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Edinburgh Zoo's Giant Panda Tian Tian has conceived after being artificially inseminated earlier this year, but experts say she is not technically pregnant.
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Long forgotten vials of smallpox left in a cardboard box are discovered by a government scientist at a research centre near Washington, officials say.
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Similar memories overlap physically in the brain and this produces less confusion if the brain area responsible is larger, new research shows.
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Health officials in West Africa say 25 more people have died from Ebola since 3 July, taking the total number of deaths to 518.
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Around half of the genes that influence a child's reading ability also play a role in how easily they learn maths, say scientists.
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Nasa plans to send Google's 3D smartphones into space to function as the "eyes and brains" of the free-flying robots inside the International Space Station.
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British scientists have made a "major step forwards" in developing a blood test for Alzheimer's disease.
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The fossilised remains of the largest flying bird ever found are identified by scientists.
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Australia is sometimes the petri dish of climate change - a place where global warming is not just a theoretical concept but a tangible reality.
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Senior neuroscientists attack a major European project aiming to simulate the human brain.
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Two British spacecraft, including the first satellite made in Scotland, are due to go into orbit on Tuesday.
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Rats can change the way they use their whiskers depending on how well they know their surroundings, new research shows.
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A contraceptive computer chip that can be controlled by remote control has been developed in Massachusetts.
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Wild elephants are being held in horrific conditions in Burma as smugglers seek to resume a lucrative trade to Thailand, a report says.
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Teaching an endangered species to love again
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Environmentalists accuse Commonwealth Games organisers of reneging on promises to create low emission zones around venues.
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A rare bird of prey has been spotted hunting on the River Mersey, says a wildlife charity.
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Customers call the shots on Ariane 6
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Medical and scientific research across the UK will suffer if Scotland votes for independence, claim the heads of three academic institutions.
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A baby rhino who was saved after his mother was killed by poachers is on the road to recovery, his rescuers have said.
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US conservationists and a satellite imaging company have teamed up to use the power of crowdsourcing to halt the spread of destructive invasive plants.
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One of Europe's premier scientific research laboratories - the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility - is to go through a 150m-euro (£120m) upgrade.
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Some people are unhappy in their own company and prefer painful experiences to their own thoughts, claims a contentious new study.
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Researchers from the University of St Andrews say they have translated the meanings of gestures that wild chimpanzees use to communicate. The findings are published in the journal Current Biology.
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Researchers say they have worked out the meaning of the gestures that wild chimpanzees use to communicate.
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