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  • Christmas Appeal

    Tue, 29th Nov 2016

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  • DNA My Smoothie!

    Sat, 26th Nov 2016

    Think of the horsemeat scandal. Do the ingredients in your ready meal match the labelling...

  • How conscious are you?

    Tue, 22nd Dec 2015

    A greater scientific understanding of consciousness is allowing researchers to quantify e...

  • Where is my mind?

    Thu, 17th Dec 2015

    Researchers are using fMRI scanners and specially designed questions to decode your mind,...

  • Giving Rail the Green Light

    Wed, 30th Sep 2015

    Trains are one of the most 'green' forms of travel, but how can we make them even more en...

  • The Purpose of Pain

    Thu, 24th Sep 2015

    What is the purpose, if any, of pain? Would we be better off without it?

  • Watching the skies

    Wed, 12th Aug 2015

    How do we know where planes are in the sky, and why do we occasionally lose them?

  • Shedding light on cancer

    Thu, 6th Aug 2015

    How a special type of glass could help in early cancer detection...

  • 4 ‘Immortals’ that Died

    Fri, 17th Apr 2015

    Death is a terrifying thought to many people: Is the best solution just to become immorta...

  • The Dark Web

    Thu, 9th Apr 2015

    Just like the Force, the Internet has its own dark side. Dare you enter the Dark Web?

  • Your anus is special

    Thu, 26th Mar 2015

    Anus to mouth: why your behind sets you apart...

  • Antibiotic Resistance

    Thu, 19th Mar 2015

    Antibiotic resistance is a growing threat to the modern world, is there anything that can...

  • How to avoid serious egg fraud

    Sat, 17th Jan 2015

    Cuckoos: the con artists of the animal world, leave their eggs in other birds nests. Thes...

  • Dog doctors

    Tue, 30th Dec 2014

    Our four-legged friends prove they truly are man's best friend by lending a paw in sniffi...

  • Why we ignored Ebola...

    Thu, 9th Oct 2014

    This week the scientific Nobel prizes have been awarded, just as the Ebola death toll pas...

  • No room in the Ark?

    Tue, 9th Sep 2014

    With thousands of species going extinct how do we choose which ones to try and save?

  • Sleep on it!

    Wed, 19th Mar 2014

    What does sleep do to your ability to make new memories? Alice Kay investigates...

  • Minister Willetts in the Windy City

    Sat, 22nd Feb 2014

    UK Science Minister David Willetts promotes science diplomacy in Chicago...

  • Clouds of Plankton

    Sun, 5th Jan 2014

    The tiny plants that inhabit the ocean (phytoplankton) have developed a remarkable mechan...

  • Alpha Shock

    Wed, 25th Dec 2013

    It is London in the year 2037, and the artificial fog rolls off the Thames. A successful...

  • Chronotherapeutics

    Thu, 19th Dec 2013

    The emerging field of chronotherapeutics seeks to align drug treatments with an individua...

  • Teaching old dogs new tricks

    Thu, 12th Dec 2013

    Do you find it harder to learn and adapt to new things than you once did? Do you find you...

  • Beyond Mere Metals

    Sun, 14th Oct 2012

    With the precision design of superalloy materials we are able to manufacture materials th...

  • In Search of Advanced Intermetallics

    Sun, 14th Oct 2012

    A new high temperature aerospace material has proved to be elusive so far, however, the c...

  • Processing Nickel-Base Superalloys

    Sun, 14th Oct 2012

    How do materials scientists process strong, deformation-resistant blades for gas turbine ...

  • Steeling the Show

    Sun, 14th Oct 2012

    What is steel? How have the production methods for making it changed over hundreds of yea...

  • Mushroom Magic

    Wed, 20th Jun 2012

    The psychedelic drug psilocybin, the active principal of magic mushrooms, was once though...

  • The International Meteorite Market

    Thu, 24th May 2012

    Meteorites on the open market routinely fetch a higher price than the equivalent weight o...

  • Food Date Coding Decoded

    Mon, 7th Nov 2011

    Dating codes are placed on food to indicate the food is safe to eat before this date. But...

  • Making Metals Take the Heat

    Tue, 18th Oct 2011

    The inside of a modern aircraft jet engine is a harsh and complex environment, but the dr...

  • I'm a Civet: Get me out of here!

    Tue, 27th Sep 2011

    It’s pretty easy to get lost when you venture deep into the Jungle of Lambusango on the I...

  • Barnacles "mussel" in

    Thu, 8th Sep 2011

    Barnacles and mussels have an intimate relationship, but are they welcome house guests or...

  • Pain genes and perception

    Tue, 2nd Aug 2011

    Rare genetic mutations have been known to abolish pain, or to cause permanent agony. But ...

