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An anniversary on Mars, the death throes of a galaxy and space lettuce in pictures

Our collection of the best space imagery of the summer includes the Curiosity Mars rover, a pinwheel galaxy thats going out with a bang, and lettuce grown on the International Space Station Continue reading...

Christmas lectures will reveal how to 'hack your home'

Danielle George will demonstrate how common household devices can be transformed in ways that could change the world Continue reading...

The science of the invisible - podcast

The prolific British science writer Philip Ball discusses his latest book Invisible: The Dangerous Allure of the Unseen Continue reading...

More great moments in science (if Twitter had existed)

A month ago, we looked at what great moments in science might have looked like if they happened via Twitter. Many who read it wanted to see more. So here are some more Continue reading...

Tackling Himalayan balsam

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Butterflies, beetles and banknotes: tuning colour efficiently

Structural colours are more visible and vivid than those that use pigments as many examples from the natural world demonstrate. But sometimes pure white is what is required Continue reading...

Support our red-haired cousins, the orangutans, before it's too late

As orangutans are added to a list of the worlds 25 most endangered primates, we are discovering that these great apes are more like humans than we supposed Continue reading...

Why zoos are good

The days of the Victorian menagerie are over, but modern zoos are much more than a collection of animals and more important than ever Continue reading...

Volunteers help British Museum in crowdsourcing archeology project

Thousands log on to transcribe handwritten catalogue dating back to 18th century and put 30,000 ancient objects online Continue reading...

How goalkeepers can use an illusion to save penalty kicks

Research suggests that goalkeepers can influence the accuracy of penalty shots by assuming a posture that mimics a classic optical illusion. Continue reading...

The amazing world of flyingfish by Steve Howell - review

Written by a professional pelagic birding tour guide and photographer, this book presents a popular account of what is known about the enigmatic flyingfishes, and its illustrated with an abundance of breathtaking full-colour photographs. Continue reading...

Robin Williams, depression and the complex causes of suicide

While many people who kill themselves have been experiencing the extreme distress we might think of as depression, thats not always the case and is rarely the whole explanation Continue reading...

Death rates for four most common cancers in Britain fell 30% in 20 years

Cancer Research UK: improved detection and treatment raised survival rates for breast, bowel, lung and prostate cancers Continue reading...

The usages up with which we should not put

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Alopecia sufferers given new treatment hope with repurposed drug

Columbia University researchers announce dramatic results in trials of bone marrow drug, with full hair regrowth within five months Continue reading...

David Smail obituary

Clinical psychologist and writer whose work focused on the damaging effects of an unequal society Continue reading...

Australias chief scientist tells PM's business adviser to stick to economics

Global cooling proponent Maurice Newman urged not to trawl the internet for papers questioning scientific opinion Continue reading...

New to nature: No 130 Anniella grinnelli

A legless lizard in California is the latest example of a 'cryptic species' Continue reading...

Homo floresiensis: scientists clash over claims 'hobbit man' was modern human with Down's syndrome

Tiny skeleton from Indonesia's Flores island is unique ancient species, insist researchers Continue reading...

How corpse brain scans help the living

The deceased are making a comeback by helping to improve imaging technology Continue reading...

True facts about anglerfish

To the female anglerfish, the human male is a very loud, annoying and unnecessarily complicated pair of gonads. Continue reading...

New Books Party: books received this week

What good is a weekend without a good book to read? Take a look at these books -- hot off the presses -- that you may enjoy! Continue reading...

Medals, Mork and the media - blogs roundup

Posts on our network this week included a tribute to Yoshiki Sasai, a look at one wolfs incredible journey across Europe, and a poignant reminder that suicide and depression are not selfish Continue reading...

Who governs science?

Traditionally, science holds itself to account, primarily through internal systems of peer review. But the recent retraction of two papers on stem-cell research by the journal Nature highlights weaknesses in this self-regulatory framework that scientists need to address Continue reading...

Competition for ecological niches limits evolution of new species

A recently published study finds that competition for ecological niches limits the evolution of new species. Further, this study finds that speciation rate slows or even stops as available ecological niches fill up. Continue reading...

A-level results: a toddler could pass but young women in mid-air do best

Today is A-level results day. Youre likely to see many columns and opinion pieces written about this, and the writers reflections and advice on the subject. To save you the bother, this post includes all the usual observations, claims and platitudes you can expect from such articles Continue reading...

Do you hear voices? You are not alone

Auditory verbal hallucinations or hearing voices is not restricted to people who have a form of psychosis. For many, the voices provide support and guidance or have a spiritual aspectHearing voices: whats your experience when reading? Continue reading...

Nanoparticles could help deliver a killer blow to cancer

Nanotherapy is showing promise as a means to target chemotherapy, kill tumour cells by heating or enhance the effectiveness of radiotherapy Continue reading...

Fields Medals 2014: the maths of Avila, Bhargava, Hairer and Mirzakhani explained

The following texts were provided by the International Mathematical Union, which awards the Fields Medals. They do an excellent job of explaining in as accessible language as possible what the four 2014 medallists did to earn their awards Continue reading...

Picturing science: Royal Society launches scientific illustrations print on demand

The Royal Society has just launched a print-on-demand service so the public can easily purchase high quality prints of nature and scientific illustrations from its library and archives. Continue reading...


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