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Earth’s rarest minerals could hint at life on other planets

February 12, 2016 - 2:00pm
The first inventory of our planet's minerals finds that many arise from biological processes  and so may serve as an indicator of life on other worlds

Gravitational waves open door to universe’s most exotic objects

February 12, 2016 - 8:57am
LIGO's breakthrough discovery offers up new ways to test relativity, black hole collisions, dark energy, the first stars in the universe, and more

Mice watching movies on iPods prefer action to mouse erotica

February 12, 2016 - 8:10am
If you play them mouse movies, mice spend more time watching the ones showing fights than the videos of mouse sex

App tries to fetch medical help before cardiac arrest kills you

February 12, 2016 - 7:48am
The London Ambulance Service has started using an app called GoodSAM that alerts nearby trained responders to race to the site of a life-threatening emergency

Inside a wasp’s head: Here’s what it sees to find its way home

February 12, 2016 - 6:30am
Video reconstructions of what wasps look at when flying are helping us to understand how they navigate and learn about their habitat

White shark’s diet may include biggest fish of all: whale shark

February 12, 2016 - 5:10am
The great white shark is a voracious feeder, and now one has been found with the bones of an 8.5-metre-long whale shark in its stomach

Our Neanderthal genes linked to risk of depression and addiction

February 11, 2016 - 11:00am
Having sex with Neanderthals meant some of us still carry their DNA, and with it, a higher risk of depression and nicotine addiction

Exclusive: Einstein reacts to discovery of gravitational waves

February 11, 2016 - 8:34am
Einstein's theory of relativity predicted gravitational waves. Now, with their discovery, we have secured an exclusive interview* with the great man himself

Revolution in physics as gravitational waves seen for first time

February 11, 2016 - 7:30am
Einstein’s last prediction and one of the most anticipated discoveries in physics has finally been confirmed. The LIGO experiment has seen ripples in space-time, caused by a black hole merger

Hidden cameras snap Namibia’s elusive beasts at night

February 11, 2016 - 7:04am
A series of striking pictures captures secretive animals such as bush pigs, spotted hyenas and honey badgers

Use vaccines as a weapon against antibiotic-resistant bacteria

February 11, 2016 - 5:43am
If you pre-empt a bacterial infection by vaccinating against it, you can cut antibiotic use and the rise of resistance, says a UK government advisory panel

Mammal brain frozen and thawed out perfectly for first time

February 11, 2016 - 5:12am
A cryogenically preserved rabbit brain has been defrosted in a near-perfect state, with its memory-storing structures still intact

High-altitude drones could eliminate phone signal black spots

February 11, 2016 - 3:14am
A long-range radio link for controlling drones that piggybacks onto the mobile phone network could also boost coverage for phone users

Whole Zika genome recovered from brain of baby with microcephaly

February 10, 2016 - 2:00pm
The results of an autopsy offer compelling evidence of a link between the virus and the birth defects

Whole Zika genome recovered from brain of baby with microcephaly

February 10, 2016 - 2:00pm
The results of an autopsy offer compelling evidence of a link between the virus and the birth defects

Belief in punitive gods linked with expansion of human societies

February 10, 2016 - 10:00am
People who believe in a moralistic god are more likely to help distant strangers who share their religion, which may explain the evolution of complex societies

Our photo uploads give scientists billions of eyes on the world

February 10, 2016 - 10:00am
A picture's worth a thousand words, and in 2015 we put a few trillion online. Tapping this data can tell us about everything from air pollution to city design

Einstein’s last theory confirmed: A guide to gravitational waves

February 10, 2016 - 9:29am
In huge physics news, the LIGO experiment has seen ripples in space-time. Get ahead of the crowd with our answers to the big questions about gravitational waves

$19 billion NASA budget for 2017 still not enough to get to Mars

February 10, 2016 - 5:04am
The 2017 budget, still to be approved by US Congress, is down $260 million on 2016 and doesn't provide enough funding for crewed Mars missions, say critics

First fully approved ‘off the shelf’ stem cells launch in Japan

February 10, 2016 - 4:00am
The long anticipated age of the stem cell is upon us. Temcell prevents organ transplants attacking their hosts but will be followed by therapies for more common problems