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  • 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

    Mon, 15th Oct 2012

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

  • In Search of Advanced Intermetallics

    Mon, 15th Oct 2012

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

  • Processing Nickel-Base Superalloys

    Mon, 15th Oct 2012

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

  • Steeling the Show

    Mon, 15th Oct 2012

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

  • Mushroom Magic

    Thu, 21st Jun 2012

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

  • The International Meteorite Market

    Fri, 25th 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...

  • 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...

  • Catching Energy From the Sun

    Wed, 19th Jan 2011

    Fifty years from now, our kids are going to look incredulously at us and ask – "you burnt...

  • Donated to Science

    Tue, 11th Jan 2011

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

  • Toxins in Neuroscience Research

    Sat, 13th Nov 2010

    Rheanna Sand gives us an insight into how deadly toxins can be used to serve, rather than...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

    Mon, 4th May 2009

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

  • RNA Interference Explained

    Mon, 9th Jun 2008

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

  • The Immune System: Part 1

    Mon, 2nd Jun 2008

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

  • The Biggest Solar Storm in History

    Thu, 21st Feb 2008

    When the clipper ship Southern Cross sailed into a living hell off Chile during the night...

  • A Whole New World

    Fri, 1st Feb 2008

    Scientists recently spotted a planet being born. It's just formed and is still enshrouded...

  • The Science of Linguistics

    Mon, 14th Jan 2008

    So what exactly is linguistics? Is it all about tape recorders, tongue twisters and dropp...

  • The Science of Parasites

    Fri, 4th Jan 2008

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

  • How Does a Brain Cell Work

    Sun, 25th Nov 2007

    They are found in well-organised groups; they communicate constantly through long ranging...

  • Vile-din? Certainly Not!

    Tue, 6th Nov 2007

    Ask anyone who made the world’s best violins and they’ll inevitably answer "Stradivari". ...

  • 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?

    Sun, 3rd Jun 2007

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

  • Lost your bottle?

    Fri, 20th 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

    Tue, 28th 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...

  • Do you chance it...?

    Wed, 3rd Nov 2004

    Nothing that you do is safe. Everything carries an inherent risk, but what is justifiable...

  • Space Rockets Save Fish

    Wed, 27th Oct 2004

    Helen looks at how marine reserves in Florida and St Lucia set up to protect space rocket...

  • The Science of Wine Tasting

    Wed, 11th Aug 2004

    I am organising a public event in Oxford entitled "The Science of Wine Tasting". I though...

  • A Stitch in Time...

    Wed, 4th Aug 2004

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

  • The Microchimera Mixture

    Wed, 9th Jun 2004

    Dalya Rosner asks whether microchimerism (literally an animal with parts made from lots o...

  • The Case for Creationism...

    Wed, 2nd Jun 2004

    The recent rush to denounce the Emmanuel City Technology College in Gateshead overwhelmin...

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