

Call for global single-use syringes: Click here
Smart syringes that can be used only once should be used for injections, the World Health Organization has announced.

Bionic research project gets £1.4m: Click here
A new generation of bionic limbs could be the result of research being led by scientists at Newcastle University.

Machine learns to play video games: Click here
A machine inspired by the human brain has learned how to play 49 classic Atari video games - a step towards self-thinking robots, scientists say.

Russia extends space station role: Click here
Russia commits itself to operations on the International Space Station until 2024, matching the intentions of the Americans.

VIDEO: Brain-controlled drone shown off: Click here
A drone specialist in Portugal demonstrates a flight controlled by human brainwaves, and suggests a future of large-scale unmanned flying.

US sea level rise 'very unusual': Click here
Sea levels along the northeast coast of the US rose dramatically during 2009-2010 in an event scientists describe as "very unusual".

Giant caiman packed fierce bite: Click here
A team of Brazilian scientists says they have calculated that the bite of a giant prehistoric caiman was twice has strong as that of a T-Rex.

Solar loses out in renewables auction: Click here
The results of the UK government's first auction for renewable energy subsidies are a boost for offshore wind, with solar the biggest loser.

Dutch town terrorised by rogue owl: Click here
Residents of the Dutch town of Purmerend are advised to take umbrellas out at night after a rogue owl leaves man requiring stitches to head wounds.

Threatened birds of prey 'vanish': Click here
Two of the rarest birds of prey in England, which had been satellite tagged, vanish in unexplained circumstances.

Hyenas feast at vulture restaurants: Click here
"Restaurants" of dead meat set up for endangered vultures also attract an undesirable clientele of hyenas and jackals, according to a six-year study.

Brazil releases 'good' mosquitoes: Click here
Brazilian researchers release thousands of mosquitoes infected with a bacteria that suppresses dengue fever into the environment in Rio de Janeiro.

VIDEO: Baby orangutans need new mum: Click here
Staff are hoping two Sumatran orangutans will find new mothers at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset.

VIDEO: Astronauts brave week's third spacewalk: Click here
Two American astronauts have ventured out on a spacewalk for the third time in a week, to install cables on the International Space Station.

VIDEO: An eco-system inside your home: Click here
The smart garden that fits inside your house and provides fresh healthy food

VIDEO: How tidal lagoon power plants work: Click here
The BBC's Roger Harrabin has been to the site of one of six tidal lagoons planned in the UK to see how it would work.

VIDEO: Bionic eye will 'restore sight': Click here
Scientists at a North East university are working to help "restore sight" to people who have lost their eyes.

VIDEO: Global sinkholes explained - in 60 secs: Click here
A brief look at some of the biggest sinkholes in recent history.

VIDEO: Finger on the pulse of bionic research: Click here
Scientists at the University of Newcastle are using microchips as fine as human hair to produce a prosthetic hand.

Lucky Earth survived cosmic pinball: Click here
How Earth survived through violent times

How do you solve a problem like the 'Beefalo'?: Click here
The hybrid animal causing havoc in the Grand Canyon

Are humans getting cleverer?: Click here
Are people getting more intelligent?

Nuclear power: The future or the past?: Click here
Has nuclear power really had its day?

The man who invented the dinosaur: Click here
Remembering the man who invented the dinosaur

Is the world ready for GM animals?: Click here
Is the world ready for modified mosquitoes?

Waiting for the sea: Click here
The desert that may one day become water again

In pictures: Vintage Nasa photographs for sale: Click here
A collection of vintage Nasa photos is set for auction

Healthy dose of hope for one-use syringes: Click here
Could a new "auto-disable" syringe help stem HIV outbreaks?

Cannabis: Promise, risk and controversy: Click here
The light and dark side of a controversial drug

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