Science Features

Science articles and medical features written by scientists internationally...

20 August 2008

Why am I so cranky when I don’t get enough sleep? And why was it all better once I had a good night rest?

06 August 2008

Picking scabs. We all do it, and funnily enough, we all squirm when we think about it...

16 July 2008

Simpsons fans will know only too well the opening sequence to the cartoon in which Homer discovers, during his commute...

16 June 2008

The buzz of a bumblebee is one of the quintessential sounds of summer time. But this ‘slender sound’ and ‘faint...

09 June 2008

Since scientists discovered how DNA behaves like a giant genetic recipe book encoding the entire suite of proteins...

02 June 2008

Every day our bodies are assailed by microbes of all descriptions, but for the most part we successfully fend them off...

24 May 2008

Recent Mars missions have produced compelling evidence for what was once a wet world, where life could well have...

18 May 2008

The European Parliament voted recently to include CO2 emissions from the aviation industry in its carbon trading scheme...

22 April 2008

I.Q. scores have been rising steadily, by about 3 points per decade, ever since they were first administered. This is...

14 April 2008

Do microscopic fossils hold the key to understanding climate change? Scientists studying tiny marine shellfish called...

09 March 2008

Scientists have brought the world one step closer to the creation of the first artificial organism with the recent...

01 March 2008

The feasibility of a female oestrus amongst humans had been dismissed by the masses. But now a study of tipping amongst...

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...