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Planet Earth comes under fire from asteroids video animation

An asteroid big enough to destroy a city strikes the Earth every 100 years. Our strategy for preventing disaster? Blind luck. This film was made by the California-based B612 Foundation, which promotes strategies to protect the Earth from asteroid strikes. It says there is evidence of 26 explosions in the upper atmosphere between the year 2000 and 2013, ranging in energy from 1 to 600 kilotons Cont

Inside the giant panda research centre - in pictures

Photographer Ami Vitale was allowed exclusive access into the Wolong National Nature Reserve managed by the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda as it trains pandas to be released into the wild. While only about 1,600 giant pandas exist in the wild, the centre is the brain child of Director Zhang Hemin and has been successful at teaching them to survive in the while by mimi

Get email notifications delivered by scented bubbles

A university team has developed a machine that can fire coloured, scented bubbles at users to deliver notifications, adverts or even teach maths Continue reading...

The link between lead poisoning and violence

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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...

Making in China: Maker Faire Shenzhen highlights the global politics of the maker movement

MakerFaire embodies grassroots DIY culture; Shenzhen is the world centre of mass manufacture. What happens when they meet? Continue reading...

Duncan Dallas obituary

Communicator of ideas and founder of Café Scientifique Continue reading...

Hallucinations - Review

Written by a neurologist and shortlisted for the 2014 Wellcome Trust Book Prize, this is a collection of personal anecdotes that reveal the tremendous variety of hallucinations experienced by normal everyday people. Continue reading...

White matter might matter much more than we thought

Changes in the brain's myelin distribution might be a hitherto unrecognised form of neuronal plasticity. Continue reading...

How sea level influenced evolution in the Galapagos

Recent shifts in sea level, particularly the lows, may have had a major influence on evolution in the Galapagos, according to new research. Continue reading...

Junior citizen scientists investigate the plight of the bumblebee

The Big Bumblebee Discovery project aims to engage more than 100,000 children in mass participation experiments Continue reading...

Here be dragons: the science of the flying fiery reptiles

With prominent examples including Game of Thrones and the Hobbit films, 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? Philip Hoare: from Smaug to the Clangers a brief history of dragons 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...


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