  • CSI Swansea

    Wed, 6th Jul 2011

    CSI has come to Swansea. But rather than solving murders, for a team at the University's ...

  • Letting the Khat out of the bag

    Mon, 23rd May 2011

    In 2009, the synthetic stimulant mephedrone became a hugely popular recreational drug for...

  • Making Metals Stronger

    Thu, 21st Apr 2011

    Countless atomic recipes and crystal arrangements mean there are literally trillions of p...

  • The Superalloys

    Wed, 6th Apr 2011

    Spinning hundreds of times per second and carrying a load equivalent to the weight of a f...

  • The Ocean's Cleaners

    Thu, 10th Mar 2011

    The seabed is surprisingly clean considering the amount of waste, both natural and man-ma...

  • Southern Right Whales

    Sat, 12th Feb 2011

    Southern right whales live in the southern oceans that surround Antarctica. In the winter...

  • The Magic of Binary

    Thu, 3rd Feb 2011

    The digital world is all around us, and is becoming evermore layered and integrated into ...

  • Donated to Science

    Tue, 11th Jan 2011

    Have you ever wondered why people donate their body to medical science? Or what goes on i...

  • How do plants develop?

    Tue, 14th Dec 2010

    Plants and animals seem worlds apart, and indeed in many ways they are. Plants don’t eat ...

  • Donated to Science

    Sat, 6th Nov 2010

    Have you ever wondered what happens to a body when it is donated to a medical school? Hav...

  • Lise Meitner: The Nucleus of Fission

    Fri, 29th Oct 2010

    Lise Meitner’s name is to many an unfamiliar one, occasionally found somewhere amid the p...

  • Where has all the Antimatter Gone?

    Thu, 11th Mar 2010

    Antimatter can make anything - even anybody - vanish merely by touching it. But at the mo...

  • What is Love?

    Thu, 11th Feb 2010

    “Love is the drug and I need to score,” sang Bryan Ferry in the seventies, earning him a ...

  • Don't Worry, be Happy!

    Tue, 29th Dec 2009

    We’re all searching for happiness, but do we really know what this is or where to find it...

  • Silencing Our Science: SOS

    Tue, 15th Dec 2009

    It is the stuff of nightmares - a society so wound up in the legal system that no-one is ...

  • Once a Knight is Not Enough

    Mon, 15th Jun 2009

    Sure, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and has received a number of other honours, b...

  • To sit or not to sit

    Sun, 17th May 2009

    Is urine bad? Yes, when it ends up on the bathroom floor. What can be done to avoid these...

  • Banana medicine

    Sun, 3rd May 2009

    What will the vaccines of tomorrow look like? Recent advances in crop technology mean tha...

  • What is the Weirdest Experiment Ever?

    Sun, 26th Apr 2009

    What happens when a human child grows up with a chimpanzee brother? Does a dog think that...

  • The Plight of the Bumblebee

    Sun, 15th Jun 2008

    The buzz of a bumblebee is one of the quintessential sounds of summer time. But this ‘sl...

  • RNA Interference Explained

    Sun, 8th Jun 2008

    Since scientists discovered how DNA behaves like a giant genetic recipe book encoding the...

  • The Immune System: Part 1

    Sun, 1st Jun 2008

    Every day our bodies are assailed by microbes of all descriptions, but for the most part ...

  • Towards a Manned Mars Mission

    Sat, 24th May 2008

    Recent Mars missions have produced compelling evidence for what was once a wet world, whe...

  • The Science of Parasites

    Fri, 4th Jan 2008

    We tend to think of parasites as evolutionary cheats, surreptitiously taking advantage of...

  • The Science of Snowflakes

    Sat, 22nd Dec 2007

    Snowflakes form when water vapour condenses directly into ice crystals, and for many year...

  • What is Quicksand?

    Sun, 3rd Jun 2007

    There was a time when almost every action movie seemed to involve the hero or villain bec...

  • How do Thunderstorms Work?

    Sat, 2nd Jun 2007

    What is a thunderstorm, how is lightning generated by clouds, how much energy is there in...

  • Lost your bottle?

    Thu, 19th Apr 2007

    Whether you love or loath the white stuff, it is unavoidable on your TV and in your paper...

  • A Blue Future For Global Warming

    Fri, 13th Apr 2007

    By now we’re familiar with apocalyptic visions of a scorched and flooded world ravished b...

  • A History of Superconductivity

    Thu, 5th Oct 2006

    How were superconductors discovered, what are they, how do they work, what can they do fo...

  • Superconductors

    Thu, 5th Oct 2006

    Superconductors are amazing materials whose resistance drops to zero when cooled. Chris l...

