A round-up of general science news as collated by the BBC (in the UK).

'Exquisite' gravity probe leaves UK

28 Feb 2015 at 10:54am
UK industry completes construction of the modules that make up the Lisa Pathfinder satellite - a remarkable probe that will test the key technologies needed to detect gravitational waves in space. Read more...

Wheat present in UK 'for 8,000 years'

27 Feb 2015 at 3:23am
Fragments of wheat DNA suggest wheat was present in Britain 8,000 years ago, long before it was grown by British farmers. Read more...

Killer frog disease hits Madagascar

26 Feb 2015 at 2:21pm
A devastating disease that has wiped out amphibians around the world has been discovered in Madagascar, scientists report. Read more...

Fungus plays 'biomusic' duet

27 Feb 2015 at 9:52am
Scientists at Plymouth University play improvised pieces of music with the help of slime mould. Read more...

Lords call for UK Arctic ambassador

27 Feb 2015 at 3:15am
The United Kingdom should create an ambassador for the Arctic or risk being pushed out of key decisions for the region, a House of Lords report says. Read more...

'Concern' over bugs in shop chicken

26 Feb 2015 at 1:49pm
Concerns are growing about antibiotic resistance of bacteria carried by poultry, according to a new report. Read more...

Giant caiman packed fierce bite

26 Feb 2015 at 4:24pm
A team of Brazilian scientists says they have calculated that the bite of a giant prehistoric caiman was twice has strong as that of a T-Rex. Read more...

MPs call for reform of GM crop rules

26 Feb 2015 at 11:15am
Europe's approval system for GM crops is "fundamentally flawed" and should be overhauled, say MPs. Read more...

Machine learns to play video games

25 Feb 2015 at 6:00pm
A machine inspired by the human brain has learned how to play 49 classic Atari video games - a step towards self-thinking robots, scientists say. Read more...

Solar loses out in renewables auction

26 Feb 2015 at 11:24am
The results of the UK government's first auction for renewable energy subsidies are a boost for offshore wind, with solar the biggest loser. Read more...


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