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Goalkeepers' penalty 'flaw' revealed

Goalkeepers in penalty shoot-outs make a predictable error that could influence the outcome of the game according to new research.

Dinosaurs 'shrank' to become birds

Huge meat-eating, land-living dinosaurs evolved into birds by constantly shrinking for over 50 million years, new research shows.

Minister wants end to animal testing

Norman Baker - the minister in charge of regulating animal experiments - tells the BBC he wants them to end.

Broody octopus keeps four-year vigil

A deep-sea octopus is observed nursing her eggs for more than four years - the longest brooding time seen in any animal.

Mystery of lemon-shaped Moon solved

Tides and spin gave the Moon its strange lemon shape more than four billion years ago, research reveals.

Broken robots 'learn to keep going'

Engineers take a step towards having machines that can operate even when they are damaged by developing a robot that can teach itself to walk, even with a broken leg.

Tablet screens to correct sight loss

US engineers have developed a prototype tablet display that compensates for an individuals' vision problems.

Birds beat machines in hover test

Micro-drones are just starting to catch up with the hovering and flight performance of the tiny hummingbird, say scientists.

'Quantum Cheshire Cat' observed

Scientists have separated a particle from one of its physical properties - proving a theory known as the "quantum Cheshire Cat".

How faces drive first impressions

UK scientists model the physical attributes that underpin our social judgements about strangers.

Astronomers weigh up Milky Way

The Milky Way is lighter than previously thought and is only about half the mass of a neighbouring galaxy, researchers conclude.

MPs bicker over climate report

Despite dissent, MPs have endorsed the findings of a UN climate panel that says humans are the dominant cause of global warming.

Eggshells may act like 'sunblock'

Birds' eggs show adaptations in pigment concentration and thickness to allow the right amount of sun for embryos, scientists say.

Gecko sex satellite back in touch

Fears recede over the fate of a Russian space satellite carrying gecko lizards as part of a sex experiment, after ground control restores contact.

'Brain hub predicts negative events'

Scientists have identified a part of the brain that may help us predict when things are about to go wrong and could play a part in depression.

Beauty spots still at fracking 'risk'

Government guidance that fracking licences can only be issued for beauty spots in "exceptional circumstances" receives a mixed response from campaigners.

Dinosaurs' extinction 'bad luck'

Dinosaurs might have survived if the asteroid that wiped them out had hit the Earth a few million years later or earlier, a new study suggests.

California hit by raging wildfires

Two fast-moving fires in California destroy 10 homes and force the evacuation of hundreds more, as a man dies in a lightning strike in Los Angeles.

Secret of sandstone shapes revealed

Geologists discover that the stress applied by gravity is what controls the shape of dramatic sandstone landmarks.

Four-winged dinosaur found in China

The largest ever four-winged dinosaur has been discovered in China, with remarkably long feathers on its hindwings and tail.

'Fluffy' dinosaurs were widespread

A discovery of 150 million year old fossils in Siberia indicates that feathers were much more widespread among dinosaurs than previously thought.

Rosetta's comet seen in close-up

Europe's Rosetta probe has acquired new images of the comet it is chasing through space.

Nasa seeks aid with Earth-Mars links

Nasa is asking for help to get data back from future science missions orbiting Mars or roaming its surface.

Dogs 'hardwired' to be jealous wags

Jealousy is not just part of the human condition, a study suggests, it appears to be hard wired into the brains of dogs too.

Voyage to unlock Arctic secrets

A crew of sailors is embarking on a pioneering citizen science expedition through the Northwest Passage between Canada and Greenland.

Kepler sees world with distant orbit

The Kepler Space Telescope has spotted a distant world with the longest year of any planet in the mission's inventory.

Wildlife loss link to child slavery

New research suggests that the global reduction in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery.

Africa 'needs green revolution'

Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a Chatham House report.

Call for end to 'throwaway society'

A ban on sending leftover food to landfill is needed to move away from a 'throwaway society', say MPs.

Government to end nuclear waste veto

The UK government wants to scrap a community veto which allows local politicians to block a future £12bn nuclear waste repository.


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