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Physics of throwing analysed by scientists

4 hours 15 min ago
Scientists have calculated the optimal strategy for throwing something accurately, even a ball of paper.

Primitive human 'lived much more recently'

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 20:46
Homo naledi could be from just 200,000 years ago, not three million, a study suggests.

Cassini set for first Saturn gap plunge

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 20:19
The probe will be out of radio contact as it dives in between the planet's rings and cloudtops.

Family tree of dogs reveals secret history of canines

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 16:16
The largest family tree of dog ever assembled shows how dogs evolved into more than 150 modern breeds.

Premature lambs kept alive in 'plastic bag' womb

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 15:03
Scientists were able to keep premature lambs alive for a month using an artificial "plastic bag" womb.

Iceberg 'doodles' trace climate history

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 11:42
Scientists publish a new atlas of the poles, detailing the sometimes strange shapes on the ocean floor.

Why does this rhino have 24-hour security?

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 11:25
Sudan is a the northern white rhino, and the last chance for the survival of his species.

'World's oldest fungus' raises evolution questions

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 06:59
Fossils found in rock from beneath the sea may be the oldest known fungi by one to two billion years.

Can plastic roads help save the planet?

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 00:11
A start-up company is persuading local councils in the UK to turn local plastic waste into roads.

Brexit university ‘brain drain’ warning

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 23:54
Academic staff from EU countries should be urgently guaranteed a right to stay, say MPs.

Machine learning

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 23:52
Many people are unsure about what machine learning is, but the chances are they are using it every day.

Plastic-eating caterpillar could munch waste

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 18:06
A caterpillar that munches on plastic bags could hold the key to tackling plastic waste, say scientists.

Trump calls record-breaking astronaut Peggy Whitson

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 17:13
'Better you than me,' jokes US president as astronaut Peggy Whitson reveals drinking recycled urine.

Munch inspired by 'screaming clouds'

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 14:37
A new theory may explain the background to one of the most famous works of art ever produced.

Government seeks clear air plan delay

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 10:16
The UK government may face legal action after seeking to delay publishing its plan to tackle air pollution until after the general election.

Ex-child soldier wins environment prize

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 03:50
An ex-child soldier who has spent years risking his life to fight illegal mining and wildlife poaching in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been given a prestigious award that honours 'environmental defenders' around the world.

Road verges 'last refuge' for plants - conservation charity

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 23:50
Roadsides are often littered with rubbish and weeds but they are havens for rare flowers.

Aurora photographers find new night sky lights and call them Steve

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 14:58
Steve is a "remarkably common" gas ribbon in the upper atmosphere.

Kuki Gallmann shot and wounded at Kenya conservation park

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 10:54
Kuki Gallmann, author of I Dreamed of Africa, is flown to hospital after an ambush.

Government has failed to act on air pollution, says Labour

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 14:19
Labour says it would introduce legislation to tackle the "public health emergency" if in power.