Science Features

High quality science articles and medical features.


21 February 2008

When the clipper ship Southern Cross sailed into a living hell off Chile during the night of 2 September 1859, little...

01 February 2008

Scientists recently spotted a planet being born. It's just formed and is still enshrouded within the disk of dust...

26 January 2008

Just as winter follows summer, the chances are you'll catch a cold this winter - but what is the sticky stuff that...

19 January 2008

What's the evidence that the world's becoming a warmer place, or are claims of climate change quite literally...

14 January 2008

So what exactly is linguistics? Is it all about tape recorders, tongue twisters and dropped "aitches"? Or is...

04 January 2008

We tend to think of parasites as evolutionary cheats, surreptitiously taking advantage of their hosts’ hard work while...

22 December 2007

Snowflakes form when water vapour condenses directly into ice crystals, and for many years writers have used their...

06 December 2007

Equivalent in land area to 14 Isle of Mans, or Rhode Island State twice over, the Louisiana Wetlands are one of the...

01 December 2007

International Polar Years commenced in 1882-3, as the inspiration of Austrian explorer and naval officer Lieutenant...

27 November 2007

The Pythia, the prophetess at the Oracle of Delphi, was said to be able to communicate with Apollo by going into a...

25 November 2007

They are found in well-organised groups; they communicate constantly through long ranging connections; there are 100,...

06 November 2007

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

30 October 2007

What do pop-up books and some of the most fundamental molecules of life have in common? Charlotte Rusby enters a world...

11 September 2007

Usually, when the immune system meets something foreign, the offending intruder is swiftly attacked and neutralised....

03 August 2007

Climate change has been blamed with altering the environment – from animal migrations to sea level. Now it's also...

29 July 2007

Beating your head against a hard surface can be a sign of frustration, yet for a woodpecker it’s a fact of life. So why...

14 July 2007

Why re-invent the wheel when Nature has already come up with the best solution? Becky Poole explores the field of...

07 July 2007

Mention plastics and most people think of polythenes, perspex and other oil-based nasties that never break down. But...

30 June 2007

There are five million new cases of HIV internationally every year, and the virus is second only to tobacco as the...

22 June 2007

Dementia-prone mice have shown researchers than an old mouse can learn new tricks, given the right environment...

03 June 2007

There was a time when almost every action movie seemed to involve the hero or villain becoming swamped in quicksand,...

03 June 2007

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

24 May 2007

The lymphatic system is your body's drainage system. It collects the excess fluid that surrounds cells and returns...