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Brain games exploit anxieties about memory loss for profit scientists

Open letter says claims made for brain games are not based on sound evidence and playing them may have the opposite effect Continue reading...

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...

Rosetta mission: Philae comet probe could unlock secrets of the universe

Craft named after Egyptian obelisk will land on comet and collect samples that could give clues to origins of the galaxy Continue reading...

Richard Dawkinss cosmic tombstone: what would you add?

Evolutionary biologist has called for a massive posthumous space-brag, giving future lifeforms the chance to understand us Continue reading...

Transforming innovation policy

With a new European Commission about to take office, and an updated UK strategy for science and innovation expected in the next few weeks, this is an important moment to debate the future of innovation policy. Continue reading...

Dead hearts transplanted into living patients in world first

Breakthrough by Australian surgeons at St Vincents hospital could save the lives of 30% more heart transplant patients Continue reading...

Bears on stairs, Bez stares on: Manchester Science Festival

Two weeks of Creation, Experimentation and Wonder start in Manchester. And a new doctor too Continue reading...

Spacewatch: Countdown to Philaes comet landing

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Sinister truths of some everyday euphemisms

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Plantwatch: Craze for foraging may endanger our mushrooms

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Martin Perl obituary

Physicist who won the Nobel prize for his discovery of the tau lepton Continue reading...

Information Age: Paul Robeson, McCarthy and the submarine repeater

In the 1950s, an amazing piece of kit carried the voice of the singer and civil rights activist Paul Robeson loud and clear across the Atlantic to London_Information Age: Six Networks That Changed Our World at the Science Museum, London, opens on Saturday 25 October_ Continue reading...

The okapis skull. But where is its body?

The okapi is one of the worlds most elusive mammals. In 1904, the British explorer Percy Powell-Cotton set his sights on obtaining a specimen for his growing natural history collection. He succeeded and its skull is on display. But where is the rest of it? 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

UK science: look at the state we're in

Briefings published today by the Campaign for Science and Engineering highlight science policy issues that should be debated vigorously before next years election Continue reading...

When tumours meet fashion

When a scientist and a fashion designer get together, they make cancer research tangible. Scientist Esther Baena and fashion designer Arielle Gogh from team Transmutation, Descience, talk about their experience Continue reading...


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