Science Features

18 February 2012

Ocean deadzones are triggered by nitrogen-fuelled bursts of microorganisms. So how does this happen and what can we do...

09 February 2012

Almost 70% of the energy produced by a car engine is lost, mostly in the form of heat that exits along the exhaust pipe...

17 January 2012

In September 2010, the BBC reported an “Urgent call on EU to stop billion-euro 'alien invasion'”. But for...

10 January 2012

So much sound and fury over the Higgs Boson, signifying what?

21 December 2011

What do you do when you have freckles...um...down below? The discovery of a crop of pigmented spots on a sensitive body...

25 November 2011

Disruption of the nitrogen cycle can wreak havoc on ocean ecosystems for which oxygen is in short supply. Robin...

14 November 2011

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

07 November 2011

Dating codes are placed on food to indicate the food is safe to eat before this date. But how are these dates decided,...

18 October 2011

The inside of a modern aircraft jet engine is a harsh and complex environment, but the drive for ever more powerful and...

27 September 2011

It’s pretty easy to get lost when you venture deep into the Jungle of Lambusango on the Isle of Buton, just off the...

09 September 2011

Barnacles and mussels have an intimate relationship, but are they welcome house guests or uninvited squatters?

02 September 2011

Nitrogen is the element limiting the amount of life on earth. Until 100 years ago the amount was fixed, cycling though...

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19 August 2011

Leukaemia is a deadly cancer of the blood affecting over 250,000 people every year, many of which are children. It isn...

02 August 2011

Rare genetic mutations have been known to abolish pain, or to cause permanent agony. But what if subtle differences in...

06 July 2011

CSI has come to Swansea. But rather than solving murders, for a team at the University's Technology Centre (UTC)...

23 May 2011

In 2009, the synthetic stimulant mephedrone became a hugely popular recreational drug for young people in the UK while...

21 April 2011

Countless atomic recipes and crystal arrangements mean there are literally trillions of possible materials that could...

06 April 2011

Spinning hundreds of times per second and carrying a load equivalent to the weight of a family car, often at...

10 March 2011

The seabed is surprisingly clean considering the amount of waste, both natural and man-made, that gets dumped in the...

01 March 2011

In Lewis Carroll’s "Through the Looking-Glass", The Red Queen tells Alice that she has to run as quickly as...

25 February 2011

Microbial warfare is constantly happening all around us, and often humans can reap the benefits if the right bacteria...

12 February 2011

Southern right whales live in the southern oceans that surround Antarctica. In the winter, they move north, settling in...

03 February 2011

The digital world is all around us, and is becoming evermore layered and integrated into our lives. Technology,...

27 January 2011

As more carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere, the world's oceans become more acidic, affecting the...