  • Seeing Red

    Wed, 3rd May 2006

    One day someone will write a book that explains consciousness. The book will put forward ...

  • Creationism vs. Science

    Wed, 26th Apr 2006

    The battle between Science and Religion has left us with a choice: faith in God or belie...

  • Cyanide Poisoning

    Wed, 19th Apr 2006

    Scheele was the first to isolate Hydrogen cyanide in 1782 then went on to show its toxic ...

  • Genes for Bigger Brains

    Wed, 12th Apr 2006

    Humans have exceptionally large and complex brains. Ruth has a look at two genes, that se...

  • Stress and the Scientist

    Mon, 27th Mar 2006

    This article illustrates the kind of scientist you might encounter in a lab. Understandin...

  • What is Living in my Mouth?

    Wed, 22nd Mar 2006

    The last time you opened wide, did you ever imagine that you were opening the door to wha...

  • Sleep Paralysis

    Wed, 1st Mar 2006

    Sleep paralysis researcher Julia Santomauro explores the phenomenon of sleep paralysis in...

  • Perfidiously Pervious Particles

    Wed, 22nd Feb 2006

    Things usually are not what they seem, and sometimes the fundamentals become discomfortin...

  • Something in the Air

    Wed, 1st Feb 2006

    We humans don't really appreciate the sense of smell. Mark has a look at this underrated ...

  • Useful Little Bleeders...

    Wed, 18th Jan 2006

    Barrie takes a look at the past and present use of leeches in medicine and surgery, inclu...

  • Forward To The Moon

    Wed, 14th Dec 2005

    George Bush's plan to establish a permanent base on the Moon by 2020, and send astronauts...

  • Surprise, Surprise !

    Wed, 30th Nov 2005

    Researchers have been investigating how the unexpected affects how well and what you reme...

  • Looking Left, Thinking Right ?

    Wed, 14th Sep 2005

    If you want a sure-fire conversation starter to pull out of your pocket during an awkward...

  • What's On The Menu ?

    Wed, 7th Sep 2005

    The Chilean Sea Bass, or Patagonian Toothfish, is a very tasty fish particularly popular ...

  • Surviving Scientific Conferences

    Wed, 6th Jul 2005

    One of the fun things about working in science is the scientific meeting. Lots of free t...

  • Why drink Wine ?

    Wed, 29th Jun 2005

    I am supposed to write about one of my great passions, drinking wine.

  • Bar Flies

    Wed, 22nd Jun 2005

    The life of a laboratory animal is not generally an enviable one. However, for some fruit...

  • An Introduction to Influenza

    Wed, 15th Jun 2005

    This article looks at how influenza (flu) was discovered, how influenza spreads, infects ...

  • Inside the Neanderthal Mind

    Wed, 8th Jun 2005

    "Neanderthal" was once used as an insult; a term for a stupid, brutish oaf but who were N...

  • Smarten Up !

    Wed, 25th May 2005

    Can we all be brilliant? Bit by bit thousands of researchers are trying to untangle the w...

  • Photodynamic Therapy

    Wed, 18th May 2005

    Photo-therapy is the term used to describe treatments which use light to achieve their ef...

  • Ricin : The Secret Assassin

    Wed, 11th May 2005

    The recently discovered traces of ricin in a makeshift laboratory in a flat in London hav...

  • The CytoMatrix: Reloaded

    Wed, 2nd Feb 2005

    A material designed originally to help rockets blast into space (Cytomatrix) is now helpi...

  • Britain's Sexist Scientists

    Wed, 26th Jan 2005

    A report was published warning that Britain's prosperity will suffer if the government d...

  • Beyond the Body: Neuroengineering

    Wed, 29th Sep 2004

    Chips that can plug into the brain and translate thoughts to computers, or help paralysed...

  • Wonderful Water

    Wed, 22nd Sep 2004

    Water, with its incredible properties, is considered an essential ingredient for life. Bu...

  • A Stitch in Time...

    Wed, 4th Aug 2004

    Radiologist Bob Bury puts the case for screening the population for preventable, and less...

  • But How do we Know it's True

    Wed, 21st Jul 2004

    How can you be sure the wonderful facts and figures we science writers tell you are genui...

  • Playing The Odds

    Wed, 30th Jun 2004

    Exposing patients to x-rays is a gamble between a necessary investigation to aid in forum...

  • Telemedicine and the Grid

    Wed, 23rd Jun 2004

    e-Science, including telemedicine, has the potential to revolutionise patient care. Grid ...

  • Untangling The Model Muddle

    Wed, 7th Apr 2004

    Animal models of disease, including genetically modified (knockout) mice, nematode worms ...

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