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Solar flare flurry footage released by Nasa video

Nasa images from its Solar Dynamics Observatory show the sun producing solar flares. A mid-level flare was registered in the last week of August, but the activity continued, with more than six further flares registered by the SDO. A solar flare is a burst of radiation that cannot penetrate the Earth's atmosphere to harm humans. If intense enough, they can disturb GPS and communication signals in o

Russia confirms death of five geckos on space sex mission

*Reptiles were part of zero-gravity research into reproduction*Geckos mummified remains suggest they froze to death Continue reading...

Scottish universities braced for brain drain if country votes for independence

Senior education figures voice fears about loss of funding and departure of top scientists in the event of a yes vote Continue reading...

Why the calls of the wild may be more complex than zoologists first thought

Mathematical models offer new insights into animal vocal sequences, but evolution of language remains a mystery Continue reading...

A brief history of psychedelic psychiatry

In the 1950s a group of pioneering psychiatrists showed that hallucinogenic drugs had therapeutic potential, but the research was halted as part of the backlash against the hippy counterculture. Continue reading...

A feathered river across the sky by Joel Greenberg - review

This comprehensive book meticulously documents much that is known about the iconic extinct passenger pigeon. Continue reading...

Tattoos for Time Travellers at the British Science Festival 2014

If you were going to be sent back in time, what scientific knowledge would help you survive? Its a harder question than you might think! Continue reading...

Office plants can make workers 15% more productive, says study

Studys finding challenges the belief that money spent on plants in an office environment is money wasted Continue reading...

Starwatch: The September night sky

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Breeding for talent can only breed trouble

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The physics of proton therapy

A brief explanation of the physics behind the treatment that Ashya Kings parents wanted for their sons cancer Continue reading...

Labs in the lab: how scientists aim to root out disease in dogs

The UK's most popular pedigree dog is about to have its genome sequenced at the institute where Dolly the Sheep was created. The research, which coincides with an online project to trace the cause of environmental illnesses in labradors, will prove a powerful tool in tackling canine diseases Continue reading...

New to nature: No 132 Empis vockerothi

This North American species of dance fly engages in courtship deception by presenting would-be mates with empty gifts Continue reading...

Dame Julia Slingo: the woman who reads the skies

The Met Office's chief scientist loves her job, despite the threat of maulings by the press Continue reading...

Meet the mother and father of cognitive neuroscience

Independently and almost single-handedly, husband and wife Uta and Chris Frith have transformed the way we view autism and schizophrenia. Continue reading...

About Martha, the last of the passenger pigeons

This caturday arrived just in time to share a few videos about Martha, the last passenger pigeon known to have lived. Continue reading...

New books party

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...

The EU needs good science policy. But does that mean it needs a Chief Scientific Adviser?

The new head of the EU Commission is being challenged over whether to continue with the post of EU Chief Scientific Adviser. Doug Parr explains why Continue reading...

Hodgkin, Who and hospital food - blogs roundup

Posts on the network this week included a look at the work of Yoshiki Sasai, footage of celebrity wolves, and in-depth coverage from the largest ever summit on scientific advice Continue reading...

Brand new brain myths to keep neurobloggers in work

The recent release of Susan Greenfields new book and the film Lucy, both of which are dependent on tired misconceptions or dubious theories about the brain, suggest one worrying conclusion: we are running out of myths about the brain. So here are some new ones, to keep things mysterious Continue reading...

Secrets of animal camouflage research

This interesting video, courtesy of the BBSRC and Project Nightjar, reveals the secrets of animal camouflage research. Continue reading...

Hospital food standards: did medieval hospitals do it better?

Todays report on hospital food standards emphasises the struggle we seem to have providing good food to modern patients: yet medieval patients got personalised diets, fresh figs, local honey and chicken in saffron stew, so whats gone wrong? Continue reading...

Libertarian ideology is the natural enemy of science

Whether the issue is climate change, healthcare or gun control, libertarians are on a permanent collision course with evidence Continue reading...

Crisis, renewal and the prospects for science advice in Japan

Public and political confidence in Japans science system collapsed after the devastating earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011. Tateo Arimoto and Yasushi Sato describe the process of rebuilding trust and reforming Japanese science policy Continue reading...

Iceland volcano: why a repeat of the 2010 flight chaos is unlikely

Geologist Andy Hooper explains why the chances of a huge eruption of the Bárðarbunga volcano in Iceland and massive disruption of air travel are low Continue reading...

Valuing the public in science advice

We need a strong scientific voice in policy and decision-making, but there is also a crucial role for the public Continue reading...

Mental health stigma hasn't gone away

Stigma surrounding mental health comes in many forms, and its important to understand what the differences are Continue reading...

Eggcellent citizen science: evolution of camouflage in bird eggs

How an online video game relies on citizen scientists to test the evolution of avian egg camouflage colours and patterns. Continue reading...

Ambassadors for evidence

The need for scientists and policymakers to work together around the world has never been greater. Sir Mark Walport, the UK governments chief scientific adviser, sets out his agenda for science diplomacy Continue reading...

A rough guide to science advice

As scientists and policymakers gather in Auckland for a global summit on scientific advice, what lessons can we identify that apply across diverse national systems? Continue reading...


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