Science Features

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

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...

19 April 2006

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

12 April 2006

Humans have exceptionally large and complex brains. Ruth has a look at two genes, that seem to have played a role in...

05 April 2006

Genes make you what you are. All living things have them (humans have about 25,000) and they're like blueprints....

29 March 2006

When more news comes in of rising greenhouse emissions in Europe or more political backsliding over the Kyoto Protocol...

28 March 2006

This article illustrates the kind of scientist you might encounter in a lab. Understanding how your colleagues think...

22 March 2006

The last time you opened wide, did you ever imagine that you were opening the door to what is essentially home to...

15 March 2006

For the last 75 years the average IQ test score has been increasing in every industrialised country in the world. Are...

08 March 2006

The fantastical, tragic and largely unknown story of John Parsons is one of the most intriguing tales to be found in...

01 March 2006

Sleep paralysis researcher Julia Santomauro explores the phenomenon of sleep paralysis including what is sleep...

22 February 2006

Things usually are not what they seem, and sometimes the fundamentals become discomfortingly alien... Frank Witte...

15 February 2006

What causes cold sores and genital herpes, how do herpes viruses cause disease, why do herpes infections persist for...

14 February 2006

Claire McLoughlin describes the chemistry of love and what happens when we fall in love, including substances that make...

08 February 2006

Humans are one of the most formidable species on Earth. How have modern Homo sapiens come to reign over their archaic...

08 February 2006

Dr. Barry Gibb, Scientist and Author, Latest Play - MACHINA

18 January 2006

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

11 January 2006

The Hubble Space Telescope has been sending us back incredible pictures of the cosmos. How have recent policy changes...

04 January 2006

A period, or menstruation, marks the beginning of the process by which the uterus, or womb, prepares itself for...

28 December 2005

What are probiotics or 'friendly' bacteria, how do prebiotics and probiotics, like Lactobacillus,...

21 December 2005

Therapeutic cloning has all sorts of exciting possiblities. What is it? How does it work and what are the possibilities...

14 December 2005

George Bush's plan to establish a permanent base on the Moon by 2020, and send astronauts to Mars by 2030, has...

30 November 2005

Researchers have been investigating how the unexpected affects how well and what you remember. If you want to be...