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28/07/2014 - 15:34
Submitted by James Lloyd
Readers of BBC Focus Magazine have named Leonardo da Vinci as the brightest mind of all time. The Italian polymath came top of a poll to find science's greatest genius, receiving 29% of the votes...
25/07/2014 - 16:56
Submitted by James Lloyd
When Jurassic Park 4 was announced last year, it was revealed that none of the dinosaurs would have feathers. Now, director Colin Trevorrow could be regretting his decision: scientists have...
24/07/2014 - 16:15
Submitted by James Lloyd
Crows may be birds, but they certainly aren’t bird-brained. Scientists have discovered that New Caledonian crows can perform as well as seven- to ten-year-old children in simple puzzle-solving...
23/07/2014 - 17:01
Submitted by James Lloyd
Think birthdays don’t come around often enough? Well, imagine having to wait more than 700 days for your next one. Astronomers in the US have discovered an exoplanet with the longest known year...
22/07/2014 - 14:28
Submitted by James Lloyd
From fluffy kittens to doe-eyed dogs, most of us can’t help but melt at the sight of a cute critter. Now, UK scientists have revealed that children as young as three are able to recognise cute...
21/07/2014 - 14:21
Submitted by James Lloyd
If you’ve ever got up at the crack of dawn, you’ll know that there are few more incredible sounds than the cacophony of a dawn chorus. Now, computer scientists have developed a nifty tool...
18/07/2014 - 15:50
Submitted by Jason Goodyer
When people describe how they met their partner, they’ll often describe how their eyes met across the room, or their face stood out from the crowd. Now, scientists believe that when people meet...
18/07/2014 - 09:57
Submitted by James Lloyd
This week's guide to science on the telly and radio...   Mon 21 July Plants: From Roots to Riches BBC Radio 4, 1:45-2:00pm Prof Kathy Willis kicks off a 25-part series examining how...
16/07/2014 - 09:00
Submitted by James Lloyd
Planning on going out in the Sun this summer? Here are our top three scientific tips on keeping cool...   1) Shed a few layers Our bodies have cooling all sussed out. When we get hot, we sweat,...
15/07/2014 - 11:52
Submitted by Jason Goodyer
The expression “friends are the family you choose” may be a well worn cliché, but as scientists from the University of California and Yale have discovered, there may be more scientific...
14/07/2014 - 17:01
Submitted by James Lloyd
This summer is being hailed as ‘the summer of the supermoon’, with three opportunities to catch an especially big, bright moon in the night sky. But what is a supermoon, and how can you...
10/07/2014 - 15:19
Submitted by Jason Goodyer
Animals communicate with one another using a plethora of signals: tropical fish use neon technicolour, songbirds tweet sweet melodies and gorillas, new research has shown, may communicate using...
10/07/2014 - 12:21
Submitted by Jason Goodyer
As a species, our lifestyles are becoming ever more inactive. Twelve thousand years ago, our hunter-gathering nomadic culture assured we were constantly moving around, yet today’s society...
09/07/2014 - 16:53
Submitted by Jason Goodyer
Birds are pretty impressive animals: they can fly, have an advanced vocal system and some can be as intelligent as primates. For the past three decades, a mountain of genetic data and comparative...
04/07/2014 - 11:17
Submitted by James Lloyd
In the Summer issue of BBC Focus Magazine, we're asking you to choose your top genius of all time. But before you cast your vote at sciencefocus.com/greatestgenius, find out a bit more about the...
04/07/2014 - 10:06
Submitted by James Lloyd
This week's guide to science on the telly and radio...   Mon 7 July The Infinite Monkey Cage BBC Radio 4, 4:30-4:55pm Prof Brian Cox and Robin Ince return for a new series of their witty,...
12/06/2014 - 17:21
Submitted by James Lloyd
This week's guide to science on the telly and radio...   Sun 15 June I Bought A Rainforest BBC Two, 8.00-9.00pm Wildlife photographer Charlie Hamilton James has spent $10,000 on 100 acres...
12/06/2014 - 14:20
Submitted by James Lloyd
The 2014 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony in Brazil promises to be one of the most spectacular of all time. If all goes to plan, a young paraplegic Brazilian will stride across the pitch and take the...
09/06/2014 - 14:12
Submitted by Jason Goodyer
A computer programme has successfully convinced humans that it is a 13-year-old boy, becoming the first ever artificial intelligence to pass the Turing Test.   A pair of researchers from...
05/06/2014 - 17:39
Submitted by James Lloyd
This week's guide to science on the telly and radio...   Sun 8 June The Science of D-Day BBC Four, 7.30-8.00pm On the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, engineer Rob Bell looks at the...