Goalkeepers in penalty shoot-outs make a predictable error that could influence the outcome of the game according to new research.
Huge meat-eating, land-living dinosaurs evolved into birds by constantly shrinking for over 50 million years, new research shows.
Norman Baker - the minister in charge of regulating animal experiments - tells the BBC he wants them to end.
A deep-sea octopus is observed nursing her eggs for more than four years - the longest brooding time seen in any animal.
Tides and spin gave the Moon its strange lemon shape more than four billion years ago, research reveals.
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.
US engineers have developed a prototype tablet display that compensates for an individuals' vision problems.
Micro-drones are just starting to catch up with the hovering and flight performance of the tiny hummingbird, say scientists.
Scientists have separated a particle from one of its physical properties - proving a theory known as the "quantum Cheshire Cat".
UK scientists model the physical attributes that underpin our social judgements about strangers.
The Milky Way is lighter than previously thought and is only about half the mass of a neighbouring galaxy, researchers conclude.
Despite dissent, MPs have endorsed the findings of a UN climate panel that says humans are the dominant cause of global warming.
Birds' eggs show adaptations in pigment concentration and thickness to allow the right amount of sun for embryos, scientists say.
Fears recede over the fate of a Russian space satellite carrying gecko lizards as part of a sex experiment, after ground control restores contact.
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.
Government guidance that fracking licences can only be issued for beauty spots in "exceptional circumstances" receives a mixed response from campaigners.
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.
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.
Geologists discover that the stress applied by gravity is what controls the shape of dramatic sandstone landmarks.
The largest ever four-winged dinosaur has been discovered in China, with remarkably long feathers on its hindwings and tail.
A discovery of 150 million year old fossils in Siberia indicates that feathers were much more widespread among dinosaurs than previously thought.
Europe's Rosetta probe has acquired new images of the comet it is chasing through space.
Nasa is asking for help to get data back from future science missions orbiting Mars or roaming its surface.
Jealousy is not just part of the human condition, a study suggests, it appears to be hard wired into the brains of dogs too.
A crew of sailors is embarking on a pioneering citizen science expedition through the Northwest Passage between Canada and Greenland.
The Kepler Space Telescope has spotted a distant world with the longest year of any planet in the mission's inventory.
New research suggests that the global reduction in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery.
Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a Chatham House report.
A ban on sending leftover food to landfill is needed to move away from a 'throwaway society', say MPs.
The UK government wants to scrap a community veto which allows local politicians to block a future £12bn nuclear waste repository.