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Trillions of high-flying migratory insects cross over UK

Image copyright Jane Hill Image caption Painted lady butterflies were one of the larger species recorded in the study For the first time scientists have been able to...

Japan cancels failed $9bn Monju nuclear reactor

Image copyright AP Image caption The experiment at Monju has cost $9bn (£7.2bn) Japan is a scrapping an experimental reactor which has worked for just 250 days of its...

Obama bans oil drilling ‘permanently’ in millions of acres of ocean

Image copyright AP Image caption Arctic rigs like the “polar pioneer” were never actually deployed Outgoing US President Barack Obama has permanently banned...

Brain’s party noise filter revealed by recordings

Image copyright UC Berkeley Direct recordings have revealed what is happening in our brains as we make sense of speech in a noisy room. Focusing on one conversation in a...

Prostate cancer laser treatment ‘truly transformative’

Media captionProfessor Mark Emberton explains on Radio 4’s Today the significance of new cancer treatment Surgeons have described a new treatment for early stage...

Brexit uncertainty ‘corrosive’ for science

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The report welcomes an increase to science funding announced in the 2016 Autumn Statement Uncertainty over the nature of the...

‘Casper octopod under threat from deep sea mining’

Image copyright NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research Image caption The “Casper” octopod was spotted last year A deep sea octopod, dubbed...

Iron ‘jet stream’ detected in Earth’s outer core

Image copyright ESA Image caption Artwork: A depiction of where the jet is moving – in the outer core. The Swarm satellites fly a few hundred km above the planet...

Laser helps unlock antimatter secrets

Image copyright Cern Image caption The Alpha experiment was able to measure how antimatter behaved in response to laser light tuned to a particular frequency Scientists...

Prehistoric porridge? First pots for plant cooking found

Image copyright Sapienza, University of Rome Image caption Seeds found during the excavations Prehistoric people may have cooked wild grains and plants in pots as early...