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A WW2 technology 'Plan B' for GPS

Technology developed during World War Two is to be used as a back-up for GPS in ports across England and Scotland.

Fashion challenge for Apple's Ive

Can Apple design guru Jony Ive turn the smartwatch into a hit?

VIDEO: Lab for world’s worst animal viruses

A look around a new lab at Pirbright Institute in Surrey, where the world’s most contagious livestock viruses will be kept.

The metal detectors saving marriages

The metal detectorists saving marriages

BBC News - Science & Environment

Newt flesh fungus 'brought by pets'

A skin-eating fungus threatens salamanders and newts across Europe, and probably arrived on pet amphibians imported from Asia.

A WW2 technology 'Plan B' for GPS

Technology developed during World War Two is to be used as a back-up for GPS in ports across England and Scotland.

VIDEO: Lab for world’s worst animal viruses

A look around a new lab at Pirbright Institute in Surrey, where the world’s most contagious livestock viruses will be kept.

Low oxygen 'delayed life on Earth'

Animals took so long to evolve and thrive on Earth because of incredibly low levels of oxygen during a period more than a billion years ago, scientists say.

IPCC debates 'most important' report

Scientists and government officials are meeting in Copenhagen to edit a report on the causes, impact and solutions to global warming.

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