Goalkeepers' penalty 'flaw' revealed

Goalkeepers in penalty shoot-outs make a predictable error that could influence the outcome of the game according to new research.

Posted by on 31 July 2014 | 11:17 am

Minister wants end to animal testing

Norman Baker - the minister in charge of regulating animal experiments - tells the BBC he wants them to end.

Posted by on 31 July 2014 | 9:49 am

Broken robots 'learn to keep going'

Engineers take a step towards having machines that can operate even when they are damaged by developing a robot that can teach itself to walk, even with a broken leg.

Posted by on 30 July 2014 | 6:08 pm

Broody octopus keeps four-year vigil

A deep-sea octopus is observed nursing her eggs for more than four years - the longest brooding time seen in any animal.

Posted by on 30 July 2014 | 1:01 pm

Mystery of lemon-shaped Moon solved

Tides and spin gave the Moon its strange lemon shape more than four billion years ago, research reveals.

Posted by on 30 July 2014 | 12:14 pm

AUDIO: Why the Moon is shaped like a lemon

Professor of planetary sciences Ian Garrick-Bethell explains what gave the Moon its unusually distorted shape.

Posted by on 30 July 2014 | 11:54 am

Tablet screens to correct sight loss

US engineers have developed a prototype tablet display that compensates for an individuals' vision problems.

Posted by on 30 July 2014 | 8:32 am

The reindeer herders battling a mine

The reindeer herders fighting a British mining company

Posted by on 30 July 2014 | 5:39 am

Birds beat machines in hover test

Micro-drones are just starting to catch up with the hovering and flight performance of the tiny hummingbird, say scientists.

Posted by on 30 July 2014 | 4:52 am

Astronomers weigh up Milky Way

The Milky Way is lighter than previously thought and is only about half the mass of a neighbouring galaxy, researchers conclude.

Posted by on 29 July 2014 | 7:11 pm

Bumps, buzzards and critical species

Coral munching bumphead fish give insight into conservation

Posted by on 29 July 2014 | 7:10 pm

VIDEO: East Coast beaches 'fast disappearing'

Up to half a mile of land is being lost every 50 years due to coastal erosion, as Sian Lloyd reports.

Posted by on 29 July 2014 | 5:23 pm

First flamingo egg 'for eight years'

Flamingos at a wildlife centre in Wearside produce their first egg in eight years, according to the charity that runs it.

Posted by on 29 July 2014 | 4:05 pm

'Quantum Cheshire Cat' observed

Scientists have separated a particle from one of its physical properties - proving a theory known as the "quantum Cheshire Cat".

Posted by on 29 July 2014 | 12:36 pm

MPs bicker over climate report

Despite dissent, MPs have endorsed the findings of a UN climate panel that says humans are the dominant cause of global warming.

Posted by on 29 July 2014 | 1:53 am

Eggshells may act like 'sunblock'

Birds' eggs show adaptations in pigment concentration and thickness to allow the right amount of sun for embryos, scientists say.

Posted by on 28 July 2014 | 8:17 pm

'Brain hub predicts negative events'

Scientists have identified a part of the brain that may help us predict when things are about to go wrong and could play a part in depression.

Posted by on 28 July 2014 | 7:40 pm

Wide-eyed lemurs on the web

Fifty years of data about endangered primates goes online

Posted by on 28 July 2014 | 6:59 pm

VIDEO: Dolphin filmed in the River Severn

Marine experts have said a dolphin spotted in the River Severn in Gloucestershire will make its own way back to the sea.

Posted by on 28 July 2014 | 2:46 pm

How faces drive first impressions

UK scientists model the physical attributes that underpin our social judgements about strangers.

Posted by on 28 July 2014 | 2:23 pm

Beauty spots still at fracking 'risk'

Government guidance that fracking licences can only be issued for beauty spots in "exceptional circumstances" receives a mixed response from campaigners.

Posted by on 28 July 2014 | 1:15 pm

Perils of the English countryside

The risks of walking in the English countryside

Posted by on 28 July 2014 | 11:53 am

Gecko sex satellite back in touch

Fears recede over the fate of a Russian space satellite carrying gecko lizards as part of a sex experiment, after ground control restores contact.

Posted by on 28 July 2014 | 9:47 am

Dinosaurs' extinction 'bad luck'

Dinosaurs might have survived if the asteroid that wiped them out had hit the Earth a few million years later or earlier, a new study suggests.

Posted by on 27 July 2014 | 11:21 pm

California hit by raging wildfires

Two fast-moving fires in California destroy 10 homes and force the evacuation of hundreds more, as a man dies in a lightning strike in Los Angeles.

Posted by on 27 July 2014 | 10:30 pm