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Scientists have created a mobile phone microscope that can sequence DNA to diagnose cancer

It might sound like something from Star Trek, but scientists have developed a tiny microscope that attaches to a mobile phone and can sequence DNA.

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While most of Britain struggles to get snow, jewel-like ice is washing ashore on Japan's coasts

Each year, between late January and mid-February, something rather mesmerising happens on the coast of Japan’s Northernmost main island. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Watch this drone footage of a 44km crack in the Antarctic ice

A 44km chasm has appeared on the floating Brunt ice shelf in Antarctica where a British research station is located. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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The first gorilla born in captivity has died

The first gorilla ever to be born in captivity has died. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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A space laser could turn the Earth's atmosphere into a giant magnifying glass and be used to spy on enemies in future wars

BAE Systems believes technological advances in the future could enable military generals to use lasers and the Earth’s atmosphere to create a magnifying effect to observe the activities of enemies over huge distances.

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One in three people diagnosed with asthma do not actually have the condition, study suggests

A third of people recently diagnosed with asthma do not actually have the condition, new research suggests.

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Nasa is documenting Earth's dramatic changes with 'then and now' satellite images

Our planet is in a state of continuous change – some man-made, others natural. From melting glaciers and drying lakes to urbanisation, the surface of the Earth has changed dramatically over the years and continues to do so.

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A leopard shark has learned to reproduce without males after living alone for a long time

A leopard shark at an aquarium in Australia has reproduced asexually in what is reported to be a world first.

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Gene Cernan, the last astronaut to ever reach the moon, has died aged 82

Former astronaut Gene Cernan, the last of only a dozen men to walk on the moon, has died aged 82.

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Scientists are designing a solar-powered system that could give remote Indian villages safe drinking water

Water contamination is a major problem in the developing world and it appears scientists have found a way to help solve it.

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Blue Monday: Real thing or ridiculous myth?

Today is Blue Monday – supposedly the most depressing day of the year. And just in case you forgot, the corporate-sponsored and PR-driven hashtags on social media are here to remind you that such a day exists. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Quiz: Are these dinosaur names real or made up?

Are you a dinosaur geek? Were you a fan of Jurassic Park?

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Watch the moment SpaceX successfully launched an unmanned rocket into space

This is the impressive moment a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully blasts off into orbit from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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A live ruby sea dragon has been filmed in the wild for the first time and they're pretty magical creatures

Ruby sea dragon may sound like something from the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but the extremely rare and unusual creature has been captured on camera off the coast of Western Australia. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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This spectacular light display in Canada will make you think there is an alien invasion

It might look like the stuff of science fiction and conspiracy theorists that aliens have descended on our planet, but this Canadian photographer’s stunning images of bright-coloured beams in the sky are very much an earthly phenomenon.

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Scientists have managed to tie the tightest knot ever

Scientists have broken the record for the tightest knot ever known, using strands 10,000 times thinner than a human hair.

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Smartwatches could soon tell when you’re getting ill

You might think wearable tech is another bit of useless kit phone companies are trying to flog, but smartwatches could soon tell us if we’re about to get ill and protect us from disease.

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Scientists have used mind-controlling lasers to turn lab mice into killing machines

It sounds like the work of an evil genius, but scientists have been blasting the brains of mice with laser beams to see how it changes their behaviour. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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UK weather: How the nation is reacting to snow, ice and floods

For many people in the north of England, waking up this morning to the sight of snow and a frosty ground was a pleasant one. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Does it fart? The burning science question on Twitter that has led to a database of trumping animals

The world was not ready for a Twitter debate about animals farting. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Scientists have developed an amazing new tool in the search for aliens

Are we alone in the universe? Perhaps, as scientists haven’t yet found any evidence of extraterrestrial life.

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Thundersnow is coming: This is where it will hit the UK

Snow and blizzards have been predicted for parts of the UK this week, with thundersnow (when snow falls in a storm instead of rain) anticipated in some parts.

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Researchers reveal there are basically three types of selfie takers... and most of them aren't self-publicists

It may sound a little bit hard to believe but new research suggests not everyone who posts selfies is self-obsessed. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Playing an instrument could make your reactions faster

Playing a musical instrument could make you more alert, according to new research.

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Take a look at the world through the eyes of a polar bear with this first-hand footage

Scientists have attached cameras to some polar bears’ heads to study their behaviours and feeding rates – and the footage captured is as illuminating as it is magical.

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Here's why you want to binge eat when you are drunk

Yep, we all know that feeling. It’s Friday night, you’re had a little bit too much to drink, and your alcohol-fuelled brain is craving food. Lots of food.

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A new species of gibbon has been identified and named after a major Star Wars character

Scientists have identified a new gibbon species found in south-west China and have decided to name the primate Skywalker hoolock gibbon because, well, they are Star Wars fans. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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How shopping bags made out of prawns could save us all

Plastic bags have become a precious commodity of late, but a bizarre new alternative could be making its way to baggage areas very soon.

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