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Mars orbiter spots new crater that may be ExoMars’s lost lander

October 21, 2016 - 11:05am
The lander may have turned off its thrusters too early, meaning it smacked into the ground at high speed with full fuel tanks - and may have exploded

Double star may light up the sky as rare red nova in six years

October 21, 2016 - 9:50am
New observations of a binary star in the constellation Cygnus suggest they may be in a death spiral and will soon collide and explode

Smart lab rats filmed using hooked tools to get chocolate cereal

October 21, 2016 - 8:59am
Lock up your cereal. Rats can learn to use tools, such as hooked rakes, to reach food, and they can even choose the right tool for the job

Is it time to allow more than two parents on birth certificates?

October 21, 2016 - 8:47am
Changing attitudes, surrogacy and reproductive technology mean it's right that England and Wales reconsider the birth-registration law, says Julie McCandless

Shawl thing: Cashmere could soon come from gene-edited goats

October 21, 2016 - 8:01am
No kidding, goats modified using the CRISPR gene-editing method can produce a third more of the precious fibre

Final US presidential clash fails on climate change once more

October 21, 2016 - 6:39am
In the last debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, a journalist again failed to push them on the world's most-pressing problem, says Matthew Nisbet  

Kuwait to change law forcing all citizens to provide DNA samples

October 21, 2016 - 5:11am
Challenges and appeals have pushed Kuwait’s parliament to revise anti-terrorism law that requires citizens and visitors to give samples of their DNA

Roaming fashion robots keep busy doing odd jobs on your clothes

October 21, 2016 - 2:56am
Pocket-sized "Rovables" could zip to your wrist to monitor your pulse before climbing to your chest to act as a digital name badge

Iceland drills hottest hole to tap into energy of molten magma

October 21, 2016 - 12:00am
A new well tested in Iceland could boost geothermal energy production tenfold by exploiting 1000 °C magma steam deep below Earth’s surface

Hundreds of endangered wild snow leopards are killed each year

October 20, 2016 - 9:00pm
Cattle herders kill even more leopards than poachers, in revenge for livestock attacks. So helping them protect their animals could save the rare mountain cats  

E-paper display runs on office lights and never needs charging

October 20, 2016 - 9:56am
Microsoft researchers have made an ‘energy-neutral’ device that harvests solar power from ambient lighting so you’ll never need to change the battery

Police mass face recognition in the US will net innocent people

October 20, 2016 - 9:34am
A law enforcement database of 117 million faces - half of all US citizens – hasn’t been properly vetted and is likely biased against black people, says Hal Hodson

$100 million project to make intelligence-boosting brain implant

October 20, 2016 - 9:00am
Human intelligence is set to be the world’s biggest ever industry, says entrepreneur Bryan Johnson, whose company aims to enhance it with a brain prosthesis

Mice’s love songs go wrong when ‘language gene’ is messed up

October 20, 2016 - 7:47am
The FOXP2 gene probably helped us evolve speech when we split from chimpanzees. But tinkering with the gene in mice affects their communication too

Mice’s love songs go wrong when ‘language gene’ is messed up

October 20, 2016 - 7:47am
The FOXP2 gene probably helped us evolve speech when we split from chimpanzees. But tinkering with the gene in mice affects their communication too

Dozens of ancient shipwrecks spotted deep beneath the Black Sea

October 20, 2016 - 7:06am
Decks of medieval ships have been revealed in unprecedented detail in exquisitely preserved wrecks, some found as deep as 1 kilometre

Our ancestors chose reeds over grain when quitting nomadic life

October 20, 2016 - 5:00am
It wasn’t all about cereal. When abandoning nomadic life, some of our ancestors were playing it safe with grasses that are less nutritious but grow all year round

Tesla shows off fully autonomous car in new video demonstration

October 20, 2016 - 2:34am
Elon Musk has announced that all cars produced in Tesla's factories from now on will include upgraded hardware that enables them to drive entirely autonomously

Fears grow that ExoMars lander lost in final minute of descent

October 20, 2016 - 2:13am
ESA has spelled out what we know so far about what happened to the Schiaparelli lander on its descent to the surface of Mars - and it doesn't look good

Hundreds of deep-sea vents found spewing methane off US coast

October 19, 2016 - 2:00pm
Recent surveys off the US coast have discovered vents spewing a potent greenhouse gas and curiously purple creatures deep below the sea’s surface