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European newts and salamanders at risk from deadly skin-eating fungus

Epidemic threatening protected UK native species may have spread from Asia to Europe through the exotic pets trade Continue reading...

Plant scientists urge Europe to stop blocking GM trials on political grounds

Politicians who ignore message cannot in future say they take science seriously, open letter says Continue reading...

World Bank pledges $100m to send health workers to Ebola-hit countries

Treatment centres are being built in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea but still big need for doctors and nurses to staff them Continue reading...

Scientists grow miniature human stomachs from stem cells

Miniature stomachs gastric organoids will help in study of ulcers and could be used in future to repair patients stomachs Continue reading...

Russian rocket manufacturer insists it is not to blame for failed Antares launch

Kuznetsov company says engines used in Antares rocket were functioning normally and suggests problem may lie with US modification of them *Rocket on ISS mission explodes seconds after launch*Analysis: the incredible dangers of space flight Continue reading...

Google is developing a cancer and heart attack-detecting pill

New nanoparticle pill could detect signs of disease before it becomes a problem for pre-emptive treatment, monitored by a wrist-worn device Continue reading...

No, you cant fly over a rainbow that would break the laws of physics

Reports that a passenger photographed a rainbow from her plane are mistaken. The colours are caused by polarisation Continue reading...

Monstrous Science: How the Yeti gets research funded

Struggling to find research funding? Have you considered adding a Yeti hunt to your grant application? Read on to see how it has worked for some scientists, as well as having a rather surprising connection to superspy James Bond and some missing plutonium Continue reading...

The stereotype of scientist as crazy genius does no favours to the mentally ill

People who suffer from mental health issues also suffer from its stigma. Portraying mental illness as a good thing helps no one Continue reading...

Halloween: the science of cashing in

Halloween is increasingly popular, so you can expect to see countless articles, adverts, TV shows, product offers and more all themed around it, even if the association is extremely tenuous. Why does this happen? And isnt this article just another blatant example of it? Yes, yes it is. Continue reading...

Nasa's next generation of spacecraft and rocket designs stress safety and escape

As private spaceflight firms SpaceX and Orbital Science take charge of missions, Nasa returns to lessons of history to design safer shuttles*Disaster is stark reminder of the incredible dangers*Russian rocket manufacturer insists it is not to blame Continue reading...

Pumpkin geometry: stunning shadow sculptures that illuminate an ancient mathematical technique

Henry Segerman and Saul Schleimer paint beautiful shadows based on the maths of stereographic projection, a method originally used by cartographers to map the Earth Continue reading...

Sad students see science experiments go up in smoke aboard Antares rocket

Children at schools in Texas, New Jersey and Michigan had worked for a year to develop projects for the International Space Station Continue reading...

New frog species found in New York

Scientists confirm existence of a new species of frog in and around New York City Continue reading...

Antares disaster is stark reminder of the 'incredible dangers' of spaceflight

Former Nasa engineer and analysts question theories of old Soviet engine in Antares explosion, noting such missions are inherently risky Antares rocket explodes in fireball seconds after launch Continue reading...

Antares rocket explodes seconds after launch in Virginia - in pictures

A private unmanned craft carrying supplies for the International Space Station explodes on launch after a catastrophic equipment failure*Watch video of the explosion here Continue reading...

Antares rocket on ISS resupply mission explodes seconds after launch

Private unmanned craft carrying supplies for International Space Station crashes and burns on Nasa launchpad in VirginiaAntares disaster is stark reminder of incredible dangers of spaceflight Continue reading...

Quiz: what mental disorder do you have?

There are many online quizzes that claim to tell you what mental disorder you have, but this one takes the issue seriously Continue reading...

Rocket explodes and crashes after takeoff from Nasa base - video

A rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station has gone down in a spectacular explosion in the US state of Virginia. No one was killed when the commercially manufactured Antares rocket crashed shortly after launch at Nasa's Wallops flight facility. The rocket was carrying more then 2000kg of supplies Continue reading...

Jonas Salk Google doodle: a good reminder of the power of vaccines

The story of the vaccines development is just one part of a rich and intertwined history of scientific discovery and controversy Continue reading...

Film funded by ESA tells the story of comet-chasing spacecraft Rosetta

Ambition, a short science fiction film premiered at the British Film Institute, is a positive use of the space agencys PR funding Continue reading...

A message from Martha by Mark Avery - review

This absorbing book is an engaging and wistful, yet measured, chronicle about the tragic loss of one very special, iconic, species, the passenger pigeon. Continue reading...

Met Office says new supercomputer will provide more reliable weather warnings

New High Performance Computer will be capable of 16 trillion calculations a second Continue reading...

Chocolate component reverses memory loss in older people, claims study

Columbia University research indicates high-flavanol cocoa rejuvenates specific brain activity through increased blood flow Continue reading...

Solutions to Martin Gardner's best mathematical puzzles

Last week I posed eight conundrums from the puzzle maestros archive. Here are the answers. Continue reading...

A hummingbird and an adoptive human parent

An elderly man takes pleasure in the small things, by sharing his kitchen with a hungry hummingbird in Brasil Continue reading...

New books party: Books that arrived recently

Heres a few more books to help you become that modern polymath you want to become. Continue reading...

Bears, okapis, crows and Wren - blogs roundup

Blogs on our network this week included a tribute to famed puzzler and mathematician Martin Gardner, a primer on quantum tunneling, and a look at the super world of super-resolution microscopy 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...


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