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Humans accidentally created hidden carbon sink in the desert

1 hour 35 min ago
The salty aquifers beneath deserts may be storing more carbon than all living plants put together, according to new data from arid regions of China

First MERS vaccine to be tested in monkeys shows promise

2 hours 56 min ago
After an outbreak of MERS in South Korea and fears of the virus coming to the UK, a vaccine gives hope – but its effectiveness in humans remains uncertain

Consciousness test could spot if someone wakes up during surgery

July 28, 2015 - 2:00pm
The brain balances between stable and unstable states to maintain consciousness - a pattern that could help prevent people waking up on the operating table

Plague may not be solely to blame for Black Death’s mortality

July 28, 2015 - 10:19am
About 60 per cent of the European population succumbed to the Black Death – perhaps because health in general was in poor shape in the 14th century

Hillary Clinton wants every home to be powered by clean energy

July 28, 2015 - 10:07am
The presidential candidate chides climate-denying rivals as she launches her plan to combat global warming by embracing renewables

Only 100 tigers left in Bangladesh after last count got it wrong

July 28, 2015 - 10:00am
Previous estimates said there were 440 tigers in Bangladesh's famed Sundarbans forest, but more accurate camera traps survey suggests there are only 106

SpaceShipTwo crash due to lax safety oversight say investigators

July 28, 2015 - 9:53am
The co-pilot deployed the craft's wings too early, but the company should have mitigated the risk – and the FAA should have spotted that they hadn't

Iron-age arsonists’ leftovers hint at how Earth’s poles may flip

July 28, 2015 - 8:00am
Magnetic deposits in char from ancient African villages reveal that Earth's magnetic field had weakened before without flipping

Living lasers made by injecting oil droplets into human cells

July 28, 2015 - 2:10am
Individual cells can be made to act like tiny lasers, offering a more accurate way to tag and monitor tumour cells, for example

Two possible MERS cases force hospital in Manchester to close

July 27, 2015 - 11:29am
If confirmed, the cases would be the UK's fifth and sixth ever cases of MERS, the respiratory virus that emerged in Saudi Arabia in 2012

Interpreting body language is no problem for kids with autism

July 27, 2015 - 8:38am
Autistic children are just as good at reading emotions from the body as those without – they just don't like the closeness that interpreting emotions from faces requires

Is it possible to permanently delete a social media profile?

July 27, 2015 - 7:54am
The 37 million people using the Ashley Madison adultery service have to pay to have their accounts deleted, but deleting yourself online might be impossible

Smart mirror monitors your face for telltale signs of disease

July 27, 2015 - 4:34am
The European Union is funding a mirror-like device containing 3D scanners, multispectral cameras and gas sensors to read facial clues to health

Leading climate scientist: Future is bleaker than we thought

July 24, 2015 - 11:03am
Will this century bring massive sea -level rises and powerful superstorms? The world's most renowned climate scientist thinks so – although others disagree

Resistant bacteria don’t just evade drugs – they are fitter too

July 24, 2015 - 9:43am
When bacteria acquire antibiotic-resistance genes they become better at surviving in the body, challenging the dogma that resistance comes with a cost

What would happen if a massive comet crashed into the sun?

July 24, 2015 - 7:26am
Most comets that brush past the sun end with a whimper, but if a big one plunges into the sun it could go out with a bang

In so many words: Don’t kill small-life before Red World trip

July 24, 2015 - 6:00am
One of the reasons for sending space-people to the Red World is to look for small-life there

Megafauna extinction: DNA evidence pins blame on climate change

July 23, 2015 - 11:28am
Humanity has long been on trial for the demise of mammoths and other large mammals – new forensic evidence reveals the true killer

Four-legged fossil holds secret of snake’s slithering origins

July 23, 2015 - 11:00am
An ancient animal with a serpent-like body plan and four tiny legs could reveal details about the evolutionary origins of snakes

Earth-like alien world looms into view through Kepler telescope

July 23, 2015 - 10:51am
The alien planet is a rocky world circling a sun-like star at a distance that should allow it to carry liquid water