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Articles about human life, archaeology, anthropology, palaeoanthropology, philosophy and history of science...

02 November 2017

Mummified bodies from Egypt and the Canary Islands are having their digestive tracts tested and compared to living...

04 September 2017

How reptiles turned into mammals...

26 April 2017

In the era of fake news, what challenges do science communicators have to overcome?

09 April 2017

In the 1940s and 1950s, more than 40,000 “lobotomies” were performed in the USA alone. Doctors essentially removed the...

29 November 2016

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09 June 2016

What do two separate fields of science say regarding the existence of free will?

01 June 2016

How the Nazis were stopped from obtaining "heavy water", an ingredient key in making an atomic bomb.

04 May 2016

An opinion piece on the scientific arguments being put forward for 'Brexit'.

24 September 2015

Follow Rosie's time with the Naked Scientists in this weekly diary

17 April 2015

Death is a terrifying thought to many people: Is the best solution just to become immortal?

21 January 2012

Academic pursuit in the search for greater knowledge has always had an uneasy relationship with business. Should...

14 November 2011

Everyone can contribute to the work of scientists. Harriet Dickinson explains how you can get involved, and why Science...

28 November 2010

Of all the slang names for the British, none is more iconic than 'Limey'. While the the term provokes...

10 October 2010

The tale of antiquity's greatest mathematician, Archimedes, leaping from his bath and bustling naked through the...

15 December 2009

It is the stuff of nightmares - a society so wound up in the legal system that no-one is allowed to tell you the truth...

01 October 2009

Noam Chomsky, a rookie professor at MIT, published a ground-breaking book called Syntactic Structures, which set out a...

15 June 2009

Sure, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and has received a number of other honours, but has Sir Tim Berners-Lee yet...

04 April 2009

What can microfossils tell us about past climate? Christopher Stanton resumes his story...

16 July 2008

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

22 April 2008

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

21 February 2008

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

14 January 2008

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

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...

06 November 2007

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