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UN climate negotiations are bogged down in a dispute over who will take legal responsibility for the loss and damage caused by climate change.
Rich countries say they will strongly resist this move.
Secretary general Ban Ki-moon opened the ministerial segment of the talks in Warsaw, Poland with a warning that the world was facing the wrath of a warming planet.
Mr Ban called on delegates to respond with wisdom, urgency and resolve.
He told ...
A fragile quantum memory state has been held stable at room temperature for a "world record" 39 minutes - overcoming a key barrier to ultrafast computers.
"Qubits" of information encoded in a silicon system persisted for almost 100 times longer than ever before.
Quantum systems are notoriously fickle to measure and manipulate, but if harnessed could transform computing.
The new benchmark was set by an international team led by Mike Thewalt of Simon Fraser University, ...
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If the UK space sector is to build on the progress of recent years, it needs a defined and properly funded national space programme, a report says.
It is one of the key messages to come out of a review of an industry that has been growing by an average of more than 7% a year, even through the recession.
The Space Innovation & Growth Strategy (IGS) sets out a plan ...
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The world's oceans are becoming acidic at an "unprecedented rate" and may be souring more rapidly than at any time in the past 300 million years.
In their strongest statement yet on this issue, scientists say acidification could increase by 170% by 2100.
They say that some 30% of ocean species are unlikely to survive in these conditions.
The researchers conclude that human emissions of CO2 are clearly to blame.
It looks like Google Glass was just the beginning. Google now appears to be aiming a few inches lower, working on a temporary electronic tattoo that would stick to the user's throat.
Google-owned Motorola Mobility has filed for a patent, published last week, for a system "that comprises an electronic skin tattoo capable of being applied to a throat region of a body."
The patent says the tattoo would communicate ...
The US space agency (Nasa) has released a spectacular new picture of the Planet Saturn, acquired by the Cassini spacecraft in July. The image was produced as part of The Day The Earth Smiled Project, which was led by Dr Carolyn Porco. She describes how and why the picture was put together.
Four months ago, our cameras on Cassini were commanded to execute a routine imaging sequence during an event that was anything but routine. ...
Spare capacity in the energy market is so tight that it is not possible to guarantee that there will not be power cuts after this year, Npower chief executive Paul Massara says.
Asked by HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur whether the lights could be kept on, he said: "I don't know. The margins get very, very tight in terms of the amount of capacity that is there."
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