Science Features

High quality science articles and medical features.

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...

22 May 2007

Bacteriophages were big business before penicillin and other antimicrobials appeared on the scene. But now, with...

20 April 2007

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

13 April 2007

By now we’re familiar with apocalyptic visions of a scorched and flooded world ravished by global warming. But this...

21 March 2007

Imagine we had discovered another world, slightly smaller than our own, with rain clouds, rivers and lakes on gently...

21 March 2007

As the world focuses on carbon dioxide, are more dangerous agents of global warming creeping up unnoticed? Lucy...

05 October 2006

How were superconductors discovered, what are they, how do they work, what can they do for us, and what's new in...

05 October 2006

Superconductors are amazing materials whose resistance drops to zero when cooled. Chris looks at how they can be used...

21 June 2006

The Rubik's Cube is all about symmetry... How do you solve the rubiks cube - what is the maths behind the rubiks...

24 May 2006

Although the summer appears to have ended, I thought I would deal with something that provides a perfect opportunity to...

17 May 2006

How much do we know about what makes people thrive and societies flourish? We know remarkably little about the positive...

10 May 2006

The world has heard much about the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004 and the vast loss of life associated with this, but what...

03 May 2006

One day someone will write a book that explains consciousness. The book will put forward a theory that fills the gap...

26 April 2006

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