Archive for December 6th, 2016:

Robot aircraft take to British skies

Image copyright BAE Image caption The Jetstream aircraft will fly itself along a route between Inverness and Lancashire Robot aircraft are to be tested in UK airspace to help refine systems that control autonomous planes. BAE said it would be carrying out 17 flights, using a converted Jetstream 31 capable of flying itself. Human pilots

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Scottish fossils tell story of first life on land

Image copyright Mark Witton/National Museums Scotland Image caption Artist’s impression of how the animals might have looked Fossils of what may be the earliest four-legged backboned animals to walk on land have been discovered in Scotland. The lizard-like creatures lived about 355 million years ago, when the ancestors of modern reptiles, birds and mammals emerged

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Caesarean births ‘affecting human evolution’

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption In the UK, about one in four babies is born by Caesarean The regular use of Caesarean sections is having an impact on human evolution, say scientists. More mothers now need surgery to deliver a baby due to their narrow pelvis size, according to a study. Researchers estimate cases where

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