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Bizarre dinosaur reconstructed after 50 years of wild speculation

_Deinocheirus mirificus_, or unusual horrible hand, had long, clawed forearms, a sail on its back and a duck-like bill Continue reading...

Ancient human bone helps date our first sex with Neanderthals

Oldest genome sequence of a modern human suggests _Homo sapiens_ first bred with Neanderthals 50,000-60,000 years ago Continue reading...

Ebola virus: how it spreads and what it does to you video

The latest Ebola outbreak is the largest the world has ever seen, with more than 4,500 confirmed deaths in west Africa. Patients are often killed not by the virus itself, but by the overreaction of their immune system to the infection. Here, Ian Sample explains how Ebola is transmitted, the organs it disrupts, the symptoms of infection and the chances of survival Continue reading...

Parents of disabled child appeal to MPs to allow three-person embryos

Parents of baby with fatal mitochondrial disease say techniques being considered by select committee could prevent them having another seriously ill child Continue reading...

Information Age: the (cake) computer that changed our world

It wasnt IBM that pioneered the first business computer, but the British teashop chain Lyons. This is the third in our series on the major inventions that shaped the information age_Information Age: Six Networks That Changed Our World at the Science Museum, London, opens on Saturday 25 October_ Continue reading...

The future has arrived: the sci-fi inventions that have become reality

Tractor beams, hoverboards and invisibility cloaks were once just futuristic impossibilities. Not any more Hey, Marty McFly! Hoverboard available on Kickstarter for $10,000 Continue reading...

Paralysed man walks again after pioneering spinal surgery video

A man paralysed from the chest down has managed to walk again following pioneering cell transplant surgery. Darek Fidyka, 38, from Bulgaria, was paralysed in a knife attack in 2010, but can now walk using a frame and leg braces. Surgeons in Poland transplanted nerve cells from his nose into his severed spinal column where they started to grow back and restore function Continue reading...

Unearthing the secrets of evolution through cave exploration

Cave exploration, or Speleology, is providing valuable insights into evolution. Italian explorer Francesco Sauro describes the importance of underground investigation Continue reading...

Tackling antibiotic-resistant bacteria through collaborative networking

Antimicrobial-resistant bacteria is an increasingly pressing global issue. Hosam Zowawi is part of a campaign to increase knowledge and awareness of the subject in the Gulf region Continue reading...

How super-resolution microscopy made me fall in love with science (again)

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a super-resolution image may be worth a thousand gigabytes and its changing the course of biomedical research Continue reading...

Can you solve Martin Gardners best mathematical puzzles?

The maestro of recreational maths was born 100 years ago today. Here we celebrate his birthday with eight of his most celebrated puzzles Continue reading...

Information Age: the radio transmitter that changed our world

The second in our series on the major inventions that shaped the information age revisits the London transmitter 2LO and the birth of British broadcasting _Information Age: Six Networks That Changed Our World at the Science Museum, London, opens on Saturday 25 October_ Continue reading...

Siding Spring observatory under threat from coal seam gas light pollution

Astronomers warn light pollution from planned Santos coal seam gas developments in NSW may force Australias top observatory to close Continue reading...

Paralysed man Darek Fidyka walks again after pioneering surgery

Medical team regrow cells of patients severed spine in breakthrough that offers hope to millions with disability Continue reading...

Venomous spider found in Waitrose shopping 'beautiful but aggressive'

While most spiders scurry away when confronted, the Brazilian wandering spider stands its ground, says David Clarke of London Zoo*Killer spider found in familys supermarket shopping*How dangerous are Britains household spiders Continue reading...

Google Doodle forgets to celebrate Christopher Wren the man of science

Todays Google Doodle marks the birthday of Christopher Wren, the architect, but we should also remember him as an astronomer and founding figure for the Royal Society and Royal Observatory Continue reading...

Information Age: the Science Museum's ambitious new gallery

Londons Science Museum opens its largest ever gallery on Saturday. To celebrate the launch of Information Age, this week we unveil five of the greatest inventions in the history of communication Continue reading...

Halloween special: the science of scary apparitions podcast

Why are we obsessed with ghosts, werewolves, witches and voices from the other side? Psychologist Chris French and vampire slayer Deborah Hyde explain Continue reading...

Earth at risk after cuts close comet-spotting program, scientists warn

Astronomers sound alarm after closure of the Australian early-warning program that spotted the Siding Spring cometSiding Spring skims close to Mars after million-year journey Continue reading...

Comet Siding Spring skims close to Mars after million-year journey

Comet discovered just last year in Australia is plunging towards the sun after passing just 140,000km from Mars Continue reading...

First act of sexual intercourse was done sideways, square-dance style

Fossils of 380m-year-old lake-dwelling placoderms point to bony, L-shaped male organ and female cheese-grater genitals, scientists say Continue reading...

Understanding quantum tunnelling

Quantum tunnelling sounds like science fiction, and does indeed feature quite often in the genre. But it is real, and plays a role in nuclear fusion, chemical reactions and the fate of the universe. Heres how it works Continue reading...

Caw vs. Kraa: meaning in the calls of crows and ravens

This short video, by the Cornell Lab of O, discusses the differences between and potential meanings of the sounds made by crows and ravens. Continue reading...

New books party: Books that arrived recently

After my bookgasm (book-buying binge) at last weeks Frankfurt Book Fair, Ive got a mountain of wonderful books to share with you -- a project that will take place over the next few weeks. Continue reading...

Who owns the moon?

As states are not allowed to claim sovereign rights in outer space, land ownership on the moon and planets will in all likelihood be outlawed Continue reading...

Consensus, chemical signals and colouring by letters - blogs roundup

Posts on our network this week included analysis of the state of UK science, a primer on social anxiety, and a look at the statistical adventures of Jean Golding Continue reading...

Brain baloney has no place in the classroom

A study published this week brilliantly debunks myths about the brain that pervade the education system Continue reading...

Nick and Teslas Super-Cyborg Gadget Glove - review

The newest instalment in the Nick and Tesla science mysteries series, where young people learn to use their scientific and electronics knowledge to solve mysteries around them. Continue reading...

Social anxiety: why the mundane can be terrifying

Many people experience severe anxiety in mundane social situations, such as group introductions or paying bills. Why does this happen? And is there any useful purpose to it? Continue reading...

Virtual reality can help people conquer their phobias

Exposure therapy has proved a highly successful treatment for phobias, but its impractical for things such as fear of public speaking or flying. The answer may be virtual reality Continue reading...


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