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A month of meteor showers as Earth passes through the tail of Halley’s Comet

4 May 2016

We're in for quite a show over the next few weeks as Earth passes through the tail of Halley's Comet. Known as the Eta Aquarids, the month-long shower runs from April 20 to May 21, but you'll be able to see the most activity in the early hours of May 5 to 7, when the New Moon provides gloriously dark skies.

Old golf clubs turned into snake-handling hooks to prevent reptile deaths

1 May 2016

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A snake handler is turning old golf clubs into hooks to help prevent people from routinely killing the reptiles in their backyards or on their properties.

Take 5 with...Carpcatcher
Take 5 with...Carpcatcher

1 May 2016

This month we are taking 5 with Shedder Carpcatcher. You won’t believe what he caught after trying for 12 months!

‘Dogs 4 Dementia’ program set to expand

28 April 2016

A program that places trained assistance dogs in the homes of people with dementia and their carers is set to expand after promising results in early trials.

Shape-shifting tech will change work as we know it

27 April 2016

What will the world look like when we move beyond the keyboard and mouse?

‘Rebooting’ immune system could allow kidney transplants from any donor

25 April 2016

The search to find a compatible kidney donor is often a long and agonising one – a complex series of biological matches need to be met to reduce the risk of the new organ being rejected, which means most kidney transplants have to come from blood relatives. Now a pioneering new technique is being tested that could allow those needing a transplant to receive a kidney from any donor.

Artificial intelligence beats world Grandmaster at Go

22 April 2016

Google's artificial intelligence (AI) program AlphaGo has won the final game of its five-match challenge against the Korean Go grandmaster Lee Se-dol, taking the series 4-1.

TED Talk: Simple hacks for life with Parkinson’s

19 April 2016

Simple solutions are often best, even when dealing with something as complicated as Parkinson's.

Scientists create a painless patch that can control diabetes

16 April 2016

Scientists have been struggling for decades to free diabetics from regular insulin injections. One of the main goals has been to figure out how to transplant healthy beta cells – the insulin-producing cells that fail as a result of diabetes – into patients, but this is an invasive procedure in itself that comes with the risk of rejection.

Argentinian ice bridge collapses

13 April 2016

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Nature put on a stunning show for hundreds of tourists and locals who turned out to see the collapse of an ice bridge at the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina. Huge chunks of ice fell into Lake Argentina as the arched section of the glacier broke for the first time in four years.

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