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Alan Turing's World War II codebreaking Bombe is best invention, says Institution of Mechanical Engineers

The machine which decoded 5,000 German messages a day during the Second World War has narrowly beaten Concorde in a poll of engineering experts and fans.

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Science Museum to open huge new gallery dedicated to history of communications

The Science Museum has revealed more details on its "reinvigorating" exhibition, Information Age: Six Networks That Changed Our World, opening this October.

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Making Colour: Micro-positioning easel gives scientists and public unprecedented detail

A state-of-the-art easel is literally shedding new light on the ingenious materials used over the centuries to create artists’ paint pigments at the National gallery.

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Lost EDSAC diagrams reveal secrets of early computers at National Museum of Computing

Ahead of the reconstruction of the world's first general purpose computer, early diagrams of a computer have been found at the National Museum of Computing.

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50 million-year-old hungry caterpillar bites found by scientists in Manchester

Scientists have used an electromagnetic radiation technique 10 billion times brighter than the sun on a leaf fossil left by an epoch on the west of the US.

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Picture Gallery: British Library launches first science exhibition with Beautiful Science

Early weather systems, Florence Nightingale visualisations and chimpanzees, dogs, opossums, platypuses and chickens in the British Library's first science spectacular.

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"The athletes are god-like beings": Rio, British Olympics and the science of cycling

Tony Purnell, the Head of Technical Development for the Great Britain Cycling Team, on trying to give athletes an edge ahead of his Cambridge Science Festival appearance.

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Go inside the Large Hadron Collider as Science Museum announces tour

The exhibition which has attracted thousands of people to the Science Museum will tour to the Museum of Science and Industry ahead of an international tour.

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Ravens and research: Semiconductor and Chris Watson on Jerwood Open Forest

A Forestry Commission call to create works within the landscape has drawn up a shortlist of five proposals, including the Sheffield sound artist and Brighton pairing.

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Artist's Statement: Helen Wilson-Roe on Henrietta Lacks' story at the Science Museum

Having created a 3D work based on a heartbreaking tale, the artist explains why a trip to meet a family in America resulted in "a different way" of producing her work.

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Foreign Bodies, Common Ground unites art from residencies in six countries at Wellcome

From South Africa and Vietnam to Malawi and Cambridge, the Wellcome's new exhibition explores scientific forays in six countries, as seen by artists in residence.

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Codecrackers who thwarted Hitler remembered by relatives at Bletchley Park

The National Museum of Computing has welcomed the nephew of the man who decoded Hitler's Lorenz system and the son of the engineer behind the Colossus computer.

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Culture 24/7: Top Science and Nature exhibitions to see in the UK for November 2013

From robotic creatures and real butterflies to the sounds of space and the experience of being in Antartica, here are seven exhibitions and festivals to enjoy.

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Brains, skeletons, birds and fish and chips: A Manchester Science Festival 2013 top ten

What's it like to be a bird or a baby panda? You could find out if you follow our top ten from this year's packed Manchester Science Festival.

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Flossie the computer is rescued from scrapheap by National Museum of Computing

An example of an ICT 1301, one of the first mass produced computers, has been saved by the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park where it will be restored.

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