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Wheat present in UK 'for 8,000 years'

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

Scientists at Plymouth University play improvised pieces of music with the help of slime mould.

Killer frog disease hits Madagascar

A devastating disease that has wiped out amphibians around the world has been discovered in Madagascar, scientists report.

Lords call for UK Arctic ambassador

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.

'Concern' over bugs in shop chicken

Concerns are growing about antibiotic resistance of bacteria carried by poultry, according to a new report.

Giant caiman packed fierce bite

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.

MPs call for reform of GM crop rules

Europe's approval system for GM crops is "fundamentally flawed" and should be overhauled, say MPs.

Machine learns to play video games

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.

Solar loses out in renewables auction

The results of the UK government's first auction for renewable energy subsidies are a boost for offshore wind, with solar the biggest loser.

US sea level rise 'very unusual'

Sea levels along the northeast coast of the US rose dramatically during 2009-2010 in an event scientists describe as "very unusual".

Europe's 'Landsat' ready for launch

The "workhorse" satellite in Europe's new multi-billion-euro Earth observation programme is built and ready to go into orbit.

'Invest more' in protected areas

The world's national parks and nature reserves receive eight billion tourist visits a year, generating around $600bn of spending, according to research.

Russia extends space station role

Russia commits itself to operations on the International Space Station until 2024, matching the intentions of the Americans.

Dutch town terrorised by rogue owl

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.

Call for global single-use syringes

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

A new generation of bionic limbs could be the result of research being led by scientists at Newcastle University.

VIDEO: Brain-controlled drone shown off

A drone specialist in Portugal demonstrates a flight controlled by human brainwaves, and suggests a future of large-scale unmanned flying.

Black hole's blast stunts stars

The winds blasted out by supermassive black holes at the centre of galaxies are strong enough to slow the birth of new stars, astronomers reveal.

Mystery Mars haze baffles scientists

Scientists struggle to explain a vast haze that was spotted high above the Martian surface in 2012 by amateur astronomers.

UN climate head Pachauri resigns

The head of the United Nations climate change panel, Rajendra Pachauri, steps down amid sexual harassment allegations he denies.

Kew announces new science plans

Kew Gardens, which is facing an annual £5m budget deficit, announces its new science strategy.

Robins' nighttime singing probed

A new project at Glasgow University aims to help resolve why robins are up all night singing in cities.

'Next Pinatubo' a test of geoengineering

Scientists who study geoengineering say Earth's next major volcanic eruption will be a good test of whether the intervention technique might help mitigate global warming.

Threatened birds of prey 'vanish'

Two of the rarest birds of prey in England, which had been satellite tagged, vanish in unexplained circumstances.

Hyenas feast at vulture restaurants

"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

Brazilian researchers release thousands of mosquitoes infected with a bacteria that suppresses dengue fever into the environment in Rio de Janeiro.

VIDEO: An eco-system inside your home

The smart garden that fits inside your house and provides fresh healthy food

VIDEO: Bionic eye will 'restore sight'

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

A brief look at some of the biggest sinkholes in recent history.

VIDEO: Finger on the pulse of bionic research

Scientists at the University of Newcastle are using microchips as fine as human hair to produce a prosthetic hand.


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