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Astronauts repair space station computer on emergency spacewalk

After receiving parts and supplies from SpaceX on Sunday, astronauts replace failed computer for critical control systems Continue reading...

Asteroids cause dozens of nuclear-scale blasts in Earth's atmosphere

Many explosions stronger than Hiroshima bomb but most occur too high above ground to cause serious damageNasa scientists witness asteroid breaking apartThe telescope big enough to spot signs of alien life on other planets Continue reading...

The telescope big enough to spot signs of alien life on other planets

Engineers are about to blast away the top of a Chilean mountain to create a site for the European Extremely Large Telescope. It will allow us, for the first time, to directly observe planets outside the solar system Continue reading...

Scientists solve mystery of Southern Ocean 'quacking' sound

Noise heard in the Southern Ocean has been attributed to the underwater chatter of the Antarctic minke whale Continue reading...

Here be dragons: the science of the flying fiery reptiles

With prominent examples Game of Thrones to the Hobbit films and many more beside, it's clear dragons are as popular ever. But why is there this widespread affection for a fictional species that couldnt possibly exist or could they? Continue reading...

How to avoid common mistakes in science writing

In science writing, as in life, a good checklist can prevent embarrassing mistakes. Here is one that will help you dodge some common pitfalls _The Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize, in association with the Guardian and the Observer, is open for entries. The closing date is 11 May 2014_ Continue reading...

Creation - Review

Written by a geneticist and shortlisted for the 2014 Wellcome Trust Book Prize, Creation is a fascinating exploration of the origin and the future of life on Earth. Continue reading...

Czech deer still wary of iron curtain boundary

Areas where Czechoslovakia had three electrified fences now avoided by generation of deer who never encountered them Continue reading...

Why we must defend Josie Cunningham's right to an abortion

Josie Cunningham's decision to put career first is no different to that made by thousands of women seeking abortion. So why has she been subjected to a national hate campaign? Continue reading...

Space images show North Korea's changing landscape - video

New images taken from the International Space Station show North Korea's changing landscape. Where previous images have shown the country shrouded in darkness, unlike neighbouring South Korea, now specks of light can be seen. Scientists say this changing picture can be used to track North Korea's economic progress Continue reading...

The sacking of David Moyes: a scientific rationale

David Moyes has been sacked as manager of Manchester United football club after only 10 months. As it seems to be a legal requirement that all media sources cover the story in painstaking detail, here is a scientific explanation of why his dismissal might have occurred Continue reading...

A bottle of wine a day is harmless? The evidence suggests otherwise

Claims that alcohol is only harmful to health if you drink more than 13 units per day are unsubstantiated Continue reading...

'Dont worry, Im not contagious' and other microbiological delusions

As the cold season dribbles relentlessly onward, its worth considering who is or is not to blame for your misery Continue reading...

Ancient Rome's tap water heavily contaminated with lead, researchers say

Supply became contaminated as it passed through giant network of lead pipes that distributed water around city, scientists believe Continue reading...

True enough for year 8

When is gold not gold? Or a waterfall a waterfall? Some holiday ramblings Continue reading...

Science Weekly podcast: why we should leave fossil fuels in the ground

Mike Berners-Lee and Duncan Clarke argue that the only way to prevent runaway climate change is to curb the extraction of coal, gas and oil Continue reading...

International Space Station takes special Easter cargo from SpaceX ship

SpaceX delivery capsule containing food and spacewalking gear was captured by ISS's robot arm 260 miles above Egypt Continue reading...

George Smoot: We mapped the embryonic universe

The Nobel-winning scientist who proved that the big bang created the cosmos Continue reading...

Nasa's space station robot to get gangly legs for Easter

New pair of legs means the experimental Robonaut, now stuck on a pedestal, will be able to perform chores for the human crew Continue reading...

Eggcellent science - video

Today's caturday video features ten crazy eggperiments you can use to impress your friends and relatives -- and it poses a question that you can answer scientifically! Continue reading...

SpaceX launches Nasa cargo bound for International Space Station

Private spaceflight company tests new rocket technology and launches supplies from Cape Canaveral in Florida Continue reading...

Manslaughter conviction for 'negligent breastfeeding' puts other mums at risk

A genetic defect may be the real culprit in the case of a woman taking painkillers whose baby died of a morphine overdose Continue reading...

We aim to put research evidence on tap for UK politicians

The Evidence Information Service will make it easier for politicians and civil servants to access research results but we need your help to make it happen_The Evidence Information Service Q&A_ Continue reading...

Bicep2 will allow us to work out how hot the big bang was

The latest big thing in science will also permit analysis of how much dark energy drove the inflation of the universe Continue reading...

How to win wars by influencing people's behaviour

When terrorism is staged for YouTube and all sides are media-savvy, the military is turning to the behavioural sciences for help Continue reading...

Figures for UK deaths from legal highs cannot to be trusted

Is the poor quality of data on deaths from legal highs the result of sloppy science or an attempt to massage the figures? Continue reading...

The science and magic of pastry

Varying amounts of fat, flour and water in the recipe give the full spectrum of pastry, from delicate tenderness to brittle flakiness Continue reading...

Gay prejudice? It's not easy admitting you're a scientist

Gay scientists are almost completely invisible, and part of the blame for this lies with the LGBT community itself Continue reading...

Denying climate change isn't scepticism it's 'motivated reasoning'

True sceptics test a hypothesis against the evidence, but climate sceptics refuse to accept anything that contradicts their beliefs Continue reading...

Sharing NHS medical records will be vital for improving healthcare

Research using anonymised medical records will help ensure the safety and efficacy of drugs, vaccines and medical devices Continue reading...


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