The decision follows a similar move by the US Inland Revenue Service

Australia says Bitcoin not a currency

09.31 Crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin should not be considered as money or a foreign currency when it comes to taxation, Australia's tax authority ruled today.

The study was conducted by researchers from University College London

Study on impact of conflict on altruism published

11.27 New research carried out in Northern Ireland has found that people who find themselves in a situation of conflict with other groups are less likely to help individuals from outside their own group.

The city council said the mayor was suspended pending 'clarification of the situation'

Swiss mayor suspended over nude selfies

18 Aug The mayor of the Swiss town of Baden, who is also a member of parliament, was suspended today following allegations that he sent nude selfies taken at work to a female friend.

The moon appeared 14% bigger and 30% brighter than normal as it reached the point in its orbit closest to the Earth

Supermoon lights up the sky

11 Aug A supermoon lit up the sky as stargazers enjoyed the Perseid meteor shower - one of the year's most dramatic lunar events.

staff of the Christian charity Samaritan's Purse put on protective gear in the ELWA hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia

Spotlight on experimental drugs in Ebola fight

07 Aug With hundreds of patients in Africa suffering the devastating effects of Ebola, health experts are scrambling to determine which drugs might offer the best experimental treatment, and researchers are being pressed by government officials to speed up their work.

The self-folding crawling robot in three stages (Pic: Seth Kroll, Wyss Institute)

Researchers build transformer robots

07 Aug Real-life transformer robots, that can fold themselves into shape from flat in four minutes and then crawl and turn, have been built by researchers in the United States.

Artist's impression of Rosetta spacecraft

Rosetta spacecraft completes rendezvous with comet

06 Aug European spacecraft Rosetta has become the first ever to catch up with a comet, a landmark stage in a decade-long space mission that scientists hope will help unlock some of the secrets of the solar system.

The internet.org app is being released first in Zambia

Facebook unveils new internet app

31 Jul Facebook has unveiled an app to allow people around the world with mobile phones but no internet access to access online services for health, education and basic communications.

It is hoped the telescope will help astronomers build an unprecedented 3D map of our section of the galaxy

€740m telescope ready to start mapping Milky Way

29 Jul A telescope which cost almost three-quarters of a billion euro and is designed to provide the most detailed map yet of the Milky Way has overcome its teething problems and is ready to start work.

New research suggests having an epidural during labour may affect levels of post-partum depression

Epidural 'may cut depression risk'

23 Jul Mothers-to-be who use pain relief during childbirth may have a lower risk of depression after their babies are born, a leading psychiatrist has said.