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Huddle! Cells secret communication clusters

Cells cluster together to communicate within restricted groups, just like a sports team huddle discusses secret tactics, say scientists from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL).

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Weather forecasting set to improve

A new £97m supercomputer could put an end to the complaints about weather forecasting accuracy.

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This image depicts human stem cell-derived beta cells that have formed islet-like clusters in a mouse. The cells were transplanted to the kidney capsule. This photo was taken two weeks later. The beta cells are making insulin, curing the diabetes in the mouse. Image courtesy of Doug Melton

Step closer to stem cell treatment for diabetes

Using embryonic stem cells as a starting point, Harvard researchers have produced human insulin-producing beta cells in massive quantities.

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Genetic mutation prevents weight gain on high-sugar diet

A team of researchers from the University of Southern California have found a way to suppress the obesity that accompanies a high-sugar diet by regulation of a particular gene.

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The jumping spider has a unique visual system allowing them to use different sets of eyes to process acuity and motion.

Jumping spiders’ visual system revealed

Scientists have solved one of the toughest problems in spider biology – how the arachnids’ visual system works.

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Down down, deeper and down…

Hazel Davidson provides an overview of recent developments enabling water testing laboratories to...

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Putting tax back in its box

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It is estimated that one in seven couples will experience some difficulty...

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Just how far reaching is your research?

As the pressure grows to show the wider implications and impact of scientific...

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The enduring cliché…

Quentin Cooper discusses why the traditional image of the scientist is...

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Making magma crystal clear

Precious metal deposits, volcanic super-eruptions and even mass extinction...

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Respect in the face of desolation

Tunneling through mountains, creating entire islands where once open ocean dominated, razing swathes of forest  – this is big engineering to meet big ambition; engineering which many would class as a defining characteristic of human kind.

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