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Robots could soon be roaming over decommissioned nuclear sites and abandoned coal mines in the UK to test their ability to work autonomously.
The proposal to create the test sites is one strand of a broad plan that seeks to co-ordinate UK robot research.
Drafted by the Technology Strategy Board, it calls for "grand challenges" which see researchers compete to make robots that complete specific tasks.
The UK could lead the ...
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It's nearly time. After shutting down last year for vital repairs and upgrades, the Large Hadron Collider is being prepared for its comeback.
Engineers at Cern in Geneva have begun cooling the huge machine to its operating temperature of -271.3C, which is colder than deep space.
And the accelerator system that supplies the LHC with its proton particle beams - which are smashed together to recreate the conditions just after the ...
Research into one of the biggest recent stem-cell "breakthroughs" has been withdrawn because of "critical errors".
Scientists in Japan had claimed stem cells could be made cheaply, quickly and ethically just by dipping blood cells into acid.
They have now written a retraction that apologises for "multiple errors" in their report.
Nature, the journal that published the findings, is reviewing how it checks scientific papers.
Stem cells can become any other type of tissue and ...
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Climate change is likely to cut Antarctica's 600,000-strong emperor penguin population by at least a fifth by 2100, a study suggests.
The main threat to the penguins comes from changes to sea-ice cover in the Antarctic, which will affect their breeding and feeding.
Dynamics will differ between penguin colonies, but all are expected to be in decline by the end of the century.
Details are published in Nature Climate Change journal. ...
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The US space agency (Nasa) will make a second attempt on Tuesday to put a high-resolution carbon dioxide observatory in orbit.
The first satellite was destroyed on launch in 2009.
Since then, scientists and engineers have built a near identical spacecraft, which will launch from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
"It's been a long walk back to where we are now," David Crisp, the mission's Science Team ...
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